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HNC/D in Construction Built Environment

Course title: HNC/D in Construction Built Environment Course level: Level 4 / Level 5
Qualification: Higher National Certificate (HNC) Higher National Degree (HND) Awarding body: Pearson (Edexcel)
UCAS code: K220 / K221 Academic year: 2020 - 2021
Course delivery: Full-time or part-time Course length: HNC/Ds 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Venue: Accrington and Rossendale College


This is a qualification for established construction personnel who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge, possibly with a view to preparation for promotion, additional responsibilities in work or a change of career focus.

This course has been validated by:

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Modules and units

Units in the programme may include:


Mandatory Units:

  • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Construction Technology
  • Science and Materials
  • Construction Practice and Management
  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)

Optional Units:

  • Principles of Refurbishment
  • Site Supervision and Operations


  • Group Project (Pearson set) (Double unit)
  • Contracts and Management
  • Project Management
  • Management for Complex Buildings
  • Alternative Methods of Construction
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Transport Systems in Buildings


HNC: Full-time: Two days per week over one academic year.

Part-time: One day per week over two years.

Students who complete the HNC in Construction can top-up to HND full-time, two days per week over one academic year or part-time, one day per week over two years.

Entry requirements

Students need one of the following to meet the entry requirements for this programme:

96 UCAS points (from September 2017)

At least 160 UCAS tariff points (60 points from AS alone; at least 100 points should be obtained from A2s, AVCE, GNVQ Advanced or Scottish Highers)

At least 12 A Level points if taken before 2002

Advanced or Progression Diplomas (from 2010) where they demonstrate relevance to the HE programme

BTEC National Diploma at Merit or Distinction

Access to Higher Education Diploma – 60 credits, of which at least 45 must be achieved at Level 3 (from 2010, with Merit or Distinction) and with an appropriate combination of modules

Open College Level 3 qualifications (obtained in or before 2008) at 60% or above – with consideration of marks above 50%

NVQ Level 3 in relevant vocational areas

GCSE Maths and English Grade C or equivalent

Relevant work experience / professional qualifications.

How will I be assessed?

A series of written and practical work is assessed by your tutors and will determine your overall grade.

Progression and employment

This course can offer opportunities for students to continue their study of Construction at Degree Level. It will also help you begin a career in this sector or assist with professional development.

How do I apply?

Contact our Higher Education Admissions Team on

Call: 01254 354 047


Applications for full-time courses should be made via UCAS.

Applications for part-time courses should be made via the College website here.

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