Undergraduate HNC

HNC Construction

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





Eight month

20 month

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

If you're thinking about starting a career in construction and property, returning to education or want to develop your current career in the construction industry, then our HNC Construction course is ideal for you.

The course is aligned with the requirements of a professional career in construction, and provides training in the technical and practical elements to satisfy industry and employer needs.

Delivered by one of the UK's leading centres for construction education, you'll study a wide range of construction-related topics. On successful completion, you can progress to one of our built environment degrees, specialising in construction, architecture or surveying.

You will:
  • Study a range of modules which will develop your professional and technical competencies, ready to build a career in the construction industry
  • Build your knowledge about the practicalities and legalities involved in constructing, managing and maintaining a site
  • Understand the scientific and technological aspects of construction and property
  • Learn about financial aspects such as tendering, estimating and property valuation
  • Develop your presentation, communication and interpersonal skills

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You have a passion for construction and want to work in the built environment


You want to explore the technologies and techniques used in the construction process


You want to develop professional and technical skills ready for a career in the construction industry

Course details

All about the course

HNC Construction is designed with industry consultation to provide students with little or no previous knowledge of construction, the opportunity to build a career platform to progress.

Through a range of credit-bearing modules, you will be introduced to the construction industry and its processes, and build practical industry knowledge and workplace skills.

Featured course content examines construction technology, building services, legal and contractual procedures, and management. As part of your assessment, you will apply the knowledge and skills you gain in these topics to complete a final project.

Both full-time and part-time students complete the same modules. Full-time students will complete all six in just eight months of study. Part-time students will study three modules per year as they spread their learning across two academic years.

Year one

Construction Technology

This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to understand building construction techniques and the materials used. You will also develop an understanding of various modern and traditional construction techniques. Issues related to project delivery and environmental issues will also be covered. 

Building Services

In this module you will learn about environmental factors that influence decision making with regard to Building Services in a building and systems installations. You will develop an understanding of thermal and environmental comfort systems which address ecological challenges. You will gain awareness of the impact of heat transfer, illumination and acoustics on buildings and their users. You will be able to demonstrate how building type and usage informs building systems and performance of buildings.

Legal and Contractual Procedures

The aim of this module is for you to develop a working knowledge of the nature and purpose of various legal requirements, and the type of procurement arrangements that are used in the construction industry. The module will assist you to demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and application of the various arrangements, options and strategies that are adopted in the procurement of projects. The varying procurement arrangements available will be considered throughout the design and construction periods from inception to the completion of the contract.

Management in Construction

This module will introduce you to production management principles, tools and techniques. You will be able to understand the principles and application of effective site management and examine the management of time for the production manager and identify the techniques, reasons and benefits of effective time management. You will explore quality, environment, health safety and welfare, in relation to production management. The module will also introduce you to the process of design and the principles of design management and the economic environment in which the construction and property industries operate. You will examine and explore economic management and the construction and property industries and the influence of macro-economic policy.

Professional Practice Project

You will explore the concept of the practitioner and the alignment the personal and professional development. Using a project scenario, you will gain awareness of contemporary issues and developments in the built environment sector and understand their significance and impact on your future professional conduct.


The Project module is your opportunity to carry out, under supervision, an extended study into an agreed topic relating to your degree. You will complete independent investigation to demonstrate initiative and the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the course. This project provides invaluable experience in the planning and delivery of a major study that tests your problem solving skills in a construction related situation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


You will develop your construction knowledge and skills using a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Studio projects, both individual and group-based
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lectures and site visits


You will be assessed using a combination of methods, including exams, projects and written coursework. Coursework is problem-focused and may typically involve case study analysis and/or essay writing. 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.


You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

As a construction student, you will learn in our carefully designed studios and study spaces provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. Our facilities include Think Lab, our futuristic research environment used for smart city applications, collaborative engineering, industry collaborations, and interactive learning

Salford is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. Built in 2011, this full-sized two-bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


An increasing number of construction-industry employers are hiring HNC graduates with good technical knowledge and related computer skills.

Our graduates have secured roles with local and national organisations, including Balfour Beatty, Bramhall Construction, Laing O'Rourke, Manchester City Council, New Charter Housing Ltd, Northwards Housing and United Utilities.


If you want to take your interest in construction and the built environment even further, we have a range of degree courses where you can continue your studies.

A taste of what you could become

A Construction Manager

A Site Manager

A Contractor

A Project Technician

and more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  

Recent industry partners have included:

  • Bramhall Construction
  • United Utilities
  • Wates Construction
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

What you need to know


We're looking for enthusiastic and determined applicants who want to start their journey towards a career in the construction industry.


International applicants must show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

72 points

A level

72 points (typically BC or DDD)

BTEC National Diploma


BTEC Higher National Diploma


Access to HE

72 points

Scottish Highers

72 points equivalent

Irish Leaving Certificate

72 points equivalent

European Baccalaureate

Please contact our Admissions team

International Baccalaureate

24 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.


Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12,960per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £14400per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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UCAS Code: K2N3

Start Date(s): September


Eight months full-time

20 months part-time

Enrolment dates

September 2021

UCAS information

Course ID K2N3

Institution S03

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