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Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma

The course aims to prepare learners for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in construction and the built environment by providing specialised studies which are directly relevant to individual occupations and professions in which learners are currently or in which they intend to seek employment.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 20-PL4HC-CVE-1A / 10001

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 2 years (34 weeks per annum)

    What time does the course start? TBC

    What time does the course end? TBC

    When does the course run? Tue

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £2,800

    Is this course eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan? Yes

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body Pearsons

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What is the course about?

    Main points that will be covered in the course are:

    Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit enables learners to demonstrate an understanding of design considerations and the design process. Learners will develop their ability to evaluate the planning and design phases and consider the environmental impact of construction projects. Learners will explore the roles and legal responsibilities of all parties involved in construction projects. Learners will also gain an understanding of how emerging technologies affect the design and production phases of construction projects.

    Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit introduces scientific principles relevant to the study of construction and the built environment and provides learners with a fundamental understanding of the properties and use of construction materials. This unit has been designed to enable learners studying construction, civil engineering and/or building services engineering programmes to explore scientific principles and the behaviour of materials used in the construction and built environment sector.

    Applied Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of analytical techniques and the mathematical skills needed to solve construction and engineering problems. This unit has been designed to enable learners to use mathematical processes to solve construction, civil engineering and building services engineering problems. It is also intended to provide a basis for further study of the analytical methods and engineering mathematics needed for learners working in civil engineering and building services engineering disciplines.

    Group Project in the Construction Industry This unit develops the learners' skills in terms of the evaluation and resolution of realistic practical problems and the ability to work as part of a team. This unit also enables the application of the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other units - and where possible experiences from work - to a major piece of work. This unit is designed to bring together small groups of learners into teams in order that they can co-ordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow the individual learner an opportunity to take responsibility for their own contribution to the outcome, and demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an agreed timescale, within defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief. Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of the group project and be able to present solutions

    Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit is designed to develop the learners' skills when using modern surveying equipment to undertake a range of site surveying procedures typical of today's construction industry. This unit provides an opportunity for learners to undertake setting out and control of alignment of construction work. This unit develops the understanding and skills required to perform surveying calculations. It is intended that the procedures outlined in the specification are performed using semi-manual methods and learners will also gain an understanding of the software available for site surveying. The skills required to produce cartographic details from survey information using a manual approach, are developed alongside the benefits of computer-aided plotting.

    Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics
    This unit provides learners with skills to classify soil types and establish primary design parameters for soils. Learners will discuss the significance of the ground investigation element of site investigation. This unit also covers the skills required to test soils to current codes of practice and the associated analysis of laboratory data. Learners will also gain a working understanding of the tests needed to classify soils and establish their design parameters.

    Civil Engineering Technology
    This unit introduces learners to the methods and techniques used to create civil engineering structures. This unit has a strong theoretical underpinning and learners will develop an understanding of the technical requirements for substructures and superstructures. Learners will gain an understanding of hazards related to construction and civil engineering activities and consider the required health, safety and welfare legislation. Learners will also develop skills to design solutions and produce safety plans for civil engineering problems.

    Structural Analysis and Design
    This unit focuses on the skills required to analyse construction designs and appraise statically determinate structures. Learners will design common structural elements to the appropriate British Standard, code of practice or European Code of Practice. Learners are encouraged to work with real-life examples and develop the skills needed to produce effective and economic designs.

  • Are there any materials or resources that I need to bring to the sessions?

    A4 binder and stationery.

  • What qualification or experience do I need to start the course?
    • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma qualification in Construction or a related technical area
    • GNVQ Advanced /AVCE Construction and the Built Environment or related technical area
    • A GCE Advanced level profile, which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A to C.
    • Have the appropriate and relevant industrial experience (considered on an individual basis accessing approved prior learning to gain required admission criteria).
    • Other related level 3 qualifications.
  • How will I be taught?

    This course is classroom based and you should expect to spend 10-20 hours a week studying outside of your classes.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications will be at unit level and there will be an overall grade for the certificate. Each unit will be graded pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement, which may be drawn from the higher-level skills. The BTEC Higher National qualification is assessed using a variety of techniques depending on the nature of the unit being studied. In general there is a mixture of 'in course' assignments (some time-constrained) reports, technical presentations, fieldwork and laboratory work. Through work produced on the project units, the learner will be able to incorporate new skills and other attributes gained from the programme.

  • What qualification will I get?

    BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

  • What can the course lead to?

    Successful completion of all the required units will lead to the award of BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment. The qualification provides:

    • National recognition within the construction industry
    • Employment opportunities at higher technician/management position
    • Progression to degree programmes
    • Progression to professional institution membership


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