Construction and the Built Environment - HNC

Course Code: CT1HE109


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021Bispham Campus2 Years / £4,375 per yearEnrol
04/01/2022Bispham Campus2 Years / £4,375 per yearApply

Course Overview

Advance your construction career with our professionally recognised construction management qualification. Delivered by industry specialists, this programme explores different aspects of construction before allowing you to specialise in the career area that suits you best. The content has been co-created with employers to enhance your employability and features excellent opportunities to gain first-hand insight into the construction industry. Small groups, lots of individual support and an excellent progression-to-employment rate make this one of the leading construction qualifications in Lancashire. Many past students are now employed as site managers, project managers and building control surveyors for internationally recognised companies.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

  • DD from A Levels  or a Level 3 qualification in any construction discipline. 
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Qualification Obtained

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Construction Science and MaterialsCT4MD00215Mandatory
Construction InformationCT4MD02915Mandatory
Inidvidual ProjectCT4MD03015Mandatory
Principles of Alternative EnergyCT4MD03115Optional (most common)
Construction TechnologyCT4MD03215Mandatory
Construction Practice and ManagementCT4MD03315Mandatory
Building Information ModellingCT4MD03415Mandatory
Legal Statutory Responsibilities ConstructionCT4MD03715Mandatory
Site Supervision and OperationsCT4MD03915Optional

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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