Course Overview

The HND Construction and the Built Environment (Construction Management) programme blends theoretical teaching and learning with practical teaching through the extensive use of case studies, projects, guest speakers and practical assignments.

The teaching team has diverse experience in a variety of Construction professions including management, design and surveying. This equips it with the expertise to deliver the multidisciplinary elements of the HND programme ensuring you receive a high quality teaching and learning experience that prepares you for a range of careers in civil engineering or progression to further study.

Workshops and tutorials are available in addition to the formal teaching sessions.

The teaching team is currently developing an enrichment programme which will include a series of guest speakers from the Construction industry and visits to relevant Construction companies and organisations throughout the academic year.

You will be encouraged to become a student member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Upon completion, you will be able to progress to the BSc (Hons) Construction Management top-up programme, validated by the University of Bolton.

Course Structure

The HND programme structure is a blend of semesterised and year-long units. The units are sequenced to provide you with a coherent learning experience.

If you have successfully completed a part-time HNC in one of the Construction pathways and wish to ‘top-up’ to your respective pathway on the HND you will have the opportunity to do so by joining the relevant part-time HND structure in semester four.

This programme has a total value of 240 credits and is equivalent to approximately 2,400 hours total learning time.

Modules Covered

Stage 1 (total 120 credits):

  • Individual Project
  • Construction Technology
  • Science & Materials
  • Construction Practice & Management
  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  • Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out.

Choose one of the following optional units:

  • Tender & Procurement
  • Building Information Modelling.

Stage 2 (total 120 credits):

  • Group Project
  • Contracts & Management
  • Project Management
  • Management for Complex Building Projects
  • Construction Technology for Complex Building Projects
  • Environmental Assessment & Monitoring.

Choose one of the following optional units:

  • Advanced Building Information Modelling
  • Personal Professional Development.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) - Moodle
  • Worked Based Learning.

Teaching Methods

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) - Moodle
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips.


Each unit has a set of assessment criteria which you must demonstrate to achieve a pass grade. You will undertake one or more pieces of assessment for each unit and will need to show the assessment criteria for the unit have been met. Some of the assessments have elements of negotiation where you can make decisions and agree with the tutor what will be undertaken for assessment. This ensures that the work has personal and professional relevance.


Work Placement/Fieldwork

There are no opportunities for work placement on this course.


What's Next?

Upon completion, you will be able to progress to the BSc (Hons) Construction Management top-up programme, validated by the University of Bolton.

This programme will enable you to specialise in and find employment as a:

  • Assistant Design Co-ordinator
  • Design & Build Co-ordinator
  • Construction Site Supervisor
  • Construction Design Technician
  • Site Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Planning Supervisor
  • Construction Technician
  • Architectural Technologist
  • Architectural Draftsperson Information Manager
  • Architectural Technician
  • Architectural Designer.

Did You Know?

This course is based on the latest RQF Framework which includes the most up to date module content for giving you an understanding of how the construction industry operates today.

Additional Costs

There are no additional course costs associated with your study on this programme. All equipment is provided by the College. Students are free to purchase their own copies of books to support their studies but all texts are available for loan from the College Library.

Entry Requirements

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment.

An A level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C or other related level 3 qualifications or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution or related work experience.

Mature applicants may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short-course and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application. Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) are welcomed by the Programme team subject to RQF unit mapping. You should consult the Admissions Tutor if you wish to claim such recognition.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification