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About the course

Are you working in a construction or surveying role and looking to progress your career? This practical quantity surveying HNC explores the themes of building technology - enabling you to gain a nationally recognised qualification alongside your busy careers.

Students have the opportunity to work in the built environment studio centre. This modern studio space has been developed to give students access to an environment which mirrors the feel and atmosphere of a professional studio. This encourages students from various different built environment courses to come together and 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 which has a commercial management pathway ideal for quantity surveyors.

The course team have extensive industry experience, and are current members of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the Royal Institution 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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Learn in the heart of a developing city - key building projects taking place in Southampton: the Royal Pier, Itchen Riverside, and the cultural quarter.

What does this course lead to?

The course's industry-focused and practical emphasis is intended to develop your professionalism and maximise your career development opportunities. This course will supplement your skills for a career path in any of the broad areas that encompass quantity surveying, estimating and buying within the contracting side of the construction industry. The industry-focused and practical emphasis of the course will develop your professionalism and maximise your career development opportunities.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at professionals working within the construction industry who are looking to add to their experience and progress their career by gaining an industry-recognised qualification in quantity surveying.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU part-time fees: £3,900 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.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory costs:
An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year: £168.60
Safety footwear: Students are also expected to purchase sturdy work boots. These can range from £30 - £100.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 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.
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Key entry requirements

16 UCAS points from:
  • 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.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 19 in each individual 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.

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.


Study location

Bournemouth and Poole College

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning 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 admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Attendance (for 2016)

HNC year one: Wednesday
HNC year two: Thursday

These times are subject to change, please check back for the latest times.

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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 units 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 Southampton Solent University to degrees or to other professional qualifications.

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Construction Surveying
  • Construction Science and Materials
  • Building Technology

Year two

Core units
  • Principles of Business Environment
  • Principles of Management and Quantity Surveying
  • HNC Construction Technology Project

Support

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

John Barfoot academic profile John Barfoot Head of Subject View profile
Phil Brown academic profile Phil Brown Senior Lecturer View profile
Peter Howard academic profile Peter Howard Senior Lecturer View profile
Clifford Okeh academic profile Clifford Okeh Senior Lecturer View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Ramesh Marasini academic profile Ramesh Marasini Associate Professor View profile
Patricia Kyle academic profile Patricia Kyle Associate 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.

Facilities

Industry standard facilities are made freely available to students. We are home to a dedicated drawing studio and a range of levelling and surveying equipment in our two dedicated construction labs.

 

Students develop a sound understanding of the leadership roles involved in the management and execution of construction. This course was developed in consultation with local employers. This ensures that students learn relevant and sought after skills.

Your future

As a part-time student it is expected that you will already be employed within the construction industry. This course is aimed at higher technicians employed by, building contractors, specialist subcontractors and suppliers and the public sector.

This HNC provides an academic platform to enter a number of post-HNC courses, such as the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management at Southampton Solent University. This course has a commercial management pathway ideal for quantity surveyors.

Industry links

The built environment group has a long history of close relationships with employers and the Chartered Institute of Building.

We 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.

This course was developed in consultation with local employers. This ensures that students learn relevant and sought after skills.

Further study

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