Construction & the Built Environment

BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) Construction (Part-time) - R034

Wirral Waters Campus Part Time Higher Education Duration 2 years

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The Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning. As well as units within general 'pathways', the course allows for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of a further (Level 4) unit across a range of occupational sectors.

This effectively builds underpinning core skills, with general specialisation; preparing the student for further specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

This Construction certificate is taught at our multi-million pound Construction College based at Wirral Waters in Birkenhead.

Course Details

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the construction and the built environment sector through four core units, which includes one unit assessed through a Pearson-set assignment.

The core units are:

  • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Construction Technology
  • Science & Materials
  • Construction Practice and Management.

Depending on the 'specialist pathway', at Level 4, students will undertake a further three specialist units (related to their Level 4 Pathway) from:

  • Legal & Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Principles of Heating Services Design & Installation
  • Principles of Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design & Installation
  • Measurement & Estimating
  • Financial Management & Business Practices in Construction
  • Principles of Structural Design

Pearson BTEC Levels 4 and 5 Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment Specification — Issue 7 — July 2019 © Pearson Education Limited 2019. The Centre can also choose a further optional unit at Level 4 from the following:

  • Surveying, Measuring & Setting-out
  • Tender & Procurement
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Principles of Refurbishment
  • Principles of Alternative Energy
  • Principles of Public Health Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Principles of Electrical Design & Installation
  • Site Supervision & Operations

Graduates successfully completing the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of construction and the built environment. 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.

Entry Guidelines

Applicants for this course should have a level 3 qualification such as:

  • BTEC level 3 in Construction or a Level 3 Construction Trade Qualification
  • Grade A-C 'A' level in a relevant subject i.e. Mathematics/Physics/Science
  • An 'Access to HE' certificate in a relevant subject i.e. Science

This list is not definitive as individual circumstances will be taken into consideration.

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview to determine suitability for the course.

Applicants should be self-motivated as independent and self-managed learning is an integral part of the course. IT skills would be advantageous but are not a required part of the entry criteria.

Assessment Method

For each unit studied, students will be assessed through written assignments given at relevant points throughout the course. This may include a course work element depending on the particular module being taught. Further information on meeting passing criteria can be found via Pearson's website.

Additional Information

For more information visit Pearson's website

Where can I progress to?

Employment as a higher technician with a building contractor or in a number of construction related disciplines including architecture, quantity surveying, building surveying and construction management. The HNC is an appropriate entry qualification to a number of construction related degree courses, some of which can be studied on a part-time basis, enabling you to continue with your employment whilst studying.

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Starting 15th September 2020 - Ending - 24th June 2022REF R034M001

Planned Timetable

Day Times Campus
Tuesday 09:30 — 17:00 Wirral Waters

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £2995.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2020-21. Find out more about student loans for Higher Education Programmes.

Course information correct at 02.07.20

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