Course Description

Higher National Certificates are specialist programmes linked to professional body requirements and national occupational standards where appropriate, with a strong work-related emphasis.

This qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the construction sector and is recognised nationally by employers.

There is a strong emphasis on practical skills development, alongside the development of knowledge and understanding of construction.

If you are working within the construction field or have ambitions of progressing into a professional, managerial or technical role, then this is the qualification for you.

The course will include the following modules:

Core modules:
> Analytical Methods
> Building Construction (A)
> Personal Skills 1 (Communication and Research)
> Safety in Construction
> Science and Materials.

Other modules:
> Building Services
> Construction Management
> Site Surveying Procedures.

Other Important Information

> Typical lessons will involve research-based activities, individual and group projects, practical exercises and presentations
> Coursework is the main method of assessment but you may also be required to take some tests and exams depending on the modules studied
> We like to celebrate our students' achievement at our graduation ceremony, however costs for hiring gowns etc are borne by the student
> This programme is validated by the University of Greenwich.

Future Prospects

Successful students have the opportunity to continue onto the HND in Construction 90 Credit (Top-up).

Entry Requirements

You will need one of the following:
> 80 UCAS points (under the new tariff) from A-levels (including a minimum B/5 grade in maths or a science subject)
> A BTEC National Certificate (minimum MMM grade)
> An Extended Diploma (minimum MMM grade)
> A GNVQ (Advanced) in a relevant subject
> An Access to Higher Education Diploma.

This qualification has a high level of maths content, students will need strong maths skills in order to be successful on this programme. All students will undergo an initial maths assessment before they are enrolled, please note that if students are not able to demonstrate maths competence at the required level they may not be offered a place on the course.

Mature candidates who do not meet the above criteria may still be admitted to the course subject to an interview with the course leader and undertaking initial assessment of their English and maths.