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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
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    SCQF Level:   07


This course gives you practical and personal skills to prepare you for employment in the construction industry. It is equivalent to first year university degree-level. It covers geotechnics, civil engineering contracts and project management, construction site surveying, and construction technology (substructure and structural mechanics).

You will gain vocational skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills, and broaden your work-based skills by working with colleagues in the industry on work placement and learning from visiting experts.

This HNC enables students to achieve professional body recognition in particular, but not exclusively, from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).

  • What the course includes

    The course is classroom-based with practical experience gained from workshops, field trips and site visits. It includes:

    • Materials and testing
    • Structural mechanics
    • Structural design
    • Health and safety
    • Civil engineering technology
    • Mathematics
    • Contract and project management
    • Computer-aided design

Why choose this course

You will have the chance to learn through work experience and volunteering.

Entry requirements

At least one of the following:

  • NC in a related discipline or
  • Minimum one Higher and Standard Grade Credit/National level 5 (including science/technology) or
  • SVQ in construction/related discipline or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject or
  • Craft qualification combined with further study before/along with HNC programme or
  • Relevant industrial experience/other qualifications considered
  • Where it leads

    Education: HND in civil engineering and related disciplines; direct entry into year 2 of Edinburgh Napier University degree courses; SVQ level 3 or 4 construction: technical Modern Apprenticeship frameworks.

    Employment: supervisory or technician post in the construction/civil engineering industry.

Interview arrangements

If we want to interview you, we will email or write to you with the date and time. You should plan to be in college for up to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications or employment references.

The interview involves:

  • Arrival, welcome and course overview
  • Individual aptitude/tests
  • Individual interview and the chance to discuss the course with two members of staff from the department

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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