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HNC CONSTRUCTION AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (CIVIL ENGINEERING)

Awarded By: Pearson
Duration: 2 Years, part-time
Level: Level 4
Last Updated: 01-06-22

If you are currently employed in the construction industry and want to further your career in civil engineering, then this course will help prepare you for a range of higher roles. The programme is designed with flexibility at its core, making it easy to fit around your current employment and can be tailored to your existing role or career aspirations with a range of flexible modules.

Developed and delivered with industry partners Eric Wight Civil Engineering and Lancashire County Council Highways division, this programme will ensure you have the higher level skills employers seek.

Civil and structural engineers work on all types of buildings, plus transport and communication infrastructures including bridges, roads, tunnels, railways and other large constructions. They also work in the production, storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water.

Opportunities are available with a variety of employers both in the UK and overseas.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) offers a selection of varied and relevant modules. All will need to be completed, to achieve the full HNC. Level 4 core modules include:

  • Pearson Set Individual Project
  • Construction Technology
  • Science and Materials
  • Construction Practice and Management

Specialist modules include:

  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Principals of Structural Design

You will also study one optional module.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the technical, legal and scientific principles of construction, alongside management skills.

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, case studies, discussion forums and masterclasses, delivered by industry experts.

To aid learning and help build essential hands on skills, some modules are supported by practical work and field exercises.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment methods include written submissions, time-controlled examinations and practical activities. The variety of assessment techniques will ensure that you are given every opportunity to demonstrate your skills in all study areas.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Upon successful completion of the HNC, you can apply or progress into a range of roles in a professional, managerial or technical capacity in civil engineering management, structural design, quantity surveying, highways and transportation.

You may choose to progress onto higher level study, upon completion of this HNC. To progress, an additional application needs to be made.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Awarded by: Pearson

Mode of study: 2 years, part-time

Tuition fee: Year 1 (2022/2023): £3,500 Year 2 (2023/2024): £3,500

The course will be delivered at the Fulwood Campus and will run subject to a minimum class size of 10. 

Location: Preston College, Fulwood Campus

Additional costs: The provision of your own laptop/computer, stationery and personal protective equipment is essential for this course.

Additional requirements: 3-4 years of site/industrial experience is desirable.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Preston College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the HNC Civil Engineering qualification.

If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview stage.

For students who have recently been in education, we would expect an applicant to have one of the following:

A-Levels: Two A-Level subjects or equivalent (grade B and grade C, minimum)
BTEC Extended Diploma: Pass or Merit (grade MMP)
BTEC Diploma: BTEC National Diploma/Certificate (grade DM)
Pass Access Course: In a relevant occupational area at Level 3
International Baccalaureate: H7
Plus  
GCSE: GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above
Other qualifications/requirements:

3-4 years of site/industrial experience is desirable

IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each skills area)

International students

You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.

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