HNC in Construction and the Built Environment

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HNC in Construction and the Built Environment

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  • Course Code: PLR4HCB001 (APP17)
  • Prospectus Title: HNC in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Mode of Study: PART-TIME
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Start Date: 13 September, 2017 (Subject to change)
  • Course Tuition Fee: £2970 per year
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Entry requirements

This two year part time course is aimed at those wishing to further their academic qualifications and enhance their career opportunities within the Construction industry. You should have a desire to further your career in the construction industry and hold either a Level 3 NVQ Diploma or Level 3 Diploma in construction, or a BTEC National Award. Applicants must be able to demonstrate Mathematics and English Language proficiency to at least GCSE grade C level (or equivalent). If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience please consult the UCAS tariff tables or contact us before applying, you will be called to interview to assess your suitability for the course. Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process.

What does the course involve?

The aim of this course is to train construction professionals and practitioners or equivalent for working in the construction industry and to provide a solid academic basis for further progression and study e.g. onto a professionally recognised undergraduate degree. The course is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits of which 65 are mandatory core. This nationally recognised qualification is of use to people working in or looking to work in construction in a design, production or management role allowing you to specialise in a particular aspect of building. The HNC Building Studies course prepares you for a career within the modern building team such as a contracts manager, estimator, site engineer or quantity surveyor. It's an ideal first step for those looking for a professional role in the construction industry. Specialist subject and academic knowledge enables students to develop their multi-disciplinary construction knowledge, to communicate effectively; to work in a team and develop good interpersonal skills; to solve problems; to work on their own initiative, and to adapt to changing situations.

The course will include the following units: Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits; Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits; Group Project in the Construction Industry 20 credits; Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits.

It will include units from the following (at least 55 credits): Measuring, Tendering and Estimating for Construction and the Built Environment; Project Management for Construction and the Built Environment; Measurement Processes for Construction; Building Control Procedures and Legislation; Construction Methods and Design Solutions; Specification and Contract Documentation for Construction; Structural Behaviour and Detailing; Management Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment; Construction and Maintenance of Buildings; Technology of Complex Buildings; Law and Contract for Construction and the Built Environment; Building Services Design, Installation and Maintenance in Construction; Contractual Procedures and Procurement for Construction and the Built Environment; Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings; Environmental Impact of Construction; Economics for Construction and the Built Environment; Production Management for Construction; Advanced Measurement for Construction; Design Procedures for Construction; Design Technology for Construction; Properties and Performance of Construction Materials; Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment; IT Applications for Construction; Computer-aided Design for Construction; Work-based Learning and Assessment in Construction and the Built Environment; Work-based Training and Development in Construction and the Built Environment; Employability Skills; Personal and Professional Development; Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation; Research Project; Work-based Experience.

How is the course assessed?

Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessments include assignments, reports, phase tests, group and individual projects, presentations and case studies. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this particular course.

Additional costs

Trips: a full or partial contribution to any trips must be made, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip. Equipment: we highly recommend that you have a 4GB memory stick or hard drive with a high capacity, lever arch file, note pad, protective footwear, and waterproof coat.

Additional notes

Progression Bonus: Christmas 2017
Any existing student who progresses onto a higher level course with us in September 2017 and remains on the course until December 2017 will receive a £200 bonus. *assuming there is a progression route from your course.

Other details

Complete application form. No concessions.

Fees stated are the annual cost.

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