Course Details


The HNC Diploma in Construction is the industry recognised higher education qualification for trainees and practising building professionals in quantity surveying, building surveying, estimating, project planning, design and site management. The course will help you to develop knowledge and skills in areas such as building measurement and cost studies, environmental building science, building services, construction materials and specifications, as well as sustainability and modern methods of construction.

How long is the course?

The course runs on a part-time, daytime basis over a period of two years.

What qualification will I achieve?

Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and Built Environment. The course is a CIOB (The Chartered Institute of Building) recognised course.

What will I study?

This course will develop your qualifications and skills for success in construction management within the built environment.

You will cover aspects of construction management and sustainable development principles related to the following modules:

Year 1

  • Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Management Principles and Application Construction and the Built Environment
  • Construction and Maintenance of Buildings

Year 2

  • Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Computer Aided Design for Construction
  • Measurement in Construction.
  • Group Project in the Construction Industry

Please note that units are subject to change.

Projects may include the following examples:

  • Design of a new house to comply with the ‘code for sustainable homes’.
  • Adaptation of an existing old house to meet current regulations and standards.
  • Evaluate the performance of an existing modern building considering materials and energy.
  • Design of a multi-story student accommodation building to high BREEAM standards.
  • Investigate the local climate and perform a site investigation to assess a development site including using environmental assessment methods and then plan the creation and improvement of urban habitats, sustainable drainage and establish flood risk.

Where will I study?

You will study at the University Campus Barnsley, Church Street South Yorkshire S70 2AN and the Think Low Carbon Centre (TLC), Honeywell Lane, Barnsley S75 1BP

What equipment will I need?

A full list will be provided at enrolment.

How will I be assessed?

A range of practical and realistic sustainable development projects will be used to develop the skills and knowledge needed for employment and further study. The evidence from the completion and presentation of project tasks will be used for assessment of each unit. Examinations will be used to test knowledge.

What can I do next?

Progression to HND Construction and Project Management. After completing your HNC in Construction and the Built Environment, you can progress to the HND course with the correct level of credits.

Progression to BSc (Hons) Construction and Project Management. After completing your HND in Construction and the Built Environment, you can progress to the 2 years part-time top up (Hons) in Construction and Project Management at the University Campus Barnsley.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work in construction and project management, quantity surveying, building surveying, site engineering and architectural technology

How do I apply?

Please download an application form.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £2,995 per year

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or e-mail

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