Pearson BTEC L4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and The Built Environment is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the construction and the built environment sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Construction and The Built Environment are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the construction and the built environment sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in construction and the built environment. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the construction and the built environment sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and The Built Environment give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

The objectives of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and The Built Environment are as follows:

● To equip students with construction and the built environment skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global construction and the built environment sector.

● To provide education and training for a range of careers in construction and the built environment, including civil engineering, building services engineering, quantity surveying, construction management, and architectural technology.

● To provide students with an understanding of the way technologies are transforming the industries of construction and the built environment, and prepare them to work with these technologies.

● To provide insight and understanding into diversity of roles with construction and the built environment, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels.

● To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.

● To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in construction and the built environment, or progress to higher education qualifications; such as an Honours degree in Construction and The Built Environment or a related area.

● To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.

● To support students to understand the local, regional and global context of construction and the built environment and, for those students with a global outlook, to aspire to international career pathways.

● To provide students with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large; with particular emphasis on sustainability and the environment, recognising the role that construction and the built environment plays in addressing these issues.

● To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised professional qualification within their chosen area of specialisation.

● To provide opportunities for students to achieve vendor accredited certifications.

● To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond.

● To allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs.

● To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.

● To provide students with opportunities to engage in an industry-recognised apprenticeship scheme that aligns with their employer’s needs and their own career aspirations.

● To provide students with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.

Course Outline

The course consists of 8 modules:

 

Pearson BTEC level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering) Unit Unit Credit
1 Individual Project (Pearson-set) Core Unit Mandatory 15
2 Construction Technology Core Unit Mandatory 15
3 Science & Materials Core Unit Mandatory 15
4 Construction Practice & Management Core Unit Mandatory 15
6 Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) Specialist Unit Mandatory 15
8 Mathematics for Construction Specialist Unit Mandatory 15
18 Civil Engineering Technology Optional Unit 15
20 Principles of Structural Design Specialist Unit Mandatory 15

 

Unit and Unit Objectives:

1 Individual Project (Pearson-set)

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Formulate a project that will provide a solution to an identified problem.
  2. Manage a project within agreed timescales and specification; documenting the process throughout.
  3. Evaluate potential project management solutions.
  4. Produce a project report and deliver a presentation of the final project outcomes.

2 Construction Technology

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the terminology used in construction technology.
  2. Describe the different techniques used to construct a range of substructures and superstructures, including their function and design selection criteria.
  1. Identify the different types of civil engineering/infrastructure technology used in support of buildings.
  1. Illustrate the supply and distribution of a range of building services and how they are accommodated within the building.

3 Science & Materials

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Review health and safety regulations and legislation associated with the storage, handling and use of materials on a construction site.
  1. Discuss the environmental and sustainability factors which can impact on and influence the material choices for a construction project.
  1. Present material choices for a given building using performance properties, experimental data, sustainability and environmental consideration.
  1. Evaluate the performance of a given building in respect of its human comfort requirements.

 4 Construction Practice & Management

 By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the construction industry with reference to company structures and other activities.
  1. Explain different types of construction companies in the market and their relationships within the tendering process.
  1. Discuss the key stages in a construction project, and how Building Information Modelling informs the different stages.
  1. Analyse how the construction industry has developed suitable collaboration strategies in support of greater recognition of health & safety.

6 Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)

 By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate different types of construction information in the context of diverse project types.
  1. Develop construction drawings, details, schedules and specifications in support of a given construction project.
  1. Interpret different types of construction information in order to explain a construction project.
  1. Assess ways in which construction professionals collaborate in the production of construction information.

8 Mathematics for Construction

 By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the relevance of mathematical methods to a variety of conceptualised construction examples.
  1. Investigate applications of statistical techniques to interpret, organise and present data by using appropriate computer software packages.
  1. Use analytical and computational methods for solving problems by relating sinusoidal wave and vector functions to their respective construction applications.
  1. Illustrate the wide-ranging uses of calculus within different construction disciplines by solving problems of differential and integral calculus.

18 Civil Engineering Technology

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the methods and techniques used in civil engineering for earthworks and substructures.
  1. Present a site safety plan, risk assessment and method statement for a given civil engineering activity.
  1. Evaluate a given civil engineering problem and propose a solution.
  2. Prepare a design proposal for a new infrastructure project.


20 Principles of Structural Design

 By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Calculate bending moments and shear forces for simply supported steel and concrete beams.
  2. Determine deflection for simply supported steel beams.
  3. Calculate the axial load carrying capacity of steel and reinforced concrete columns.
  4. Explore design methods for steel, reinforced concrete beams and columns.

