Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment

Start Date

Wed Sep 27 2023

Day / Time

Wednesdays 9:30am - 6pm


1 year



Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment

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 you 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 you 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 you 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 a BEng Degree 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.

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

Some units are subject to change depending on industry requirements.

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