Level Four BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment

This course is very highly regarded and prized in the construction industry and is suitable for people with a varied achievement profile such as those with significant work experience and those with level three qualifications related to the work sector. It will give you the skills needed for technical and managerial posts throughout the built environment and construction sector, while providing you the opportunity to progress to your degree in the subject.

You will be given real life scenarios, case studies, experiments and problem-solving activities all related to the industry and specialist subject you are studying, to continue to deepen your ecology of real working life in the industry.

After completing your higher national certificate, there is the option to top up to a higher national diploma, which is a level five qualification.

What will I study?

The course will cover the following units.

 Mandatory units:

  • Individual research project
  • Construction technology
  • Science and materials
  • Construction practice and management
  • Legal and statutory responsibilities in construction
  • Construction information
  • Civil engineering technology
  • Building information modelling

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, scientific experiments, presentations, group work, posters.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

It will be delivered through a mixture of workshops, taught sessions, lectures, independent learning and work-based assessments.  The course is designed to fit around work commitments and is delivered one day per week, over 18 months.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile: Alex Sheldon

Alex has spent many years in the construction industry. Working in roles ranging from carpenter to project manager.

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels with some industrial experience

and

  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

Accreditation of prior learning:

Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL)

What next?

Completion of the course can lead to the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction, other higher education such as the BSc (Hons) in Construction or employment within the construction sectors.

Additional information

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