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The Higher National Certificate Construction Management for England (Construction Design and Build Technician) HTQ

Equivalent to the first year of a university degree, this part-time employment-focused Higher National Certificate Construction for England taught at Bolton College offers the skills needed for a role in the construction and property industry or progression to further study. Covering core construction concepts alongside the skills and knowledge defined for the Construction Site Supervisor occupation, this course supports you in developing the work-ready and future-proof construction skills employers demand.



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For an informal discussion about the programmes, please contact: 


Lawrence Atherton, 
Programme Leader, Bolton College
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482556


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The Higher Education courses shown on Bolton College’s website are taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton. Therefore, all the information applicants and learners provide will be shared between these two organisations. Applicants and learners will receive communication from both the University of Bolton and Bolton College. Student Finance Loan applications should be made using the institution ‘University of Bolton’ not Bolton College.

  • Key Information

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    Award: Higher National Certificate

    Mode of Study: Part-Time

    Duration: 2 years

    Location: Bolton College

    UCAS points: 32 points

    UCAS Code: 230K

    Start Date: 23/09/2024

  • Course Details

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    Course Details


    This Higher National Certificate Construction Management for England, Construction Design and Build Technician course is taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton.


    Our part-time day-release Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction Management for England (Construction Design and Build Technician) can help turn your interest in the built environment into a rewarding career in the construction sector. This approved Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) focuses on developing your construction-specific and transferable knowledge and skills, ready to impress employers or continue with further study. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) approved the course as meeting the Construction Design and Build Technician  occupational standard at Level 4 and this is highly regarded by industry. This stamp of quality shows that the course has been developed in collaboration with industry-leading employers to produce industry-ready graduates prepared for the ever-evolving construction and built environment sector.


    It covers a range of essential learning topics for all construction roles and focuses on the knowledge and skills required for the Construction Design and Build Technician occupation. Throughout the course, our team of highly professional teaching staff will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject-specific skills. 


    All Higher National Certificate Construction Management for England students receive a broad introduction to construction and the different construction management functions relevant to a career in this dynamic and exciting sector. We'll help you to gain a sound understanding of construction technology and the construction environment. You'll explore construction management roles and learn important details about the regulatory, technological, social, legal and financial aspects of construction management. We'll highlight the importance of digital information in construction, and you'll gain experience in using industry-standard software. You'll also undertake an individual construction design project, where you'll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and demonstrate your practical ability.


    Your studies will also cover topics relating to your chosen specialist occupation. For this Construction Design and Build Technician specialism, you'll focus on tender and procurement and building information management.


    Overall, our expert tutors will support you in building a wide range of construction knowledge linked to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Vocational activities will help you develop behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence). We'll also help you gain key transferable skills employers highly value, such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, ready for employment or further study. 




    • This approved Higher Technical Qualification provides opportunities for you to progress towards achieving professional institute membership; for instance, with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
    • We'll support you as you learn to apply critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve construction problems using industry standards and appropriate codes of practice.
    • We'll encourage you to undertake a work placement during the summer break. This is recommended but is not a course requirement.
    • Upon successfully completing this programme, you'll be awarded the Higher National Certificate in Construction Management for England (Construction Design and Build Technician) qualification by the University of Bolton.
    • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for its HE provision, and we take pride in offering you the opportunity to learn from our industry-experienced staff.
    Key Features


    • This course offers essential subject knowledge that you'll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or onto further study.
    • You'll have the chance to take part in field trips to a range of construction projects and gain first-hand industry knowledge and insights from guest speakers during class time.
    • You'll have the chance to participate in project trips to gain first-hand experience in the industry and gain knowledge and insights from guest speakers during class time.
    • This cutting-edge Higher Technical Qualification course offers essential and in-demand construction design and build knowledge alongside vital academic and employability skills. Focused on equipping you for a career in the construction sector, it also prepares you for higher-level study, including a full degree programme or degree apprenticeship.
    • Dedicated to continuous learning and development within the built environment sector, our staff foster a culture of innovation and continuous learning to ensure they're always at the forefront of construction trends, developments and practices.
    • Our student-centred approach to teaching and learning means we'll work with you individually, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
    • You'll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem-solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
  • Entry Requirements

