Construction and the Built Environment HNC

Award: BTEC HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (QCF)
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: K201
Code: ST2147A12
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: EDEXCEL
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 1 Year
Part time: 2 Years
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates
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)

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need 32 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 80 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or 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.

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 6.0. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £8,750 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.

 

 

 

 

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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