Construction and the Built Environment (Construction) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

The BTEC HNC in Construction and The Built Environment is aimed at students
wanting to continue their education through applied learning. It provides a
wide-ranging study of the construction and the built environment sector and is
designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in construction
and the built environment. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and
skills that underpin the study of the construction and the built environment
sector, the course gives students experience of the breadth and depth of the
sector that will prepare them for further study or training. At Level 4 students
develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the construction and
the built environment sector through the study of four core units, three
specialist units and one optional unit (8 units in total). The course features
an individual project set by Pearson that gives students the opportunity to
define, plan, undertake a project, and develop the critical skills needed for
professional construction industry.

Skills and Knowledge Developed: Students need both relevant qualifications
and employability skills to enhance their career prospects and contribute to
their personal development. Pearson BTEC Higher National Construction and The
Built Environment qualifications embed the development of key skills throughout
the programme; attributes and strengths required by 21st century employers. The
course develops and expands on work covered during the L3 programme. This
includes a mixture of core subjects and specialist subjects developing
technical, management and interpersonal skills.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Construction) Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment

This is a level 4 qualification in the Qualifications and Credit Framework

This course leads to...

The Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in construction and the built environment, vendor accredited certification and Professional Body membership, upon which students can build; should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. In addition, the qualifications may provide links to industry-related and employer-supported apprenticeship schemes that can provide further opportunities for enhanced employability.
Professional careers within this field include architecture, construction management, building surveying, quantity surveying, building control, estate management, plus many others.

Entry Requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one or more of the following:
• A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and The Built Environment
• A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
• Other related Level 3 qualifications
• An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
• Related work experience
• An international equivalent of the above

More mature learners with relevant construction experience and an advanced qualification - such as NVQ plus BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction - may be eligible. In addition, mature students with level 4 or above in other areas may be eligible, subject to interview. All students are expected to have maths qualifications at level 2 or above.

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Course ID: 157851

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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