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What's Involved

This course is for you if you are presently working in a construction-related area, i.e. tradesman or trainee surveyor, manager, architect etc. and who wish to gain a formal qualification in the construction industry. The course is taught over 2 years and you attend one full day per week.

The BTEC National Certificate in Construction has 12 units (6 per year). This is a generic course to teach you many aspects of construction from design technology, building surveying, construction management, maths, health and safety, planning and organisation, valuation etc.

Entry Requirements

You MUST be employed (self-employed if proof of regular work can be produced). Mature students should have a good standard of education and will be considered on an individual basis. If you are aged 16 to 19 you must be employed and have a minimum of 5 GCSE 4/C grades including Maths and English

Where will it take me?

This level 3 course is a equal to 2 "A" levels at the end of the programme, you can progress onto the Havering College HNC in Construction programme (2 years, 10 units) or go on to a university education either full- or part-time. The HNC programme at Havering College is a level 4 course and leads to university. It is recognised in the industry as a professional qualification and you can progress on to a degree.

You can progress to a variety of careers allied to the construction industry.

Course Assessment Method

All 12 assignments are marked on a task basis. Potential grades are: Pass, Merit and Distinction. An external verifier visits the college and your work is randomly examined for accuracy of marking and quality of work. Some assignments do have a class test / exam within their framework.

We have 6 compulsory units:

1 Health, Safety and Welfare; 2 Sustainable Construction; 3 Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment; 4 Science and Materials in Construction; 5 Construction Technology and Design in Construction; 6 Building Technology in Construction.

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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