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?

Changes to the funding arrangements for the HNC Diploma and Degrees in Construction

From September 2018, the way in which the HNC Diploma in Construction is funded will change to bring it in line with the new States of Jersey funding arrangements for Higher Education. This policy, which was voted in by the States on April 10th, enables students who are studying for their first level 4,5 and 6 qualifications, and whose household income is less than £110,000 per year, to have their tuition fees paid by Student Finance.

In practice, this means that instead of the employer paying the fee, the employed student has their fees paid on a part-time basis by government through the student finance scheme. The maximum allowance for fees on a part-time basis is £4,625 per year.

The tuition fee for new entrants to the HNC in Construction from September 2018 will be £3,950 for each of the two years. This is still cheaper than the fees charged by London South Bank University in the UK and enables the student to continue to live and work in Jersey.

The grant for fees is means tested based on the income of the student (if they are 25 or over) or the students’ parents (if they are under 25). The full grant of £3,950 for tuition fees is payable if earnings are below £110,000. For further details, please contact the Student Finance office on 449450.

The Department of Education will continue to subsidise students who are currently enrolled in year 1 of the HNC Construction course and they or the employer will be charged £1,230 to progress into year 2.

Students looking to progress onto the BSc in Construction Management or the BSc in Architectural Technology will also be eligible to apply to student finance to have the tuition fees of £4,610 per year grant funded. The student and/or employer will be required to pay an additional £300 in year one to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the week’s residential in London which is not covered by student finance.

For students currently on year one of the BSc courses, you will now be able to apply to student finance to have the second year of your course fees (£4,610) paid.

The revised fee structure reflects the actual cost of offering on-island opportunities to work and learn. The only difference in these new arrangements being that the grant funding that the college hitherto received directly from government will be received entirely from the student fee element. Where an employee is eligible for grant funding, there is no longer a requirement for the employer to pay a fee.    

 

How can I find out more?

For further information please contact Tony Bechelet on 608612 or email: tony.bechelet@highlands.ac.uk.