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

This course is very highly regarded 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.

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.

What will I study?

The course will cover the following units.

 Mandatory units:

  • Individual project
  • Construction technology
  • Science and materials
  • Construction practice and management
  • Construction information
  • Mathematics for construction
  • Principles of structural design

Specialist unit:

  • 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 the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

Most of your skills will be taught through delivered theory sessions, with support sessions underpinning your academic skills.

 The course is designed to fit around work commitments and is delivered one day per week, over 18 months with time split between professional practice, and working on your own assignments.

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 trade to professional management.  He has taught in the construction sector for 14 years and as head of construction has built strong relationships with a regional network of employers.

Entry requirements

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

Applications will be considered from mature learners without the formal academic qualifications.

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

Developed in partnership with Local Transport Projects, East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

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