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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

Carrie Hallsworth

Carrie Hallsworth

Trainee QS Carrie proves it’s never too late to train for the right job

Trainee quantity surveyor Carrie Hallsworth is living proof that it's never too late to train for the career you really want.As well as being a mum to two young children, she holds down a busy job with a property maintenance company and is studying hard for a foundation degree in quantity surveying at Derby College.Carrie, who is 33 and from Heanor, intended to go into higher education straight after school but instead went out to work and got used to drawing a regular income.She worked in offices, at a supermarket and for a building society but none of these jobs was really 'her'.It was only when husband Vaughan, a joiner, suggested she apply for a job in contracts with his employer, CLC Group in Shepshed, that Carrie discovered her true career path.She was taken on as a tenant liaison officer and found she especially liked managing the budgets and controlling the purse strings. So, on return from maternity leave after having her second baby, she asked CLC Group if she could train as a quantity surveyor.Carrie is now in her second year of the part-time course and plans to go to Nottingham Trent University and gain her full degree once she's finished her foundation degree next year.Carrie said:

I was really nervous at first about going back to college in my thirties, but the lecturers were great – very supportive. I'm one of three female students out of a group of 14 on my course – and I'm quite a bit older than the others – but I haven't found any issues with being a woman in construction.

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