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University Centre Peterborough HNC/HND Construction (Construction Management)

HNC/HND Construction (Construction Management)

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course overview

The continued development and regeneration of towns and cities in the UK is expected to lead to a continuous demand for suitably qualified professionals across all construction disciplines.

These courses offer a broad base of traditional construction subjects with specialist options allowing you to adapt the course to your particular career ambitions.

There are a choice of three different pathways that offers particular specialist emphasis through specialist units.

• Construction (Civil Engineering) (HNC)
• Construction (HNC)
• Construction
• Construction Management) (HND)
• HNC / HNDs are substantially coursework / project based and are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the construction sector.

If you are working within the civil engineering or construction field or have ambitions of working in this area in a professional, managerial, or technical capacity, then these courses are for you.

HNC / HND’s provide a nationally recognised qualification (HNC 120 credits / HND 240 credits) offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress on to an honours degree programme.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:

48 UCAS points with qualifications in construction related subjects:

A-levels: Mathematics and Physics (DD)
Cambridge Technicals (PPP)
Access to HE (45 credits)
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language, mathematics and a science (or equivalent) at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 5.5 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

HNC Construction (Construction) (Level 4)

  • Individual Project
  • Construction Technology
  • Construction Practice and Management
  • Legal & Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
  • Construction Information
  • Building Information
  • Surveying Measuring and Setting Out
  • Principles of Refurbishment

HND Construction (Construction Management) (Level 5)

  • Group Project (Pearson Set) (30 credits)
  • Contracts and Management (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)
  • Management for Complex Buildings Projects (15 credits)
  • Alternative Methods of Construction (15 credits)
  • Environment Assessment and Monitoring (15 credits)
  • Advanced Surveying and Measurement (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one of two full days a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details). We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

HND Construction (Construction Management) (Level 5)

100% Coursework
We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate.

Many of the students on this course study part-time as they are already employed in a construction/engineering role in Peterborough or the surrounding area and can share their industry experience and knowledge in lectures and seminars.

Andrew Stubbs

“I am the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Construction degree at University Centre Peterborough and HNC/HND Civil Engineering/Construction qualifications at Peterborough College. I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since Sept 2016 on a number of units including Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment and Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment to name a few.

My previous occupation includes 15 years as Health and Safety Officer and FE Lecturer at Peterborough College. During that time I have also taught on a range of statutory and regulatory body courses including: Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health in the Uk (NEBOSH) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Prior to this I held a dual role as the Estate Manager and Health & Safety Officer at Askham Bryan College. Responsible for the daily running of the site including three farms and 750 acres of arable land. In that role I was responsible for all the planned and preventative maintenance for all buildings, machinery and agriculture equipment and the vehicle fleet. I worked closely with local architects, contractors, and consultants and on several new builds over £500k gaining first-hand experience of the CDM Regulations. Another development in the role enabled me to set up an estate committee with several other colleges in North and East Yorkshire to source for bulk fuel at a cheaper price.

Since completing my degree I am interested in a number of research areas that is having a detrimental effect on the construction industry in particular the mental health of the workforce, why asbestos still remains the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and new technology and innovations such as smart technology for building.”


BSc (Hons) Construction Management, Anglia Ruskin University
HNC Optronic Engineering
Certificate in Education (Cert Ed), University of Northampton
Professional Membership

Chartered Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Member, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
Founder Member, Institute of Leadership and Management
Practitioner, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Assistant Design Co-ordinator
Design and Build Co-ordinator
Construction Site Supervisor
Construction Design Technician
Site Manager
Project Manager
Health and Safety Manager
Planning Supervisor


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HNC 2 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)
HND Full-time 1 year (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)
HND Part-time 2 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year

The tuition fees for higher national students starting in 2022/23 will be:

HND Part-time: £4,000 per year
There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

In this prospectus we will give you clear and accurate information so you can make the best choice for a successful future

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University Centre Peterborough currently has around 700 students on over 30 different degree level programmes.


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