Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
January 2 Years Level 4 Part-Time - Day Washington Campus University Level Qualification
September 2 Years Level 4 Part-Time - Day Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

The HNC in Construction and The Built Environment is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. This qualification will provide students with a wide-ranging knowledge of the construction and the built environment sector and is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in construction and the built environment.

This higher-level course could support you in progressing your career within the construction and the built environment industry. A career in this sector makes a positive impact on society and a lasting contribution for people, places and communities. Further develop your skills, knowledge and qualities to further develop your career in this rewarding sector.

You should have a BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Construction or related subject area; or an NVQ Level 3 in a Construction Craft and/or site experience.

If you are a mature student, you will be interviewed and accepted onto the course depending on work experience, enthusiasm, and a range of professional qualifications in your work sector.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 2300.00 *subject to change You will need to provide your own stationery. You could purchase books from the recommended reading list, however, they are available to borrow from the college’s Learning Centre. You could have the opportunity for relevant trips though none are mandatory.


The course is classroom based and you will learn through a combination of:
- lectures/presentations
- seminars/tutorials/class discussion
- 1:1 discussion
- guest speakers (where appropriate)
- field trips (where appropriate)

At level 4 you will typically have around 5 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
- Lectures
- Class discussions
- 1:1 discussion (where appropriate)


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final grade. Each unit normally consists of 2-4 summative assessments/assignments and an overall grade will be given after all assignments have been handed in and assessed.
The course is classroom based and is wholly assessed by formal assessments such as reports and presentations.


You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your course lecturer to enable to improve throughout the duration of the course and gain the best possible grade you can achieve.

A good standard of maths and English is required for the course. Use of IT based programmes such as Word and excel would also be beneficial.

International Applicants:

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 4.5 with a minimum score of 4.0 in each component (Reading, Writing Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification

Your overall weekly workload should consist of class contact hours (5hrs) and independent learning (outside of college) totalling 10-15hrs

Independent learning:

When not attending lectures and seminars 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, preparing coursework assignment and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre, a dedicated computer room and regular access to your lecturer.

The core units you will study are:

Mandatory units:
- Individual Project
- Construction Technology
- Science and Materials
- Construction Practice and Management.
- Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
- Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification

Other units:
- Principles of Alternative Energy
- Principles of Refurbishment.


Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

What’s next?

After successfully completing the course, you could move onto the Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or a degree programme at university. You could also go on to find employment within the professional levels of the construction industry.

Putting careers first

This course is offered in partnership with the North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT) , which is a collaboration between education providers, Universities and leading employers within the sector. 
As a members of the North East Institute of Technology, Sunderland College will prepare you for progression into higher level study and technical employment, by accessing world class facilities and teaching from highly trained specialist staff who are industry professionals.

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