Level Four Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering

This course is highly regarded in the civil engineering industry, giving you the opportunity to continue your studies to a higher level, and is aimed at people who are looking to progress their career away from “hands-on” work. It will give you the skills needed for technician posts throughout the built environment and civil engineering sector in areas such as structual design and civil engineering technology.


What will I study?

The course will cover the following units.

 Mandatory units:

  • Individual project
  • Construction technology
  • Science and materials
  • Construction practice and management
  • Construction information
  • Mathematics for construction
  • Principles of structual design

Specialist unit:

  • Civil engineering technology

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, work-based practical assessment, portfolio
development and presentations.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

It will be delivered through a mixture of workshops, taught sessions, lectures, independent learning and work-based assessments.  The course is designed to fit around work commitments and is delivered one day per week, over 18 months.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile: Alex Sheldon

Alex has spent many years in the construction industry working in roles ranging from trade to professional management.  He has taught in the construction sector for 14 years and as head of construction has built strong relationships with a regional network of employers.

Entry requirements

  •  A level three qualification in construction or a related level three qualification


  • College interview

What next?

Completion of the course can lead to the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction, other higher education such as the BSc (Hons) in Construction or employment within the construction sectors.

Additional information

Developed in partnership with Local Transport Projects, East Riding of Yorkshire Council.