HNC Construction Technology

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1 YR (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
Civil engineering students using surveying equipment

Course Highlights

Accredited

by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Opportunities

to visit live construction projects and observe site operations.

Complete

your studies in one academic year. 

Why choose this course?

The construction industry is one of the largest employment sectors in the United Kingdom and requires a constant supply of informed construction specialists to implement building projects of all descriptions; large, small, straight-forward and complex.

  • Whilst many construction specialists are engaged in the design and construction of new sustainable development projects, many others are responsible for the implementation of heritage and refurbishment projects, which are often sensitive in nature because of historical or architectural significance, or the traditional quality of the existing fabric. A career in construction technology can therefore be as diverse or as specialist as you want it to be in pursuing your own personal goals and career ambitions.
  • The HNC programme will build upon your existing knowledge of building design and construction processes and will further develop your understanding of how projects are created, managed, constructed and operated upon completion.
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Key course features

  • The HNC Construction Technology programme is completed in just one academic year.
  • It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • Successful completion of the programme allows direct entry to the second year of the BSc(Hons) Construction Management degree.
  • Wide-ranging industry-standard digital resources are available for use on and off-campus, such as architectural design software and academic publications.
  • Visits to live construction projects are facilitated where practicable, where students will be able to observe site operations.
  • Forms part of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology (FAST) and therefore the course content benefits from association with engineering, computing and renewable energy subject disciplines at the University. 

What you will study

The HNC Construction Technology programme comprises six core modules that combine to provide an informed grounding in the processes and technologies that exist within the contemporary construction industry. Subjects are considered from first principles so that students can come to appreciate fundamental issues in the design, construction, management, use and decommissioning of construction projects.

MODULES (LEVEL 4)

  • Sustainable Construction
  • Quantity Surveying Practice 1
  • Science and Materials 1
  • Design & Technology 1
  • Construction Management 1
  • Construction Technology 1

The curriculum content has been developed to satisfy the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Education Framework, so module delivery accommodates all aspects of technical content that is expected to be covered within a Level 4 construction qualification. 

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change. 

Entry requirements & applying

To enrol on the programme, applicants will be required to be employed within the construction sector and to be facilitated with a day-release mode of attendance.

In terms of entry requirements, applicants will normally be expected to have previously achieved one of the following as a minimum:

  • 80-112 UCAS tariff points. 
  • A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in a construction-related discipline.
  • Membership of a construction-related professional body at a level deemed appropriate by the programme team. 

Candidates who might be without these formal requirements identified but who have sufficient appropriate industrial experience are also welcome to apply. However, diagnostic assessment prior to admission will be considered in order to measure academic capability, particularly in Mathematics and English or Welsh. 

Teaching & Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used within the programme to simulate the sorts of written, practical, visual and oral communication skills that are expected of construction managers. These include written reports, the practical use of technical equipment, visual presentations, laboratory analyses, in-class tests, coursework and oral presentations. The types of assessment selected for each module have been chosen to best-suit the nature of the technical content in each subject, and collectively provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate their interest, enthusiasm and interpretation of content during their studies.

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular assessment needs, the University's Inclusion Services section can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made to assessment processes because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Modules are delivered using a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including traditional lectures, practical ‘hands-on’ activities, tutorials and group discussions. The main priority is to ensure that students feel comfortable within the academic learning environment and feel that they are able to contribute to the discussion of subject matter within any class, tutorial or other learning activity that forms part of their studies. 

 

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

A career as a construction manager can lead to many rewarding experiences, not least due to the fact that no two construction projects are the same, and that construction managers are likely to spend as much time on-site as they are at their desks. Opportunities exist within the construction industry in many varied contexts, from ‘new-build’ developments to heritage and refurbishment projects of all scales and types.

The HNC Construction Technology qualification will provide a sound basis upon which to further-develop a career in the professional and technical aspects of managing construction projects in a range of contexts. Those who successfully complete the programme will be able to continue to establish themselves as construction managers, assistant construction managers, building inspectors, building surveyors and building technologists. 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for HNC Construction Technology are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages

As an employee within the construction sector, funding might well be available through schemes administered by sector skills organisations. Please visit the Construction Industry Training Board website for further information.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation section to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.