HND Construction & the Built Environment

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Part Time
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  • Course Description

    These courses equip you with a nationally recognised qualification that enhances your workplace skills and helps prepare you to advance your career in the construction industry.

    These are professional qualifications that provide the ideal foundation for further study, or to help you secure a job.

    This programme is suitable for those wishing to progress from the Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment to study at Level 5 or achieve a professional qualification which allows them to apply for chartered status.

    The course covers some of the key knowledge and practical skills required in the construction sector. It is an eight unit qualification with the Higher National Certificate (HNC) units as a prerequisite. The Higher National Diploma (HND) may be used as the Technical Certificate for a Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Site Management (with Sustainability).


    Example modules include:

    During your course you will cover a range of topics that may include:

    • Management Principles and Application
    • Environmental Impact of Construction
    • The Technology of Complex Buildings
    • Building Services, Design, Installation and Maintenance
    • Contractual Procedures and Procurement

    Find the course handbook here

  • Teaching and Assessment

    There are no external examinations on this course. Instead, each module is assessed by means of a series of internally set assignments that involve a combination of scenario-based tasks linked to project work, practical exercises, timed tasks, individual study and presentations.

    The HND is a two year part-time day release course, held one day a week, with attendance between 9am and 5pm running over 30 weeks from September to May.  

  • Career Progression

    There are more than 30 career choices within the construction professions, so the HND really does open doors. In addition, you could go on to study at degree level for any of the following roles:

    • Architectural Technologist
    • Building Surveyor
    • Quantity Surveyor/Estimator
    • Site Manager
    • Building Control
    • Building Services Engineer
    • Facilities Management
    • Planning
    • Construction Management
    • Housing and Property Development
  • Entry Requirements

    The HNC is a prerequisite to study for the HND in Construction and Built Environment. However other Level 4 qualifications may be considered as recognised prior learning for entry onto the programme.

    Employment in the Construction Industry is helpful but not a prerequisite. Applicants are considered on individual merit, and interviewed to ensure they have the potential to achieve this qualification.