Construction and the Built Environment HNC

Course Information

  • Course Code: ST2147A12
  • Fees: View fees and financial support information
  • UCAS Code: K201
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time, Part time and Part time
  • This course is recruiting in: 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Overview

The HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Construction and the Built Environment is an introductory higher education qualification and offers a broad base of traditional construction subjects with specialist options allowing you to adapt the course to your particular career ambitions. You will study 8 modules in total in order to successfully complete the HNC award. Five of the modules you will study are core modules. The remaining modules can be chosen so that you can specialise in a particular area of interest. Modules include Science & Materials, Construction Management and Analytical Methods amongst others. This qualification is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap.

The continued development and regeneration of towns and cities in the UK has led to a continuous demand for suitably qualified professionals across all construction disciplines. The HNC in Construction is at an introductory undergraduate level and offers a broad base of traditional construction subjects with specialist options allowing you to adapt the course to your particular career ambitions.

The course is tailored to students with ambitions of working within construction in a professional, managerial, or technical capacity. This course is designed to provide you with a high level of understanding of the design, function, construction and statutory requirements for buildings of all classes, and to prepare you for more advanced employment in the construction industry.

What will I study?

You will study 8 modules in total in order to successfully complete the HNC award. Five of the modules you will study are core modules. The remaining modules can be chosen so that you can specialise in a particular area of interest. All construction projects involve team-work. This is also reflected in the course as you’ll take part in a group-research project which will not only improve your academic, analytical and research skills but also encourage team-working and professional communication. Trips are included throughout the year. These include trips to seminars, exhibitions and site visits.

Modules include:

(Subject to availability of teaching staff and student demand)

  • Science & Materials (15 credits)
  • Construction Management (15 credits)
  • Analytical Methods (15 credits)
  • Group Research Project (15 credits)
  • Construction & Maintenance of Buildings (15 credits)

And three option modules from a choice of:

  • Law and Contract (15 credits)
  • Computer Aided Design (15 credits)
  • Site Survey (15 credits)
  • Building Surveying (15 credits)
  • Personal Development Planning (15 credits)
  • Tendering & Estimating (15 credits)

Download the Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS tariff points. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken and written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 32 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/new-tariff

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed by open-book examinations, assignments/briefs, a group project as well as group and individual presentations.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

The course consists of a combination of core modules which provide appropriate training in each case for technicians employed in architecture, building surveying, building control, building management or quantity surveying. Many graduates choose to progress onto a degree in Construction. Should you receive a merit average on this course you will be able to join one of our BSc (Hons) in Construction programmes.

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