Construction and the Built Environment HNC or Higher Level App (Level 4) (Part-time) (FCBE))

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC308
Qualification Type HNC/HND/Higher Education Awards
Qualification Level Level 4
Course type Part Time


The HNC in Construction is the industry recognised Higher Education qualification for trainees and practising building professionals in quantity surveying, building surveying, estimating, project planning, design and site management. The course will help you to develop knowledge and skills in areas such as building measurement and cost studies, environmental building science, building services, construction materials and specifications, as well as sustainability and modern methods of construction.


This course will develop your qualifications and skills for success in construction management within the built environment. You will cover aspects of construction management and sustainable development principles related to the following modules:

Core Mandatory Units

  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Construction Technology
  • Science and Materials
  • Construction Practice and Management

Specialist Mandatory Units

  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)

Optional Units (Two from the following)

  • Measurement and Estimating
  • Tender and Procurement
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Principles of Refurbishment
  • Principles of Alternative Energy
  • Supervision and Operations

Projects include the following examples:

  • Design a new house to comply with the ‘code for sustainable homes’.
  • Adapt an existing old house to meet current regulations and standards.
  • Evaluate the performance of an existing modern building considering materials and energy.
  • Design a multi-story student accommodation building to high BREEAM standards.
  • Investigate the local climate and perform a site investigation to assess a development site including using environmental assessment methods and then plan the creation and improvement of urban habitats, sustainable drainage and establish flood risk.

How will it be delivered?

A range of practical and realistic sustainable development projects will be used to develop the skills and knowledge needed for employment and further study. The evidence from the completion and presentation of project tasks will be used for assessment of each unit. Examinations will be used to test knowledge

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for both the HNC and the Higher Level Apprenticeship are as follows:

32 UCAS points from:

A minimum of two A Levels.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at grade Merit plus NVQ Level 3 trade qualifications with a pass in all modules.

BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment with a pass in all modules.

NVQ 3 Site Supervision or Site Technical Operations with a pass in all modules.


GCSE grade 4/C or above in English Language, Maths and a Science or equivalent Level 2 qualification.

Alternatively, mature entrants with previous construction experience may be recognised through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview to discuss your ability and suitability for the course.

Information for Higher Apprentices

Are you employed in a Construction setting for at least 30 hours per week? 

Also, are you aware that your employer must cover the cost of this course – have you had this approved or are they aware of this? 

If you don’t meet these requirements you can apply to this course on a part or full time basis.

Your next steps...

Progression can be to an HND in Construction and Project Management or a BSc in a construction discipline.

Graduates have gone on to work in construction and project management, quantity surveying, building surveying, site engineering and architectural technology.