HNC Construction & the Built Environment
Construction & Construction Trades
Students aged 16-18 | Adults
What is the course about?
If you would like to pursue a career in the construction industry, this course is ideal for you. The course will develop your knowledge, skills, and understanding of the construction industry. This includes problem solving, design, planning, and building.
The programme can be studied full time over one year (attending college two days per week) or part time over two years (attending college one day per week).
Why should I choose the course?
This HNC qualification provides a wide-ranging study of the construction sector and is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in construction. In addition to the knowledge, understanding, and skills that underpin the study of the construction sector, this HNC course will help you to understand the breadth and depth of the sector and prepare you for further study or training.
What will I learn?
The HNC consists of the following units:
- Individual project (Pearson set)
- Construction technology
- Construction practice and management.
- Legal and statutory responsibilities in construction
- Construction information (drawing, detailing, specification)
- Science and materials.
- Tender and procurement
- Site supervision and operations.
*Optional modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change. We do not guarantee that an optional unit will always run in any given academic year as options may be dependent on student choice, numbers, and staff expertise.
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods. These include projects, portfolios, presentations, case studies, reports, and research. The assessments are intended to provide maximum opportunities for you to demonstrate the links between theoretical knowledge and understanding and practice. The assessment process will be facilitated via consideration of work-based practical scenarios in addition to reference to your own work-related practical experience, where appropriate.
What will the course lead on to?
This HNC course provides a solid grounding in construction as well as vendor accredited certification and professional body membership. You could build upon this should you decide to continue your studies beyond the certificate stage.
After successfully completing this course, you could progress on to an HND in construction or the first or second year of a related university degree course.
Are there any links with industry and university?
Typical student destinations include progression on to universities including the University of Salford and Liverpool John Moores University to study degrees in subjects such as quantity surveying and construction management. Students who have completed the programme have also managed to secure promotions with their current employer.
What support is available?
All HE students receive termly one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents, and working online. In addition, you can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing, and time management.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. All HE students have access to a designated progress coach who can also provide welfare support.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
The college offers a very high-quality education for HE students. HE student feedback is strong, and students are highly complimentary of their learning experience. HE students have access to specialist facilities and resources to support their programme of study as well as designated HE learning spaces to support independent study.
Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we have a team of dedicated, experienced staff who can share their extensive knowledge and skills with you. Learning in a friendly and inclusive environment, you will be fully supported to achieve your goals.
What are the entry requirements?
You will typically have one of the following:
- A BTEC level 3 or other level 3 qualification in a related subject (64 UCAS points)
- A minimum of two A-Levels (A2) with one in a related subject at grade C or above (64 UCAS points)
- Access to HE with relevant options
- Appropriate relevant work experience – mature students who have appropriate work experience in a related sector or role and/or have professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply.
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE English (language or literature)
- A* to C grade and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE maths is also recommended.
Non-native English speakers who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English need to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below. This is necessary before being recruited to the programme, as the programme is both taught and assessed in English:
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- IELTS 5.5; reading and writing must be 5.5.
All HNC/HND programmes require the completion of a personal statement and curriculum-set task prior to an admissions interview being offered. Further information on this will be provided to you upon receipt of your application. You will also be required to provide a reference from one of the following options:
- A previous course leader/teacher (if progressing from a recently attended further or higher education course)
- A recent or current employer
- An appropriate professional who can provide a character reference (if you have not been in recent education or employment).
What are my funding options?
Students applying to study on a Higher Education course can apply for a HE student loan at www.gov.uk/student-finance.
For further finance support and enquiries please visit https://www.wvr.ac.uk/higher-education/higher-education-funding-support/
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
There may be an additional cost for optional trips or residentials. Trips may be arranged throughout the year in relation to specific modules.
The college provides all students with £3 print credit. Any further printing will incur a cost.
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