The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Building Services Engineering and the Built Environment is a two-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. However, you will also be expected to attend some workshop tutorials (dates to be confirmed at the start of the course).
You will be supported in your independent studies through weekly tutorials online or in person with our highly experienced lecturers who have 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 Building Services Engineering, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and 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.
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 Building Services Engineering.
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.
Modules may be discussed prior to starting the course.
The HND programme consists of a minimum of 16 units (Minimum 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.
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), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and 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.
A commercial manager with housebuilder Avant Homes says the foundations of his career were laid as a joinery apprentice on day release with Derby College.
Joe Evans, 28, from Belper, now leads a team of 10 and his work covers an area stretching from Chesterfield down to Milton Keynes. Joe joined Avant from Barratt Homes, where he was a senior quantity surveyor, having started there as a joinery apprentice on day release at Derby College.
He switched to the National Certificate in Construction, while working as a trainee quantity surveyor, and went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course. Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, Joe was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded first class honours degrees.
Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and, he praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future.
At the moment, I'm on advanced management programmes with Avant, so I'll see where they lead. My joinery side was the basis of where my construction knowledge began. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.