Highway Technology

TMS offers an extensive range of training courses in the field of Road Safety and Traffic Management.  All courses offer a 'hands on' approach to training and are recognised for CPD by the IHE and CIHT

Course Information:

This course will be taught as 4 separate modules, with one day of classroom based tuition for each module, totalling 4 days. At the end of each module an assignment will be set. This should be completed by the student and submitted by the start of the next module. There will be around 6 weeks between the modules, which allow students sufficient time to complete the assignment and hand it in before the next module commences.

Aims & Objectives:

The course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to highway technology and will give students the confidence to do this type of work once back in the working environment. The course is valuable to students new to the subject matter or those with practical experience but lack the academic background in the subject area. The qualification is a well-respected demonstration of competence in this area of work.


Topics Covered:


Module 1

Responsibility for Public Highways:

  • Legal responsibility for highways
  • Financial responsibility for highways

Investigation and Design of Highways:

  • The overall project
  • Perception
  • Investigation
  • Preliminary design
  • Final design

Ground Investigation:

  • Aims for ground investigation
  • Methods of ground investigation
  • Ground properties

Introduction to Safety:

  • Safety and highway technology
  • Principles of construction safety
  • Design and contruction of safe roads

Module 2

Planning and Design of Earthworks:

  • Earthworks
  • Acceptable and unacceptable material
  • Stability of cutting
  • Safe slopes in cuttings
  • Stability of embankments

Earthworks methods and plant:

  • Site clearance
  • Topsoil
  • Excavation, loading and hauling
  • Spreading and compaction of fill
  • Preparation of the formation

Principles of drainage:

  • Harmless water?
  • Moisture and road construction

Sub-Soil Drainage:

  • Moisture in the subgrade
  • Methods of sub soil drainage
  • Disposal of sub soil water

Surface Water Drainage:

  • The need for a drainage system
  • Surface topgraphy
  • Channel types
  • Spacing and location of gullies
  • Detailed design of gullies
  • Culverts, sewers, drains and pipes
  • Manholes
  • Connections

Module 3

Pavement Design:

  • Action of traffic on pavements
  • Multi-layer pavements
  • Properties of the subgrade
  • Pavement design procedures

Sub-Bases and Roadbases:

  • Selection of materials
  • Setting out
  • Laying and compaction
  • Quality control

Bituminous Materials:

  • The origin and composition of bituminous materials
  • Production and transportation of materials
  • The role of aggregates in skid resistance
  • Selection of bituminous materials for surfacing
  • Ordering bituminous materials from a supplier


  • Laying organisation
  • Surfacing plant

Quality Control of Surfacing:

  • Levels and riding quality
  • Factors affecting durability
  • Skid resistance

Module 4

Rigid Pavement:

  • Components of a rigid pavement
  • Preparing to lay the concrete
  • Laying the concrete


  • Design considerations
  • Structure and construction
  • Kerbs and channels
  • Street furniture

Signs and Markings:

  • Permanent signs and markings
  • Signing of roadworks
  • Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual



This course offers a BTEC Level 4 Certificate of Achievement for students through completion of a series of assignments that will be assessed by TMS and City of Bath College. This course can also contribute to the achievement of a Professional Diploma in Highway Engineering by further study of Highways and Transportation topics from the TMS and City of Bath College training programme.

Students who attend the course and do not successfully complete the assignments will receive a certificate of attendance providing all four modules/course days are attended.

Students are not permitted to attend individual modules they must attend all four on the dates as detailed below.

A joint TMS / City of Bath College Certificate/Diploma will also be issued to students completing the course. 

How much will it cost and what is included?

The fee for this course is £1,675 excluding VAT. This is payable in advance of attending the course. This will include a course manual, additional notes and lunch/refreshments on the days of the course.  

Course Dates & Venue:

Please note learners attending this course must attend all of the training days listed below.

Registration begins at 9:15am each day, with each module running from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Module 1 - 23rd October 2017

Module 2 - 4th December 2017

Module 3 - 22nd January 2018

Module 4 - 12th March 2018

Venue: Church House Westminster, London

Regional and In-house courses

This course can be run in-house for organisations or groups of organisations which can get together. This may be more cost effective for organisations where there are several members of staff who wish to attend the course. 

Booking a place:

To book a place on this course please either download a pdf booking form or make an online booking by using the link below.

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