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School of Architecture and Built Environment

Construction and the Built Environment

HND Full-time 2 years

The HND Construction and Built Environment course is intended as a vocational qualification within the construction industry.

The HND Construction and Built Environment course is intended as a vocational qualification within the construction industry.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 83K9
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment

Why choose this course?

The HND Construction and Built Environment course is intended as a vocational qualification within the construction industry. It satisfies the educational base for becoming an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS) or Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) once requisite employment experience has been gained post HND qualification. 

In addition, it provides a progression route onto professionally accredited courses within the Department including the BSc (Hons) degrees of Building Surveying, Construction Management, Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying and Quantity Surveying.
 
The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry, employing circa 2.35 million people and accounting for typically 8% of UK GDP.  The construction industry is responsible for the design, management and construction of spanning the following areas;
 
•  Infrastructure – roads, rail, airports, power stations
•  Residential - public and private housing, including repair and maintenance
• Non-domestic buildings - schools, colleges, hospitals, offices, retail, factories, warehouses.
 
The aim of this course is to develop students with a technical understanding of the civil engineering industry including the application of proven techniques and theories for the solution of real life problems.  Thus the course will;
 
·           address industry’s demand for technicians who can integrate the principles and applications of construction, and apply them to construction projects, in a technical context.
 
·           enable students to advance their existing careers in construction to a higher level which requires the exercise of technical professional judgement, and the ability to make decisions that reflect an accountable and ethical outlook.
 
·           equip students with a technical understanding of the fundamentals of construction technology, construction law, construction procurement and contracts, environmental and sustainable issues, modern methods of construction and construction project management.
 
·           provide a broadly based education in construction and built environment, allowing scope for continued development into a wide range of disciplines within construction related areas including areas of design (building surveying, architecture), costs and finance (quantity surveying) and project delivery (construction management).

What happens on the course?

The HND Construction and Built Environment has been designed to cater for a range of students from school leavers who wish to pursue a career in construction to existing construction practitioners and trainees who want to further their professional development and career skills within the industry.

 The Built Environment Team, at the University of Wolverhampton, engage closely with the students and have extensive industry experience and links to local and regional employers. This enables the staff and students to get to know each other well and to develop personal relationships which help with both study success and working with students to enhance their employability prospects. The Built Environment Team have a proven record in placing students on completion of their studies and ensuring that progression to a higher qualification is seen by students as a seamless process.
 
Lecturers on this course are a blend of respected academics and experienced professionals. Students are therefore exposed to a sound theoretical base coupled with numerous practical examples and exercises.
 
The Built Environment Team has excellent links with recognised professional bodies, namely the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Building and Quantity Surveyors International (QSi) who all regularly hold events at the University to which students can attend to network with construction professionals. 
 
Students are actively encouraged to become student members of these professional bodies at the start of their studies and utilise the professional resources available as a result.   Upon completion of the course students can apply to become associate members of the RICS, CIOB or QSi when appropriate employment experience has been gained and the specific application process of the institution has been met.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Construction industry technicians are employed by contractors and their supply chain partners as well as commissioning client organisations such as commercial clients, local authorities, public bodies and government departments concerned with the Built Environment provision. Additional opportunities exist within related companies such as cost consultants and project management organisations. Students may also have the exciting opportunity to work on national and international infrastructure projects.

Successful completion of the HND in Construction and Built Environment provides the opportunity for progression with advanced entry onto the BSc (Hons) awards including Building Surveying, Construction Management, Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying and Quantity Surveying, subject to accrediting body guidelines.
 
These could then lead to initially associated member status of the RICS or CIOB and later in your career to Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Builder status.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The HND Construction and Built Environment has been designed to cater for a range of students from school leavers who wish to pursue a career in construction to existing construction practitioners and trainees who want to further their professional development and career skills within the industry. 

The Built Environment Team, at the University of Wolverhampton, engage closely with the students and have extensive industry experience and links to local and regional employers. This enables the staff and students to get to know each other well and to develop personal relationships which help with both study success and working with students to enhance their employability prospects.  The Built Environment Team have a proven record in placing students on completion of their studies and ensuring that progression to a higher qualification is seen by students as a seamless process.

Lecturers on this course are a blend of respected academics and experienced professionals. Students are therefore exposed to a sound theoretical base coupled with numerous practical examples and exercises.

The Built Environment Team has excellent links with recognised professional bodies, namely the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Building and Quantity Surveyors International (QSi) who all regularly hold events at the University to which students can attend to network with construction professionals. 

Students are actively encouraged to become student members of these professional bodies at the start of their studies and utilise the professional resources available as a result.   Upon completion of the course students can apply to become associate members of the RICS, CIOB or QSi when appropriate employment experience has been gained and the specific application process of the institution has been met.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence.  Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Find out more about Springfield Campus.

 

  1. Describe and discuss the nature of the roles, responsibilities and interactions of the building process, its design and delivery using and specialist/multi disciplinary teams and demonstrate understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of construction.
 
  1. Be fully conversant with the four main aspects of construction projects, namely Design Procedures, Technology, Procurement and Contracts and Professional Practice.
 
  1. Demonstrate a range of key skills required on construction projects namely communication, numeracy, IT, working with others, improving own learning and performance, and problem solving.
 
  1. Evaluate, interpret and synthesise data and apply knowledge in the development of creative and innovative solutions related to construction projects.

2020 Entry

  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels or equivalent
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma requires candidates to accumulate 60 credits, at least 45 of which are at Level 3.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade PP
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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