Do you get excited by the idea of designing and managing the buildings that make up the world we live in? Are you ready to boost your career and take your first steps into construction or project management? If so, this part-time Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction will help you get there.
On this course at Eastleigh College, you'll get practical experience with emerging technologies (such as 3D printing and computer-aided design). You'll also be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience and get a grounding in the legal responsibilities and health and safety of construction management.
When you complete this Construction HNC, you'll have a deep understanding of the construction process from design to completion. You'll be fully equipped to take your next step into designing and managing of construction projects, or take further qualifications to specialise in a role like surveyor or architect.
This course takes place at Eastleigh College. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.
Qualifications or experience
- An A level in Construction or related subject, or Level 3 vocational equivalent (diploma / extended diploma), or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Construction Higher National Certificate (HNC) course you'll:
- Top up your NVQ 3 in a construction-related trade, your Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment, and any prior experience to a full Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction
- Work in the design and management of construction projects
- Prepare and create accurate construction drawings
- Build your skills in construction technology, site management, computer-aided design (CAD), building information modelling (BIM) and materials science
- Be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience, many of whom work in the industry
- Develop the knowledge, concepts, techniques and skills to fulfil managerial responsibilities in construction
- Learn to understand best practice, legal responsibilities, and health and safety in the construction industry
- Get an understanding of all aspects of the building industry from design and costing, to contract and construction
- Learn how to consider the environment in your designs
- Study at Eastleigh College close to Southampton
Careers and opportunities
This Construction HNC prepares you for further higher education qualifications such as a Bachelor's degree, or a career in the construction industry. There are many changes happening in the construction industry that are creating more opportunities for construction students.
What can you do with an HNC in Construction?
Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including management of construction projects and construction design.
You can also use your Construction HNC to get entry to higher-level professional construction courses in subjects such as:
- quantity surveying
- construction management
- building surveying
- property management
- architectural design
What jobs can you do with an HNC in Construction?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- construction managers
- site managers
- project managers
- design managers
- CAD/BIM technician
You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.
What's the future demand for construction graduates?
Building information modelling (BIM) technology is changing the way buildings are designed, constructed and maintained.
This is creating more opportunities for graduates who have experience in BIM, and who can extend its application to the construction industry.
What you'll study on this HNC Construction degree course
On this course for an HNC in Construction, you'll study modules worth 120 credits.
Modules currently being studied
The core modules are:
- Construction Information (Design Detailing)
- Construction Practice and Management
- Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
- Construction Technology
- Individual Construction Project
- Construction Science and Materials
There are no optional modules on this course.
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching on this course includes:
- lab sessions
Teaching staff are qualified and experienced. Many of them are still active in the construction industry.
How you're assessed
On this HNC in Construction you'll be assessed through:
- test-based assignments
How you'll spend your time
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 12 hours a week studying for your Construction HNC. You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials for about 8 hours a week. For the rest of the time, about 4 hours a week, you’ll do independent study such as research and assignment writing, alone or in a group with others from your course.
The timetabled teaching takes place on Tuesdays between 9.00am and 6.00pm. Optional field trips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events.
Extra learning support
You'll get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following services:
Academic skills support
As well as support from staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
September 2021 start
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – To be confirmed
- EU students – To be confirmed (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £8,800
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Common questions about this subject
Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us.
Common construction questions
Construction is a main contributor to the UK economy, involved with creating the built environment around us including buildings, bridges, roads, railways and canals.
Working in construction gives you the opportunity to contribute to big projects as part of a talented team, and the satisfaction of design and constructing buildings that will last many years into the future.
The construction industry is going through many changes that are creating more opportunities. For example, the use of 3D technology to prepare construction information can potentially solve problems of quality, cost and speed of construction.
This course in construction is an industry-recognised qualification that gives you a foundation for many future roles in areas such as design management, construction management and building information modelling (BIM). Taking this course puts you on the route to a career as a designer, contractor or client.
As well as meeting the entry requirements, the skills and qualities you need to complete an HNC in Construction are:
- an interest in construction
- an openness to learning new skills in building technology, construction management, consultancy, design and engineering
- Part-time study at Eastleigh College (September 2021 start)
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