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.
Year 1 units:
- Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification)
- Construction practice and management
- Surveying, measuring and setting out
- Construction technology
Year 2 units:
- Science and materials
- Legal and statutory responsibilities
- Individual project
- One additional unit TBC
The Construction HNC prepares students for employment in the construction and built environment sector, including surveying, architecture, civil engineering and structural engineering. Students can also progress onto other higher education courses.
How I'll learn
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 groupwork, 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.
In addition to your taught lectures, there will be 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
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
The assessments you undergo could be formative or summative:
Formative - Designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your on-going development. Formative assessments, such as class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade.
Summative - Designed to provide a measure of your achievement and performance against learning outcomes, using end of unit assignments to determine your grades.
At each level of study, you will be asked to participate in formative and summative assessment procedures which require you to consider and grade your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice with tutors, and to take responsibility for areas of strength and weakness in your work.