Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
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Level 4 - HNC Exeter College, Devon and Exeter Training Centre, Falcon House, Falcon Rd, Sowton Industrial Estate This is a two year, part time programme. You will attend college one day per week. HK22 Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This industry standard qualification is well recognised by employers and provides a variety of topics to offer a well-rounded understanding of all areas of construction. It is ideal if you are already employed in the construction sector. You will study eight units, with an emphasis on higher level construction techniques, design and management of the construction process as well as how services are incorporated into building and the legal aspects of construction. You will have opportunities to put your theoretical knowledge into practice on site visits and in practical sessions in the purpose-built Construction Training centre.

You will take part in off campus site visits and undertake practical sessions in the concrete laboratory, geotechnical laboratory and use surveying equipment. You will also be involved in small group projects and individual research. Assignments are structured to provide experience of working in the construction industry. Some units may require you to sit phase tests and end of unit tests.

What topics will I study?

An example of likely units on the programme are:

  • Design principle and application
  • Management principles and application
  • Group project
  • Science and materials
  • Health and Safety
  • Conversion and adaption of buildings
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Individual project

This programme is awarded by BTEC. Please click here to view the Programme Handbook.

What experiences will I get?

It is expected that you will be employed in the Construction industry and be following this course with the agreement of your employer. If you are unemployed, you may also be accepted on the course however maximum benefit will be gained if course college work can be related to the working situation. 

What are the entry requirements?

This programme is a progression route from the successful completion of the Level 3 BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or Extended Diploma in Construction or Civil Engineering, preference will be given to Merit grade students. Students with relevant industry experience will also be considered eligible.

What facilities are there?

  • Survey equipment
  • Workshop
  • Learning resource centre
  • Refectory

What can the course lead on to?

Successful completion can lead to further opportunities for study at a higher level, as well as establishing a career in the construction industry. This course is designed to satisfy the requirements for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Builders. 

Are there any additional costs?

Drawing equipment is required and course books are available but not compulsory. You must provide safety boots.



What do our students think?


It has been great to see over the past few years that more and more women are now starting to come into the construction industry doing all different trades. Following this course I intend to apply to Bristol UWE University to attend their Part-time Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course for the next three years and finish university with great knowledge and work experience to finally become a fully qualified Quantity Surveyor.”


One of my main achievements whilst studying at Exeter College, in addition to learning about construction, is that I have moved away from being a pen and paper dinosaur and I now use IT confidently. I would definitely recommend Exeter College. The tutors don’t only deliver the course but actively help to give experiences relevant to the students’ aspirations."


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