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Higher National Certificate - Construction and the Built Enviroment



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10 hours per week (one long day and one additional evening).



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What does this course involve?

The course is tailored to students with ambitions of working within construction in a professional, managerial or technical capacity. A number of career opportunities exist including work as planners, site managers, advisors or administrative and technical roles within construction companies, as well as the opportunity to continue studying at undergraduate level six. Emphasis will be placed upon reflection, analysis, environmental impact, critical thinking and personal development. There is also the opportunity to advance to the HND programme. You will learn… Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment. Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment Group project Construction and Maintenance of Buildings Law and Contract for Construction and the Built Environment, Applied Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment Environmental Impact of Construction.


What qualifications do I need?

An offer of a place on the Higher National Certificate is offered in terms of grades up to a certain number of UCAS tariff points. For example, a typical offer for entry to an HNC is 48 UCAS tariff points and you should possess or be working towards GCSE grades C and above in English and maths. All applicants will be interviewed.


You will learn through… Lectures: Lectures play an important part throughout the course and will feature in all modules at levels HE4 & HE5 of the programme. They involve the dissemination of theoretical and empirical information by a lecturer and provide a basic framework that you can build upon through your reading and through other classroom activities. Guest Lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies and other academic institutions, enhance the learning experience. Practical Sessions: Tutor-led practical sessions which can take place in laboratories, be field based or located in computer suites or studios, are a key aspect of this programme. These may comprise demonstrations by staff members, hands-on practical activities or project work. These activities help develop subject specific practical skills; specifically, the ability to: effectively deploy the methods and tools used in the development of a product, solve practical problems by making and testing prototypes; and make effective use of specialist software. During practical sessions, there is also an opportunity to develop time management and communications skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team. Seminars: Seminars involve groups who meet with a tutor to discuss further reading, issues and problems arising from lecture material, or to undertake case studies or problem-solving exercises. It is common for further reading on a particular topic to be assigned, and individuals may be required to present an oral synopsis to provide a basis for discussion. Seminars play an important part in encouraging you to think critically about the subject, to analyse theory and information in a systematic fashion, and to enhance understanding of conceptual issues. Workshops: Workshops are also employed in some modules and may involve the development of skills, e.g. research methods, the application of statistics, presentations etc, as well as problem solving through the evaluation of case-study material. Assistance with assignment work may be offered in workshops, and they play an important part in increasing confidence in dealing with the subject matter. Tutorials: These are usually individually based but may be shared with others who are studying a similar area/issue. You should prepare for tutorials, which are usually associated with an assignment, by bringing any plans for discussion. Informal Group Study Sessions: Group work can be undertaken using the HE common room, which contains PC’s and WiFi connection.

Fees & Costs

For UK students £6,000 per year (one year programme)

For non-EU students £6,600 per year (one year programme)

If you choose to progress on to a HND after this your total fees will be £12,000. (£13,200 for non-EU students).

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All prices quoted are given as a guide, and may be subject to change. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such a travel, equipment and childcare.


Progression to HND. The HNC in Construction is for individuals who intend to take up a career in the construction industry at higher technician level in the fields of Building, Civil Engineering, Surveying, Building Control, Site Control and Construction management. Successful completion of the course facilitates entry onto the HND programme of study. It will also provide the opportunity to develop a career in the rapidly expanding sustainable construction market. The course is designed to support career progression for anyone working in construction or civil engineering or for individuals who would like to develop their knowledge and skills and pursue a career in this field. The HNC year develops general knowledge of a variety of concepts within the field of construction and enables learners to consider specialisations and career paths, while developing academic study, research and writing skills.

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