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    • 32 UCAS points. We accept a full range of qualifications that carry UCAS points, including A-levels, BTECs and T levels. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points. For most courses, we are also able to consider non-tariffable qualifications.
    • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. Construction and civil engineering-related subjects are preferred.
    • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
    • Entry to this course is also available to applicants who have extensive appropriate work experience in the construction/civil engineering sector. If you don't possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience, we'll be delighted to consider your application.
    • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
    • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
    • If you intend to progress to a level 5/6 apprenticeship or top-up degree course at a university after completing this HNC, you will usually need GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). If you have not already achieved this, please speak to the course leader about taking GCSE Mathematics and/or English while completing this course.
    • If you apply or enrol on this course, Bolton College and the University of Bolton will share the information you provide. You’ll also receive communications from both organisations.


    Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

  • Career Opportunities

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    Higher Technical Qualifications open up an exciting world of opportunity, empowering you for the future. The University of Bolton's Higher National Certificate in Construction Management for England (Construction Design and Build Technician) taught at Bolton College is an approved Level 4 Higher Technical Qualification. It's ideal if you're seeking a career in the construction sector or wish to progress to a construction-related honours degree or degree apprenticeship. If you're already working in the construction sector, you can use this Higher National Certificate to upskill or retrain, acquire valuable design and build experience and gain vital new skills to support your career progression.


    This qualification was developed in close collaboration with experts from employers and professional bodies to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge needed for career success. Your learning will be rooted in the real world so that you leave the course as a work-ready graduate with the professional skills and behaviours that employers need.


    What can I do with this qualification?


    This Higher National Certificate is designed to advance your career in construction and the built environment. The course offers a broad education designed to support your entry into a career in construction management and operations. You may already be employed in the construction sector, and after successful completion of this course, you should be prepared to take on additional responsibilities at work.


    If you successfully complete this Higher National Certificate, you'll be able to progress onto a higher level qualification, such as an Higher National Diploma in Construction. You'll also be able to apply for advanced standing to bachelor's degrees in a range of construction disciplines.


    Alternative career options


    You also use this qualification as a stepping-stone into various other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or further study. Some possibilities include the following:


    • Architectural technology
    • Quantity surveying
    • Logistics and distribution
    • Civil engineering
    • Planning and development surveying
    • Teaching
    • Research and development
    • Town planning
    • Water and environmental management
    • Facilities management
    • Estate agency
  • Course Fees

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    When completing your student finance application, please list your institution as ‘University of Bolton’, not ‘Bolton College’.


    Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2024-2025 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.


    The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


    Additional costs


    There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

  • How to Apply

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    University of Bolton Group Partners


    Bolton College
    University Collegiate School
    Alliance Learning
    University of Bolton


    For valued members of the University of Bolton Group and progressing students, we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible.


    By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below, you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this, and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.


    When you are asked to add a contact email address, please ensure you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address, we will be unable to identify you as a partner and offer you the benefits of being part of our group.


    If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.


    Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.


    If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.


    Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:


    • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

    • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

    • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

    • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

    • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

    Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.


    Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

    If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or



    We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

  • Teaching Assessment

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    The varied nature of this Higher National Certificate programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. We combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning to ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to visit sites and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, professional bodies or other academic institutions.


    There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we’ll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, you might spend this time engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by professional bodies or working on assignments.


    We use various assessment methods depending on the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You'll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you'll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade. 


    You must also complete formal or 'summative' assessments for each module/unit. Methods include a range of coursework assessments such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and a project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.




    The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.


    • Construction Design Project
    • Construction Technology
    • The Construction Environment
    • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
    • Digital Applications for Construction Information
    • Financial Management and Business Practices in Construction
    • Tender and Procurement
    • Building Information Modelling


    Assessment Methods


    Level Assessment method
    Level One Coursework (100%)


    Learning Activities


    Level Learning Activity 
    Level One Guided independent study 60%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%




    The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.