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Higher National Certificate (HNC) Construction & the Built Environment

Subject Area
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
2 Years
£2,875 per year
Entry Requirements
Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A levels
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This is a Institute of Technology programme. This course is a two-year, part-time day release course for people employed in the Construction industry. It is also appropriate for people with a more varied profile of achievement such as those with extensive work experience or those with a range of qualifications that are related to their work sector.

The units comprising the qualification are designed to meet the skill needs of the sector and the specialist units allow coverage of the full range of employment within the sector. We make use of the choice of units available to ensure they meet the skills needs of employers and students.

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Level 4
Construction Technology
Science and Materials
Construction Practice Management
Construction Information (Drawing Detailing and Specification)
Legal and Statutory Responsibilities
Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out
Principles of Refurbishment
Individual Project

Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels with some industrial experience. Applicants with significant relevant prior learning and experience may be considered.

How will I be assessed?

The HNC is assessed through a mixture of written papers, assignments, assessed presentations and practical activity.

Skills you will learn

Throughout the course students will develop skills in design principles and application, problem solving, understanding of a development brief, critical reflection, communication with colleagues and partners, working in a team, understanding of the technical aspects of construction, invaluable industry insight and advanced CAD skills.

Method of delivery

New material is introduced through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also engage with learning materials via the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment as a means of student support.

Case Study and problem-solving activities, often in groups, allow you to deepen your understanding in a real work environment. Problem solving is a key component of many activities and you are encouraged to be a reflective student in preparation for life-long learning. You are closely supported and monitored by module leaders and the course team to ensure the required skills are developed. 

Part-time students in appropriate work will be able to update their skills and knowledge to enhance their effectiveness in their current and any future role. In particular, they will use their experience of the work place to reinforce their learning and to see how theoretical learning can be applied in a practical role.

Partial distance learning and home study are key elements of this qualification and this activity is supported by a comprehensive virtual learning environment (VLE Blackboard)

Additional costs

No additional costs are expected for this course.

Your next steps

The course has been developed with career progression and professional body recognition in mind.

The following is an indication of relevant professional bodies, all of whom recognise the BTEC Higher National Diploma Construction and the Built Environment and its unit structure, as qualifications that contribute towards their requirements and also meet the requirements of the:

Engineering Council (UK) – Standards for Professional Engineering Competence:

  • Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
  • Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
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"York College have been vital to my success. If I hadn’t have come to the career opening evenings that the college puts on, then I would’ve never have found Simpson and wouldn’t be where I am today. As well as this, the tutors are very supportive and will always go out of their way to make sure you understand task and make you feel comfortable in the environment."
Higher National Certificate (HNC) Construction & the Built Environment
Course leaders and tutors:
Lecturer: Andrew Pulleyn

MA (Conservation Studies Historic Buildings),BA (Training & Education), CertEd, has been a Construction lecturer for the past 23 years. Previously working as a Construction Director with substantial experience in construction contracting – ranging from domestic repair, refurbishment, adaptation and new build to commercial maintenance, repair and restoration/conservation of historic buildings – alongside working as a tutor at York College Andrew has worked for Awarding Bodies, writing and examining a range of qualification modules for use within UK and International markets. Andrew teaches across the whole programme range of Construction at the College and takes great pride in student progression. Andrew is the Award Leader for HE in Construction and is supported by a very talented teaching staff.

Lecturer; Saira K Is-Haq

Saira studied Construction Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and was quickly recognised by the leading Building Control body NHBC, who offered her a scholarship in 2004. Whilst working in the construction industry as a part time lecturer for Leeds College of Building where she obtained her DTTLLS and PTTLS qualification, Saira graduated with an honours degree and progressed her career as a Chartered Building Control Surveyor. 

To widen Saira’s construction project experience she moved to another Approved Inspector and is expanding her role within PWC Building Control, covering the Yorkshire and North West region.

Saira has most recently been teaching at York College covering the HNC building studies modules.

Lecturer: Stefanie Stead

MBE BA (Hons) March RIBA Chartered Architect. She runs her own Practice in Leeds alongside teaching the HNC course at York College. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humber, sits on the RIBA Yorkshire Council and is Deputy Chair of the RIBA Yorkshire Education Group.  Stefanie is a judge for the RICS Pro-Yorkshire and Construction Excellence Awards, and has previously judged the CIOB Committed to Construction, York Design, the Big Draw and the RIBA Awards.  

She specialises in community focussed design including schools, places of worship and arts organisations. She has extensive experience of facilitating consultation and design workshops with a range of participants, ranging from Elected Members through to school children.

Stefanie was awarded an MBE for Services to Construction and Architecture in 2019’s New Year’s Honours.

Lecturer: Ian Walker

BSc Degree in Building, QTS.

Three years on a graduate trainee scheme with a main contractor then various job roles from setting out engineer to estimator/QS over a twenty-year period.

Six years’ experience in secondary schools teaching Design and Technology. Two years’ experience in FE as a tutor on Level 3 and 4 Construction programmes.

Lecturer: Dave Kempley

Has been assisting in the setting out module of the HNC surveying unit for the last two years. Involved in the surveying business in Yorkshire since 1987 and running his own business since 1996. Dave runs a practice employing a small team to carry out topographical surveys,

measured building surveys and site setting out. Dave has also supported student work placements from degree level courses taken during that time. Clients have included Arup water, Redrow and Barratt Homes. Currently working on a number of smaller projects.

Megan Wright HNC Construction

“I decided to continue my education at York College University Centre as it offered the HNC which is a highly recognised qualification in the construction industry. My tutors are very engaged in my development and they want me to achieve my goals, both in College and in my career. If I ever struggle in any modules, my tutors are always on hand to offer extra support and tutorials."

Megan Wright
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