HND BTEC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Are you looking to begin your career in civil engineering, structural engineering, highways, utilities and environmental management or land surveying? Equivalent to two years of a university degree, this Civil Engineering HND taught at Bolton College offers you the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector or progression to a bachelor’s degree.

BTEC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Key information



Mode of Study:



2 years


Bolton College

UCAS code:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

This HND BTEC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) course is taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton.

This Level 5 HND in Civil Engineering is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad range of civil engineering and construction disciplines that are essential to organisations in this dynamic and exciting sector of the economy. The course also aims to help you gain key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

Throughout the course, our team of dedicated experts will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject specific skills. Initially, your studies will focus on the core knowledge that is required for a career in construction and the built environment, such as construction technology, science and materials, and construction practice and management. You’ll then build on this learning with 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 the principles of civil engineering, and cover 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 undertake an individual project and a group project, where you’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and demonstrate your practical ability. Overall, we’ll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

  • The course provides opportunities for you 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’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement during the summer break – this is recommended but is not a course requirement.
  • On successful 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 its 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 that you’ll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so 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 have the chance to take part in field trips to various projects run by industry; and gain first hand industry knowledge and insights from guest speakers during class time.
Professional recognition

We'll encourage you to become a student member of the relevant professional institution(s) and participate in local and regional activities, enabling you to network with potential employers.

  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
  • Entry to this course is also available to applicants who have extensive appropriate work experience in the construction/civil engineering sector. If you don't possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience, we’ll be delighted to consider your application.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • If you intend to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HND, you will usually need GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE Mathematics and/or English while completing this course.
  • If you apply or enrol on this course, Bolton College and the University of Bolton will share the information you provide. You’ll also receive communications from both organisations.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

If you choose to complete a BTEC Level 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment it’s expected that you’ll be aiming to go on to employment or progress to a final year at university. Pearson developed these qualifications in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, vendors, businesses, universities and colleges to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in the future – whichever route you take.

What can I do with this qualification?

This HND is designed to prepare you for a career in structural, public health, highways and transport, hydraulic/water, geotechnical and site engineering. After completing the course, you may be employed by contractors, consultants, utility companies, local authorities and various other public or private bodies.

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

If you successfully complete the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering), you’ll usually be eligible 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.

Alternative career options

Diploma holders can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or further study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • 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

Course fees

Useful information

When completing your student finance application, please list your institution as ‘University of Bolton’, not ‘Bolton College’.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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The varied nature of this HND programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to gain first-hand experience in the industry, and learn from guest speakers who work in a range of key industrial sectors and roles.

There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by the professional bodies or working on assignments.

We use a range of assessment methods, depending upon the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally 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 toward your module/unit mark or grade.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of coursework 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.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown 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
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Level twoCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 60%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%
Level twoGuided independent study 60%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%


The university 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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Lawrence Atherton
Programme Leader, Bolton College

+44 (0)1204 482556

Information Team
Bolton College

+44 (0)1204 482000

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