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Construction and the Built Environment Higher National Diploma level 5 – C3385

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Course Overview

The Higher National qualifications in construction and the built environment are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the construction and the built environment sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in construction and the built environment. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the construction and the built environment sector, the Higher Nationals in construction and the built environment give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them 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

Mandatory units: individual project (Pearson-set), construction technology, science and materials, construction practice and management.
Optional units: tender and procurement, alternative methods of construction, environmental assessment and monitoring, mathematics for construction.
Mandatory will not be a subject to change, however optional units may be subject to change to meet local skills shortages and skills gaps.

Year 2

Mandatory unit : Group Project (Pearson-set)
Specialist units : 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.

In Year 3 you will choose various units, depending on the pathway chosen.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at learners 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 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: £2720.00


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 students to specialise by committing to specific career paths. Upon completion of the course students may wish to progress onto degree-level study, for example 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 building services engineering technical routes, including 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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