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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.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths


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.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


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.




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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £8400 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £8600 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

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

2020 Entry

  • 16 UCAS points.
  • E from A-Levels< or equivalent/li>
  • BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma at gade P
  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. An interview may be involved. Please see for further information.

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 at

English language requirements also apply

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)

Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)

Accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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