Construction and Surveying - Liverpool John Moores University

2020/21 entry

HNC Construction and Property

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: £6,935 per annum*

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

HNC

Higher National Certificate

UCAS info

Points required: 80

UCAS code: Not applicable

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years part time

About your course

The HNC Construction and Property at Liverpool John Moores University is a vocational course, offering direct progression onto Level 5 of a range of full honours degrees in the Department of Built Environment. Students on part-time mode of attendance will complete the course in 2 years with attendance typically one day per week.

  • ​Provides an introduction to varied aspects of the Construction and Property sector
  • Develops essential academic and IT skills for further study or employment.
  • £6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities
  • Stepping stone to a range of degree opportunities in the built environment and professional body membership
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
Additional course costs
 There are usually no costs associated with local field trips and site visits. Residential field trips and student exchange visits will incur costs including in country travel and/or flights plus accommodation costs.

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

As a part-time student it is likely that you already employed in the sector but this HNC course will enable you to gain further relevant knowledge and skills to enhance your career prospects in the built environment disciplines.

 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

 The HNC Programme Team, Built Environment Department and University will provide student support in the transition to studying at LJMU.  Each student is allocated a personal tutor from the programme team to support, guide and advise where necessary. 

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

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

​All HNC students will study the following core subject areas:

Built Environment Practice

Construction Technology

Design and Environmental Procedures

Cross-discipline Integrative Project

Built Environment Law, Health and Safety

 

At the start of their second year of study part-time students select one discipline specific option module; completed during the second semester. The option modules are tailored to provide the students with the knowledge required to progress to their chosen degree pathway, as follows:

Construction Pathway

Students will complete an option module in Construction Management Practice to facilitate progression to BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree.  This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) and will lead to a varied career in the industry where you will be concerned with the cost and production requirements of buildings within a framework of construction site management and health and safety legislation.

Quantity Surveying Pathway

Students will complete an option module in Measurement and Costing to facilitate progression to BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree.  This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and will lead directly to a career as a quantity surveyor where you will working with clients, contractors or professional practices on construction projects in UK and further afield. 

Building Surveying / Architectural Technology Pathway

Students will complete an option module in Design and Specification to facilitate progression to either BSc (Hons) Building Surveying or BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree.  Building Surveying degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and will lead directly to a career as a building surveyor where you will be inspecting and surveying existing buildings and providing advice on building defects and specification of remedial work.  The Architectural Technology degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and will lead directly to a career as an architectural technologist where you will combine an aptitude for design with technical knowledge and IT skills to produce detailed design proposals and architectural drawings.    

Real Estate Pathway

Students will complete an option module in Valuation to facilitate progression to BSc (Hons) Real Estate degree.  This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and will lead directly to a career in real estate management and business where you gain employment across a wide range of property based organisations including local surveying practices, property developers and multinational companies managing property portfolios.

Architectural Engineering Pathway

On this pathway students will complete option modules in Engineering Principles and Building Engineering Maths to facilitate progression to B.Eng Architectural Engineering (with the possibility of also progressing to M.Eng).  This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and will to a career in the architectural and building services engineering sector where you work on the design, installation and maintenance of sustainable engineering systems for buildings. 

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

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

​You will normally be expected to attend on one-day per week during two academic years.  Contact time on the day in University will typically be 5-7 hours and may be in the form of lectures, tutorials and workshops in either the design studio or IT room.  In addition you should spend around 10 hours per week in private study which may be at home or in the library.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

​Lecturers on the HNC programme come from the range of built environment disciplines as outlined above, with backgrounds including academic research, consultancy and industrial experience. You will receive expert tuition and support at IT workshops from the programme team.

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).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

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. In 2019/20 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. In 2019/20 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 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. 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 £25,725**.

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

** 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 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.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

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 £25,716* 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 £25,716).*

* 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.

Students on part-time mode of attendance may be able to secure employment at technician level 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.

Successful completion of the HNC can also lead to further studies, allowing Level 5 entry (if entry level criteria are achieved) onto a range of LJMU Built Environment degree programmes which can lead to graduate entry employment in a range of disciplines including Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Real Estate, Architectural Technology and Architectural Engineering.  

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.

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 – visit the International Study Centre.

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 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.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

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 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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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