The Higher National Certificate is designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and with a strong work related emphasis. The qualification provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in its specialist sector and its wide recognition by employers allows progression directly into employment. BTEC Higher National Certificate offers a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in the construction and the built environment sector. This course offers a broad based introduction to construction and the built environment.
The course is delivered through seminars and tutorials. Assessment includes essays, case studies, projects, presentations and work based learning.
General Entry Requirements
you are under 21 years of age at the start of the course, you must have at least one
of the following:
- At least one GCE A-level
pass. In addition, you should have appropriate supporting passes at GCSE
(including English and Maths at grade C or above) or Key Skills Level 2
qualifications in communication, IT and Application of Number or
- A Level 3 qualification
such as: BTEC level 3 Diploma, National
Diploma, Advanced GNVQ/NVQ, AVCE/VCE, Foundation Certificate in a relevant subject
- Access to Higher Education in a relevant subject
- Advanced Modern
Apprenticeship with Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject
- An equivalent foreign
- Any other level 3
qualification in a relevant subject
If you are over 21 years of age, you may demonstrate a more
varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work
experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their
This course will prepare students for a wide range of civil engineering careers e.g. Construction Consultant, Project Manager, Estimator, Civil Works Engineer, Structural Engineer, Surveyor and other opportunities within public and private sectors. Students may also undertake further studies at a higher level e.g. Higher National Diploma or a bachelor degree.
The following is an indication of relevant professional bodies that recognise the BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) and their recommended unit structure, as qualifications that contribute towards their requirements and also meet the requirements of the Engineering Council (UK) – Standards for Professional Engineering Competence:
- Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
- Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
In addition to individual recognition by the main professional bodies, the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment have also been validated and approved by the Construction Skills Standards and Qualifications Validation Group (SQVG) which represents the construction and built environment sector.
To qualify for the Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) students must achieve a minimum of 125 credits. A minimum of 65 credits must be at level 4
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME||UNIT LEVEL||UNIT CREDIT|
|HNCB 001||Design Principles and Application for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 002||Science and Materials for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 003||Applied Mathematics for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 005||Group Project in the Construction Industry - 5||5||20|
|HNCB 027||Site Surveying Procedures for Construction - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 032||Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 033||Civil Engineering Technology - 4||4||15|
|HNCB 034||Structural Analysis and Design - 5||5||15|
Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2013/2014
|Higher National Certificate
|Higher National Diploma
|Higher National Certificate
|Higher National Diploma
|Postgraduate Standard Diploma
|Top up degree programmes
|Top up degree programmes
- The above tuition fees do not include textbooks, study
materials or accommodation fees.
- 5% discount is offered to self-paying students who
settle the annual tuition fees in full before the start of
the course. This discount applies only when the annual fee
- Administrative charges of £100.00 or £150.00 apply to
payments by installments (please refer to payment policy
- Additional fees per module apply to re-assessments and
- A graduation fee of £200.00 will be charged to all
students attending the Graduation Ceremony.Students who do
not wish to attend their Graduation Ceremony will be
£200 graduation certification fee, depending
on the award and additional services requested (eg
apostille, international postage, notary public
certification, etc). These charges are due on the final
year of study.
To be classified as a home
student for the purpose of tuition fee payment:
The three year residence rule also applies to you if you have:
- you must be a British or EU national
- you must have resided in the European Union for three
years prior to the start of your course
- an indefinite leave to remain in the UK visa
- a spouse/partner/dependent visa
- any other visa which permits you to remain and work in
the UK without any restrictions
Note: Before you apply, please make sure you have access to your email, prepared document scans (picture, passport, other supporting documents)
Please click here to proceed with Online Application (opens in new window)
Design Principles and Application for Construction - 4 [HNCB 001]
This unit provides learners with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the design process and how the planning and design phases are coordinated and managed. This unit enables learners to demonstrate an understanding of design considerations and the design process. Learners will develop their ability to evaluate the planning and design phases and consider the environmental impact of construction projects. Learners will explore the roles and legal responsibilities of all parties involved in construction projects. Learners will also gain an understanding of how emerging technologies affect the design and production phases of construction projects.
