HNC Construction & the Built Environment (Part Time)
Construction & Construction Trades
Students aged 16-18 | Adults
What is the course about?
This course is designed for people who want to enter the construction industry. 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 in 1 year (attending 2 days per week) or part time over 2 years (attending 1 day per week).
Why should I choose the course?
Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the Construction sector and are 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, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them 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 & 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?
The Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in Construction, vendor accredited certification and Professional Body membership, upon which students can build; should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. You can progress on to a 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 to The University of Salford & Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to study either a BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying or BSc Hons in 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 complementary 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.
In 2020/21, 98% of HE students at Warrington & Vale Royal College successfully passed their programme of study.
In 2020/21, 98% of HE students said that they would recommend the college to a friend and 98% of HE students agreed that the quality of education was good.
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 2 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 learners 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, before being recruited to the programme where 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 applicants upon receipt of their application. Applicants 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 any trips or residentials (these are optional). 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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