HNC Construction & The Built Environment (Civil Engineering)



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Study Type: HigherEducation

Hours per week: tbc

Study Days: tbc

Location: North Star Campus

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: £3800.00

Award body exam fee: £0

This is a work-related qualification for students taking their first steps into employment or those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities.

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the construction sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students completing the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of construction and the built environment, with a focus on civil engineering. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to construction and the built environment, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

Units delivered over two years of part-time study for this qualification are:
• Individual Project
• Construction Technology
• Science & Materials
• Construction Practice & Management
• Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
• Mathematics for Construction
• Civil Engineering Technology
• Principles of Structural Design.

Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have one of the following:
• Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in a related subject 
• 2 A Levels at grade A-D (one of which should be subject related).

Additionally, 3 GCSEs at grade A-C (9-4), including English and Maths (or equivalent).

Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industrial experience will be considered.

Applicants will also be required to attend an interview with the Course Tutor.

What do I need to bring?

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable. Course specific: Students may take part in practical case study work in the outdoor environment, and will be expected to wear the PPE provided as appropriate.

Assessment/Exam Information

You will be provided with details of the assignment requirements for each Unit. Students will be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development, gaining formative feedback on progress towards Unit outcomes, and developing knowledge and competence in the discipline. Summative assessment is mainly through coursework. Students will evidence their progress through written academic essays and reports, or practical activities, which will vary according to each individual Unit assessment requirements. Each Unit will carry more than one assessment task in order to meet the learning outcomes and criteria for the Unit as a whole. There are no summative written exams for this course, however in some Units, your knowledge may be formatively assessed through in class tests. If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students 

What can I do next?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is at level 4 (the same as the first year of a UK Honours degree).On successful completion of this course, students may progress onto studies at Level 5 or above including HND or BSc/BEng. Progression onto other courses will be subject to meeting the entry criteria of the institution. Students may also move into higher roles or positions within their organisation, or wish to develop their career further by moving into other employment.
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