HNC in Construction and the Built Environment
|Mode of study||HE Part-time|
|Campus||London Road Campus|
|Start date||19 September 2023 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change|
|Tuition Fee||£4,625 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost|
|Course code||PLR4HCB001 (2325)|
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Who is it for?
Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas can improve your career prospects
Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are work-related higher education qualifications that are highly valued by employers. HNCs and HNDs focus on 'learning by doing' and give you skills that are specific to your job.
An HNC or HND qualification related to the industry you work in will improve your professional status and count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.
Studying an HNC or HND is also perfect if you are progressing from college as you’ll learn the skills needed to move into your chosen career. An HNC is a Level 4 qualification and is equivalent to one year of higher education study; an HND is Level 5 and is equivalent to two years of higher education study.
HNCs and HNDs assessed through assignments, projects and practical tasks that you complete throughout the course. If you complete an HNC or HND, the grades in each subject unit are shown as pass, merit or distinction.
This two year part-time course is aimed at those wishing to further their academic qualifications and enhance their career opportunities in the Construction Industry.
All applicants are individually assessed on their qualifications, skills and experience. You should have the desire to further your career in the Construction Industry and hold either a Level 3 NVQ Diploma or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction, a BTEC National Award or A Levels or equivalent. Ideally, applicants should also have a GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English or a willingness to work towards them.
What does the course involve?
Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards. They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.
The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment. A typical progression path for Pearson BTEC HNC students is to an honours degree programme, this depending on the match of the Pearson BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Typical degrees at UCEM and University of Wolverhampton in Construction related disciplines should allow access to the second year of that course.
The course will include the following units:
- Unit 2: Construction Technology
- Unit 3: Science and Materials
- Unit 4: Construction Practice and Management
- Unit 21: Site Supervision and Operations
- Unit 1: Individual Project
- Unit 5: Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
- Unit 6 Construction Information
- Unit 13: Tender & Procurement
How is the course assessed?
Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessments include assignments, reports, phase tests, group and individual projects, presentations and case studies. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this course.
How much does it cost?
Additional costs include a full or partial contribution to any trips, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip. You will be required to purchase your own scientific calculator, scale rule, protective footwear (for visits) and your own personal device (laptop recommended) for internet access and CAD practice away from College (AutoCAD & other software provided).
What do I do next?
HNC in Construction & the Built Environment
Previous Institution: Shrewsbury Academy
I wanted a complete change in career and had always considered becoming an architect. When I came to an SCG Open Evening, tutors suggested the route of Higher Education in Construction. It is a great hands-on course and I especially enjoyed learning about CAD, as this is a skill I need to become an architect.
HNC in Construction & the Built Environment
Previous Institution: Meole Brace School
I have recently been appointed as Contracts Manager with Bow Construction and wanted to further my knowledge. There are good facilities here and it feels very comfortable in the new HE Centre. I’m really enjoying the design element and learning about new innovations that are being used in construction. After I’ve completed the HNC I would like to go on to Wolverhampton University.
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