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Construction and the Built Environment Higher National Diploma – C1481

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Course Overview

The Higher National qualifications in construction and the built environment are aimed at those wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Through completing a Higher National qualification you will study a wide-ranging spectrum of the construction and the built environment sector. Then after you have completed the course you can pursue or advance your career in construction and the built environment. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the construction and the built environment sector, the Higher Nationals give you the experience of the sector and prepare you for further study or training.

The level 5 Higher National Diploma consists of the level 4 Higher National Certificate (from a defined specialist pathway) plus an additional 120 credits at level 5 delivered via one of the specialist pathways.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During your course, you will need to complete mandatory units in:
– Individual project (Pearson-set)
– Construction technology
– Science and materials
– Construction practice and management.

Additionally, there are optional units which you may choose to take in addition to further your knowledge in:
– Tender and procurement
– Alternative methods of construction
– Environmental assessment and monitoring
– Mathematics for construction

Mandatory units may not be subject to change, however, optional units may be subject to change to meet local skills shortages and skills gaps.

Year 2

Building upon the skills and knowledge learnt during your first year you will then complete the following units as part of the second year of your programme:
– Group project (Pearson-set)
– Legal and statutory responsibilities in construction
– Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification)
– Surveying
– Measuring and setting out
– Contracts and management
– Project management
– Management for complex buildings

Where the units are deemed mandatory they will not be subject to change, however, optional units may be subject to change to meet local skills shortages and skills gaps.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who already have a level 3 qualification (i.e. A2s, extended/subsidiary diploma, Access to HE) or a strong portfolio of work. You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level, and who can evidence relevant experience. Due to the nature of this programme, you may be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.

How you will be assessed

Each year of the programme will include an externally set piece of work, the internally set units at mandatory, specialist and optional will be set and assessed internally through a range of mediums There is a range of assessment methods that can be utilised, such as:
– presentations, written reports, accounts, surveys
– log books, production diaries
– role play
– observations and reflections on practical tasks or performance
– production of visual or audio materials, artefacts, products and specimens
– peer and self-assessment
– time-constrained assessments

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £4080.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

The level 5 Higher National Diploma allows you to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study with the Leicester College BSc(Hons) Construction Management degree programme. In addition, the qualifications may provide links to industry-related and employer-supported apprenticeship schemes that can provide further opportunities for enhanced employability. The course provides opportunity to progress into employment within construction management.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short learner details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment.

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