SCQF Level 7
Built Environment

Course Overview

Civil Engineering HNC is a two-year day release course (a system allowing employees days off work to go on educational courses) and a 1year Full-time course. The course is designed to encourage progression towards a job as a civil engineer. You will attend Edinburgh College’s Granton campus one day per week while employed within the construction industry.  

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the civil engineering industry. This course will teach you the skills needed for a technical role in civil engineering. This course will give you the knowledge and ambition to design and build the bridges, roads, railways and tunnels of tomorrow. You will acquire knowledge of the latest construction practices by covering a diverse selection of industry skills such as structural analysis, design and geotechnical engineering. This course will encourage career progression and enhance your career prospects. 


What You Will Learn
  • Contract and Project Management 
  • Fluid Mechanics 
  • Material and Testing 
  • Specialisms 
  • Technology 
  • Construction Site Surveying 
  • Construction Technology: Substructure 
  • Geotechnics 
  • Mathematics for Construction 
  • Structural Mechanics 
  • HNC Civil Engineering Graded Unit 1 
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)  
Entry Requirements

  • One pass at Higher Level C or above in Mathematics or Physics 
  • If you are a mature applicant you will be considered on an individual basis 
  • A pass at National 5 Mathematics or equivalent

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed throughout the course 
  • You will be tested on your theoretical and practical skills 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progress onto a university degree course
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Civil engineering technician 
  • This course can lead to a promotion or employment as a supervisor or in management   
Number Of Days Per Week
  • One day per week day release
  • Three days Full time
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
We caught up with former Edinburgh College civil engineering modern apprentice Keir Stanton, who worked on the construction of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge. 

“Working on the bridge is a huge achievement and, now that it is finished, you can see the scale and the excitement in the media that it is opening. I feel proud to have been part of a great project with amazing people and to have attained knowledge, experiences and stories that will stay with me for a very long time. Driving over the bridge will be exciting, getting to see how everything has come together. But it is extra special when you know, firsthand, just how much hard work has gone into the construction.” 

Read more of our student stories here.
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