HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (Construction)


  • Adults (Part-time)
  • 6.5 hours per week


The Higher National Certificate in Construction is run one day a week (30 weeks per year) over two years. BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and The Built Environment are designed to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the construction sector. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education, including degree apprenticeships, and thereby enhance career progression.

Course content

The units studied are as follows:
  • Individual Project
  • Construction Technology
  • Science & Materials
  • Construction Practice & Management
  • Legal & Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Plus two optional units

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (Construction)

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

The course involves the study of eight units over two years, and all units are assessed by written coursework or presentations. There are no examinations taken for this qualification and the Mathematics for Construction unit is not mandatory.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Awarding Body

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Entry Requirements

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment (or a related subject)
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • other related Level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • related work experience
  • an international equivalent of the above.


Higher Education Fees

Paying for your course

To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Please be aware that unless expressly stated, the cost of your course is for a single year only. 

How are these loans paid back?

You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these. 
You don’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you have borrowed. 
You only start repaying the loan once you’ve left university or college and your income is over £25,725 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,725.  
  • If your income drops below this amount repayments stop.
  • Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee.
  • If you’re self-employed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
As a part-time student who earns over £25,725 a year you have to start paying back your loans after 4 years even if the course hasn’t finished. 
After 30 years, regardless of what you have already repaid the debt is wiped. If you never earn over £25,725 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
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