Construction and the Built Environment (Construction)

Swindon College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd
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Course summary

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BTECs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment or those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities.The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the construction sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.Students completing the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of construction and the built environment, with a focus on civil engineering. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to construction and the built environment, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.The qualifications aim to widen the career prospects of those who undertake them. The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is at level 4 (the same as the first year of a UK Honours degree). Pearson BTECs provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at university and are also designed to meet employers needs. Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are therefore widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at levels 4 and 5.

Course details


Units delivered over two years of part-time study for this qualification are: • Individual Project • Construction Technology • Science & Materials • Construction Practice & Management • Legal & Statutory Responsibility in Construction • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) • Surveying, Measuring & Settingout • Civil Engineering technology

Assessment method

You will be provided with details of the assignment requirements for each Unit. Students will be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development, gaining formative feedback on progress towards Unit outcomes, and developing knowledge and competence in the discipline. Summative assessment is mainly through coursework. Students will evidence their progress through written academic essays and reports, or practical activities, which will vary according to each individual Unit assessment requirements. Each Unit will carry more than one assessment task in order to meet the learning outcomes and criteria for the Unit as a whole. There are no summative written exams for this course, however in some Units, your knowledge may be formatively assessed through in class tests. If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students

Unistats information

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How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Swindon College cannot accept TIER 4 applications

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level 2 A Level's at grade A*-D in related subjects (one of which should be in a related subject)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP This should be in a related subject.
Access to HE Diploma In a related subject

Along with, 3 GCSE’s at grade A-C including English Language and maths or equivalent. You may also be required to attend an interview with the Course Leader Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industrial experience will be considered. You will also be required to attend an interview with the Course Leader.

Additional entry requirements



If you are being sponsored by your employer, their agreement to support you in your studies is essential.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An individual score of 5.5 in each individual element is essential.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3500 Year 1
Scotland £3500 Year 1
Wales £3500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ on our website for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for during your studies.
Construction and the Built Environment (Construction) at Swindon College - UCAS