Built Environment HNC

UCAS code 221K

What is special about this course?

Construction technicians are responsible for the design and implementation of a wide range of construction projects, from consultation and advisory roles, to contractor-based work, in sectors such as: industrial, commercial and domestic structures; energy; infrastructure; and landmark projects, such as Inverness College UHI Campus. The HNC Built Environment will specifically develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as: building measurement; cost studies; environmental building science; building services; construction materials; sketching and drawings; sustainability; and off-site construction.

Investment in the Highlands and Islands, as well as excellent links with employers such as Compass, Forestry Commission, Morrison Construction, Makar, Pat Munro and Robertson Construction, provides exciting opportunities for our students, who are involved in live projects, placements and employment.

Delivery will focus on the strengths of the region, working in remote and sensitive areas whilst creating a vision for the future. You will gain contemporary vocational skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills. You will also learn to take responsibility for your own learning, and develop abilities to be flexible and work co-operatively with others.

The course is taught within a classroom environment with practical experience gained from workshops, field trips and site visits.

Special features

  • Excellent links with professional bodies and employers
  • Progression opportunities including BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • Site visits, case studies and live projects help to contextualise learning
  • Collaborative delivery including working with students from other programmes within Construction Technology
  • Sustainable construction and environmental awareness in remote areas
  • Experienced, well-qualified staff, with a passion and enthusiasm for their fields

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Plus National 5 Maths, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC Built Environment or NC Civil Engineering OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering OR
  • SVQ (SCQF level 6) in Construction or a related discipline OR
  • A Construction Craft certificate combined with appropriate further study, prior to, or in parallel with, the HNC programme
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - HNC

You will study the following core modules:

  • Architectural design sketching and drawing
  • Building measurement and cost studies
  • Building services: an introduction
  • Built environment: graded unit 1
  • CAD: 2D 1
  • Construction materials and specification
  • Construction site surveying A
  • Construction technology: domestic construction
  • Construction technology: substructure
  • Environmental building science
  • Health and safety in construction
  • Sustainability and modern methods of construction

Modules may also include:

  • Construction industry fundamentals
  • Mathematics for the built environment
  • Structural mechanics

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, most likely in semester two (from January 2021), where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical workshops, field trips and site visits, supported by the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured) or block release: 2 years @ 3 x 3-week blocks (5-day weeks)
  • Part-time (unstructured): Variable up to 4 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • Variable

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider the following careers:

  • Architectural technician
  • Construction manager
  • Quantity surveyor
  • CAD technician

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from HNC Built Environment to the following courses:

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