Level 4 HNC in Building Studies (TU)

Entry Requirements

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma or Certificate in Construction, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction or equivalent.


* At least one A level in an appropriate subject (or equivalent qualification)

* Relevant industrial experience

All applicants will be interviewed. You must be at least 18 years of age or over.

What's Involved

Once you are working in the construction industry, there are plenty of opportunities available for developing your skills and knowledge. Your career path is likely to be varied and may well change as you begin to specialise. Careers in this industry include;

> Architect

> Architectural Technologist

> Construction Management

> Building Surveying

> Project Manager

> Quantity Surveyor

This course is delivered in partnership with with Teesside University. You will be studying a Teesside University quailfication, at Darlington College.

This course is suitable for many career paths within construction and allied professions. The HNC is universally accepted and is the recognised progression route to undergraduate degree qualifications and also Higher National Diplomas (HND), but more importantly will advance your career potential.

The Higher National Certificate in Building Studies is a well proven course that allows you to develop your chosen career and increase your earning capabilities.

The course is designed for technicians in architecture, site/building management, quality surveying, and building surveying to name a few. It explores both the construction of new properties and the adaptation and refurbishment or restoration of existing buildings. You are introduced to all aspects of construction, including management principles, site surveying, building technology and materials, and how these elements come together to provide both commercial and residential buildings.

The HNC in Building studies provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and competencies required in the building sector. The HNC leads to a nationally recognised qualification offering opportunities for career progression and professional development.

The overall aims of the programme are to:

> Develop the education and training of engineers / technicians to a professional level in a variety of types of technical, professional and management careers in construction and the built environment sector.

> Provide opportunities for engineers / technicians to achieve a nationally recognised level four vocational qualification.

> Develop higher level skills in a technological and management context.

> Provide opportunities for Students to develop and apply a range of skills techniques and attributes essential for effective performance at work.

> Produce Higher National graduates with the requisite skills, knowledge, understanding and personal attributes necessary to contribute effectively to their chosen profession.

> Provide the opportunity for progression to a level 5 qualification.

To gain the qualification, 8 units must be completed over the 2 year period.

4 core units must be studied over the 2 year period:

> Building Technology

> Construction Science and Materials

> Construction Practice and Management

> Individual Project

4 specialist units will be studied over the 2 year period.

NOTE: All units and titles are to be confirmed at the point of enrolment

Each year comprises one day per week. Attendance is usually on a one day per week beginning in September till May. (Day of the week to be confirmed)

> 9am - 6.15pm, for 31 weeks over 3 terms. (To be confirmed).

Classes are a range of tutor led sessions, practical sessions, tutorials, case studies and site visits. Students will need to allow for 2-3 hours per week for homework, which would consist of coursework.

This course is held at Darlington College, Central Park, Haughton Road. All students also have access to all the facilities at the Teesside University

> Achievement Rates 2019 - 2020

> Programme Pass Rate - 93%

> Distinctions Awarded - 58%

> Merits Awarded - 29%

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed by class coursework assignments, exams, phase tests and group presentations. All pieces of work must achieve at least a pass grade to gain the unit. Each unit will be graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You must complete and pass ALL year 1 units before being able to progress onto year 2.

What's Next

This course will enhance job progression and can lead onto a full or part time degree, for example BS (hons) Architectural Technology, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and/or CIOB courses. Usual entry on to the second year of the programme although this does depend on the university requirements

Previous students have progressed within their employment to senior management positions. Many continue their studies at university to gain a degree whilst others choose to continue to study towards CIOB qualifications. The HNC is a well proven and respected qualification accepted throughout industry.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This programme is franchised from the Teesside University. All queries regarding programme fees should be directed to the University on 01642 218121. Help may be available with fees, please ask.

Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 4
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: September 2021

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