The continued development and regeneration of towns and cities in the UK is expected to lead to a continuous demand for suitably qualified professionals across all construction disciplines.
These courses offer a broad base of traditional construction subjects with specialist options allowing you to adapt the course to your particular career ambitions.
There are a choice of five different pathways that offers particular specialist emphasis through specialist units.
- Construction (Civil Engineering) (HNC/HND)
- Construction (Surveying) (HNC/HND)
- Construction (HNC)
- Construction (Architectural Technology) (HND)
- Construction (Construction Management) (HND)
HNC / HNDs are substantially coursework / project based and are designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the construction sector.
If you are working within the civil engineering or construction field or have ambitions of working in this area in a professional, managerial, or technical capacity, then these courses are for you.
HNC / HND’s provide a nationally recognised qualification (HNC 120 credits / HND 240 credits) offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress on to an honours degree programme.
These qualifications are taught at Peterborough College and offer full-time and part-time study options.
The courses at Peterborough College are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.
If you are applying to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:
48 UCAS points with qualifications in construction related subjects:
- A-levels: Mathematics and Physics (DD)
- BTEC (PPP)
- Cambridge Technicals (PPP)
- Access to HE (45 credits)
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.
You must have GCSE English language, mathematics and a science (or equivalent) at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.
If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 5.5 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.
EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS
We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email email@example.com.
To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.
We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.
The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).
The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.
ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY
APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)
We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)
It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.
You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.
HNC Construction (Civil Engineering) (Level 4)
- Individual Project (Pearson Set) (15 credits)
- Construction Technology (15 credits)
- Science and Materials (15 credits)
- Construction Practice and Management (15 credits)
- Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) (15 credits)
- Mathematics for Construction (15 credits)
- Principles for Structural Design (15 credits)
- Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out (15 credits)
To progress onto the HND Construction (Civil Engineering) to must have completed HNC Construction (Civil Engineering) at University Centre Peterborough beforehand. The HND will then run depending on numbers progressing from the HNC.
HND Construction (Civil Engineering) (Level 5)
- Group Project (Pearson Set) (30 credits)
- Further Mathematics for Construction (15 credits)
- Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics (15 credits)
- Advanced Structural Design (15 credits)
- Personal Professional Development (15 credits)
- Hydraulics (15 credits)
- Advanced Surveying and Measurement (15 credits)
A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.
When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one of two full days a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details). We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.
There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.
If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.
Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.
The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.
Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:
HNC Construction (Civil Engineering) (Level 4)
HND Construction (Civil Engineering) (Level 5)
We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.
As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate.
Many of the students on this course study part-time as they are already employed in a construction/engineering role in Peterborough or the surrounding area and can share their industry experience and knowledge in lectures and seminars.
Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:
- Site Engineering Technician
- Structural Design Engineer
- Civil Design Engineer
- Transport / Works Design Engineer
- Highway / Traffic Engineer
- Design Co-ordinator
- CAD Technician
- Bridge Technician
I am the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Construction degree at University Centre Peterborough and HNC/HND Civil Engineering/Construction qualifications at Peterborough College. I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since Sept 2016 on a number of units including Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment and Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment to name a few.
My previous occupation includes 15 years as Health and Safety Officer and FE Lecturer at Peterborough College. During that time I have also taught on a range of statutory and regulatory body courses including: Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health in the Uk (NEBOSH) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Prior to this I held a dual role as the Estate Manager and Health & Safety Officer at Askham Bryan College. Responsible for the daily running of the site including three farms and 750 acres of arable land. In that role I was responsible for all the planned and preventative maintenance for all buildings, machinery and agriculture equipment and the vehicle fleet. I worked closely with local architects, contractors, and consultants and on several new builds over £500k gaining first-hand experience of the CDM Regulations. Another development in the role enabled me to set up an estate committee with several other colleges in North and East Yorkshire to source for bulk fuel at a cheaper price.
Since completing my degree I am interested in a number of research areas that is having a detrimental effect on the construction industry in particular the mental health of the workforce, why asbestos still remains the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and new technology and innovations such as smart technology for building.
- BSc (Hons) Construction Management, Anglia Ruskin University
- HNC Optronic Engineering
- Certificate in Education (Cert Ed), University of Northampton
- Chartered Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
- Member, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
- Founder Member, Institute of Leadership and Management
- Practitioner, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.
All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).
All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.
Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.
If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email email@example.com.
When to apply
We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.
The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2021.
FIRST UCAS DEADLINE
- Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 15th January 2021.
- If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.
- If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Thursday 25th February to Sunday 4th July 2021.
- This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.
- From Monday 5th July 2021 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
- Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
- If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
- If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.
Types of offer
When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:
- CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
- UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
- DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.
- We will be holding an Applicant Day for new students on Saturday 20th March 2021.
- This invitation only event is available to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer. It will give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions to help prepare you before starting in September 2021.
- If you are still deciding on where to study then this day can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.
Advice Sessions and Open Days
- If you would like help with your application, more information about student finances or have any questions, then you are welcome to book onto one of our regular Advice Sessions where you can speak to a member of staff for help and advice.
- During our Open Days we run a series of talks on a variety of topics including applications and student finance.
- For dates and times of the latest Advice Sessions and Open Days visit www.ucp.ac.uk/events.