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Construction & The Built Environment (Level 4 Higher National Certificate) (Leading to Higher National Diploma)

Pearson BTEC
Construction & Built Environment

Course Overview

This Level 4 course is designed to prepare students for a range of technical and management careers within the Built Environment sector. Students can exit after 1 year with an industry recognised technical qualification which would enable them to take up employment with a contractor, a consultant or the public sector as a construction technician. The course is 1 year duration and is a subset of the Level 5 HND in Construction & the Built Environment. Successful completion of the 1 year Level 4 HNC enables progression onto Level 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment with a range of pathways including Civil Engineering, Architecture and Quantity Surveying.The programme prepares students to work in a design or construction capacity within a challenging and rewarding industry, on a range of infrastructure projects, e.g. commercial building, housing, highways, transportation, water and waste, building structures and renewable energy.
  • Start Date
    29 Aug 2022
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Important Message

Fees must be paid at the time of enrolment, or arrangements should be put in place to pay by instalments. The full fee includes tuition, registration and examination fees (where relevant). Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a reduced (concessionary) fee. Reduced fees are applied to the cost of tuition only. Failure to enrol before the Awarding Body deadline may result in you incurring a late fee.

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate Higher National Certificate in Construction & The Built Environment (Leading to Level 5 Higher National Diploma)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Surveying, measuring + setting out, construction information, science + materials, ind. project. construction tech. construction practice + management, princ of refurbishment, legal + stst. response.
  • Surveying, Measuring + setting out
  • Construction Information
  • Science + Materials
  • Legal + Statutory responsibilities in construction
  • Individual Project
  • Construction Technology
  • Construction Practice + Management
  • Principles of Refurbishment
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

48 UCAS Tariff points at A Level together with a minimum of 5 passes at GCSE Grade C or above, which must include Maths and English Language or equivalent Level 2 qualification; OR National Diploma in a relevant area of study (including GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English Language or equivalent Level 2 qualification; OR University approved equivalent). Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry. For more details visit

ROI Requirements

48 UCAS Tariff points + 5 OLCs (Grade 04 or above) to include Maths and English; The College reserves the right to increase the entrance criteria, based upon demand. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered for entry. For more details visit

Work Placement

Students who progress from the HNC programme to undertake a HND undertake a work placement in their second year, developing technical and employability skills. Built Environment students work on a variety of major infrastructure projects for a range of employers including Consultant Civil & Structural Engineers, Architects, Contractors and private and public bodies.

What's Next?

Further Study

Having successfully completed the HNC, students can enrol for a one year HND on dedicated pathways (which include Civil Engineering, Architecture and Surveying - Quantity Surveying) subject to meeting prescribed Level 4 module requirements. Students who complete a HND are offered second year entry to university Built Environment programmes subject to meeting university requirements. Having completed the HNC programme students may also gain Year 1 entry at university subject to meeting the universities entry criteria.

Career Prospects

This is an industry recognised qualification. In developing the programme, the Awarding Body, Pearson BTEC, have aligned content to meet requirements of a number of professional bodies, including the Institution of Civil Engineers, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Institute of Building. The course will prepare you for either employment in the industry with design consultants or contractors or public authorities ; or entry onto HND, leading to degree study at university. **Students who enrol on the HNC Built Environment programme are eligible to apply for an SSE Airtricity Scholarship. Successful students who meet criteria for the award receive a bursary equal to half their course fees.


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