Science and Materials for Construction - 4 [HNCB 002]
This unit provides learners with an understanding of the properties, structural behaviour and use of construction materials, and develops the skills needed to use scientific principles to solve construction problems.This unit introduces scientific principles relevant to the study of construction and the built environment and provides learners with a fundamental understanding of the properties and use of construction materials. This unit has been designed to enable learners studying construction, civil engineering and/or building services engineering programmes to explore scientific principles and the behaviour of materials used in the construction and built environment sector.
Applied Mathematics for Construction - 4 [HNCB 003]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop skills in using analytical methods and statistics to solve construction and engineering problems.This unit provides learners with an understanding of analytical techniques and the mathematical skills needed to solve construction and engineering problems. This unit has been designed to enable learners to use mathematical processes to solve construction, civil engineering and building services engineering problems. It is also intended to provide a basis for further study of the analytical methods and engineering mathematics needed for learners working in civil engineering and building services engineering disciplines.
Group Project in the Construction Industry - 5 [HNCB 005]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to devise and
implement a project scope and scheme of work, and evaluate and present the project. This unit will develop learners’ skills in terms of the evaluation and resolution of realistic practical
problems and the ability to work as part of a team. This unit also enables the application of
knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other units, and where possible experiences
from work, to a major piece of work. This unit is designed to bring together small groups of
learners into teams so that they can coordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of
work should give individual learners an opportunity to take responsibility for their contribution to
the outcome, and demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an
agreed timescale, within defined constraints, with the teamworking towards an acceptable and
viable solution to the agreed brief. Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of the
group project and be able to present solutions.
Site Surveying Procedures for Construction - 4 [HNCB 027]
This unit develops an understanding of the principles of site surveying and cartographic detailing of construction works and the skills to use site surveying instruments, alongside an understanding of the software available. This unit is designed to develop learnersï¿½ skills in using modern surveying equipment to carry out a range of typical site surveying procedures in the construction and built environment sector. Learners will undertake setting-out and control of alignment of construction work. This unit develops the understanding and skills required to perform surveying calculations. It is intended that the procedures outlined in the specification are performed using semi-manual methods and learners will also gain an understanding of the software available for site surveying. Learners will develop the skills required to produce cartographic details from survey information using a manual approach, alongside the benefits of computer-aided plotting.
Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics - 4 [HNCB 032]
This unit enables learners to develop an understanding of common rock types, their use in construction and develop the skills to classify and analyse the properties and characteristics of
This unit provides learners with skills to classify soil types and establish primary design parameters for soils. Learners will discuss the significance of the ground investigation element of site investigation. This unit also covers the skills required to test soils to current codes of practice and the associated analysis of laboratory data. Learners will also gain a working understanding of the tests needed to classify soils and establish their design parameters.
Civil Engineering Technology - 4 [HNCB 033]
T his unit enables learners to develop an understanding of the methods and techniques used to create civil engineering structures and the skills needed to solve problems associated with civil engineering activities.
This unit introduces learners to the methods and techniques used to create civil engineering structures. This unit has a strong theoretical underpinning and learners will develop an understanding of the technical requirements for substructures and superstructures. Learners will gain an understanding of hazards related to construction and civil engineering activities and consider the required health, safety and welfare legislation. Learners will also develop skills to design solutions and produce safety plans for civil engineering problems.
Structural Analysis and Design - 5 [HNCB 034]
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop skills to analyse and design statically
determinate structures in compliance with current codes of practice and standards.
This unit focuses on the skills required to analyse construction designs and appraise statically
determinate structures. Learners will design common structural elements to the appropriate British Standard, code of practice or European Code of Practice. Learners are encouraged to
work with real-life examples and develop the skills needed to produce effective and economic designs.