Undergraduate study
Civil Engineering Studies

HNC Civil Engineering Studies

This course provides a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level.

Course information


  • Not available full-time


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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  • Facilities

    Reporting on engineering at Teesside University

    A tour of Teesside University engineering facilities and employer partnerships, enabling us to produce graduates ready for the world of work.


This course is ideal for you if you're already working as a technician in the construction industry. It is well respected locally and nationally as it develops many of the skills required by industry.

You study eight units covering the needs of local and national industries and business.

Course structure

Core modules

Group Project

The Group Project module develops your ability to evaluate and resolve realistic practical problems and work as part of a team. The module aims to apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists and civil engineering technicians.

It is designed to bring small groups of students together into teams so that they can co-ordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow the you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team.

The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within given defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief. The module team assume the role of a construction client in order to provide guidance to you during meetings held in tutorials/ seminars.

Formative assessment will be through role play scenarios. The three summative in-course assignments are based upon the life cycle of a single project at selected stages of the construction process, namely; feasibility study, detailed design and the construction/ production phase.

Management Principles and Application

You will be introduced to the principles and application of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines of construction, civil engineering or building services engineering.

The module is also founded on the principles of the ‘Latham’ report, which advocates non-adversarial multi-discipline team working. It enables a flexible approach to the delivery of the content that can take account of your prior knowledge at entry and your choice of discipline.

You will gain an understanding of management principles and their relevance to the processes of design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction, civil engineering or building services engineering installation activity through the application of recognised management techniques.

Mathematics for Construction

This module develops your underpinning mathematical knowledge and techniques relevant to studies in construction and civil engineering. It has been designed to enable you to develop your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis and solution of realistic construction problems.

Structural Analysis and Design

This module develops your ability to analyse simple structures and produce an appropriate design.

The module will provide you with the basic analysis and design knowledge required to carry out the design of common structural elements to the appropriate British Standard Code of Practice or European Code of Practice. Real life examples will be used to gain the skills and understanding to develop effective and economic designs.


Plus four specialist modules

Civil Engineering Construction

You will begin to gain the knowledge and understanding you will need of the most common methods and resources used in major civil engineering construction activities.

Although there will be a strong theoretical underpinning to the module, there will also be considerable emphasis on making you aware of how to select appropriate methods and resources in a variety of realistic case studies.

Construction, Science and Materials

This module provides you with an introduction to the scientific principles and the properties of materials needed to successfully complete the other core and specialist modules. The module has been designed to enable you to analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles, and the properties and behaviour of materials, in construction-related situations.

Medium and High-rise Construction

This module concentrates on how multi-storey structures are constructed and managed - consider the materials used, modern construction strategies and techniques, buildability and ways in which the useful life of a building can be extended by modern alteration and repair techniques. You learn about the importance of sustainable construction, and the processes and procedures involved in the safe demolition of buildings.

Site Surveying and Setting Out

This module is designed to develop your ability to use modern surveying equipment to undertake a range of surveying and setting out procedures which are common in the construction industry.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is delivered using a combination of practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You are required to complement your learning with self-study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is by written assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.

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Career opportunities

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies. Alternatively, you may seek further study to HND, degree level and beyond.

Entry requirements

You need an appropriate technician or craft qualification at Level 3 or similar, and a good standard of literacy and numeracy skills - this would normally include mathematics at QCF level 3. The most common eligible qualifications include A levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Diplomas and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We may also consider substantial work experience in a relevant area.

If you have non-traditional qualifications, or wish to discuss your eligibility, please call our admissions enquiry telephone number or email.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Not available full-time


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information