This course provides a grounding in key concepts and practical skills alongside the development of the knowledge and understanding required by employers and professional bodies. The programme is designed to enable you to study Core Modules and appropriate Specialist Modules for disciplines in construction and the built environment sector including: Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying and Architectural Design.
The course is designed to meet the needs of the relevant professional bodies within the construction sector. You must successfully complete 16 Modules made up of six Mandatory Core and ten Specialist Modules in order to be awarded a Higher National Diploma.
You will study eight Level 4 Modules in Year One and eight Level 5 Modules in Year Two.
Mandatory Core Modules:
In addition to lectures, seminars, tutorial sessions and directed study work form the basis of your learning programme .The emphasis is on developing your ability to understand the demands of working as a professional. This is achieved through a student focused approach to develop both your vocational knowledge and understanding and to encourage your development of critical and evaluative skills.
The teaching methods used on the course are a blend of lectures, group work, tutorial, practical, directed study and site visits
The assessment for the course is continuous throughout the academic year . Assessment methods used include assignments, projects, case studies, practicals, presentations, group research and time controlled assessments.
You will be encouraged to find work placements during the summer recess to enhance your learning and application of the knowledge gained on the course
The qualification provides a thorough grounding in key concepts and practical skills to allow direct progression to employment in a construction profession. Alternatively, on completion of a HND learners can progress to the second year or third year of a degree programme.
In addition a HND will provide a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by Chartered Institute Of Building,Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
You should have: an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment, a Level 3 Extended Diploma, a Level 3 Diploma or a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two years' work experience, one GCE A level which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one A level in relevant subject supported by a strong profile of GCSE Grades (A*-C) or other related Level 3 qualifications/related work experience.
Your qualifications/experience will be reviewed to consider whether you have the ability to progress to a Level 4 (HNC) or Level 5 (HND).
Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in the construction sector.
We were delighted that the QAA's Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER), carried out in January 2010 concluded that they had 'Confidence' (the highest judgement possible) in the quality of our Higher Education provision.
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Awarding Body: Edexcel
Level: Level 5
Duration: Two years
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