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HNC Construction and the Built Environment - Level 4


The construction industry has never been so varied and dynamic. This course offers you the opportunity to develop your existing knowledge of the industry, to help meet the demands of employers in the construction and the built environment sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. This is the right course for those who want to take their career within construction to a more higher technical level, and for those wishing to pursue a career within architectural technology, surveying, construction management or building control, to name a few.

Entry requirements

In order to start this course, you will need to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Construction / Building Services / Civil Engineering with MM/DMM profile
  • 3 A-Levels grade C or above, to include Physics and Maths
  • Level 3 City and Guild vocational qualification in a construction or building service related discipline

Alternatively, we will consider substantial experience in a construction-related field (4-5 years).

We normally also require GCSE English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college

Provisional timetables will be discussed at the meet the tutor event, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on PPE (e.g. site boots, etc.) and appropriate trips/events

How to apply

All full-time course applications are made through UCAS, ''clicking'' on apply below will take you to the UCAS website.

All Part-time course applications are through the college website.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
16/09/2019Various301 yr(s)4746D1456£7000.00Apply
16/09/2019Various302 yr(s)4746D1465£3610.00Apply

How long is the course?

You can choose between full-time (one year), or part-time (two years).

You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include written reports or essays, academic posters or displays, work-based projects, PowerPoint presentations, recordings of interviews and the creation of design documents.

What does the course lead to?

This course will provide you with knowledge, understanding and professional skills which you can use to develop your career within the construction industry and offers you the opportunity to progress onto the Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, which can be topped-up to an honours degree in a related discipline upon completion. 

What will I study?

HNC units:

  • Individual Project
  • Construction Technology
  • Science & Materials
  • Construction Practice & Management
  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Surveying, Measuring & Setting Out
  • Principles of Alternative Energy

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you have the opportunity to complete our one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) HND Construction and the Built Environment (top-up) programme.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the HE team on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email us at

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