HNC Diploma in Construction

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HNC Diploma in Construction

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those individuals who wish to pursue a professional career at Higher Technician level within the Construction Industry and covers many construction career pathways but specifically in Architectural Technology and Construction Management.


What are the entry requirements for the course?

The candidates must preferably be working in an appropriate sector of the Construction Industry at the time of application.  All candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme, but it is expected that as a minimum they would have one or more of the following qualifications:

  • A Level DDE or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 15 Merits and 30 Passes or;
  • Equivalent Level 3 Qualification worth 64 UCAS points
  • All Level 3 Qualifications must include a Science subject
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English
  • Advanced Craft Qualifications (L3) in a Building Trade – Experienced entrants with at least five years of post qualification responsible experience within the Industry and an undertaking to complete additional “Supporting Studies” during the programme; and 
  • Advanced Craft Qualifications in the Building Trades – Inexperienced candidates with under five years of post qualification responsible experience will be considered with an approved Technician “Top-up” course and an undertaking to complete additional “Supporting Studies” during the programme. If the “Top-up” is in the form of a Subsidiary Diploma a D Profile is required.


How long is this course?

  • The programme will be a minimum of two years duration on a Day Release and Evening Class basis commencing September/October 2018 from 8.30am to 5.30pm (day in College to be advised). Candidates will need approval and support from their employers to attend on the relevant day.


What will I study on this course?

The following units will form the matrix for the HNC (Diploma):  Construction Technology and Materials; Legal and Economic context in the Built Environment; Building Services and Environmental Science; Construction Technology and Structures; Surveying and Setting Out; Architectural Design & Technology; Building Pathology; Project; Supporting Studies – Please note that this is a Tailored Support Programme for the various differing entry criteria and has zero credit.


What Qualification will I gain?

HNC Diploma in Construction (Edexcel certificated under licence)


How is the course assessed?

Assessment is varied and will differ from unit to unit but will contain some of the following elements:  Formal examination / MCT, Formative coursework, Project work, Multiple choice tests, Field work, Personal Inspector Report and Presentation and Project Portfolio.


What does this course lead on to?

Successful completion of the HNC (Diploma) will give exemption from the first year of the following Degree Programmes and entry onto year 2:  BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology & BSc (Hons) Construction Management.  Students may, if they wish, claim the HNC Diploma and graduate at the end of the programme if they want to take a break from their studies and rejoin the Degree programmes at a later date.  All the aforementioned Degrees are studied at Highlands College in collaboration with London South Bank University.  Both Degrees are accredited by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).


How much will it cost?

If your employer is paying for your course, your course fees will either be £4,616.25 or £3,077 per year depending upon your employer’s contribution.  If you are applying for the HND independently, your course fee will be £3,950 per year.  If this is your first level 4/5 qualification and your income is below £110,000 per year, you can apply to have your tuition fees paid by Student Finance.

Students wishing to enrol onto this provision will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £400 in order to have their place confirmed.  If the student then wished to pay the remaining course fee through instalments this will be taken in two further instalments (October and January).  However we always encourage that the entire course fee is paid prior to the course starting.


How can I find out more?

For further information please contact Tony Bechelet on 608612 or email: