Building HNC 2021/22 entry

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1-2 years part-time



CU Coventry (Coventry)


April 2022



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If you're already employed in the building industry, our vocational HNC aims to give you the knowledge needed to move into a professional role in construction-based disciplines, local government departments and the manufacturing sector.

The building pathway is intended for candidates working for house-building contractors or intending to pursue careers in quantity surveying. 

This course is available on a day release basis only, so you will need to be in full-time relevant employment while you are studying with us.

Why CU Coventry

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2021, in light of COVID-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

One Module

We only teach one module at a time, allowing more time for assignments

No Year-End Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming


Vocational courses designed to maximise employability
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What our students say...

I've been working for Highways England for over a year. I chose to study a part-time course to get more experience while I work and help me progress in my career as a quantity surveyor. The tutors are always willing to stay behind to help you with work and there is further support from teams like the Academic Writing Service. 

Vlad Rusu, HNC Building

Course information

This course aims to develop your practical skills, real-world knowledge and theoretical understanding of the issues and processes in the multidisciplinary construction industry. the course reflects contemporary practices and emphasises the essential practical knowledge and competencies needed for career progression within the industry.


Course Specification
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You will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the full breadth of design and construction disciplines that collaborate in the construction industry, and the benefit of practical experience brought to the course by students working in industry. You should also develop a sound base to further your education and training to become professionally qualified.


  • Modules

    • Construction Industry Management
    • Construction Technology and Design
    • Construction Science
    • Building Practice

    All modules are mandatory.

In more detail...

  • Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • We teach Autodesk Revit, which is a very popular architectural, structural and building information management software.

This course is available as a part-time day release course, usually studied over two years. The course is separated into four modules, with three modules taught in each academic year. We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work. We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

You will learn through a variety of methods:

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Self-directed learning
  • Textbooks
  • Module webinars
  • Scenario-based learning sets
  • Professional libraries and resources
  • Journals and case studies
  • Access to industry experts and practitioners
  • Asynchronous online seminars
  • Discussion forums
  • Peer-to-peer learning

Assessment will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques will ensure that students are given every opportunity to demonstrate their skills in these areas.

On sucessful completion you will able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Contemporary issues relating to a sustainable built environment, including social, environmental and economic aspects.
  • Appropriate mathematical methods, including those needed for modelling engineering problems.
  • Common construction materials.
  • Management practice and construction procurement.
  • Principles of civil engineering and construction technology, methods and procedures.
  • Building science with respect to materials, structure, services and internal environment.
  • The legal and regulatory framework within which buildings are constructed.
  • Health and safety in built environment design and construction.
  • Preparation of project reports.
  • Design processes used in construction.
  • Management of the design process and the production of project documentation, including the planning, budgeting and control of costs.
  • Relevant principles of applied mechanics in the main areas of structural mechanics and soil mechanics.
  • Surveying and setting out.

Part-time day release

This course is delivered as day release on Wednesdays 9am-6pm.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Entry Requirements


64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSE’s at 9-4 including Maths and English. 

Access to HE Diploma

A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics  at grade 9-4, or specified equivalents.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

Relevant industry experience will be considered as an alternative to A level/BTEC qualifications. 

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



April 2022

£7,900 (per year)

Fees & Funding

This course is separated into four modules. In the academic year 2021-22 / 2022-23 you will study three modules, with each module priced at £1,975 for 2021-22 / 2022-23. Your fourth module will be studied in 2021-22 / 2022-23 - the cost of this module may increase. 

We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services. 


As a part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.

Career prospects

Successful graduates will not only have the opportunity to gain the knowledge needed for a successful career in the construction industry, but also sought-after skills to be self-managing, self-developing individuals.

If you successfully pass the HNC course and meet all relevant entry criteria, you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant degree course at CU Coventry, or subject to specific entry requirements you could potentially progress to a degree at Coventry University. 


The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.