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.
The moment Jamie Wasley sat down to start his sixth form studies, he realised a further two years in the classroom was not for him. He didn’t go back for day two. Instead he got himself an apprenticeship with a local builder and enrolled with Derby College.
Now, aged 27, Jamie is an award winning former bricklayer, a buildings inspector, and he is poised to become a chartered surveyor. He has special praise for Derby College which supported him when he began to fall behind while halfway through his Level 3 Construction Diploma.
There were good reasons. Jamie suffered a broken jaw in an unprovoked attack and underwent three months of painful treatment. As part of Level 3, apprentices are required to show a range of brickwork skills by making separate pieces over a period of time, and he was struggling to get them done. But his lecturers helped him design one “masterpiece” which he built featuring all the aspects he needed – an arch, a chimney stack, a curved wall, stilts and more.
He said the staff were “brilliant” and helped him through the dark times. Jamie went from strength-to-strength, winning both the College’s and the East Midlands’ SkillBuild competitions, before finishing third in the World Championship SkillBuild event in Birmingham. And because of his commitment, he was awarded a £1,000 Bowmer and Kirkland Bursary by the College.
Jamie passed his Level 2 and 3 construction diplomas with distinctions and in parallel took his Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations and Level 3 NVQ Brickwork (Advanced Craft). Having worked with a local builder, Jamie was head hunted by building surveyors JHAI Ltd where he is now a buildings inspector and 18 months away from qualifying as a chartered surveyor.
He intends to “get as good as I can be” and perhaps specialise. He is also considering going on to become a college lecturer to support teenagers who have practical rather than academic strengths.
"At college you learn the skills and intricate details you need, especially on Level 3.
"The biggest thing I found is it gives you a place to practise. When you get to site it's not practice, you're building and it's staying up. You've got to stand back and be happy with it.
"The big thing about college was the lecturers were brilliant, "not "yes, sir", "no sir." They taught you stuff you needed to know.
"You notice yourself becoming more useful at work. You learn something and then you can apply it."