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The Construction and the Built Environment (RQF) HNC course, awarded by Pearson, is the perfect course for technicians already employed in the construction industry to further their knowledge and gain the additional skills needed for promotion and progression. The course is also suited to self-employed workers and those who run their own construction businesses. This part-time course allows students to continue to work, whilst furthering their understanding of the broad health and safety, design, management and technological aspects of the contemporary construction industry. The course is designed with employers in mind and teaches vocational skills that can be directly applied to the construction environment.

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  • Award: Construction and the Built Environment HNC Level 4
  • Application method: Online
  • Location: Havering College of Further and Higher Education (Rainham Campus)
  • Awarding Body: Pearson
  • Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Construction and the Built Environment Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC RQF qualification.
  • Duration: 2 years (part-time)
  • Academic year for 2019/20: 23rd September 2019 to 19th June 2020


Classes run one day a week: 9 am - 6 pm, with two hours of breaks spread throughout the day. Current year 1 students attend on a Monday/Tuesday, this is subject to change for the next academic year. Timetables will be available in your student handbook at the beginning of the course.


You will be taught through a combination of lecture and workshop sessions with one-to-one tutorials booked in as needed.

  • Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups.
  • Meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course.
  • Workshop and simulation sessions will give you hands-on experience of engineering techniques and software, and as a part of your course will have access to the latest engineering simulation packages, including CAD.

Independent learning

When you are not attending lectures, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by our excellent facilities, including the library and learning zone.

Overall workload

Per week, you will typically have:

  • 4 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of workshops
  • One-to-one tutorials booked in as needed

Over the course of the year, you will spend 66% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching and learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 102 hours

Entry Requirements

Our typical entry requirement to this course is 48 UCAS points* from relevant level 3 qualifications such as the National Diploma in Construction or an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.

*Based on new UCAS points system used from 2017

Additional requirements:

  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent level 2 qualifications
  • A face-to-face interview may be required before an offer can be made
  • All students must be employed in a construction role (part-time or full-time) and must be able to prove their employment
  • Employer references will be obtained prior to a place being offered

Non-traditional students without formal qualifications, but with at least 5 years relevant work experience are also welcome to apply.

Additional information for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

Where will it take me?

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to begin to build your career as a site manager, building surveyor, quantity surveyor, project manager, building engineer or facilities manager. The HNC qualification provides the extra knowledge and skills needed to support applications for promotion and we find that past students have found the course invaluable in helping them to launch their careers and follow their chosen path to senior technician or management positions.

The course also provides the foundation for further qualifications in building and construction, including progression to the Havering College Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment and then onto a degree course at university. The HNC course can also be used as an entry requirement for professional qualifications such as those offered by Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the construction industry and course leaders communicate regularly with employers to ensure that the course continues to meet the needs of students in their working roles. The course is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding and application of relevant principles relating to modern construction, including: materials and their use, health, safety and welfare, construction methods and maintenance, the law in relation to the built environment, design principles and responsibilities in regards to the environment.

Course Modules

  • Unit 1: Individual Project
  • Unit 2: Construction Technology
  • Unit 3: Science and Materials
  • Unit 4: Construction Practice and Management
  • Unit 5: Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Unit 6: Construction Information
  • Unit 7: Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out
  • Unit 13: Tender and Procurement

The course operates on a modular basis with all carrying 15 academic credits. Students will take 30 credits per semester and the full HNC qualification is worth 120 credits. Your overall grade for the course, and your HNC classification, will be based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels.

The course has one start point in September.

Course Assessment Method


This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.

There will be ten formal, assessed, assignments spread across the two years (five each year). Formal assessment will be solely through this range of coursework and may include essays, reports, portfolios, performance presentations and projects. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark. Students will also undertake some group and project work throughout the course.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments within three weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

You must achieve a pass mark in all modules in order to progress on to the next year of study or to finish the course and gain your qualification.

Course costs

The following course related costs are included in the fees:

  • All workshop materials
  • Any practical materials and measuring equipment for use at the College
  • The use of simulation software
  • Access to online resources
  • Access to the Learning Resource Centre
  • Access to the computer facilities
  • Access to College Support Services
  • Membership of the College Union
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Assessment
  • Registration costs
  • Annual printing allowance of £10
  • Use of paper and online journals provided in the library

The following costs are not included in the fees:

  • Health and Safety equipment and clothing
  • Course books - you will be provided with a book list so that you are able to buy textbooks if you wish, although there are multiple copies available in the library
  • Additional printing over and above the £10 allowance

Sources for financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Details can be found on the Student Services homepage -

Where and When

Construction And The Built Environment Level 4 BTEC HNC Diploma Edexcel (RQF)

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J700HCP-19 Part Time 23/09/2019 N/A £2,500 £2,500 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

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.
Where a class needs to close you will be informed as soon as possible and the College will endeavour to help you find alternative provision.

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Accrediting Body


HNC/HND Construction and the Built Environment Delivery Guide 2010

HNC/HND Construction Built Environment Delivery Guide 2010

2020-21 Course Guide

Havering College Course Guide 2020/21

Ofsted 2016 Report