Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

Core Units

Level 4 Unit 1 Individual Project The aim of this unit is to support students in using and applying the knowledge and skills they have developed through other areas of their studies to complete and present an individual project. In addition, this unit will provide students with key study skills that will support them in further study.

Students will be able to identify, define, plan, develop and execute a successful project by working through a clear process. They will develop a project brief; outlining a problem that requires a solution, as well as a project specification, the specific requirements of which the final outcome must meet. They will research the problem, undertaking a feasibility study, and consider a range of potential solutions using critical analysis and evaluation techniques to test, select and contextualise their preferred solution. Students will provide a work and time management plan, keeping a diary of all activities, reflecting on their process and their learning throughout the project.

Unit 2 Construction Technology This unit will introduce the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations to be borne in mind when selecting the most suitable technological solution.

Topics included in this unit are: substructure, superstructure, finishes, building services and infrastructure components. On successful completion of this unit a student will be able to analyse scenarios and select the most appropriate construction technology solution.

Unit 3 Science & Materials
This unit aims to support students to make material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a brief. This is approached from the perspective of materials being fit for purpose; as defined by testing standards and properties, but also by consideration of the environmental impact and sustainability. Awareness of health & safety is considered alongside the need to meet legislative requirements.

The topics covered in this unit include: health & safety; storage and use of materials; handling, and problems associated with misuse and unprotected use; environmental and sustainable consideration in material choices; and human comfort performance parameters. Material choice is developed through the understanding of testing procedures to establish conformity to standards and define performance properties. The performance of materials to satisfy regulations and provide appropriate comfort levels is addressed through design and calculations.

Unit 4 Construction Practice & Management The unit compares and investigates small, medium and large construction companies within the market place and how construction processes, for development, have evolved.

Students will also explore how health & safety has evolved within the industry, including how the major stakeholders, from companies to site operatives, have embedded health & safety into their preferred areas of development and careers. In addition, students will explore Building Information Modelling and how it fits into construction processes/sequences ranging from domestic to large-scale and design and build projects.

Level 5 Unit 22 Group Project Through this collaborative project-based unit, students will explore how to define roles within a collaborative team, recognising the skills (and ‘skills gaps’) of each member of the group. Together students will work to develop a construction project; based on their research and analysis, in response to the Pearson-set ‘theme’.

Content in this unit will typically include role identification and allocation, collaborative structures, human resources management, project management, procurement, tender documentation, information/data sharing, meetings, health & safety, project costing and Building Information Modelling.

Specialist Unit Mandatory units

Level 4 Unit 5 Legal & Statutory Responsibilities in Construction This unit will introduce the different areas of law that are relevant to the construction industry throughout the development process. This includes applying for planning approval to undertake construction activities and using building control regulations to evaluate building design and alterations at the preconstruction stage. The unit will explore the laws of occupiers’ liability, trespass and nuisance to manage construction activities on-site, and the legal aspects of the sale and leasing process involved in the disposal of buildings; using the law of contract and land law.

Topics included in this unit are: planning law, building control regulations, insurance, the law of tort and the law of contract and land law.

Unit 6 Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) Through this unit students will develop their awareness of different types of construction information and their uses in the process. Students will engage in the production, reading and editing of construction information, in order to understand how this information informs different stages of the process. Using industry standard tools and systems, students will consider the ways that information may be shared and, through this, the value of collaboration in the information process.

Topics included in this unit are: construction drawing, detailing, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM), schedules (door, window, hardware, etc.), specifications, schedules of work, bills of quantities and information distribution and collaboration.

Level 5 Unit 23 Contracts & Management The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with a working knowledge of contracts, so they can manage a project team in accordance with the agreed terms and conditions of the contract. The principle person responsible for this is often the quantity surveyor and it is their responsibility to ensure compliance with the conditions of the contract.

Unit 24 Project Management The aim of this unit is to explore theories and practices relating to project management, the project manager role, and managing stakeholders throughout the project process.

Topics covered in this unit include: project management as a discipline and suitability for a range of construction industry activities; project stakeholder types and their management; project manager roles and responsibilities; project management plans.

Unit 25 Management for Complex Building Projects This unit is designed to focus on factors that are involved in the relationship between the complexity of large construction projects and the management strategies required to plan, organise and co-ordinate such projects.

This unit also supports students to analyse total health & safety management in the light of new and existing legislation and construction contracts, and the impact it has on issues surrounding construction management.

Topics included in this unit are: management strategies, contract planning, pre-project phase, planning and design, contract selection phase, project operations, project closeout and termination phase, management team, organisational systems, cash flow/funding.

Institute selected

Optional Units Level 4 Your course will include two units with an individual credit value of 15 credits

Level 5 Your course will include three units with an individual credit value of 15 credits

Entry Requirements
  • 48 UCAS points* / 120 UCAS points** from a relevant Level 3 qualification;

  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications

Prospective students over the age of 21 years without formal qualifications should contact the college in the first instance to discuss your options.

Assessment Method

All units are assessed on a continuous assessment basis by means of written and some practical assignments to meet set standard criteria. A couple of units are partially assessed by individual examination. Final grades for each individual unit are awarded at either Pass, Merit or Distinction. On completion of the minimum sixteen units (including all core units) your HND will be graded also as either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

An external verifier from Edexcel visits the college annually where a sample of your work is verified for accuracy of marking and quality of work.

Study Methods

This is a new course so there is no unistats data available.

You will be studying on a part-time basis for one full day per week. On this course you will complete sixteen units of study delivered over two years, for the Level 5 HND in Construction 240 credits.

Each unit has specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria. To pass an internally assessed unit, learners must meet all the assessment criteria.

These assessments will take place in specialised teaching areas which maximise your personal and subject development.

You will create a portfolio of evidence based on your learning journey which will bring together your assessed work and include a photograph evidence record. This will then be internally and externally assessed.


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