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Course summary

Do you get excited by the idea of being at the forefront of the construction industry: civil engineering, building services engineering, quantity surveying, site engineering, surveying, construction management or architectural technology. If the answer is yes then the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction is a course for you, it will support your career and help you to take your first steps into professional construction roles. The HNC in Construction is designed to equip students with Construction skills, knowledge, and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global construction sector. The course provides students with an understanding of the way technologies are transforming the industries of Construction and prepares them to work with these technologies. You will develop contemporary vocational skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills. You will also learn to take responsibility for your own learning and the ability to be flexible and to work co-operatively with others. Completion of the HNC will enable you to achieve appropriate professional body recognition in particular, but not exclusively, from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building. It will support progression to the HND or into employment within the sector. Through studying the HNC in Construction you will gain practical experience with industry standard software and technologies such as N4ce and Autodesk’s AutoCAD & REVIT software along with Trimble, Spectra and Leica surveying equipment; You will also be taught by staff with extensive industry experience. The HNC in Construction core modules develop knowledge and skills in areas such as Project Management, Construction Technology and Construction Practice and Management. The specialist modules give greater depth and understanding in Legal & statutory responsibilities in Construction, Construction Information, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Principles of Alternate Energy and Surveying & Setting out. Achievement of the HNC prepares you for further progression within the construction industry higher education qualifications such as a the HND in Construction Management, as well as the option to enter the industry to start your working career in construction. Graduates often enter roles such as site engineers, construction managers, assistant site managers, assistant project managers, design managers and CAD/BIM technicians to name a few.


Individual Project (Pearson-set) Construction Technology Science & Materials Construction Practice & Management Legal & Statutory Responsibilities in Construction Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) Surveying, Measuring & Setting-out Principles of Alternative Energy

Assessment method

The HNC is taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

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Truro Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider international applicants.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8224 Year 1
EU £9335 Year 1
England £8224 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8224 Year 1
Scotland £8224 Year 1
Wales £8224 Year 1
Channel Islands £8224 Year 1
International £9335 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information and guidance about fees and funding, please visit the website:
Construction at University Centre Truro and Penwith - UCAS