HND top-up Construction & the Built Environment

Start date(s):
6 Sep 2021
1 year
Level 5
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
This programme is validated by Pearson


Course details may be subject to change

The HND programme will provide you with a more advanced understanding of Construction and Management in the Built Environment. You will study key areas, such as contract procedures, project management and project research.

It is designed as a top-up from the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) HNC Construction and enables you to study on a day-release.


GMI Construction 2

Live project site visit

Our HND Construction and Civil Engineering students have been working on a live project with GMI Construction


The programme aims to provide you with a more advanced understanding of civil engineering. It is designed as a top-up from HNC Civil Engineering. It enables you to study on a day-release and evening mode to fit around your work commitments.

This programme is affiliated with the Institution for Civil Engineers (ICE) and is an internationally recognised qualification, by most employers, for people working towards Incorporated Engineer status.


(Construction Management Pathway)

  • Group Project (Pearson-Set) (30 credits)
  • Contracts & Management (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)
  • Management for Complex Building Projects* (15 credits)
  • Alternative Methods of Construction (15 credits)
  • Advanced BIM (15 credits)
  • Personal Professional Development* (15 credits)

*Current New College Durham HNC students will complete these two units during their programme and new prospective students will be required to have completed these units before joining the course.


*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
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Academic Tutorials
  • Site visits.

Industry links:

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


There are no formal work placement requirements, however, gaining experience in a real working environment will be encouraged.

You could enhance your career within the civil engineering industry by progressing to study a relevant subject at university.

Meet our students

Jenna Graham

Jenna Graham

Civil engineering student Jenna started on the HNC in Civil Engineering and then progressed to the HND.

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.


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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.

Please note that Applied Mathematics in Construction is a pre-requisite unit to achieve your HND, you will not be able to progress onto the programme if you did not complete this core unit during your HNC.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits:


Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
You will hold the Higher National Certificate in Construction/Building Studies.