HNC Construction and the Built Environment

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 4
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£2400 per year
(previous year's fees)
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This programme will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills to pursue a career in construction.

You will apply critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve construction problems, and develop your personal and business skills to prepare you for the demands of a professional construction environment.

You will study modules that focus on areas such as construction technology, science and materials, drawing, detailing and specification, surveying, measuring and legal responsibilities.

You will study at college one day per week, 9am-5pm. The day will be confirmed after your induction day.

This programme can also be completed as a Higher Apprenticeship.
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Take a tour around our Construction & Civil Engineering facilities

Our construction workshops have industry standard site surveying and testing equipment, and three new CAD suites.


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Students construct innovative design

Visual arts and construction students worked with Gentoo Tolent to produce a mural for a new housing development site.

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Construction is underway at the Ramside

Students visited the Walter Thompson Construction site at Ramside Hall.


The aim of this programme is to help learners develop the practical and theoretical skills required for further study, or employment within the construction industry.

You will study modules that focus on areas such as construction technology, science and materials, drawing, detailing and specification, surveying, measuring and legal responsibilities.


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


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Each individual unit will use different teaching and learning strategies, depending upon the nature of the subject. The teaching and learning strategies will include a combination of different approaches, including:
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Academic Tutorials
  • Site visits
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Questions
  • Practical work
  • Tests.

Maths and English

You will hold maths at grade 4/5 (equivalent grade C).

You will hold English at grade 4/5 (equivalent grade C).
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We have many strong links to provide you with opportunities to further your knowledge, such as guest speakers and visits to industry.

Students work in collaboration with surveying organisations to demonstrate emerging technologies within surveying, including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) and 3D Laser Scanning.

You will have the opportunity to attend Breakfast Club events, such as Bullivant's, Kier, Interserve, Topcon, and will visit various sites, including The Riverwalk Development - previously known as the Gates shopping centre (Sir Robert McAlpine).


You will be expected to working within the industry and will attend college on a day release basis. There are no formal work placement requirements, however, gaining experience in a real working environment will be encouraged.

You could progress to HND Construction and the Built Environment at New College Durham.

Meet our students

Ryan Gowland - HNC construction

Ryan Gowland

Ryan secured a job as Site Manager and Engineer for ARM-Pipetek.

Shaun Bowden

Shaun Bowden

Shaun is now a Senior Asset Officer for Riverside Housing.

Joshua Dunlavy

Joshua Dunlavy

Joshua is an Assistant Design Manager at Sir Robert McAlpine.

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Sam Warren

Construction student Sam heard by word of mouth that New College Durham was a great place to study.


Mitchell Galloway

Mitchell Galloway

Mitchell works as an architectural apprentice at Newcastle City Council.

Meet the lecturers

What else?

You will attend college on a day-release basis. You will also be expected to conduct additional independent study during your own time away from college to complete the programme.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview at the College where your suitability to the course will be assessed.
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European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits:


Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
  • Level 3 in Construction or Civil Engineering (Merit overall)
  • A relevant Level 3 qualification (Merit overall)
  • Two STEM relevant A-Levels
  • Industry experience for mature students
  • You will hold maths at grade 4/5 (equivalent grade C)
  • You will hold English at grade 4/5 (equivalent grade C).