HND Civil Engineering candidate information

The HND Civil Engineering will prepare you for employment as a Senior Engineering Technician in the civil engineering industry, designing, managing, maintaining or adapting infrastructure (such as bridges, railways, roads, and water and sewerage installations) or buildings. The HND will enable you to develop study, research, analysis, planning, organisational and review/evaluation skills.

The HND provides you with a sound understanding of civil engineering construction principles and techniques.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HND will be a suitable qualification for a job with:

Some universities will admit HND holders to Year 2 or Year 3 of relevant degree programmes. Each institution has its own entry requirements, so please check before choosing your HND options.

There may also be opportunities to progress via a Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) accredited course, and you will be able to achieve professional body recognition. You can find more information at


As with all SQA qualifications, access to the awards will be at the discretion of the centre.  The following recommendations are for guidance only.

Other entry qualifications are also possible, if you can demonstrate a realistic chance of success.

You may be accepted if you have relevant work experience, and you may be granted Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for any underpinning knowledge or skills you have developed in relevant employment.