HNC Construction

UCAS Code: GRIMC G80 122K HNC/Con Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
HNC Construction Awarding body

Your Programme

About the HNC Construction programme

The HNC Construction programme is designed for Construction Technicians and those working towards a professional career who have completed the National Certificate or Diploma in Construction or other approved Level 3 qualifications, and wish to develop their expertise to meet the requirements at a higher technician level within the construction industry.

Students on a part time mode by interpretation have work placements. Those on a full time mode will be encouraged and assisted to find their own work placement.

Entry Requirements

National Certificate/Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Services or NVQ III with appropriate bridge units. Non-traditional entry students with appropriate qualifications will be considered on merit.

What you will learn

The course is broad based and designed to meet the requirements of today’s Advanced Construction Technician and provide the necessary skills and competences to work effectively in the Construction Industry. A combination of 12 units is required.

Core Units:

  • Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Science & Materials for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Group Project in the Construction Industry
  • Health, Safety & Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment

Optional Units:

  • Management Principles & Application for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Applied Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Construction and Maintenance of Buildings
  • Technology of Complex Buildings
  • Law and Contract for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Building Services Design, Installation and Maintenance in Construction
  • Contractual Procedures and Procurement for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
  • Environmental Impact of Construction
  • Economics for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Individual Student Project
  • Production Management
  • Tendering & Estimating
  • Production Management for Construction
  • Project Management for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Building Control Procedures and Legislation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Properties and Performance of Construction Materials
  • Specification & Contract Documentation
  • Structural Behaviour & Detailing
  • Measurement Processes for Construction
  • Design Procedures for Construction
  • Design Technology for Construction
  • Properties and Performance of Construction Materials
  • Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment
  • IT Applications for Construction
  • Construction Methods and Design Solutions

Learning & Teaching Methods

Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, workshops, student led seminars and practical sessions. Integrating a work-based or placement opportunity, students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.

Programme Benefits

Upon successful completion of this qualification graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the construction industry. Many construction workers begin by working with small to medium enterprise organisations (those with less than 250 employees), but many also go onto to self employment which is usually not possible until a graduate has several years experience.

Other graduates will go on to work for large organisations which may comprise roles in building management; building services, project management, design and build roles, facilities management, planning or working on large infrastructure projects such as bridges, roads and railways.

What next?

Students with this qualification can gain entry into several professional institutes or degree courses or employment at Higher Technician Level.