National Diploma in Civil Engineering

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Civil Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


 Construction is a very important global industry and is worth £90 billion annually to the UK economy. At technician level and beyond, there is a diverse range of career pathways, with established professional entry and development routes in civil engineering, building services engineering, design/architecture and construction supervision/management. Currently, qualified construction technicians, managers and professionals are highly sought after in the UK industry, with demand for a greater number of professionals to implement and lead low-carbon and sustainable building projects in an efficient, cost-effective way. This Course is an ideal starting point, if you would like to work in the Civil Engineering Industry. It covers all key subject areas and gives a very good grounding on which to start your career. The course contains site visits and vocationally relevant enrichment from Industry based professionals.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: The Rail Academy, Gateshead

Who the course is for

 The course is ideal for students aged 18 and who turn 19 within the first year of study and others planning a career in the Construction or Civil engineering industry. The qualification would also suit learners wanting to pursue a career in construction by progressing directly to employment as a civil engineering technician or to higher education. The qualification is intended to meet the educational base for registration as a technician, for example with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), once they are in employment.

Qualification Gained

 BTEC National Diploma In Civil Engineering

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

 This qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that will allow learners to progress to further education, or directly to employment or an Apprenticeship in the construction sector.

There are seven mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of construction:

• Construction principles
• Construction design
• Construction technology
• Health and Safety in construction
• Surveying in construction
• Site engineering for construction
• Construction in civil engineering.

Learning Methods

 Learning is by external end point assessment (exam), internal assignments, presentation work, taught sessions, projects, research and site visits within the Construction and Civil Engineering Industry.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through assignments, presentations, knowledge based tests and projects within the timetable.

Progression Opportunities

 On successful completion of this course, you could progress onto a Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering or Rail Engineering at Newcastle College.


Progression into relevant industry employment (self sourced).

Career Opportunities

 At technician level and beyond, there is a diverse range of career pathways, with established professional entry and development routes in civil engineering, building services engineering, design/architecture and construction supervision/management.

Entry Requirements

 4 GCSEs minimum level 4 or equivalent at pass level including Maths, English and Science. You must also have successfully completed an interview and assessment process before entry onto the course.

For applicants whose first language is not English you must achieve an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.