HND Civil Engineering

A HND Civil Engineering develops a good understanding of engineering principles, along with IT and personal skills, plus the ability to apply them to engineering problems through design and project work.

When you successfully complete this award, you can progress to the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree. Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree gives you an educational base for professional development at Incorporated Engineer (IEng) level. With additional study and professional experience, you could become a member of one of the following professional bodies: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, or the Institute of Highway Engineers.

In addition, successful completion of the HND award will afford you the opportunity to progress onto our Post-Diploma route for the BSc, meaning that you could complete a BSc award in one calendar year, rather than two academic years.

For the HND in Civil Engineering, we encourage you to take the sandwich option. This year-long work placement is a great opportunity to gain real experience of the industry and will boost your employment prospects after you graduate.

Year 1

  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design
  • Engineering Maths 1
  • Mechanical Science 1
  • Site Practice, Planning and Measurement 1*
  • Surveying*
  • Construction Materials 1*
  • Construction Materials 2*
  • Fluid Mechanics*
  • Thermodynamics 1*

Year 2

  • Structural Analysis and Design 1
  • Analytical Methods*
  • Civil Engineering Practice
  • Geotechnics*
  • Engineering Surveying and Highway Design
  • Water Engineering
  • Sustainable Design Project


The course offers a combination of theory and practice and is taught through a balance of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.


Methods of assessment reflect the range of the modules on offer, with a balance of assignments, coursework and class tests. For some modules, you will prepare and deliver presentations that will develop your communication and presentation skills.


Our HND Civil Engineering degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Monitors (JBM) to EngTech level. This course forms an educational base with further learning for progression to Incorporated Engineer status.


The University of South Wales has excellent facilities, and is committed to investment and refurbishment. We’ve just completed a £130m investment programme in new buildings and facilities, including significant investment in the Faculty of Advanced Technology. The University has also announced a further investment of £28m ensure that you’re using equipment and software that is state-of-the-art and industry-standard, we continually evaluate our labs and teaching spaces and regularly re-fit and re-equip them. A recent refurbishment of a number of our Civil and Mechanical Engineering labs is part of this programme of continuous enhancement of our facilities.

Overall 120 UCAS points (preferably in Mathematics or numerate science subjects). Equivalent and international qualifications are also accepted.
Applicants should normally have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include 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.

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

Our graduates have an applied educational base in civil engineering
and have no difficulty in finding excellent positions in the civil engineering industry, typically ranging from employment with contractors, local authorities and consultants on a national and international basis.

Graduates of our civil engineering courses have gained employment with a range of organisations, local authorities and companies, including Capita Symonds, Morgan Est, Carillion PLC, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Hyder, Alan Griffiths Contractors Ltd, Network Rail and United Utilities.

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.