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Level: 4

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 10.00

Start: 12/09/2016

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 0.00*

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

Suzanne Butler

Suzanne Butler

Award winner Suzanne plans architecture career

Peak Award-winning teenager Suzanne Butler has bold designs on a future career as an architect, after studying Professional Construction at Derby College.
Eighteen-year-old Suzanne managed to complete both years of Derby College's Professional Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma in just 12 months. And in recognition of her achievement she also gained three distinction stars. Suzanne was named Construction Learner of the Year and Learner of the Year at the College's Peak Awards.
The teenager had previously landed an apprenticeship through Derby College with Morrison Design Ltd and had been studying, part-time, for a Construction Diploma. But to ensure she had enough UCAS points to allow her to go to university, she dropped the apprenticeship and switched to the full-time course. Suzanne wrapped up the course in 12 months, while she worked with Morrison Design.
Now Suzanne, an architectural technician trainee, is studying part-time for a BA Honours degree in Architecture at Lincoln University. She said she never expected to land the Peak Awards but was proud of her achievements and her family were delighted.

I did Year One and Year Two in the same year and  I enjoyed the course very much. I just got it done.

The college was very good for me it got me into work and put me on the right path for my career, to eventually become an architect.

The lecturers were very helpful. They've come from the industry and they have the practical knowledge to support when the learners need assistance.


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