HNC in Construction and the Built Environment


2 years


Rush Green


Dec 2021


Adult 19+
Higher Education

Are you currently working at, or looking to progress to, a professional level within the construction industry?

This part-time course, studied over 2 years, provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills needed to operate at a high level in the construction industry.

Click here to download the full Construction HNC programme specification.

In the first year you will study the process of refurbishing a small building, including the surveying, designing and implementation of the works. As well as basic skills in technology, design, and science and materials, you will also develop CAD skills that can be used elsewhere in the course.

In the second year you will consider the technology behind more complex, multi-storey buildings. This involves exploring the importance of sustainability, health and safety, and management in the construction process.

You will study eight units over two years. Each unit will be assessed through project work. This includes written assignments, report writing, and oral presentations.

You will have GCSEs (grade C and above) in Maths and English. You also need:

  • a National Diploma in Construction Level 3, or
  • an Extended Diploma in Construction Level 3, or
  • a National Certificate Level 3 (minimum 12 units), or
  • a suitable Bridging Course (National Award), having also obtained an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry or Brickwork, or
  • a CIOB Diploma in Site Management.

Successful completion of this course means you can join the second year of a degree course in a related discipline.

Alternatively, you can enter employment with your qualification.

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Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

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