Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Construction & The Built Environment (Construction)
A minimum of two passes at A Level, plus four passes at GCSE (grades A–C or grade 4 and above), including Maths and English Language and a science subject.
Or a National Certificate or Diploma with MM or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications, plus English and maths at grade C or above and a science subject.
For Students returning to education, other qualifications and experience will be taken into consideration when processing applications. Also an international equivalent of the above will be considered.
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
Who is the course for
The course is aimed at students who completed L3 construction and the built environment qualification and L3 plumbing or Electrical installation qualification and wanting to continue their education through applied learning to gain the experience of the breadth and depth of the construction sector that will prepare them for further study or training. The course is for students with a clear line of sight to progression to HND at L5 and to a degree at Level 6, as well as to gain the skill for work readiness in the sector.
The course duration is 1 year Full Time and 2 years as Part Time and will cover the following units:
- Individual Project- to work as a team to define, plan and execute a successful project using critical thinking skill needed in various roles within the industry.
- Construction Technology- It cover technological concepts used to enable the construction of building by understanding the functional characteristics and design considerations.
- Construction Practice & Management- to investigate and research the modern construction industry and apply practical skills embedded within the industry and gain the skills of management.
- Legal & Statutory Responsibilities in Construction - to introduce the different areas of law that are relevant to the construction industry throughout the development process. This includes applying for planning approval to undertake construction activities and using building control regulations to evaluate building design and alterations at the preconstruction stage.
- Science & Materials- to make material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a design considering the environmental impact, sustainability, H&S awareness, and the legislative requirements using calculations.
- Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) - to develop their awareness of different types of construction information and their uses in the process. Students will engage in the production, reading and editing of construction information, in order to understand how this information informs different stages of the process.
- Surveying, measuring and setting out - to develop an awareness and skill of surveying, topography, staking out ground co-ordinates and using digital data.
- Tender & Procurement - to provide students with the knowledge to select a procurement route and an appropriate tendering method in the awarding of a project to a main contractor.
The programme uses a combination of traditional classroom teaching, open learning and research-based experiential learning, laboratory experiments and demonstrations, use of modern surveying equipment, industry standard IT applications and group activities, tutorial directed study and site visits.
To cover the required Guided Learning (GL) hours you will study 7.5 supervised hours per week to cover 6 hours theory, 1 hours practical activities and 0.5 hour tutorial. For a 2 years to cover the activities below:
- 74% classroom based teaching
- 20% workshop and laboratory experiments
- 6% directed study and site visits
Other 11.25 independent and unsupervised hours per week will be offered to contribute to the Total Learning (TL) hours as below.
- 5 hours working on assignment (22.5%)
- 2.5 hours research/ learning (11%)
- 1.25 hours compilation of evidences (5.5%)
- 2.5 hours e-learning (11%).
How is the course assessed
The course is assessed using 15 written assignments during the 2 years course. All the assignments are 100% assessed and marked internally by HCUC. One assignment is Pearson-set assignment but the remaining 14 assignments are HCUC set assignments. Assignments covered the theory and the practical elements of the assessment at the ratio 4:1.
Where next - Further Studies
The course provides progression into the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level including L5 HND and L6 an Honours degree University (subject to grades). Areas for progression to higher level may include Building Service Engineering, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, or Architectural Technology (subjected to entry guidelines and prerequisite subjects or a foundation year).
Where next - Job Opportunities
The qualification has been developed to meet the requirements of the employer and the professional bodies like CIBSE, CIPHE, and CIOB. The qualification will enhance the career prospects of those who undertake the course and gain access to jobs in construction and the built environment as Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, and Property Management, and Acoustics Designer.
Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on
- Assessment and grading
- College rules and resources
- Student support and representation.
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For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2021-22 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Last updated 12 April 2021
- Home Fees: £6,000
- Overseas Fees: £7,682
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.
Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.
Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.
How to Apply
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- Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
- Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to: Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.
When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.