HNC BTEC Construction and the Built Environment (Construction)

A qualification in construction opens the door to a host of other careers, including architecture, quantity surveying, building and construction management. Equivalent to the first year of a university degree, this Construction HNC offers the skills for a role within the construction and property industry or progression to further study in your preferred specialism.

BTEC Construction and the Built Environment (Construction)

Key information

Award:

HNC

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

Bolton College

UCAS points:

32

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

This part-time day-release Level 4 HNC in Construction is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad range of construction disciplines that are essential to organisations in this dynamic and exciting sector of the economy. The course also aims to help you gain key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

Throughout the course, our team of highly professional teaching staff will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your studies will focus on the core knowledge that is required for a career in construction and the built environment, such as construction technology, science and materials, and construction practice and management.

We’ll help you to gain a sound understanding of construction management roles, and learn important details about the regulatory, technological, social, legal and economic aspects of construction management. You’ll also undertake an individual project, where you’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and demonstrate your practical ability. Overall, we’ll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

Highlights
  • The course provides opportunities for you to make progress towards achieving professional institute membership; for instance, with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • We’ll support you as you learn to apply critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve construction problems using industry standards and appropriate codes of practice.
  • On successful completion of this programme you’ll be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Construction).
  • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for its HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.
Key Features
  • This course offers essential subject knowledge that you’ll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
  • You’ll have the chance to take part in field trips to various projects run by industry; and gain first hand industry knowledge and insights from guest speakers during class time.

  • 32 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.
  • Entry to this course is also available to applicants who have extensive appropriate work experience in the construction/civil engineering sector. If you don’t possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience we’ll be delighted to consider your application.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • If you intend to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HNC, you will usually need GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE Mathematics and/or English while completing this course.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


If you choose to complete a BTEC Level 4 HNC in Construction and the Built Environment it’s expected that you’ll be aiming to progress with your employment or continue your studies at university. Pearson developed these qualifications in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, vendors, businesses, universities and colleges to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in the future – whichever route you take.

What can I do with this qualification?

This HNC is designed to advance your career in construction and the built environment. The course offers a broad education designed to support your entry into careers in architecture, surveying, planning, maintenance and construction management. You may already be employed in the construction sector and after successful completion of this course you should be prepared to take on additional responsibilities at work.

If you successfully complete the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Construction and The Built Environment (Construction), you’ll be able to progress onto a higher level qualification, such as the HND in Construction and the Built Environment. You’ll also be able to apply for advanced standing to bachelor’s degrees in a range of construction disciplines.

Alternative career options

Certificate holders can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or further study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Architectural technology
  • Quantity surveying
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Civil engineering
  • Planning and development surveying
  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Town planning
  • Water and environmental management
  • Facilities management
  • Estate agency

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £2,996 for the academic year 2020/21.

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The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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The varied nature of this HNC programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, the professional bodies or other academic institutions.

There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by the professional bodies or working on assignments.

We use a range of assessment methods, depending upon the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of coursework assessment such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Construction Technology
  • Science and Materials
  • Construction Practice and Management
  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing Specification)
  • Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out
  • Tender and Procurement
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Site Supervision and Operations
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 60%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Lawrence Atherton
Programme Leader, Bolton College

Lawrence.Atherton@boltoncc.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 482556

Information Team
Bolton College

info@boltoncc.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 482000

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