Construction and the Built Environment HNC

Build up your technical construction skills and gain an industry-recognised qualification with this programme.

  • Level

    Higher Level

  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Guildford College

  • Pathway


Looking to develop your construction career?

The course will prepare you for a range of technical, professional and management careers such as building surveying, build control, and construction management.

This course is ideal for a day release from an employer or for mature students who are looking to refocus their careers. 

You will secure the knowledge, skills, and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. It represents the latest in professional standards and provides opportunities for you to develop the behaviours and competencies that employers are looking for, such as team working and responding to clients’ briefs.

New blended version:

This course is now available in a blended learning format! Blended learning means that the course will be mostly delivered online, with only short periods of in-person learning required.
For more details about this option, please use the “Enquire about HE courses” on the right of this page and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible!

Construction worker

Tuition Fees

Home/EU* Fee for September 2022 entry: £3,265 per year

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

If you are interested in this course and would like an informal, no-obligation chat about the details of the course, how to sign up, or anything else, please get in touch and we’d be happy to help!

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, online learning and practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to implement your own building and design ideas within several of the modules, which will count towards your overall assessment for the module.

In addition to your lectures, there are timetabled tutorial sessions, which are a combination of:

  • tutorial time
  • focusing on the progression of your academic and employability skills
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • a series of seminars and guest speakers

This will all aid your learning and introduce you to new and exciting concepts within your field of study!

From day one of this course, our dedicated Student Support Team will be there to help you achieve this qualification.

We use our award-winning Learning Philosophy to deliver this course’s content in a way that suits your learning style. You will learn in a variety of ways, such as:

  • group work
  • pairwork activities
  • action research
  • group and/or teacher-led discussions
  • presentations
  • build projects

You will receive feedback on all formative and summative work submitted. Formative feedback may be provided in a variety of ways such as verbal, peer review and one-to-one meetings. Summative feedback will always include a written summary, and you are encouraged to discuss feedback with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days from you submitting your work.

For a typical offer, you will require at least 64 UCAS points. This may be from:

  • Two A Levels at grade 7–4 (A–C)
  • Level 3 National Diploma at grade MM
  • Level 3 Extended National Diploma at grade MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma at grade MPP

In addition, applicants should possess GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent).

We support widening participation and encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications.

We also welcome students returning to education who possess strong, industry-related experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable. This means they should achieve a score in a recognised test such as the British Council International English Language Testing System with a minimum level of 5.5 overall.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning:

Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4.

Additional costs include:
  • Optional trips
  • additional printing over and above the £5 allowance provided by the college
  • cost of books that you might wish to purchase

We strongly recommend purchasing a laptop for your course.

International fees: These are calculated on an individual basis. To discuss your circumstances, please contact us using the “Enquire about HE courses” button on the right-hand side of this page.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Farnham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education

  • 65+

    years of teaching experience

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