HND Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Course Details

Course Title Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
Award Higher National Diploma
Award Level RQF 5
Awarding Body Pearson Education
UCAS Code 302H
Start Dates September 2024
Study Mode Full Time - 2 years

Course Overview

The purpose of BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering) is to develop you as professional, self-reflecting individual able to meet the demands of employers in the  civil engineering and construction sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The objectives of the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering) are as follows:

  • To equip you with construction and the built environment skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global construction and the built environment sector.
  • To provide you with education and training for a range of careers in construction and the built environment, including civil engineering, building services engineering, quantity surveying, construction management, and architectural technology.
  • To provide you with an understanding of the way technologies are transforming the industries of construction and the built environment and prepare them to work with these technologies.
  • To support you to understand the local, regional and global context of construction and the built environment.
  • To provide you with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large; with emphasis on sustainability and the environment, recognising the role that construction and the built environment plays in addressing these issues.
  • To provide you with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.

The following is an indication of relevant professional bodies that recognise BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) and their recommended unit structure, as qualifications that contribute towards their requirements: Institution of Civil Engineers; Institution of Structural Engineers; Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors; Chartered Institute of Building; Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists; Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers; Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating and Engineers.

With their agreement we have secured exemptions from certain memberships for students achieving BTEC Higher National qualifications in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering). This adds value to the qualification by offering students access to Continuing Professional Development.

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods will be varied, interactive and engaging.

You will take part in on campus lectures and live online lectures, tutorials, and academic support sessions. You will also access online learning content such as lecture notes, recordings, presentations, and handouts. You will also have access to our on-campus and electronic library.

When not attending lectures, you will also be studying independently. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, reading books and journals, preparing reports, presentations, and projects.


We mostly assess you through practical coursework assignments.

You will be involved in the sort of tasks you might undertake in a workplace. Sometimes these will be individual tasks and at other times, you will need to work in a group. Assignments could include essays, reports, individual and group projects, research and consultancy projects, presentations, and design of digital materials.

What you will study

Year 1

  •   HNCB 19 Principles of Structural Design
  •   HNCB 1 Construction Design Project
  •   HNCB 17 Civil Engineering Technology
  •   HNCB 2 Construction Technology
  •   HNCB 3 Science and Materials
  •   HNCB 4 Construction Environment
  •   HNCB 6 Digital Application for Construction Information
  •   HNCB 8 Mathematics for Construction

Year 2

  •   HNCB 22 Group Project (Double Module)
  •   HNCB 28 Further Mathematics for Construction
  •   HNCB 29 Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics
  •   HNCB 30 Advanced Structural Design
  •   HNCB 35 Alternative Methods for Construction
  •   HNCB 38 Personal and Professional Development
  •   HNCB 43 Hydraulics


BTEC Higher National Diplomas are well-established and internationally recognised qualifications offering graduates progression directly to employment. This course will prepare you for a range of construction and civil engineering jobs, such as:

  • Assistant Design Co-ordinator
  • Design & Build Co-ordinator
  • Construction Site Supervisor
  • Construction Design Technician
  • Site Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Planning Supervisor Site Engineering Technician
  • Structural Engineering Design
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Transport Engineering Design

 You can also study further for a BSc(Hons) Top Up degree in Civil Engineering.


Entry requirements

You will be expected to have at least one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering).
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by a recognised institution
  • An international equivalent of the above.

Plus you will usually have five GCSE subjects including Maths and English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above. We will normally accept Key Skills and Higher Diploma qualifications as the equivalent to GCSEs.

How to Apply

If you have questions about our courses or the application process, please complete the "Register your interest" form. A member of the admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.


Should you wish to apply, prior to completing the application form, please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references, etc.. You will also need access to your email.