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About the course

Currently working in construction? Hoping to progress your career in the industry? This practical Construction Management HNC supports you to develop the knowledge and skills of the regulations, technologies and economic processes that facilitate the management of construction projects. The curriculum is delivered flexibly on a part-time basis, perfect for those who are already working in the industry to achieve a nationally recognised construction qualification.

You’ll gain a theoretical understanding of the principles that underpin construction management, as well as the professional skills required to perform this successfully.

To enable you to put what you learn into context, the course has close links with the industry. This has meant that students have had the opportunity to work on live project briefs and visit a number of active sites to interact with the construction project team.

You’ll have access to Solent’s built environment studio. This modern space has been developed to give students access to an environment which mirrors the feel and atmosphere of a professional studio. This enables students from various built environment courses to collaborate on multidisciplinary projects, just as they would in the workplace.

The programme also offers an element of flexibility, allowing students to study part-time to gain the HNC qualification alongside their busy careers. Upon successful completion of the HNC, students can progress onto the part-time BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme.

The course team have extensive industry experience, and are current members of the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Association of Building Engineers (ABE), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The team also have a strong network of industry contacts, which has given past students access to guest speakers, live briefs and site visits.

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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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You can study this course part-time.
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Students learn in the heart of a developing city. The following key building projects are taking place in Southampton: the Bargate Quarter, the Royal Pier, and our own sports building.

What does this course lead to?

This course is ideal if you are working in the construction industry and are looking to further your career. With opportunities to study alongside other professionals on a part-time basis, this construction management programme will support you as you develop your knowledge and build the practical skills required for advanced industry roles.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s construction management HNC is perfect for those already in the construction industry who are looking to study part-time while continuing to work.

The course content will suit those looking to increase their knowledge of the principals of construction and the incumbent business processes.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,250 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year: £175.20

Students will also be required to have the following personal protective equipment for construction site visits:

  • Safety boots that conform to EN ISO 20345:2011.  S3 category - protective toecap and midsole and a water repellent upper (approximately £60*).
  • Construction hard hat that conforms to BS EN 397 (approximately £6*).
  • Builders working gloves suitable for general handling (approximately £3*).
  • High visibility vest with reflective tape on body and shoulders (approximately £4*).
  • Outdoor lens safety glasses that conforms to BS EN166.  Grade F impact lens and optical class 1.  (approximately £7*).

* Prices accurate June 2020.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

16 points minimum at level 3 from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards

  • plus 4 GCSE/O Level grade C or above to include English and Maths
  • or BTEC/Edexcel Advanced GNVQ
  • or National Certificate Diploma in a Building/Construction related discipline
  • or relevant Access course
  • or other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent of the above.
  • Applications from mature students and non-standard applicants may also be considered - contact admissions for further information by emailing
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply


Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

Please use the link below to apply online:


Starts on 27 September 2021

Attendance (as of 2020)

  • Year one: Wednesdays 9am-5pm
  • Year two: Thursdays 9am-5pm

These times are subject to change, please check back for the latest times, or contact us for more information.

Important note about progression routes:

Progression to a Pearson Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification is not automatically available after completion of this Higher National Certificate (HNC) course.

Solent’s HNC is awarded under a Trademark Licence and the final award from this course, although mapped closely to Pearson’s programmes, is not a Pearson BTEC Higher National award.

Candidates wishing to progress onto a course at another provider may need to complete additional modules or check with the provider if acceptance to the progression course will be available with the HNC award. Many providers offer recognition of prior learning, but this will be on a case by case basis.

Students graduating from Solent do have progression routes at Solent University to degrees or to other professional qualifications.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Technology of Building
    This module addresses the technology used in the construction of low-rise buildings including light industrial buildings and low-rise commercial buildings. It also introduces the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion.
  • Construction Science and Materials
    You will be able to utilise the different construction technologies and methods available to you successfully, it is fundamental that you have an understanding for the scientific principles and material behaviour that underpins them and influences their use in construction. 
  • Construction Practice
    This module has two distinct parts, the first will introduce taking-off, drawing and numerical processes and procedures commonly used in construction. The second will introduce the principles of construction surveying and applications in construction management practice.

Year two

Core modules
  • Principles of Construction Management
    This module is very important to your training as a construction manager as it introduces you to the basics of construction project management, within the business and organisational environment that construction managers operate.
  • Construction Innovation Project
    Working in groups you will consider a project brief applying resources and techniques to discuss and make alternative suggestions for the project to produce a more efficient, innovative and sustainable approach.
  • Legal and Statutory Requirements
    The module starts with a look at the nature of law in England and Wales, including types of law, how laws are created and an outline of the court system. A particular focus will be on contract law.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Denise White academic profile Denise White Course Leader View profile
Andy Dodson academic profile Andy Dodson Senior Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students benefit from free access to a range of industry standard facilities. These include a dedicated drawing studio, two dedicated construction laboratories, a wide range of levelling and surveying equipment and professional software packages such as AutoCAD and Bluebeam.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The course team have extensive industry experience gained during time spent in various construction roles. The team draw on that experience to improve the curriculum and maximise learning opportunities.

Your future

The course's industry-focused and practical emphasis is intended to develop your professionalism and maximise your career development opportunities.

This course will develop your vocational skills including research, analysis, planning and organisation to supplement your proficiency for a career path in any of the broad areas that encompass site and construction management and planning within the contracting side of the construction industry.

This HNC provides an academic platform to enter a number of post-HNC courses, such as the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management at Solent University. Completion of this course will enable you to progress onto achieving CIOB membership.

Industry links

The Built Environment Group has a long history of close relationships with employers and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Examples of industry contacts include:

  • Linden Homes
  • Barratt David Wilson
  • Midas Construction Ltd
  • Bouygues – UK
  • Brymor Construction Ltd
  • Drew Smith
  • Galliford Try
  • Stride Treglown Architects

We also have an employer liaison panel made up of local and national construction companies who contribute to the course with guest lectures, site visits and live case studies, providing a real-life learning environment.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day