If you are currently employed in the construction industry and want to further your career in civil engineering, this course will help prepare you for a range of higher technician roles. The programme is designed with flexibility at its core, making it easy to fit around your current employment and can be tailored to your existing role or career aspirations with a range of flexible modules.
Developed and delivered with industry partners Eric Wight Civil Engineering and Lancashire County Council Highways Department, this programme will ensure you have the skills employers are looking for. Civil and structural engineers work on all types of buildings, plus transport and communication infrastructures including bridges, roads, tunnels, railways and other large constructions. They also work in the production, storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water.
Civil Engineering opportunities are available with a variety of employers both in the UK and overseas.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
You will learn a range of technical skills including the ability to plan and conduct experiments, data analysis and system design. You will also experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, building your communications skills and gaining an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
During the course you will be introduced to key principles in the fields of numeracy, materials, mechanics, construction technology and health and safety. As the course progresses, learning will focus on the more specialised areas of surveying, geotechnics and structural analysis.
For the full course specification, please visit the Higher Education section of our website, available here.
HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?
You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, case studies, discussion forums and masterclasses, delivered by industry experts.
To aid learning and help build essential hands on skills, some modules are supported by practical work and field exercises. This strong emphasis on practical learning has meant the course has been able to maintain a high graduate success rate and offers enhanced career development.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Assessment methods include written submissions, timecontrolled examinations and practical activities. The variety of assessment techniques will ensure you are given every opportunity to demonstrate your skills in all study areas.
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?
Upon successful completion of the HNC, you can apply or progress into a range of roles in a professional, managerial or technical capacity in civil engineering management, structural design, quantity surveying, highways and transportation.
You may choose to progress onto higher level study, upon completion of this HNC. To progress, an additional application needs to be made.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?
Awarded by: Pearson
Mode of study: 2 years, part-time
Tuition fee: Year 1 (2021/2022): £3,000, Year 2 (2022/2023): £3,000
The course will be delivered at the Fulwood Campus and will run subject to a minimum class size of 10.
Location: Preston's College, Fulwood Campus
Additional requirements: 3-4 years of site/industrial experience is desirable.
Preston’s College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the HNC Civil Engineering qualification.
If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview stage.
For students who have recently been in education, we would expect an applicant to have one of the following:
Two A-Level subjects or equivalent (grade B and grade C, minimum)
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Pass or Merit (grade MMP)
BTEC National Diploma/Certificate (grade DM)
Pass Access Course:
In a relevant occupational area at Level 3
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above
3-4 years of site/industrial experience is desirable
You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston’s College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.