The course is for those who want to build up their technical construction skills and gain an industry recognised qualification. The course will prepare students for a range of technical, profession and management careers such as building surveying, build control and construction management.
The course will include modules such as:
Design principles and application – looking at the planning, design and production phases of the construction process and the coordination and management of each stage.
Science and materials – understanding the scientific principles, properties and use of material needed to successfully complete the core and specialist content.
Health, safety and welfare – gain knowledge on the main legislation and approved codes of practice applicable to the construction and built environment sector.
Group project – evaluate and resolve realistic, practical problems by working as part of a team for a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of technologists in a construction discipline.
You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college, which will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the nature of work you will be required to undertake. Additionally, the College offers a wide range of other resources and facilities including additional learning support, which will be available to you.
If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:
• assistive software training
• IT upskilling
• essay planning and structure
• proof reading and editing written work
• bibliographies and referencing
• time management and personal organisation
• revision and exam tips
• presentation techniques
N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.
Skills and assessment
• to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life
• to enable students to make an immediate contribution once in employment to the construction and built environment sector
• to provide further study and career development from a Level 3 course
• to equip students with knowledge, understanding, skills and motivation as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies
• to provide a significant education base for progression to membership of professional bodies in construction, building services engineering and civil engineering
The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit different learning styles. You will be supported by a dedicated team to achieve through group work, pair activities, action research, discussions, presentations and build projects.
The assessments you undergo could be formative or summative:
Formative - Designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your on-going development. Formative assessments, such as class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade.
Summative - Designed to provide a measure of your achievement and performance against learning outcomes, using end of unit assignments to determine your grades.
At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative and summative assessment procedures which require you to consider and grade your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice with tutors, and to take responsibility for areas of strength and weakness in your work.
Entrants to the Programme should normally possess the following:
• a minimum of two passes at A-level, plus four passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C), normally including maths and English Language and a science subject
• a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications
A typical offer would be two grade C’s at A-level (Maths, science, art and/or English would be advantageous) or a Construction and the Built Environment BTEC Diploma at merit level (equivalent to two A-levels at grade C).
We also welcome students returning to education and support widening participation and encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:
• British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components;
• TOEFL minimum score of 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based
The Construction HNC prepares students for employment in the construction and built environment sector, including surveying, architecture, civil engineering and structural engineering.
Students can also progress onto other higher education courses or professional qualifications offered by membership bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT),the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Destination of graduates
As this is a new programme, there are no available destination statistics, however, it is expected that students will use the programme to enable them to enter employment in a relevant specialist area and/or enable them to ‘top up’ their HNC to a HND in Construction
How to apply
Applicants should apply directly to Reading College. Call 0800 371 434 for more information.
Home/EU Fee for 2017 entrance: £3,000 per year