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Level: 5

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 6.00

Start: 09/09/2019

Days / Times: Thursday 09:00 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 3000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.   

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

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.

Modules are:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Management Principles and Application
  • Measurement Processes
  • Technology of Complex Buildings
  • Contractual Procedures and Procurement
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
  • Project Management
  • Research Project

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

  • Drawing equipment such as an A3 drawing board, 30-60 and 45 degree set squares, scale rule and 0.5 mechanic pencil would be advantageous but not essential.
  • For voice-over PowerPoint presentations you will need access to a microphone.  Access to video recording equipment such as a SMART phone will also be advantageous. 
  • Computer with internet access (with the ability to run AutoCAD Architecture which can be downloaded for free)
  • Windows 7 Operating System and above
  • Microsoft Office 2010 and above


More information will be provided regarding the above at your interview.   

What can I do after this course?

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.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

Dean Wain

Dean Wain

Derby College helps apprentice Dean change career direction

Former apprentice plumber Dean Wain has his sights set on a career in architectural technology after Derby College lecturers helped him change career direction.
Dean, now aged 25, had seen architects on site and decided he would explore going down that professional route by seeking expert advice.
Lecturers helped him to get on a Professional Construction and the Built Environment course, and later they encouraged him to apply when city-based architect Morrison Design was looking for apprentices.
Dean landed an architectural technician trainee job, an apprentice role, and he transferred to Derby College’s Professional Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Extended Diploma.
He completed his course with Distinction*s and is now an architectural technician with Morrison, while studying part-time at the University of Derby for a degree in Architectural Technology and Practice.

Derby College was a great starting point for me.


I loved my apprenticeship. I just looked forward to coming to work. I’d recommend anybody who gets the chance to become an apprentice to take it. In the future I see my career as an architectural technologist.

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