Part Time, Distance Learning

Subject Area


Start Date

Call 0191 511 6000

Course Length

1 Year




Higher Education



Course Level


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HND Construction and the Built Environment

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Who is this course for?

The course is for those people who have completed an HNC already and are looking to top-up their qualification to a full HND.

It is designed for those people who wish to follow and develop one of the many professional careers in construction including Management, Architecture, Design, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying and Land Surveying.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have a Higher National Certificate in Construction, Building Services or Civil Engineering, ideally with 10 units.

The HND in Construction is a 16 unit programme. We deliver the HND as a top-up to the HNC over 1 year.

Our HNC is consists of 10 units allowing the additional 6 units to be completed in one year.

Applicants with only an 8 unit HNC will need to top-up with an additional 8 units involving extra fees and

possibly additional time.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course covers the following key areas:

• Management

• Specification Writing

• Construction Technology of Complex Buildings

• Design Technology

• Law and Contract

• Research Project (Dissertation)

How you will learn

This course is a Distance Learning programme with attendance required for approximately six half-days per year, group work and seminars). Assignments and course material are provided on the college Moodle website and individual tutorials arranged to suit via a range of media options.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you can progress to university and a degree programme with entry level based upon HND grades. You could also go on to find employment within the professional levels of the construction industry.

What costs will you incur?

2016 Tuition Fee: £2,300

(Based upon 6 units/modules, extra units are currently charged at £450 a unit).

Other course costs: Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists, however, you will have access to these books in the College Learning Centre.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

Previous Student Experience

“The College’s Construction Department was my first experience of higher education and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. The learning curve was incredible and this course was the perfect foundation for the rest of my career. I cannot thank the staff and the college enough.”

George Clarke, TV Presenter and Architect