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

This course 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.

Learning is conducted via lectures, tutorials, scientific experimentation and analysis, blended learning and the Virtual Learning Environment as a method of student support. 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.

You will be strongly encouraged to develop reflexive practice in your studies and employment during the programme to continue your development in lifelong learning. A key element of the programme is the partial requirements of home study. You will have access to your module tutors 24 \ 7 via virtual learning platforms to enable you to be strongly supported and developed in, and outside of sessions..

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
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Civil Engineering Technology

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 to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) 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

Standard offer

  • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject

Or

  • A Levels with some industrial experience

Non-standard offer

The TEC Partnership will encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All non-traditional applicants will be assessed through an interview assessing their overall interest in the subject matter as well as current academic skills, set an appropriate piece of work (an essay and practical task), a judgement is then made considering their academic potential and relevant experience and skills. 

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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