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University of Portsmouth

Construction

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Part-time | 2020

Subject

Construction

Do you get excited by the idea of designing and managing the buildings that make up the world we live in? Are you ready to boost your career and take your first steps into construction or project management? If so, this part-time Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction will help you get there.

On this course at Eastleigh College, you'll get practical experience with emerging technologies (such as 3D printing and computer-aided design). You'll also be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience and get a grounding in the legal responsibilities and health and safety of construction management.

When you complete this Construction HNC, you'll have a deep understanding of the construction process from design to completion. You'll be fully equipped to take your next step into designing and managing of construction projects, or take further qualifications to specialise in a role like surveyor or architect.

**Location**
This course takes place at Eastleigh College. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

**What you'll experience**
On this Construction Higher National Certificate (HNC) course you'll:

- Top up your NVQ 3 in a construction-related trade, your Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment, and any prior experience to a full Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction

- Work in the design and management of construction projects

- Prepare and create accurate construction drawings

- Build your skills in construction technology, site management, computer-aided design (CAD), building information modelling (BIM) and materials science

- Be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience, many of whom work in the industry

- Develop the knowledge, concepts, techniques and skills to fulfil managerial responsibilities in construction

- Learn to understand best practice, legal responsibilities, and health and safety in the construction industry

- Get an understanding of all aspects of the building industry from design and costing, to contract and construction

- Learn how to consider the environment in your designs

- Study at Eastleigh College close to Southampton

**Careers and opportunities**
This Construction HNC prepares you for further higher education qualifications such as a Bachelor's degree, or a career in the construction industry. There are many changes happening in the construction industry that are creating more opportunities for construction students.

**What can you do with an HNC in Construction?**
Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including management of construction projects and construction design.

You can also use your Construction HNC to get entry to higher-level professional construction courses in subjects such as:
- quantity surveying

- construction management

- building surveying

- property management

- architectural design

**What jobs can you do with an HNC in Construction?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- construction managers

- site managers

- project managers

- design managers

- CAD/BIM technician

You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

The Uni


Course location:

Eastleigh College

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Construction

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Building

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Building

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

85%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
4%
Engineering professionals
3%
Production managers and directors
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to take a degree that is definitely in demand? Try building! We're short of graduates in this area, so most graduates get jobs quickly. Building graduates make excellent surveyors, and that's currently one of the jobs that employers find hardest to fill, so there are great opportunities available of you want to try your hand at a surveying career. Building graduates also go into jobs in site and project management and other high skilled parts of the construction industry. There are jobs to be had in most parts of the country, so if you're technically-inclined and want to work somewhere specific, it might be worth considering this as an option. Building graduates are more likely than most to start their career with an employer who gave them work experience, so it’s particularly worth trying to secure links with industry if you take this degree.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Construction

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£29k

£29k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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