HNC Civil Engineering

Our HNC in Civil Engineering is a vocational higher education qualification, equivalent to the first year of a university degree. The HNC Civil Engineering course focuses on equipping you with the practical and personal skills needed for the workplace. The Civil Engineering course is designed to broaden your work based skills with the view of working towards a Senior Technician position within the profession or further study at degree level. You’ll develop an appreciation of engineering principles, IT and personal skills, and the ability to apply them through the medium of design and project work.

Our Civil Engineering courses are designed to ensure you are highly employable and a valuable addition to the industry. The areas you will study include all the subjects necessary to meet the expectations of employers, preparing you for a career in this challenging and rewarding field. Project modules are based on ‘live’ schemes, supported by guest lectures from professional engineers and, where appropriate, field courses are included to consolidate the knowledge gained in class and help you apply it in real-life situations.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

Engineering Mathematics 1
This will provide students with the mathematical skills needed to solve engineering problems To understand the relevance of mathematics in engineering.

Construction Materials 1
This will introduce the fundamental properties of cement and concrete and their influence on concrete durability and mix design and the properties of timber as a construction material.

Construction Materials 2
This will establish the basic principles of rock and soil properties illustrating their application to practical situations in the field, and the properties of steel as a construction material.

Fluid Mechanics
This will provide a basic introduction and understanding of fluid properties; introduce the concept of hydrostatics and use of manometers. You will understand steady flow and basic fluid kinetic concept; be introduced to the basic principles of ideal fluid flow and continuity of flow and be taught to undertake basic calculations to measure fluid flow.

Thermodynamics 1
This will give students a basic understanding of thermodynamics concepts, and introduce students to thermodynamic systems and processes with the methods of analysis.

Site Practice, Planning and Measurement
This will develop an understanding of the fundamental production elements together with the structure and purpose of site organisation and the principles of resource selection for a construction project including the interdependence of the human, mechanical, and material resources used during the construction process.

This will provide an introduction to the basic surveying skills required in the Construction and Property Industries.

Structural Analysis and Design 1
This will develop a thorough grounding in principals of Mechanics, Statics and (moderate levels of) Dynamics; civil and structural engineering design and an awareness of global issues and built environment sustainability. 

Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design
This will introduce the student to the three pillars of sustainability (environment, society and economy), and the role and responsibilities of the engineer in designing sustainable infrastructure.



The HNC Civil Engineering course offers a combination of theory and practice which is reflected in the balance of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

Our Civil Engineering lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest insights. Not only will you be taught by academics who are specialists in their fields, but you will also benefit from guest speakers from the engineering world.

An open-door policy ensures that support and advice from academic staff is always available during your studies.


Many modules are continually assessed while other modules are a mixture of continuous assessment and examination.


The HNC Civil Engineering is approved as fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician (EngTech). See for further information.


Our civil engineering labs are equipped with the latest computer-aided and controlled machinery.


DD at A level or equivalent.

Three GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £620  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Graduates will enhance their career prospects within the civil engineering industry, and have the opportunity to progress onto the BSc degree award.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.