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HNC Construction and the Built Environment

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Blackbird Leys,
Cuddesdon Way,
Oxford, OX4 6HN

Start date





22 Sep 2021
2 years

- Fees subject to change
- For international fees, discounts and payment options go to Fees Information section

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This certificate is awarded by Pearson. Build up your technical construction skills and gain an industry recognised qualification with this programme.

The course will prepare you for a range of technical, professional and management careers such as building surveying, build control and construction management.

Tuition fees:

Home/EU* fees for September 2021 entry are £3,265 per year

Please note: tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students

If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021 you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

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What I'll learn

Year one develops the underpinning knowledge and skills of construction through units such as Construction Technology and Construction Practice and Management. Students will explore different types of construction activity, develop a vocabulary of construction terminology and understand the underlying principles in people and project management.   Year two focuses on advanced principles including Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out and Tender and Procurement. Providing a well rounded education that provides essential skill with management qualities. All students will also complete their own Independent Project, many of whom choose to complete within their own work environment to the benefit of their employers.

Each module carries equal weighting of 15 credits. Students complete a total of 120 credits. Your overall grade for the certificate is based on grades obtained for all modules taken.  

Year 1

  • Construction Practice and Management
  • Science and Materials
  • Construction Technology
  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities  

Year 2

  • Construction information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out
  • Individual Project- Tender and Procurement

*Modules are subject to change.


How I'll learn

This course is ideal for a day release from an employer and mature students looking to refocus their careers. Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment (Construction).

The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit different learning styles. You will be supported by a dedicated team to achieve through group work, pair activities, action research, discussions, presentations and build projects. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, online learning and practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to implement your own building and design within several of the modules which count towards your overall assessment for the module. 

Online learning is designed to facilitate your own learning and provide a platform to gain knowledge at your own pace, alongside your scheduled lectures.

Class sizes are usually around 17 students providing the opportunity of full interaction and discussion between the group. 

Tutorial and seminars: In addition to your taught lectures are timetabled tutorial sessions. These sessions are a combination of taught tutorial time, focusing on the progression of your academic and employability skills, one to one tutorials with your tutor, and a series of seminars and guest speakers to aid your learning and introduce you to new and exciting concepts within your field of study.

You will receive around 7 hours contact time per week, typically consisting of: 

  • 6 hours lectures
  • 1 hour seminars or tutorial time

Independent learning: When not attending guided learning time you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles, books, working on projects and preparing coursework 


How I'll be assessed

Each module will provide you with the opportunity for ‘Formative’ assessment. This allows you to gain feedback on your work before submitting for final assessment. Formative assessments are developmental and any grades are solely indicators of your progress and so not count towards your overall module grade. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This will provide you will an overall module grade. 

Modules have set ‘Learning outcomes’, which are assessed through 100% coursework. You must achieve all learning outcomes in all modules. Coursework is made up of a variety of assessment methods including: written reports and essays, online tests, practical examination, portfolios, presentations and a final year project. Your overall module grade will count towards your final diploma grade. For information about learning outcomes and grade calculations, please visit the Pearson BTEC website.

You will receive feedback on all formative and summative work submitted. Formative feedback may be provided in a variety of ways such as verbal, peer review and 1:1 meetings. Summative feedback will always include a written summary, and you encouraged to discuss feedback with your module tutor.  We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.


Entry Requirements

A typical offer is 64 UCAS points. This may be from:

  • Two A-levels at grade A-C (7-4)
  • Level 3 National Diploma grade MM
  • Level 3 Extended National Diploma grade MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma; MPP

In addition, applicants should possess GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent). We also welcome students returning to education who possess strong industry related experience. We support widening participation and encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications.  

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as: British Council IELTS: normally a minimum level 5.5 overall.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning

Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4.


How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to college. Call 01865 550 550 for more information.


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