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Higher National Certificate in Construction & the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
Department of Civil Engineering

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Award   Higher National Certificate  HNC Course Title   Construction & the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
UCAS Code   202H Award Level   QCF 4
Start Dates   September and January Study Mode  Weekend [2 years]
Awarding Body  Pearson BTEC
  1. Entry Requirements
  2. Course Overview
  3. Course Structure
  4. Course Content
  5. Progression
  6. Professional Recognition
  7. Fees
  8. Apply Online

Course Overview

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering is a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and with a strong work related emphasis. Civil Engineers design, construct and shape our environment. 

This course will introduce you to the key knowledge and skills in construction, the built environment and civil engineering. You will explore engineering design, materials, surveying, geology, structures and health and safety. You will also undertake a group project module, in which you will apply what you have learned to solving a design challenge of your choice.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. Your studies will be supported by trips to trade exhibitions, career fairs and guest speakers from the industry. You will also develop your transferable skills such as critical analysis, problem solving, negotiation, team work and planning to ensure that you have the awareness to succeed in the changing engineering sector.

You will be assessed through individual and group projects, case studies, oral presentations, time-constrained and written assignments.


General Entry Requirements

    If 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 equivalent.
    • 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
    • Baccalaureate/International Baccalaureate
    • An equivalent foreign qualification
    • 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 work sector.

Progression

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificates are well-established and internationally recognised qualifications offering graduates progression directly to employment. This course will prepare you for a range of civil engineering careers within public and private sectors.

You can also study further for a Higher National Diploma or a degree in Civil Engineering.  


Professional Recognition

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.

Course Structure

    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 CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
HNCB 001Design Principles and Application for Construction - 4415
HNCB 002Science and Materials for Construction - 4415
HNCB 003Applied Mathematics for Construction - 4415
HNCB 005Group Project in the Construction Industry - 5520
HNCB 027Site Surveying Procedures for Construction - 4415
HNCB 032Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics - 4415
HNCB 033Civil Engineering Technology - 4415
HNCB 034Structural Analysis and Design - 5515

Tuition Fees

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Design Principles and Application for Construction - 4 [HNCB 001]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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 learners� 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]

Unit type:Core

    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 soils. 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]

Unit type:Core

    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]

Unit type:Core

    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.

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