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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. Equivalent to the first year of a university degree, this Construction HNC taught at Bolton College offers the skills for a role within the construction and property industry or progression to further study in your preferred specialism.


For an informal discussion about the course, please contact: 

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


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The Higher Education courses shown on Bolton College’s website are taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton. Therefore, all the information applicants and learners provide will be shared between these two organisations. Applicants and learners will receive communication from both the University of Bolton and Bolton College. Student Finance Loan applications should be made using the institution ‘University of Bolton’ not Bolton College.

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

  • Introductory Course Information

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    Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Construction and Built Environment (Construction)
    UCAS points: 32
    Location: Bolton College – Deane Road  
    Awarding Body: Pearson  
    Duration: 2 Years 
    Start Date: 21/9/2020

  • Course Overview

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    This HNC BTEC Construction and the Built Environment (Construction) course is taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton.


    This part-time day-release Level 4 HNC in Construction is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad range of construction disciplines that are essential to organisations in this dynamic and exciting sector of the economy. The course also aims to help you gain key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.


    Throughout the course, our team of highly professional teaching staff will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject specific skills. Your studies will focus on the core knowledge that is required for a career in construction and the built environment, such as construction technology, science and materials, and construction practice and management.


    We’ll help you to gain a sound understanding of construction management roles, and learn important details about the regulatory, technological, social, legal and economic aspects of construction management. You’ll also undertake an individual project, where you’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and demonstrate your practical ability. Overall, we’ll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills, and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

  • Course Highlights & Key Features

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    Course Highlights

    • Our Construction course provides you with the opportunity to make progress towards achieving professional institute membership with; the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
    • We'll provide you with support as you learn to critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve construction problems using industry standards and 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 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, advance in your current role or onto further study.

    • We adopt a 'student-centred' teaching and learning approach. We'll work with you on an individual basis so that you receive tailored support throughout the duration of your studies.
    • We'll give you the opportunity to attain essential 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 be able to participate in trips to a range of projects within Construction so that you can gain first hand industry knowledge and insights from guest speakers during your 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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    • 32 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
    • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
    • Entry to this course is also available to applicants who have extensive appropriate work experience in the construction/civil engineering sector. If you don't possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience, we'll be delighted to consider your application.
    • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
    • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
    • If you intend to progress on to a top-up degree course at a university after completing this HNC, you will usually need GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE Mathematics and/or English while completing this course.
    • If you apply or enrol on this course, Bolton College and the University of Bolton will share the information you provide. You’ll also receive communications from both organisations.


    Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


    If you apply or enrol on this course, Bolton College and the University of Bolton will share the information you provide. You'll also receive communications from both organisations.

  • Career Opportunities

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    This qualification has been developed by Pearson in  close partnership with experts from professional bodies, vendors, businesses, universities and colleges so that you can gain the skills necessary to succeed in the future - no matter which route you choose to take.


    What can I do with this qualification?

    The HNC in Construction is designed to further your career and support entry into architecture, surveying, planning, maintenance and construction management.

    This course will also allow you to take on further responsibilities at work after successful completion.

    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). You'll also be able to apply for advanced entry to bachelor's degrees 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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    Course fees


    Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £2,996 for the academic year 2021/22.


    Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £2,996 for the academic year 2022/23.


    Useful information


    When completing your student finance application, please list your institution as ‘University of Bolton’, not ‘Bolton College’.


    Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.


    The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


    For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.




    Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


    When completing your student finance application, please list your institution as ‘University of Bolton’, not ‘Bolton College’.

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment

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    Due to the nature of this HNC programme being so diverse, we use a range of teaching and learning methods, so that you can achieve the relevant concepts, knowledge and skills. To do this we combine classroom learning with student centred and independent living. You will be attending lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities for you to go on site visits and learn from talented guest speakers who are specialists from the industry, professional bodies or other academic institutions.


    You will have significant opportunities to spend time with your tutors however, you will still be expected to dedicate a significant amount of time to personal study i.e. You might spend this time engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by the professional bodies or working on assignments.


    The assessment methods for your course will vary depending on the learning outcome and the type of module content being assessed. You will be able to test your understanding of the modules informally before completing the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit contains 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 will not count towards your final 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 start your online application, please read the Application Guidance Notes.


    You should also make sure you have to hand:

    • Details of the educational establishments you attended and the 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 of it
    • Details of any employment history including, name, address, dates and your role
    • Your personal statement - this can either be entered into the relevant field within the online application form OR uploaded separately
    • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide you with an academic reference.


    Please ensure that any documents you want to upload to support your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.


    Please verify that the 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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