Higher Education

Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Rainham Campus
  • Qualification

    Higher Education
  • Subject

    Construction and Building Services
  • Schedule

    Monday (Day)
  • Duration

    72 weeks
  • Course Target

    Higher Education

Course Fees

*Fee subject to OfS Approval. Fees displayed are on a per year basis

Entry requirements

Our typical 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 admissions@havering-college.ac.uk or call 01708 455011.


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 – Year 2
  • Unit 2 - Construction Technology – Year 1
  • Unit 3 - Science and Materials – Year 1
  • Unit 4 - Construction Practice and Management Year 1
  • Unit 5 - Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction - Year 2
  • Unit 6 - Construction Information - Year 1
  • Unit 7 - Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out – Year 2
  • Unit 13 - Tender and Procurement – Year 2

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.

  • Assessment Criteria

    As this course has been designed with employers in mind, our assessment methods also replicate submissions that extend practical knowledge whilst developing academic understanding. Assessments can be in the form of written academic assignments, written reports, presentations, project-based assessments, group or individual presentations, practical demonstrations and recordings.

    All grades achieved are subject to internal verification, external quality assurance from the awarding body, and internal examination review board.

  • Further Information

    For further information about application please email Customer Services customerservices.hfe@ncclondon.ac.uk

    You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

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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