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. As well as studying a HNC in construction, those candidates who are following the Higher Level Apprenticeship will also undertake an NVQ level 4 in Construction Site Supervision.

How long is the course?

The course runs on a Monday over a period of two years.

What qualification will I achieve?

HNC in Construction and Built Environment and, in addition, those on a Higher Level Apprenticeship Level 4 in Construction will also complete an NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision.  The HNC 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:

 Core Mandatory Unit

  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Construction Technology
  • Science & Materials
  • Construction Practice & Management

Specialist Mandatory Unite basis

  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)

Optional Units (Two from the following)

  • 11) Measurement & Estimating
  • 13) Tender & Procurement
  • 14) Building Information Modelling
  • 15) Principles of Refurbishment
  • 16) Principles of Alternative Energy
  • 21) Supervision & Operations

Projects 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 or a BSc in a construction discipline

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 for the HNC or funding through the Higher Level Apprenticeship route.

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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