Access to HE

Construction and the Built Environment BTEC HNC

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Rainham Campus
  • Qualification

    Access to HE
  • Subject

    Construction and Building Services
  • Schedule

    Monday (09:00 - 16:30) (Day)
  • Duration

    72 weeks
  • Course Target

    Adult 21+

Course Fees


Entry requirements

The 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.

GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications are required. An 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 five years’ relevant work experience can also apply.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please contact the Admissions Team for a Higher Education application form


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. Quantity surveyors are paid up to £62,000/year in Greater London and there are nearly 8,000 construction project managers employed throughout, Hertfordshire, Thurrock, Essex and London.

You will be taught through a combination of:

  • 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.

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. We offer two pathways for students to study either Construction or Survey depending on your area of specialism.

This is a classroom-based course.

Example of course modules delivered over two years (subject to staff experience):

  • 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

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;
  • Law in relation to the built environment;
  • Design principles; and
  • Responsibilities in regards to the environment.

For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is one day per week. The course will take place at our Rainham Construction & Engineering Centre. 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.

Further Information

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible for entry to the Level 5 HND programme. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to a degree course at university. The HNC course can also be used as an entry requirement for professional qualifications, such as those offered by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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