HNC Civil Engineering

This course provides students with a sound understanding of civil engineering construction principles and techniques. The course will prepare students for employment as civil engineering technicians and provide them with relevant experience and further higher academic study to be able to hold senior technician positions. The course is designed for those seeking a career/or progressing their careers in civil engineering design, management and maintenance of infrastructure elements such as construction of buildings, bridges, roads, railway, water and sewerage systems.

It will provide individuals with a range of practical vocational and theoretical skills utilising modern equipment and techniques in design procedures, surveying and material testing, enabling candidates to make an immediate contribution in their role as engineering technicians. Optional units covering wider aspects of the industry will enable students to develop in other relevant areas of construction and civil engineering fields such as CAD.

Course content includes:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • CAD for Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Contract and Project Management
  • Civil Engineering Materials and Testing
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Materials and Specification
  • Construction Site Surveying A
  • Construction Site Surveying B
  • Construction Technical Communication Skills
  • Construction Technology: Substructure
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Mathematics for Construction Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering Specialisms (Mandatory for 1st Year HNC Level)
  • Civil Engineering Graded Unit 1 (Mandatory for 1st Year HNC Level)
  • Geotechnics A

  • Senior Civil Engineering Technician

  • HND in relevant subject
  • Year 2 or 3 of a BSc Civil Engineering
  • Membership of The Institution of Civil Engineering

This course also lends itself to accommodate the Construction: Technical Modern Apprenticeship learner by supporting the frameworks of these qualifications at SVQ levels 3 & 4 and this can be undertaken on a part-time basis for employed learners after discussion with the Curriculum Manager.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 2 of the following degree programmes:

  • Beng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering - Abertay University
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering - University of the West of Scotland

Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at grade C or above including Maths (mandatory), English and a science or technical subject such as Physics, Chemistry or Engineering Studies, plus three National 5 awards (or equivalent) including a technical or science subject
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering
  • Successful completion of a relevant access course such as NC Civil Engineering
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant industry related experience will be considered at the discretion of the Curriculum Manager

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7