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:

  • developers, contractors, designers and prefabricators for industrial commercial and housing developments
  • consulting civil engineers, civil engineering contractors and the owners or managers of infrastructure components
  • consulting structural engineers, contractors and the owners or managers of industrial and commercial buildings

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.

  • an HNC in a related discipline
  • at least one Higher level pass, with appropriate supporting passes at Standard Grade Credit in appropriate subjects, which should include mathematics and science and/or technology
  • a SVQ in Civil Engineering or a related discipline
  • a craft qualification combined with appropriate further study, prior to, or in parallel with, the HNC programme

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.