HNC Construction & the Built Environment

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Part Time
  • Awarding Body
  • Cost
    £ 3900.00 per year
  • Centre Location
Construction and the Built Environment at Somerset CollegeConstruction and the Built Environment at Somerset College
  • 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.

    The Higher National Certificate (HNC) consists of eight units, covering key knowledge and practical skills for the sector.


    Example modules include:

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

    • Construction Practice & Management
    • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
    • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing and Specification)
    • Surveying, Measurement & Setting out
    • Principles of Refurbishment

    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.

  • Progression Opportunities

    There are more than 30 career choices within the construction professions, so the HNC 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

    People come to this course from a range of backgrounds, and there is no single specific entry requirement. However, applicants would be expected to have at least one of the following:

    • A National Award in Construction

    • AS/A2 Levels

    • Level 3 in Maths

    • A National Certificate in Construction

    • A National Diploma in Construction

    • Other appropriate qualifications may be taken into consideration

    • Relevant work experience