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Construction HNC


A qualification in construction opens the door to a host of other careers, including architecture, quantity surveying, building and construction management. 


Our programme will give you a sound understanding of construction management roles, plus important details about the regulatory, technological, social, legal and economic aspects of construction management.


On completion of the programme, you'll have the skills you need for a higher technician role within the construction industry or you may wish to progress on to a Bachelor’s Degree in your preferred specialisation. 


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Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Construction and Built Environment (Construction)

  • Introductory Course Information

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    AwardPearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Construction and Built Environment (Construction)

    UCAS Code: N/A 

    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  

    Location of Placement: N/A 

    Awarding BodyPearson  

    Duration2 Years (part-time) 

    Start Date: 16/19/2019

  • Course Overview

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    Our Level 4 HNC in Construction programme is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a range of construction topics essential to businesses within this dynamic sector. The course will help you gain key transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.


    Our expert tutors will guide you throughout your course and help you gain practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your course will cover the key knowledge required for a career in construction such as; construction technology, science and materials, and construction practice and management.


    You'll gain a thorough understanding of construction management roles, and learn details about the regulatory, technological, social, legal and economic aspects of construction management. 


    You'll also complete an individual research project, where you'll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge, practical ability and design skills. We'll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for a future within construction.

  • Course Highlights & Key Features

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    Course Highlights

    • The course provides you with the opportunity to progress towards achieving professional institute membership i.e; Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
    • We'll support you in learning to apply critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve construction problems using industry standards and appropriate codes of practice.
    • Upon completion of this programme, you'll be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Construction).
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for our HE provision, and we take pride in being able to offer you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.

    Key Features

    • This course offers essential subject knowledge to help you progress into the world of work or onto further study.
    • Our teaching approach is 'student-centred'. We'll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
    • You'll have the chance to take part in trips to construction projects run by industry; and gain first hand industry knowledge and insights from guest speakers during class time.
  • Modules

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    The modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

    • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
    • Construction Technology
    • Science and Materials
    • Construction Practice and Management
    • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
    • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing Specification)
    • Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out
    • Tender and Procurement
    • Building Information Modelling
    • Site Supervision and Operations
  • Entry Requirements

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    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3
    • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above / 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and maths
    • Entry is also available to those who have extensive relevant work experience within the Engineering sector - if you don't have the academic qualifications required but have extensive appropriate work experience, we'll consider your application
    • If English isn't your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications - click here to find out more.
    • If you want to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HNC, you will usually need GCSE English and maths at grade c/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE English and/or maths while completing this course.
  • Career Opportunities

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    This qualification has been developed by Pearson closely with experts from employers, vendors, professional bodies, universities and colleges so that you'll gain the skills necessary to success in this area.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    The HNC prepares you for a career in construction and the built environment. The course is designed to help you gain entry into careers within architecture, surveying, planning, maintenance and construction management. You may already be employed with the construction sector and looking to further your career with this qualification.


    You can also progress onto a higher level qualification if you complete the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Construction and The Built Environment (Construction), such as the HND in Construction. You'll be able to apply for advanced standing to bachelor's degree in a range of construction disciplines.


    Other career options:

    • Architectural technology
    • Quantity surveying
    • Logistics and distribution
    • Civil engineering
    • Planning and development surveying
    • Teaching
    • Research and development
    • Town planning
    • Water and environmental management
    • Facilities management
    • Estate agency
  • Fees and Financial Support

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    The fees for this course will be confirmed soon. 


    Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides Progression Awards for students who progress from a level 3 Bolton College course onto a HE Bolton College course. For further information on the Progression Award, click here. To find out more about financial support, please click here.


    Useful links for Bolton College Regulations, Policies and Procedures:  If you need information regarding any of the HE policies and procedures or how to make a complaint or appeal then please visit our key strategies and framework page

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment

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    The varied nature of this HNC programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. In order to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on field visits to see how various areas of the public services operate, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry or other academic institutions.


    There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in  general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by the professional bodies or working on assignments.


    We use a range of assessment methods, depending upon the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.


    There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module/unit. Methods include a range of assessment such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and final year major project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.



    We will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


    Assessment Methods


    Assessment method

    Level One

    Coursework (100%)


    Learning Activities


    Learning activity

    Level One

    Guided independent study (60%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

  • How To Apply

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    September Start

    You can apply directly online by clicking here. 


    Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

    You should also ensure you have to hand:

    • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

    • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

    • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

    • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

    • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

    Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

    Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input. 



    International applications are not possible for this course

    As an international student you are not allowed to study part time courses, this is because of the restrictions on your visa.     

  • Contact Us

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    Lawrence Atherton
    Programme Leader, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482556

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