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Construction and the Built Environment HND

Course Overview

During the Construction and the Built Environment HND, you will develop your skills and knowledge to suit a wide variety of professional careers in the construction industry. The course aims to prepare you for a range of technical, professional and management careers by providing units which are relevant to the discipline in which you are either currently working or seeking employment. You will explore all aspects of the design, construction and demolition of buildings with much of the work based around scenarios and real-life buildings.

What topics are covered?

The HND in Construction is a level 5 top-up qualification made up of 240 credits. The course is designed for students who have already completed 10 units at HNC level 4. The Construction pathway is made up from specialist units, whilst the Building Services Engineering pathway consists of both mandatory and specialist units, all units are designed to provide a specific occupational focus to the qualification such as Construction Management, Architectural Technology, Surveying and Building Services Engineering.

For both the HNC and the HND the combination of units is clearly set out in the BTEC specification for each pathway. The material covered has an emphasis on work readiness and will allow you to secure the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to succeed in workplace through a range of topics that have been chosen to reflect the need for high quality professional and technical education that provides you with a clear line of sight to employment and to progression to degree level study.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at those students who have already successfully completed 10 units at HNC level 4 in Construction and the Built Environment, by following either the construction or Building Services Engineering pathways and are considering a route into a senior technical or management role in the construction industry.

What are the entry requirements?

Students will need to have already successfully completed:

  • 10 units at HNC Level 4 in Construction and the Built Environment or Building Services Engineering pathways

Mature students will be considered on an individual basis.

What qualifications will I gain?

You will gain a Level 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment.

Who is the awarding body?


Who will be my tutor?

Ian Butt

How will I learn?

The majority of the programme will be delivered in a classroom environment. However, some field trips and practical work may be undertaken.

What hours will I be in college?

One day per week in College. You will be expected to allow additional time for personal study.

How will I be assessed?

Your work and progress will be continuously assessed by a range of methods, which includes assignments, projects, case studies and practical exercises. There are no end-of-year examinations on this programme.

What can I do after this course?

If you successfully complete the course, you can progress to undergraduate study at University. This course will often allow you to enter at a higher level and reduce the amount of time required to complete your degree. You will also be encouraged to join a professional organisation appropriate to your career path while studying at the college.

How much does this course cost?

This Level 5 HNC in Construction and the Built Environment costs £2700.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.

What facilities are available?

AutoCAD is used by learners to produce drawings for group project work. NEC and JCT contracts are used to explain contractual obligations. Laptops are available for all learners and are used extensively within the classroom.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Technology

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this course using our online form (click the ‘Apply’ button).

2 reviews for Construction and the Built Environment HND

  1. tony_mcelhone@msn.com

    5 out of 5

    I have studied this course part time on a day release programme for the last 2 years and am due to graduate with Distinction on the 18th July. I can honestly say that the content within the course is so diverse, and because of this I have been able to broaden my knowledge on a vast amount of subjects. Each unit is unique in its own way, and has been subsequently split into individual assignments which target different areas of the associated subject. I have been able to obtain further detailed knowledge into areas I was aware of, and in addition to this I can certainly say that I have been able to attain information on subjects I was unfamiliar with, and this will allow opportunities to become available within different fields of the construction industry. Overall, a course which I have thoroughly enjoyed, it has allowed me to personally understand subjects I can apply to my current employment, and certainly apply to my future employments within alternative areas of the industry, and one that I would undoubtedly recommend to anyone who asks me about it.

  2. nickwhite891@hotmail.co.uk

    5 out of 5

    I have been at Bath College for four years and just completed my HNC. The experience has been a very good one and I would highly commend the college and more importantly our tutors and lectures. Initially I completed my Btec Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment which was swiftly followed by my HNC Level 4 in Construction and the Built Environment.

    The lectures teach a number of units throughout the course which have always been delivered to a very high standard, allowing the students to interact with each other to make their own conclusions on the subjects. The lectures ensure that the teaching is delivered covering both modern construction techniques and methods from previous years which helps build an overall knowledge of the different types of construction in the industry. It is clear from my own grades that the lectures work with the students closely to help the individual improve their work to allow them to achieve grades that they desire.

    The main and most important point of the overall course is the teaching level which is delivered by the lectures and their overall commitment to the students. They ensure that the students are aware of how they can find resources to complete assignments, along with giving both detailed but interesting lessons. If I can sum this course up in one word I would chose “Exceptional”.

    The lectures work very hard and are always there to help with questions or concerns that the students may have. I would highly recommend Bath College and most importantly the lectures.

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