Construction and Surveying - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

HNC Construction and Property Part Time

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

HNC

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years part time

About your course

The HNC Construction and Property at Liverpool John Moores University is a highly vocational course, offering direct progression onto Level 5 of a range of full honours degrees in the School of the Built Environment.

  • Routes lead to Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (ACIOB), Associate Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS) or the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (ACIAT)
  • High demand for technicians with design experience within all aspects of construction and property
  • Opportunity to progress onto a number of related degree courses within the Faculty
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

No prior knowledge of construction, law or management is required for this HNC programme.

Our expert academic team includes professionals with experience of working in a wide range of disciplines including civil engineering, project management, real estate, architecture and law.

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

​There is no sandwich option with this programme, however, the programme is highly related to the work environment and develops the necessary skills base required by industry.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

There is a high level of support for students on this course, particularly if you choose to undertake a work placement. The School’s Industry Unit will help you to identify potential employers, both in the UK and overseas. 

The Unit acts as a link between you and a large number of organisations that take part in our annual employers’ day and get involved in employer interest/support groups. Activities like these give you the best possible chance making useful contacts for your future employment.

Course details

This course offers three separate pathways and you can choose which route to take based on your specific interests.

Construction pathway    

Building Technologists play an important role in the construction process as their ability to combine technical expertise, knowledge of building law and managerial know-how is crucial if buildings are to be constructed to a specified quality and on budget. During your study, you will learn how to collaborate with a team of professionals to plan the measurement, cost and production requirements of buildings within a framework of commercial and construction management, contract and health and safety law. Some of the teaching is through project briefs and tasks that simulate the type of work you would be doing in industry.

We welcome students from a variety of academic or professional backgrounds and we don’t expect you to have prior knowledge of construction, law or management. The course has a very high standing both academically and professionally and leads to admission into several professional bodies.

Building Surveying pathway

Traditionally, a Building Surveyor’s main area of expertise has been in property refurbishment and conservation, but nowadays they are also involved in building design, management, maintenance, and surveys – the whole lifecycle of a building, in fact.

​This course is an introduction to working in the construction and property sector and provides you with the solid grounding in construction, management and law that you will need as a building surveying technician working in collaboration with a building surveyor. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the subjects studied and is open to students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.

Real Estate Management pathway

The HNC in Real Estate Management provides a solid grounding in the valuation and management of urban land and buildings, leading to qualification as a General Practice Surveying Technician. You don’t need any prior knowledge of construction, law or management, as the course introduces you to these areas and you will be able to get a feel for purchasing, letting, management and sales by working on projects that simulate the real world of property management.

By the end of the course you will have the technical and personal skills required of a professional technician working with a General Practitioner Surveyor in the property management sector, but you will also have developed a number of transferable skills such as report-writing and teamwork that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

​Construction pathway

  • Design Principles and Construction Technology
  • Law and Health and Safety for the Built Environment
  • Science, Materials and Applied Mathematics
  • Construction Group Project
  • Measurement Processes for Construction
  • Production Management for Construction
Building Surveying pathway
  • Design Principles and Application
  • Law and Health and Safety for the Built Environment
  • Science, Materials and Applied Mathematics
  • Building Surveying Group Project
  • Construction and Maintenance of Buildings
  • Design Procedures for Construction 

​Real Estate Management pathway

  • Law and Health and Safety for the Built Environment
  • Design Principles and Application
  • Science, Materials and Applied Mathematics
  • Construction and Maintenance of Buildings
  • Real Estate Management Group Project
  • Valuation Theory and Applications

Further guidance on modules        

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

​Teaching takes place at the Byrom Street campus with its state-of-the-art facilities, and is via a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions, combined with your own research. You will spend on average 8 hours per week in lectures, 8.5 hours in tutorials, 1.5/2 hours on practical work and at least 30+ hours in private study.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

​Lecturers on the programme come from a range of disciplines including Civil Engineering, Building, Project Management, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Architecture, Planning, Real Estate Management and Law with backgrounds including research, consultancy and industrial experience. Most are published academics with works including textbooks, journal and national/international conference papers

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

​All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, reviews etc), presentations (individual and group) and practical assessments for fieldwork. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

80

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or -Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: CDD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 80 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 80 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Will I be interviewed?

Not applicable

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

*Based on 2017 entry.

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Completing this HNC will enable you to pursue a wide choice of careers across the construction and commercial property market sectors.

​Graduates have secured roles as Surveying Technicians working with both small and large contractors and practices in all aspects of construction, including new build, refurbishment, housing and the commercial sector. 

Others follow careers in property-related disciplines ranging from contract management and building maintenance to property management and estate agency.

The HNC can also lead to further studies, allowing Level 5 entry (if entry level criteria are achieved) onto some of the Built Environment degrees at LJMU, such as:

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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