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HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Construction)

This is a work-related qualification for students taking their first steps into employment or those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. The purpose of the Pearson BTEC Higher National in Construction and the Built Environment is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the needs and demands of employers in the construction sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.
Students completing the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of construction and the built environment. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to construction and the built environment, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

Units delivered over two years of part-time study for this qualification are:
• Individual Project
• Construction Technology
• Science & Materials
• Construction Practice & Management
• Legal & Statutory Responsibility in Construction
• Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
• Surveying, Measuring & Settingout
• Civil Engineering technology

Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have one of the following;
• Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in a related subject
• 2 A Level’s at grade A to D (one of which should be subject related)

Additionally, 3 GCSE’s at grade A-C including English Language and maths (or equivalent). You will also be required to attend an interview with the Course Leader.

Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industrial experience will be considered. You will also be required to attend an interview with the Course Leader.

English Language requirement for International students
IELTS 5.5 overall (an individual score of 5.5 in each element is essential) or an equivalent level 2 qualification. If you have studied English Language outside of the UK and wish to find out if your qualification is comparable to level 2 please check with UK NARIC.

What do I need to bring?

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable.

Course specific:
Students may take part in practical case study work in the outdoor environment, and will be expected to wear the PPE provided as appropriate.

Assessment/Exam information

You will be provided with details of the assignment requirements for each Unit. Students will be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development, gaining formative feedback on progress towards Unit outcomes, and developing knowledge and competence in the discipline.

Summative assessment is mainly through coursework. Students will evidence their progress through written academic essays and reports, or practical activities, which will vary according to each individual Unit assessment requirements. Each Unit will carry more than one assessment task in order to meet the learning outcomes and criteria for the Unit as a whole.

There are no summative written exams for this course, however in some Units, your knowledge may be formatively assessed through in class tests.

If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students

Other information

Pearson have worked with a range of professional bodies in the development of this programme, including the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) who are a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the Construction Industry in England, Scotland and Wales. Their aim is to work with industry to encourage training and development to build a fully qualified professional workforce.
CITB recognises the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment in preparing learners for a role in the construction industry.

The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) also recognises this qualification and free student membership is available through their website, which has professional and study resources, articles and information relating to construction and civil-engineering professionals.

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is at level 4 (the same as the first year of a UK Honours degree). Pearson BTECs provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at university and are also designed to meet employer’s needs. Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are therefore widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at levels 4 and 5.

What can I do next?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is at level 4 (the same as the first year of a UK Honours degree). On successful completion of this course, students may progress onto studies at Level 5 or above including HND or BSc/BEng. Progression onto other courses will be subject to meeting the entry criteria of the institution. Students may also move into higher roles or positions within their organisation, or wish to develop their career further by moving into other employment.

Qualification description

This course is part of the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF)
Awarding Body: Pearson Education Ltd
Available as part time, day release, over two years
Academic Credits are awarded in recognition of the achievement of learning outcomes for each unit of study, at a specified level as follows:
Year one: Level 4 – 60 credits
Tear two: Level 4 – 60 credits
120 credits are required for an award of Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Construction)
This course is eligible for the Higher Education Tuition Fee loan through Student Finance England, (subject to qualifying criteria for applicants). Please see our website for further details on how to pay for your course.
This course can also be paid for through employer sponsorship. Please discuss this at interview.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
30 weeks per year 09 Sep 2019 21 May 2021 Tuition fee: £2,975.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
Course Fees apply to each year of the course, with the exception of Level 3 courses.
CPJ4121
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Part Time
Times: 09:00 - 16:30
Hours per week: 6.00
Study days: 1 DAY

Any extra costs

Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ on our website for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for during your studies.

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the college.


How to apply

Please email headmissions@swindon.ac.uk in the first instance or call 01793 498106 and ask for ‘HE Admissions’. An application form will be sent to you, to complete and return. Once received, you will be invited to a course interview with the Course Leader.