Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Civil Engineering

Qualification code: 90137
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 111282
APS/AS: 18
Purpose statement:
The specific purpose of educational qualifications designed to meet this qualification are to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Professional Engineering Technician. Engineering learners completing this qualification will demonstrate competence in all eleven graduate attributes contained in ECSA generic document. Qualification Standard for Diploma in Engineering: NQF Level 6).The qualification design reflects the new standard for engineering technicians as required by the Engineering Council of South Africa (referred to as the ECSA hereafter) based on the new Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF (ECSA document E-02-PN revision 3 from 26 November 2015: Qualification Standard for Diploma in Engineering: NQF Level 6). This qualification was endorsed by constituents from industry via advisory committee meetings for civil engineering. The qualification is expected to be viable in terms of learner numbers as the current National Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology qualification has shown significant learner numbers (average of 1655 enrolments per year for the past two years). Furthermore, this new Diploma in Civil Engineering will be the only one that is offered via an open and distance learning institute. As such, it will be accessible to learners countrywide, and is more likely to be taken up by employed learners who would not be able to attend full-time courses offered by residential institutions.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ACC2601 - Aqueous Chemistry for Civil Engineers (Offered from 2021)
PEC3603 - Engineering Practice: Civil (Project Based Learning) (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:GSM1501, CMT2601, DOC2601, GEE2601, SAN2602, CDW2602, TRE2601, EPN2601, RCD2601, STR2601, WTE2602