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Construction HNC / Construction Management HND

Construction HNC / Construction Management HND

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

HND | UCAS code:Z638

HNC | UCAS code:CO99

Duration:2 years Part Time 1 year Full Time

Course type:Full and Part Time

Fees per year 20/21:Full-time £5,995; Part-time £2,998

Additional costs per year:None

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials


Pearson BTEC Level 4 & Level 5 HNC / HND Diploma in Construction And The Built Environment (QCF)

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It is estimated that 10% of people employed in the UK work in the Construction Industry and so contribute approximately £90 Billion to the UK economy. As a whole the UK Construction Sector is severely affected by a skills shortage at all levels with industry bodies estimating that a further 150,000 construction workers will be required in the next two years on top of the shortage already being experienced.

The Professional Construction HNC/HND courses on offer at UCO provide an academic route into the Construction Sector by way of linked theoretical and practical modules. These combine to offer students the chance to enter the Construction Sector at more senior levels. A project management approach encompassing group projects, team working, reflective practice, core construction techniques/knowledge and new methods of construction is delivered with emphasis on sustainability and minimising environmental impact, which is becoming a prerequisite in modern construction. These skills are also transferrable to a range of other unrelated sectors which encompass this type of approach to their operations and management.

The learning approach will be based on research informed best practice bringing both accepted research and the experience of the lecturers to inform students on a wide range of modules giving a rounded experience of theory and practice within the Construction Sector. This approach will give access to analytical and problem solving skills required within the industry with the knowledge and confidence to transpose the theory to practice through effective communication.

HNC Construction Year 1 (Full Time) Years 1 and 2 (Part Time)

Individual Project (Pearson Set), Construction Technology, Construction Practice & Management, Principles of Refurbishment, Legal and Statutory Responsibilities, Construction Information (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Site Supervision and Operations.

HND Construction Management: Year 1 (Full Time) Years 1 and 2 (Part Time)

Group Project (Pearson Set), Contracts and Management, Project Management, Management of Complex Buildings, Alternative Methods of Construction, Personal Professional Development and Maintenance and Operations.

Placement and Work Experience

Opportunities may arise for students throughout the course to engage with local construction consultants and contractors. In the past, students have undertaken placements within design teams, commercial departments and also on site production, enabling them to gain first-hand experience of construction activities and processes. This is beneficial in helping to underpin theoretical concepts gained throughout the course of their studies. Students wishing to benefit from this experience can express an interest and register on the student placement scheme. ​

Career Opportunities

The HNC provides a broad base for entry into a wide range of construction related professions. These include Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Construction and Production Management, Tendering and Estimating and Planning. The HNC also allows for further academic progression, enabling students to pursue degree level qualifications. Throughout the course, opportunities exist for personal development, interview techniques, writing CVs and establishing excellent presentation and communication skills, all vital requirements when seeking entry into employment.​

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered by a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, assignments and project based work. There is a strong focus on practical work, devising group strategies and solutions and feeding back via formal presentation. Students are also encouraged to work independently and to develop the necessary skills to enable the presentation of the highest standard with regards to academic submissions. The combination of theory and practice will enable students to engage in a wide range of activities that reflect modern day construction practice. This will be of benefit to students who are embarking on a career within the industry and will also help to develop those students already engaged within the construction sector.​

Other Information / Useful Links

The HNC is a recognised qualification. Once the certificate is gained, this allows for further study at year 2 of a degree programme. Students typically progress into areas such as quantity surveying and commercial management, project management, construction management and building surveying.

The course team recognises the value of professional bodies within the teaching environment and also actively encourages students to engage as student members with relevant organisations. A representative of CIOB will visit to inform students of the role of the institute and the benefits of student membership. All students studying on the HNC Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment course are eligible for student membership of the institute. This gives the student numerous benefits such as attendance at specialist seminars, receipt of a quarterly magazine etc. The following links highlight further information on the relevant professional bodies and institutions and highlight some of the routes that are possible for students undertaking the course.


Entry Requirements

All applicants will undertake a skills review profile to identify qualifications and/or experience held by applicant to assess whether this profile shows an ability to progress to level 4 or level 5 qualifications.

All applicants will undertake a skills review profile to identify qualifications and/or experience held by applicant to assess whether this profile shows an ability to progress to level 4 or level 5 qualifications.

A typical profile for a student who has recently been in education would consist of:

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment
  • a GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.

(This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C)

  • Other vocationally related level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience within construction or an associated field.

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

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