Sustainable Construction Design

Delivered at Accrington and Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2022 / January 2023 start dates available
Mode Full-time or Part-time
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost £8250 Full-time or £4125 Part-time

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This is a programme leading to Higher National Diplomas (university second year equivalent qualifications) awarded by Liverpool John Moores University with the following titles.

  • HND Sustainable Construction
  • HND Sustainable Construction Design
  • HND Sustainable Construction Management

All pathways provide a broad-based grounding in Professional Construction with an emphasis on the demands of the sustainability agenda. The Design pathways has a focus on the skills needed to design construction projects, the Management stream on those needed to manage construction activities, and the Sustainable Construction pathway allows students to mix and match modules from both of the other pathways to suit their own preferences or employment needs.

All awards are available through full-time or part time study and timetables are designed to minimise the number of times that a student would need to travel to College.

Students without a relevant qualification at Level 4 will first complete an HNC in Sustainable Construction and then progress to complete the HND. Students with an HNC in Sustainable Construction would complete the Level 5 modules only.

It is not necessary to select your pathway at the time of application, this can be selected later in discussions with the programme team.

What will I learn

The modules for the HND Sustainable Construction Design are:
Level 4:

  • Science and Materials for Construction
  • Construction Sustainability
  • Individual Construction Project
  • CAD in Construction
  • Construction Refurbishment Design
  • Modern Methods of Construction

Level 5:

  • Group Construction Project
  • Law for Construction
  • Construction Technology
  • Work-based Project
  • Specification and Drawing
  • Construction Design New-build

Candidates should note that the College reserves the right to update the programme periodically.

How will the courses be assessed?

Most assessment is by a mixture of written assignments, practical work, presentations and online tests. There are no formal examinations at Level 4 but two modules at Level 5 contain 90-minute written examinations.

Entry requirements

Entry at Level 4:

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or through experience and aptitude.

Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum 48 UCAS Tariff points with the majority of the points gained in Construction subjects. Typically, points can be derived from:

  • One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or equivalent
  • Two AS level passes
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
  • Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate,
  • Irish Leaving Certificates, International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points
  • A pass in a recognised Access course
  • Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length and type of the candidate’s employment experience and his/her ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to undertake aptitude tests and/or to provide personal and/or employment references.

Maths and English Grade C and above should be held, or Functional Skills Level 2 as an alternative, as well as basic IT skills.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English Language competence equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.

Entry at Level 5:

Candidates should hold an HNC in Sustainable Construction. Candidates will be required to continue in the same pathway as their HNC, it is not possible to switch between design and management pathways. However, it is possible to switch from either specialist pathway to HND Sustainable Construction.

Those holding HNCs, or other Level 4 awards, in related subjects will be considered for entry to Level 5 on the basis of the subject content of their previous studies.