Civil Engineering HNC

UCAS code 102H

What is special about this course?

HNC Civil Engineering will allow you to take your first step into, or further develop, your career in the construction and related industries.

Based at Inverness College UHI, you will study subjects including: computer-aided design (CAD); civil engineering materials and testing; site surveying; construction technology; and mathematics.

Special features

  • Delivered on a part-time, block-release basis, the course offers flexibility to combine study and work
  • The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). The JBM consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE); the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT); and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Maths OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above in Maths
  • Alternatively, NC Civil Engineering or the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and appropriate, construction-related experience will be taken into consideration

Access routes

  • NC Civil Engineering

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • CAD 2DI
  • Civil engineering: Contract and Project Management A
  • Civil Engineering: Graded unit 1
  • Civil Engineering: Materials and Testing
  • Civil Engineering: Specialisms
  • Construction Site Surveying A
  • Mathematics For Construction
  • Structural Mechanics

Option units may include:

  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Site Surveying B
  • Construction Technical Communication Skills
  • Highway Engineering
  • Public health Engineering
  • Water supply Engineering

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time, block-release
  • You will study by way of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials at Inverness College UHI

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time, block-release: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2020.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland or assessed as RUK for fee status, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

This course is not available for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your HNC Civil Engineering course you will be qualified to take up roles as a civil engineer at technician level.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC Civil Engineering you may progress to year 2 of the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.

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Apply for Civil Engineering HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.