Construction in the Built Environment Higher National Certificate – C0011

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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 industry and are designed to support you to pursue or advance a career in construction and the built environment. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the construction, the Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment give you the experience of the sector and prepare you for further study or training.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During this course you will need to complete four mandatory units for the first academic year in the following:

60 Credits
– Individual project (Pearson-set) 15 credits
– Construction technology 15 credits
– Science and materials 15 credits
– Construction practice and management 15 credits

Once achieved progress is possible into the second academic year.

Year 2

The second year will comprise of two mandatory units with the option of two optional units, these will vary due to demand, available tutors and student numbers:

60 Credits
– Legal and statutory responsibilities in construction
– Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification)

– Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out 15 credits
– Tender and Procurement 15 credits
– Building Information Modelling 15 credits
– Principles of Refurbishments 15 credits
– Principles of Public Health Engineering 15 credits
– Civil Engineering Technology 15 credits
– Principles of Electrical Design and Installation15 credits
– Site Supervision and Operations 15 credits

Entry Requirements

Candidates will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences. You will need a minimum of 120 UCAS points. Candidates should have a National Certificate in Building Studies or equivalent, or have relevant industrial experience, and be practising in this discipline at an equivalent level.

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: £2040.00


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

On completion of this course, you can apply to progress onto our HND Construction and the Built Environment or a related degree programme where you may receive an exemption for the HNC programme. Students can often progress into more senior positions related to construction management, site engineering, building control and quantity surveying.

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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