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Level: 4

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 10.00

Start: 11/09/2017

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Tuition (£): 3000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a unique and dynamic two-year higher education distance learning programme designed for those employed, or looking for employment, in a technical or professional capacity within the construction industry.  

This programme is delivered via distance learning allowing you the flexibility to fit your studying around your work and home life.  You will be supported with your independent studies through regular tutorials online or in person with our highly experienced lecturer who has both practical and academic experience within construction management and quantity surveying. 

You will gain a high level of understanding of the design, function, construction and statutory requirements for buildings of all classes, preparing you for employment opportunities in the construction industry.

The HNC will also provide an ideal progression route should you wish to top-up your qualification to the Level 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment. 

Through our Virtual Learning Environment you will be able to access video editing programmes and Microsoft 365 for free.    

You will need to allow a minimum of ten hours per week to complete this course.  You will be expected to attend weekly tutorials online or in College - as agreed with your lecturer - to ensure you are making progress on the course.

This programme will run with a minimum of six students.  In 2016-17 we enrolled eight students on the programme. 

This programme is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by BTEC. 

Entry requirements

All applicants will be interviewed over the telephone or in person to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You should have:

  • A Level 3 BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
  • One A-level in a relevant subject
  • An Advanced Apprenticeship in a construction craft or building services subject, with an appropriate Technical Certificate at Level 3

You will also need:

  • GCSE English and Maths at grades 9-4 (A*-C)

Entry is also available to mature learners with appropriate industrial experience.  All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course. 

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Design Principles and Application
  • Construction and Maintenance of Buildings
  • Science and Materials
  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Management Principles and Application
  • Computer-Aided Design for Construction
  • Group Project
  • Environmental Impact of Construction

How will I be assessed?

The HNC programme consists of a minimum of eight units (120 credits). Each unit is assessed by a combination of assignments and project work through a Virtual Learning Environment.  These assessment methods are designed to review your understanding and knowledge relevant to the sector and will enable you to demonstrate how you solve problems, communicate ideas and present information through a variety of media including voice-over PowerPoint presentations and videos. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

  • Drawing equipment such as A3 drawing board, 30-60 and 45 degree set squares, scale rule and 0.5 mechanic pencil would be advantageous but not essential.
  • For voice-over PowerPoint presentations you will need access to a microphone.  Access to video recording equipment such as a SMART phone will also be advantageous. 
  • Computer with internet access (with the ability to run AutoCAD Architecture which can be downloaded for free)
  • Windows 7 Operating System and above
  • Microsoft Office 2010 and above

More information will be provided regarding the above at interview.   

What can I do after this course?

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to undertake professional careers in architecture, construction management, building surveying, quantity surveying, building control, estate management, and many others.

You can 'top up' your HNC to a Level 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

Joyin Li

Joyin Li

Joyin surveys the future in Professional Construction

A chance remark from his grandmother in Hong Kong gave Derby teenager Joyin Li the idea of becoming a building surveyor.

Derby College is now giving the nineteen-year-old Professional Construction student the skills and access to work experience to follow his dream. As a boy Joyin enjoyed watching flats being built on his grandparents’ land when his family visited them in Hong Kong.

His grandmother commented that there was good money in building surveying…and her words stuck. Now he is studying Level 3 Professional Construction while enjoying work experience two days a week with Pride Park-based architecture and construction consultancy YMD Boon.

The consultancy is a member of Derby College’s Employment and Skills Academy (ESA), which aims to nurture students as they move from education to employment.

He said, overall, the best part for him is the work experience saying “I learn a lot better, if I see it, rather than read it from a book.” Joyin gained a triple distinction in year one and is currently studying in year two.

Now he has targeted a place at Nottingham Trent University. He originally completed a Mechanical and Electrical BTEC Level 2 at Derby College before taking Professional Construction on the recommendation of a lecturer and fellow student.

I’m enjoying the course.

It’s set up a bit like university; they give you the resources and tell you what to look at, tell you what you need to know to pass an assignment, and let you get on with it. It will give you skills to progress at university. “I’m learning about architectural stuff, quantity surveying, building surveying building services, and engineering – all sorts of roles within Professional Construction. You get an insight into everything and get to pick what you want to do from there. 

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