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HND Civil Engineering

Take the first step towards an interesting and exciting career in Civil Engineering!


Equivalent to two years of a university degree, our Civil Engineering HND will enhance the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector. As well as giving you an appreciation of Civil Engineering principles, you will cover amongst other things computer applications for civil engineering, fluid mechanics and technology, structural analysis, construction technical communication skills and health and safety.


The programme is delivered flexibly, so it will fit easily around your current employment and other commitments.


For an informal discussion about the course, please contact: 

Lawrence Atherton, 
Programme Leader, Bolton College
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482556



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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Construction and Built Environment (Civil Engineering)


  • Introductory Course Information

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    Award: Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Construction and Built Environment (Civil Engineering) 

    UCAS Code: H200 

    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  

    Location of PlacementN/A 

    Awarding BodyPearson 

    Membership of Organisations 

    • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Associate Membership 
    • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Eng Tech Membership 
    • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) Eng Tech Membership 
    • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStruceE) Eng Tech Membership 

    Duration2 Years (full-time) 

    Start Date: 21/9/2020

  • Course Overview

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    The Level 5 HND in Civil Engineering is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in civil engineering and construction disciplines which are crucial to organisation in this dynamic sector. The course also provides you with key transferable skills which employers are looking for.


    Our expert tutors will guide you throughout your course and help you gain practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your course will cover the key knowledge required for a career in construction and the built environment and cover construction technology, science and materials, and construction practice and management. You'll be able to take specialist and optional units that concentrate on developing your understanding and skills in essential areas of civil engineering and mathematics for construction.


    We'll help you learn important principles surrounding civil engineering covering essential areas such as  computer applications for civil engineering, fluid mechanics and technology, structural analysis, construction technical communication skills, and health and safety. 


    You'll also complete an individual project and a group project, where you'll develop and apply your knowledge of the subject, demonstrating practical ability. 

  • Course Highlights & Key Features

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    Course Highlights

    • Our Civil Engineering course provides you with the opportunity to make progress towards achieving internationally recognised professional status with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways or Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
    • We recommend and encourage you to take on a work placement during the summer holidays.
    • Upon completion of this programme, you'll be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering).
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for our HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.


    Key Features

    • This course offers essential subject knowledge to help you progress into the world of work or onto further study.
    • Our teaching approach is 'student-centred'. We'll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
    • You'll be able to take part in trips to various projects within Civil Engineering so you can gain first hand industry knowledge and insights from guest speakers during your class time.
  • Modules

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    The modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.
    • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
    • Construction Technology
    • Science and Materials
    • Construction Practice and Management
    • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing Specification)
    • Mathematics for Construction
    • Principles of Structural Design
    • Civil Engineering Technology
    • Group Project (Pearson Set)
    • Further Mathematics for Construction
    • Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics
    • Advanced Structural Design
    • Alternative Methods of Construction
    • Hydraulics
    • Contracts and Management
  • Entry Requirements

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    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3
    • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above / 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and maths
    • Entry is also available to those who have extensive relevant work experience within the construction/civil engineering sector - if you don't have the academic qualifications required but have extensive appropriate work experience, we'll consider your application
    • If English isn't your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications - click here to find out more.
    • If you want to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HND, you will usually need GCSE English and maths at grade c/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE English and/or maths while completing this course.

    You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of your work.

  • Career Opportunities

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    This qualification has been developed by Pearson closely with experts from employers, vendors, professional bodies, universities and colleges so that you'll gain the skills necessary to success in this area.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    The HND in Civil Engineering is designed to prepare you for a career in structural, public health, highways and transport, hydraulic/water, geotechnical and site engineering. You could find yourself in employment by contractors, consultants, utility companies, local authorities and various other public or private bodies.


    Civil and structural engineers work on buildings, transport and communication infrastructures. These include bridges, roads, tunnels, canals and other large constructions. They can also work for employers which are involved in the production, storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water. Opportunities are available with employers both in the UK and overseas.


    You can also progress onto a higher level qualification if you complete the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering). You'll be able to apply for advanced entry to Level 2 (HE5) of the University of Bolton’s BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course or Level 3 (HE6) of the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management degree.


    Other career options:

    • Building services engineering
    • Geology
    • Environmental consultancy
    • Quantity surveying
    • Logistics
    • Operation management
    • Patent law and intellectual property
    • Teaching
    • Research and development
    • Procurement, purchasing and buying
    • Supply chain management
    • Technical sales and consultancy


    Professional Recognition

    This qualification is approved by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as:
    1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Engineering Technician (EngTech).
    2. partially satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for IEng.

    The JBM consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). See for further information.

    Diploma holders can apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech) professional status after the necessary practice in industry.

    You’ll be encouraged to become a student member of the relevant Institution(s) and take part in local and regional activities, enabling you to network with potential employers.

  • Fees & Financial Support

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    For students starting in 20/21, the tuition fees are £5,996.


    Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides Progression Awards for students who progress from a level 3 Bolton College course onto a HE Bolton College course. For further information on the Progression Award, click here. To find out more about financial support, please click here.


    Useful links for Bolton College Regulations, Policies and Procedures:  If you need information regarding any of the HE policies and procedures or how to make a complaint or appeal then please visit our key strategies and framework page

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment

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    Due to the HND programme being so varied, we use a range of teaching and learning methods, combining timetables classes with student-centred and independent learning. You'll be attending lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There'll be opportunities to go on site visits and learn from guest speakers who work in a range of key industrial sectors and roles.


    You'll have plenty opportunity to spend time with your tutors and technicians however, you'll still be expected to devote a significant amount of time to personal study i.e. this time might be spend engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work or working on assignments.


    We use a range of assessment methods, depending on your learning outcomes and the type of module content being assessed. You'll be able to test your understanding of the modules informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you'll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count towards your module/unit mark or grade.

    here is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of assessment such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.



    We will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


    Assessment Methods


    Assessment method

    Level One

    Coursework (100%)

    Level Two

    Coursework (100%)


    Learning activities


    Learning activity

    Level One

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

    Level Two

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

  • How To Apply

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    September Start

    You can apply directly online by clicking here.


    Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

    You should also ensure you have to hand:

    • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

    • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

    • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

    • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

    • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

    Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

    Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input. 



    International applications are not possible for this course

    As an international student you are not allowed to study part time courses, this is because of the restrictions on your visa.     

  • Contact Us

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    Lawrence Atherton
    Programme Leader, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482556