Scope of Study

The Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, as well as units within general ‘pathways’, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of a further (Level 4) unit across a range of occupational sectors. This effectively builds underpinning core skills, with general specialisation; preparing the student for further specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

 At Level 4, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the construction and the built environment sector through four core units, which includes one unit assessed through a Pearson-set assignment.

Graduates successfully completing the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of construction and the built environment. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to construction and the built environment show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

 Rules of Combination for:

 Pearson BTEC level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering) 

  1. Qualification credit value: a minimum of 120 credits. This is made up of eight units, each with a value of 15 credits.
  2. There is a required mix of core and optional units totalling 120 credits. All units are at Level 4.
  3. In some cases a maximum of 30 credits can be imported from another RQF Pearson BTEC Higher National qualification and/or from units designed by the centre and approved by Pearson. Core units may not be substituted.

Delivery Mode

The module will consist of lectures, case studies, role play, class exercises, games, tutorials and other appropriate learning methodologies to equip and to develop the students’ dynamic learning.

Commencement Dates / Intakes

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Course Duration

The course duration is 10 months of Institutional study – Full-time

The maximum period allowable for the student to complete the course is 20 months.

The course duration is 12 months of Institutional study – Part-time

The maximum period allowable for the student to complete the course is 24 months.

Class Period

Full-Time
1 session per day
3 contact hours per session
15 contact hours per week

Part-time
Weekdays (twice a week) – 7pm to 10pm, or
Weekend (only Sunday classes) – 10am to 4pm

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Assessments

  • Coursework
  • Presentation

Assessment Methods

BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment are assessed

using a combination of internally assessed, centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by centres), and internally assessed, Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres). Pearson-set assignments are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills. The number and value of these units are dependent on qualification size:

  • For the HNC, one core, 15 credit, unit at Level 4 will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills;

All other units in both qualifications are assessed by centre-devised internal assignments.

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC  is 100% assignment based. Assessment in this level is evidenced by the course work of the learners under the close supervision of the lecturer and/or tutor.  Assignments and assessments are developed based on the rigors of the learning outcomes  and criteria set for each and every unit.

Should a learner fail to meet the criteria for passing a unit or module at first attempt, a one-time chance will be given to resubmit an evidence of their assignment subject to the guidelines of resubmission. A redo of the whole unit shall take place if a learner fails to meet the assessment criteria at second attempt.

Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.

 

Resubmission opportunity

An assignment provides the final assessment for the relevant learning outcomes and is normally a final assessment decision. A student who, for the first assessment opportunity, has failed to achieve a Pass for that unit specification shall be expected to undertake a reassessment.

  • Only one opportunity for reassessment of the unit will be permitted.
  • Reassessment for course work, project- or portfolio-based assessments shall normally involve the reworking of the original task.
  • For examinations, reassessment shall involve completion of a new task.
  • A student who undertakes a reassessment will have their grade capped at a Pass for that unit.
  • A student will not be entitled to be reassessed in any component of assessment for which a Pass grade or higher has already been awarded.

Repeat Units

A student who, for the first assessment opportunity and resubmission opportunity, still failed to achieve a Pass for that unit specification:

  • At Centre discretion and Assessment Board, decisions can be made to permit a repeat of a unit.
  • The student must study the unit again with full attendance and payment of the unit fee.
  • The overall unit grade for a successfully completed repeat unit is capped at a Pass for that unit.
  • Units can only be repeated once.

Assessment Grading Criteria

  • To achieve a Pass, a student must have satisfied all the Pass criteria for the learning outcomes, showing coverage of the unit content and therefore attainment at Level 4 of the national framework.
  • To achieve a Merit, a student must have satisfied all the Merit criteria (and therefore the Pass criteria) through high performance in each learning outcome.
  • To achieve a Distinction, a student must have satisfied all the Distinction criteria (and therefore the Pass and Merit criteria), and these define outstanding performance across the unit as a whole.

The award of a Pass is a defined level of performance and cannot be given solely on the basis of a student completing assignments. Students who do not satisfy the Pass criteria should be reported as Unclassified.

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 3 months from the date of Final Assessment.

Qualification Award

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering) – Awarded by Pearson Education Ltd

Graduation Requirements

To achieve a Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate qualification a student must have:

  • Completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4;
  • Achieved at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4.

Teacher Qualifications

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers by Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications and/or experience. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.

Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40 for Lectures.

Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the allowable seating capacity.

Progression Pathway

Student who successfully completed the Pearson BTEC level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering) can apply and progress to Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering) offered by Coleman college and awarded by awarded by Pearson Education Ltd.

Age: At least 17 years old
Academic: 1 ‘A’ Level Pass or equivalent. BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Diploma from CPE registered PEI or equivalent (Diplomas from other countries).
Work Experience: Without the above entry requirement, a student should be at least 30 years old with 8 years of working experience
English Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

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