The University of Wolverhampton

HNCCivil Engineering Studies

Why choose this course?

The HNC Civil Engineering Studies course is intended as your first step towards becoming a Professional Engineering Technician. Engineering Technicians are concerned with the solution of different types of engineering problems using proven techniques and theories.

Engineering Technicians are equipped to carry out supervisory and technical roles within industrial and public organisations, and are competent to apply their skills within defined fields of technology.

Practitioners that undertake the HNC Civil Engineering Studies course will have the opportunity to develop their competencies in theoretical and practical knowledge of civil engineering procedures and their application for the solution of real-life problems.

Successful completion of the course will enable graduates to explore further education opportunities by progressing to a Civil Engineering degree, to seek Incorporated or Chartered Civil Engineering status and to become a practitioner in the global community.

What happens on the course?

You will be covering fundamental subjects of the civil engineering discipline such as mathematics, structures and design.

You will also study the properties of soils and ground water in a civil engineering context (geotechnics), together with aspects of site surveying and setting-out.

We have close links with the Institution of Civil Engineers and will assist students in meeting the requirements for registering as Engineering Technicians.

Why Wolverhampton?

The staff at Wolverhampton are very student centered and actively support your studying. We quickly get to know all students personally which helps to build student’s confidence and assist with their learning and overall development.

The HNC Civil Engineering Studies course has been designed for practitioners and trainees who want to further their professional development within the industry. The course has been running for a number of years, enabling the course team to design a programme that matches the ever-changing theoretical and practical skills required for modern Engineering Technicians.

Past graduates of the course have successfully progressed and completed a Civil Engineering degree.

Lecturers on this course are a blend of respected academics and experienced professionals. Students are exposed to a sound theoretical base coupled with numerous practical exercises.

The civil engineering section has excellent links with local civil engineering companies as well as the local branches of the professional bodies, namely the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Find out more about Springfield Campus.

Career path

As an Engineering Technician you will have the opportunity to advance within your organisation and undertake responsibilities suitable for civil engineering professionals.

Civil engineering professionals are employed by contractors and consulting engineers, and in mainstream organisations such as local authorities, public bodies and government departments concerned with the Built Environment. You may also have the exciting opportunity to work on national and international infrastructure projects.

Successful completion of the course could allow you to progress to the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering or BSc (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees.

What skills will you gain?

The HNC Civil Engineering Studies graduate will be able to:

· apply appropriate theoretical and technical principles for the solution of engineering problems.

· identify engineering problems and select suitable methods and resources for effective and achievable solutions.

· demonstrate the ability to work reliably for the completion of technical and other tasks to the appropriate codes of practice.

· develop and implement effective interpersonal skills.

· recognise and adopt professional standards and obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

Who accredits this course?

The HNC Civil Engineering Studies has been approved by the professional bodies within the civil engineering industry, namely: 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), as meeting the academic requirements for EngTech and as suitable for progression to further study.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • A minimum of grade E from A-Levels.
  • BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma at gade P
  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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