Course Type: Part Time,Higher Education

Higher National Certificate in (HNC) Construction

  • Course Code CONHEF003A
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time TBC
  • Fee £3,000
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Skills Academy - Construction

As a highly qualified construction professional, you will be part of a valued industry which is vital to the future of the country.

The new HNC Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Construction, was developed in collaboration with a wide range of students, employers, higher education providers, colleges and subject experts to ensure that the new qualifications meet their needs and expectations.

There is now a greater emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness. The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Construction was designed to reflect this increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment and to progression to a degree at Level 6.

The Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, as well as units within general ‘pathways’, while allowing 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.

The career opportunities in the construction Industry are wide, varied and rewarding, taking you into such areas as design, management and surveying, alongside this there is an opportunity to progress academically from HNC through HND to BEng in your chosen field.

Major national ventures on the horizon include the building of new power generating stations at Hinkley Point in Somerset and Moorside in Cumbria, the planned HS2 rail link with the proposed HS3 already under discussion, alongside these large infrastructure projects, the 2017 Government Housing White Paper states more than 275,000 new homes are needed every year, the construction Industry will be needed to achieve this.

In recent years, the stadia, arenas and accommodation for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, two high-profile construction projects in which our construction industry has received praise from around the world, so enhancing our reputation and making our professionals some of the most sought after in the industry.

What will I study?

Modules include:

  • UNIT 1: Individual project
  • UNIT 2: Construction technology
  • UNIT 4: Construction practice and Management
  • UNIT 5: Legal and statutory responsibilities in construction
  • UNIT 6: Construction Information (drawing, detailing, specification)
  • UNIT 14: Building Information modelling
  • UNIT 7: Surveying, measuring and setting out
  • UNIT 8: Maths for Construction

How will I be assessed?

Assessment consists of a mixture of individual assignments and tests for each unit.

How will I be taught?

The programme is delivered by experienced practitioners who will be using a wide range of strategies to facilitate your learning. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.


One year, part time.

Please note: whilst every effort is made to run our programmes, this is subject to minimum numbers.

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction

A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)

An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution

Other related Level 3 qualifications

Related work experience

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk