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Modern Construction and Renewables (Level 4 / 5 Higher National Certificate / Diploma)

Pearson BTEC
Construction & Built Environment

Course Overview

This course is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the built environment and renewable technologies construction sector. The sector is a priority skills area and offers many opportunities for those qualified to progress into employment as designers, engineers, contractors or as consultants. The HNC and HND qualifications in Construction have been updated to link more directly to sector career pathways. This course will allow you to find your specialism/ pathway in the areas of Construction Management, Architectural Technology, Modern Methods of Construction, Quantity Surveying or Civil Engineering. The course will provide you with an understanding of the way technologies are transforming the industries of construction and renewable technologies in preparation for work within a challenging and rewarding industry. In year 1, you will complete a HNC in a chosen construction pathway. Successful completion of this year will allow you to progress into year 2 and complete the HND qualification. Note: Delivery of year 2 of the course will be dependent on the number of students intending to progress to HND.
  • Start Date
    9 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year (HNC) 2 Year (HND)
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 / 5 Higher National Certificate / Diploma Modern Construction and Renewables
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 09/09/2024
    £2,500 per annum (subject to change)

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road

Course Modules

  • Construction Design Project (Pearson-set)
  • Construction Technology
  • The Construction Environment
  • Tender & Procurement
  • Digital applications for Construction Information
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Group Project (Pearson-set)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Measurement & Estimating
  • Science & Materials
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Principles of Off-site Construction
  • Legal and Statutory Requirements in Construction
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Construction Drawing & Detailing
  • Construction Technology for Complex Buildings Projects
  • Surveying, Measuring & Setting-out
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Applicants must have achieved the equivalent of 48 UCAS Tariff points together with a minimum of 5 passes at GCSE Grade C or above which must include Mathematics, English Language or equivalent Level 2 qualifications; OR a BTEC National Diploma at MP grade or above OR a BTEC National Extended Diploma at PPP grade or above in a relevant area of study (including GCSE Mathematics, English Language or equivalent Level 2 qualification). Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) can be considered for entry.

ROI Requirements

48 UCAS points and minimum of 5 OLCs at Grade 04 or above to include English and Mathematics OR a BTEC National Diploma at MP grade or above OR a BTEC National Extended Diploma at PPP grade or above in a relevant area of study (including OLC Mathematics, English or equivalent Level 2 qualification). Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) can be considered for entry.

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Attendance at Information Session

Work Placement

Not applicable

What's Next?

Further Study

Successful completion of year 1 of the course, the HNC qualification, will allow students to progress into year 2 - the Level 5 Higher National Diploma qualification which will be delivered subject to numbers of progressing students. Successful completion of year 1 will also allow progression to another higher education qualification such as a university degree in a construction, renewable technologies or a built environment related area. Students who continue at NWRC and complete year 2, the HND qualification, can be offered second year entry to university built environment programmes subject to meeting university requirements. Successful completion of the HND at NWRC will allow students to gain direct entry into year 2 of the BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology and BSc (Hons) in Construction Management courses at Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Donegal, formerly LYIT. Students can also choose to study the Tender and Procurement unit as part of their qualification which will allow direct entry into year 2 of the professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying course at ATU.

Career Prospects

This is an industry recognised qualification and the course has been developed to meet requirements of a number of professional bodies, including the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institute of Architectural technologists and the Chartered Institute of Building. The course will therefore prepare students for employment in a range of careers in construction and the built environment, including architectural technology, civil engineering, building services engineering, quantity surveying, construction management and renewable engineering either with design consultants, contractors or the public sector.

Additional Information

This course is assessed through 100% coursework. The course consists of core units (which are mandatory), specialist units (which have been designed to provide a specific occupational focus to the qualification) and optional units. The make-up of units will depend on the sector career pathway chosen. Units are assessed in several ways including written assignments, research work, group activities, practical work and presentations.


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