Construction and the Built Environment HNC Diploma

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and The Built Environment offers you a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning modules, as well as units within general ‘pathways’, including Construction Technology, Science and Materials, Construction Information and Individual projects. This effectively builds underpinning core skills, with general specialisation; preparing you for further specialisation at Level 5. You will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.




Level 4

Course Type

HE (Degree Level)




Options Course Code Starts Ends Annual Fee Overseas Fee
enquire apply 60294y1 23/09/24 27/06/26 £2975 £9000

What will I study?

You will study a range of skills and techniques including site surveying, construction management, quantity surveying, health and safety, and research methods. The course will develop your knowledge and use of construction and some civil engineering principles to solve practical construction problems.

The units covered in this course are: Mandatory Units: Unit 1 Individual Project Unit 2 Construction Technology Unit 3 Science and Materials Unit 6 Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)

Optional Units include: Unit 4 Construction Practise and Management Unit 5 Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction Unit 7 Surveying, Measuring & Setting Out Unit 11 Measurement & Estimating Unit 18 Civil Engineering Technology

In addition you will develop the five main employability skills:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions, use of systems and digital technology, generating and communicating ideas creatively.
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self- monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, planning and prioritising.
  • Interpersonal skills: effective communication and articulation of information, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.
  • Commercial skills: sector awareness; sales; marketing/promotion; budget management/monitoring;
  • Business skills: awareness of types of companies, company formation, invoicing, calculating fees, business management.

The teaching is relevant and contextual to real world applications.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through mandatory and optional units of coursework.

What qualification will I achieve?

Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment

What can I do after completing this course?

You can develop your career in the Construction and the Built Environment sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university, or degree level apprenticeship

Additional Info

You can study this course alongside your current employment and put your newly developed skills into practise straight away.

We offer small class sizes which means you will get more one to one support with your tutor.

All your tutors have many years experience in the construction and the built environment industry. Hence the course has a strong work-related emphasis, focusing on application of relevant theories and principles to real world scenarios. If you are a matured student and fall below the entry requirement evidence of prior learning and relevant work experience will be considered