The London College

Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Full Time Course

Award BTEC Higher National Diploma
Course Title HND Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering)
UCAS Code 302H
Award Level RQF 5
Start Dates January 2021
Study Mode Full Time - 2 years
Awarding Body Pearson Education
UK Student £6165


The purpose of BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering) is to develop you as professional, self-reflecting individual able to meet the demands of employers in the  civil engineering and construction sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. 

The objectives of the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering) are as follows:

  • To equip you with construction and the built environment skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global construction and the built environment sector.
  • To provide you with education and training for a range of careers in construction and the built environment, including civil engineering, building services engineering, quantity surveying, construction management, and architectural technology.
  • To provide you with an understanding of the way technologies are transforming the industries of construction and the built environment and prepare them to work with these technologies.
  • To support you to understand the local, regional and global context of construction and the built environment.
  • To provide you with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large; with emphasis on sustainability and the environment, recognising the role that construction and the built environment plays in addressing these issues.
  • To provide you with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.

 Assessment 

You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework, which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, individual and group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning in 2020-21 academic year will be provided via a blended delivery model, offering class-based lectures and tutorials, including laboratory, workshop and field-based practical activities wherever possible, and  online delivery to replace large group teaching like lectures which cannot be accommodated physically at present due to social-distancing rules.

When not attending lectures or seminars, you will also be expected to study through independent learning. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, such as reading books and journal articles, preparing assignments and presentations, working on individual and group projects.

During one term, you will typically be attending four modules of 15 credits each. A taught 15 credit module consists of approximately 10 hours of Lecture content, 20 hours of seminar content and assessment practice. On top of this, you will be expected to spend around 10 – 15 hours per week on independent learning and completing assessments. 

You will have access to a variety of materials to support you in your learning, such as books, journals, lecture notes and a wide range of e-resources.

Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have at least one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering Construction & Built Environment (Civil Engineering).
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by a recognised institution
  • An international equivalent of the above.

Plus you will usually have five GCSE subjects including Maths and English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above. We will normally accept Key Skills and Higher Diploma qualifications as the equivalent to GCSEs.

 

What you will cover

Year 1

  •   HNCB 1 Individual Project
  •   HNCB 18 Civil Engineering Technology
  •   HNCB 2 Construction Technology
  •   HNCB 20 Principles of Structural Design
  •   HNCB 3 Science and Materials
  •   HNCB 4 Construction Practice and Management
  •   HNCB 6 Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
  •   HNCB 8 Mathematics for Construction

Year 2

  •   HNCB 22 Group Project (Double Module)
  •   HNCB 28 Further Mathematics for Construction
  •   HNCB 29 Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics
  •   HNCB 30 Advanced Structural Design
  •   HNCB 35 Alternative Methods for Construction
  •   HNCB 38 Personal and Professional Development
  •   HNCB 43 Hydraulics

Careers and employability

BTEC Higher National Diplomas are well-established and internationally recognised qualifications offering graduates progression directly to employment. This course will prepare you for a range of construction and civil engineering jobs, such as: 

  • Assistant Design Co-ordinator
  • Design & Build Co-ordinator
  • Construction Site Supervisor
  • Construction Design Technician
  • Site Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Planning Supervisor Site Engineering Technician
  • Structural Engineering Design
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Transport Engineering Design

 You can also study further for a BSc(Hons) Top Up degree in Civil Engineering.

Professional Recognition

The following is an indication of relevant professional bodies that recognise BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) and their recommended unit structure, as qualifications that contribute towards their requirements:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
  • Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
  • Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating and Engineers

With their agreement we have secured exemptions from certain memberships for students achieving BTEC Higher National qualifications in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering). This adds value to the qualification by offering students access to Continuing Professional Development.

How to Apply

Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc. before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail. New Students landing page

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