The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment is a one-year, part-time distance learning programme. This course is designed as a 'top up' from the two-year part-time Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment.
This programme is delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) where your assignments are issued with deadlines. The assignments will be accompanied by learning resources to get you started. This flexible programme of study allows you to fit your learning around your work and home life, ideal for anybody unable to commit to attending College for a full day each week. You will need to allow a minimum of ten hours per week to complete this course.
You will be supported in your independent studies through weekly tutorials online or in person with our highly experienced lecturer who has both practical and academic experience within construction management and quantity surveying.
The course is aligned with professional body requirements and provides a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of how new and traditional technologies, management systems and scientific concepts affect the planning, design and production of construction projects. You will also learn how to manage health, safety and welfare during the design and production of buildings, and will develop your ability to work independently and as part of a team on projects.
This programme will run with a minimum of six students.
Through our Virtual Learning Environment, you will be able to access video editing programmes and Microsoft 365 for free.
All applicants will be interviewed over the telephone or in person to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You will need a Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
It is taken that applicants will already have achieved an eight-unit HNC and need to 'top-up' to the 16-unit HND.
Please note that the programme will change depending on what units you have achieved for the HNC.
The HND programme consists of a minimum of 16 units (Min 240 credits). Each unit is assessed by a combination of assignments, simulated exercises, academic posters, presentations (including voice-over PowerPoint presentations and videos) and project work through a Virtual Learning Environment. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
More information will be provided regarding the above at your interview.
The course is aligned with professional body requirements and provides a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
It also provides a progression path to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. It will also support career progression to management level within the construction industry, architecture and quantity surveying.
Award-winning trainee quantity surveyor Matthew Hitchcock said his Derby College studies and workplace training complemented each other "perfectly" to launch his career.
West Hallam teenager Matthew enjoyed studying maths and product design at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.
He had an idea even then that he might go into quantity surveying, and periods spent on work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland, and its subsidiary, Keyclad, reinforced the plan.
When Matthew left school with good grades, he landed an apprenticeship with Keyclad at Heage, where he had already forged some links.
His line managers encouraged him to take the Derby College BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment.
Matthew said he was excited by the course – saying it provided a broad overview of its subject matter and it "really helped him".
Matthew studied in college for a day-and a-half-a week for two years, completing the extended course with three distinction stars and he was named apprentice of the Year at the College's Peak Awards.
Now, through Keyclad, he is studying one day a week at Nottingham Trent University for a Bachelor of science degree. After that he is planning to gain his RICS qualifications to become a chartered surveyor.
I think the diversity of the college course really helped me, because we learnt about design, as well as measurement and project management. It was quite varied and you got a good overview.
I learnt things at college that I couldn't learn at work. On the other hand, I learned a lot of things at work which transferred into my college essays, studies, and also helped my input into the classes. It came together perfectly. I felt lucky to have the support of such professional lecturers.
One of the best things was working with various students, because a lot of us work in different industries. The students all had different ideas and we brought them all together.