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HND Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

  • 5

    Level 5

  • Duration
    3 years

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Part Time


This course is for individuals wishing to develop higher-level professional skills relevant to the construction and build environment sector.
“The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and The Built Environment is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the construction and the built environment sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.”
“The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits.”

This programme incorporates a combination of traditional classroom teaching, open learning and research based experiential learning, laboratory experiments and demonstrations, use of surveying equipment, industry standard IT applications and group activities. Many assignments are based around students' own work experiences.

The course comprises mandatory and optional units.
The mandatory units are:

Level 4 (total 120 credits)
Individual Project
Construction Technology
Science and Materials
Construction Practice and Management
Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
Mathematics for Construction
Principles of Structural Design

Level 5 (total 120 credits)
Group Project
Further Mathematics for Construction
Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics
Advanced Structural Design

Students will complete additional modules selected by the course team (1 at level 4 and 3 at Level 5)

Please see Pearson website for further information
and the attached document for more detail on the core modules.

Students will normally attend college for one day per week for three years.

Entry Requirements

You will need GCSE English and Mathematics (grade A-C or grade four and above) AND
One of the following: • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in construction or civil engineering • 2 relevant A Levels plus 4 GCSEs (Either grade A-C or grade four and above), including English and Mathematics • Access course with industrial experience • Extended Diploma in CBE. Minimum grades apply, please ask for details.
Mature students with a relevant industrial background may also be considered subject to interview.

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. For International students we require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: IELTS Academic (SELT) 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components). Please contact the Advice shop for advice and guidance. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage


Amongst many objectives the course offers students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond.


Assessment is by a mix of assignments, project work and some exams.


This programme is widely recognised by employers and professional bodies and can provide pathways to both additional education and membership of relevant professional bodies.

Career Progression

The course will equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for a variety of interesting and rewarding careers in civil engineering.


£750 per 15 credits plus a registration fee.