HNC Civil Engineering

Top in Wales for Civil Engineering Guardian University Guide 2023

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.

This qualification is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech).

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

Year One: HNC Civil Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering - 20 credits
  • Thermo-Fluid Mechanics - 20 credits

Year Two: HNC Civil Engineering

  • Engineering Communication - 20 credits
  • Structural Analysis and Design 1 - 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering Materials - 20 credits

 

Teaching

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.

Assessment

Assessment methods include assignments, coursework, class tests and presentations. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.

Accreditations

This qualification is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech).

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Facilities

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

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Students with industry experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Three GCSEs at grade C/Grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English language

Typical A-Level Offer

DD at A level

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade D and D at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Access with a minimum of 48 UCAS points

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 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Part-time UK:  £720 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

UK students

Apply directly to the University

 

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

Graduates of this HNC Civil Engineering qualification will enhance their career prospects within the civil engineering industry, and have the opportunity to progress onto the BSc Civil Engineering degree or the BEng Civil Engineering subject to academic attainment.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW civil engineering 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.