HNC Civil Engineering

Course details

  • Year of entry 2023
  • Duration 1 YR (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
Civil engineering students using surveying equipment

Course Highlights

1 year course

unlike most other HNC courses


learning approach


to BSc Civil Engineering Studies

Why choose this course?

The Construction Industry is one of the largest employment sectors in the United Kingdom and requires a constant supply of informed civil engineering technicians and engineers to implement a range of civil engineering projects throughout the UK and abroad.

  • The Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering is an ideal qualification for those who are currently employed within the industry or those who wish to join a vibrant and challenging industrial sector.
  • The HNC programme will build upon your existing knowledge of design, supervision, problem solving  and management skills and will further develop your understanding of how civil engineering projects are designed, solutions implemented, constructed and supervised, through to completion.
model building

Built environmentat WGU

Key course features

  • Unlike most HNC courses, the HNC Civil Engineering programme at Wrexham Glyndwr University is delivered over one year.
  • The course will be delivered via a blended learning approach, with the majority of the lectures delivered synchronously online. Attendance at the University campus is only required for practical work tutorials and some assessments.
  • The course is structured to ensure content and credit value to allow successful students progression onto the BSc Civil Engineering Studies programme.
  • Students will be provided with expert guidance, support and mentoring by Chartered Civil Engineering lecturers with long-standing industrial experience and excellent links with professional bodies and employers. Students will benefit from guest lectures from civil engineering professionals and site visits throughout the course.
  • Glyndwr University is an Academic Partner with the Institution of Civil Engineers and student membership with the professional bodies is free.
  • Students will have access to Computer Aided Design suites, specialist software and hydraulics and structures laboratories.

What you will study

The Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering programme comprises six core modules.

The areas of study include all the topic areas required to meet the expectations of employers and professional bodies. Sustainability and Health and Safety are threaded through the modules.

Subjects are considered from first principles so that students can come to appreciate fundamental issues in the design, construction, management and decommissioning of civil engineering projects.


  • Science and Materials
  • Civil Engineering Construction
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Geology and Soil Mechanics
  • Site Surveying
  • Analytical Engineering Techniques


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Applicants will normally be expected to have previously achieved one of the following as a minimum: 

  • 80-112 UCAS tariff points; or
  • a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in a construction-related discipline; or
  • membership of a construction-related professional body at a level deemed appropriate by the programme team. 

Candidates who might be without those formal requirements identified but have sufficient appropriate industrial experience are also welcome, though diagnostic assessment prior to admission will be considered in order to measure academic capability, particularly in mathematics and English or Welsh. 

International applicants whose existing qualifications are outlined by the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (NARIC) as being equivalent to the relevant UK entry qualification are also welcome. All applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh will be expected to demonstrate English language proficiency; international applicants require a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) (please click for details).  

Teaching & Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used within the programme to simulate the sorts of written, practical, visual and oral communication skills that are expected; written reports, the practical use of technical equipment, problem-solving and calculations, visual presentations, laboratory analyses, use of surveying equipment, in-class tests, coursework and oral presentations are all important ways in which students can demonstrate their understanding.

The types of assessment selected for each module have been chosen to best suit the nature of the technical content in each subject, and collectively provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate their interest, enthusiasm and interpretation of content during their studies.

Teaching and learning

Modules are delivered using a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including online lectures, practical ‘hands-on’ activities, tutorials and group discussions. The main priority is to ensure that students feel comfortable within the academic learning environment and feel able to contribute to the discussion of subject matter within any online class, tutorial or other learning activity that forms part of their studies – teaching and learning is fundamentally a two-way process within which student opinion is vitally important.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering provides a qualification that is recognised as a comprehensive and valuable measure of understanding in the civil engineering discipline.

Graduates of this HNC Civil Engineering qualification will enhance their career prospects within the civil engineering industry, with the view to working towards a Senior Technician position within the profession or further study at degree level.

Potential career options include:

  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Civil Engineering Contracting
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Railway Engineering
  • Coastal/Fluvial Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Water Supply and Infrastructure
  • Topographical Surveying
  • Construction Health and Safety

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for HNC Civil Engineering are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding section. 

As an employee within the construction sector, funding might well be available through schemes administered by sector skills organisations. Please visit the Construction Industry Training Board website for further information:



If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section