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Course summary

OVERVIEW Demand for construction workers is booming. The UK industry is expected to need hundreds of thousands of skilled people in this field in the coming years to help deliver multi-billion-pound regeneration and home-building projects around the country. Our Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment will equip you with advanced knowledge to make an immediate impact in this essential industry. Providing you with both an understanding of the breadth and depth of the sector as well as global transferable skills, our two-year course is ideal for anyone seeking to develop a career in construction, including those with a suitable academic background but little construction knowledge. Supported by our brand new construction facilities on campus, you will explore a range of core themes for the sector, from the fundamentals of technology, science and materials to construction drawing, contracts, project management, tendering and procurement. By completing our construction HND course, you will earn a widely recognised Level 5 qualification and be able to pursue a variety of relevant careers, from architectural and engineering roles to planning and surveying. You will also have the opportunity to progress onto the final year of a relevant degree course in order to achieve a full undergraduate degree. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Practical application – Apply your learning against real-world scenarios and get hands-on experience studying in our cutting-edge construction facilities
  • Work placement – Enhance your career prospects with opportunities to undertake a placement with one of our industry partners
  • Flexible learning – Study through a range of mediums such as virtual, blended, online and face-to-face
  • Expert tuition – Learn from experienced lecturers with a wealth of knowledge from working in the construction industry, as well as leading guest speakers
FACILITIES Students on our construction and engineering courses will learn in brand new real-world training environments under development at University College Birmingham. Our brand new Engineering and Sustainable Construction Centre at the iconic James Cond Building will offer state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed to develop skills that support employers and their supply chains, along with further new facilities at Camden House. PLACEMENTS We encourage students on our HND Construction and the Built Environment course to gain work experience throughout your studies. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Architectural technologist
  • Building surveyor
  • Civil engineer
  • Town planner
  • Building control officer
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course



  • Pearson Set Individual Project Construction Technology
  • Science and Materials
  • Construction Practice and Management
  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out
You will also study two optional modules (TBA). YEAR 2
  • Construction Technology
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Tender and Procurement
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Group Project
  • Contracts and Management
  • Advanced Construction Drawing and Detailing
  • Construction Technology for Complex Building Projects
- Project Management

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT Your studies will be delivered through different mediums such as virtual, blended, online and traditional face-to-face practical activities and lectures. Guest lecturers from industry will also support in the delivery of modules and specialist topics. Assessment occurs through a combination of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher-level skills. Many modules will require a practical demonstration of skills, while others will require you to carry out your own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team. In many cases, assignments will be set against a real-world scenario by employers, and you will gain experience of presenting your ideas, results and solutions to employer panels. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applications are not permitted at this time as we are unable to support student visa applications for this course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Construction and the Built Environment at University College Birmingham - UCAS