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HNC Construction

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This course is an 18-month part time day release course for people employed in the Construction industry. It is also appropriate for people with a more varied profile of achievement such as those with extensive work experience or those with a range of qualifications that are related to their work sector.

The units comprising the qualification are designed to meet the skill needs of the sector and the specialist units allow coverage of the full range of employment within the sector. We make use of the choice of units available to ensure they meet the skills needs of employers and students.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject or A Levels.

Our Approach

New material is introduced through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also engage with learning materials via the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment as a means of student support.

Case Study and problem solving activities, often in groups, allow you to deepen your understanding in a real work environment. Problem solving is a key component of many activities and you are encouraged to be a reflective student in preparation for life-long learning. You are closely supported and monitored by module leaders and the course team to ensure the required skills are developed. 

Part-time students in appropriate work will be able to update their skills and knowledge to enhance their effectiveness in their current and any future role. In particular, they will use their experience of the work place to reinforce their learning and to see how theoretical learning can be applied in a practical role.

Partial distance learning and home study are key elements of this qualification and this activity is supported by a comprehensive virtual learning environment (VLE Blackboard)

Course Themes

  • 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 Refurbishment

Did you know?

A number of relevant professional bodies recognise this course and its unit structure, as qualifications that contribute towards their needs and also meet the requirements of a variety of construction industry institutions and organisations such as; Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and many more.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Design principles and application
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding of a development brief
  • Critical reflection
  • Communication with colleagues and partners
  • Working in a team
  • Understanding of the technical aspects of construction
  • Invaluable industry insight
  • Advanced CAD skills

Career Progression

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Estimator
  • Architectural Technician
  • Site Manager
  • Building Surveyor
  • Project Manager
  • Land Surveyor
  • Assistant Planner


Progression on to a full-time or part-time degree is possible from the HNC in Construction and The Built Environment, depending on your final grade outcomes.


Full time: £7200

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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