This programme specification template aligns with recommendations within the UK Quality Code for Higher Education2. The information provided, by the programme proposer, in each section is definitively agreed between the delivering institution and Plymouth University at approval. Therefore any requests for changes to content (post the conditions set at approval) must follow Plymouth University’s procedures for making changes to partnership programmes3.
2Programme Team 6
Programme Leader: Justin Olosunde 6
3Personal Tutor 7
3.1Plymouth Portal 8
4Programme Details 9
4.1Enhancement Activities 9
4.2Progression through the programme 9
4.3HE Careers Guidance – Cornwall College 10
4.4HE Careers Guidance – Plymouth University 10
5Employment Opportunities 10
6Teaching, Learning and Assessment 11
6.1Referencing Guides 11
6.2Programme Structure and Delivery 12
6.3Course resources 12
7Assessment Schedules and Feedback 14
7.1.1Assignment Feedback form 17
7.1.2Harvard Reference guide 18
7.1.3Assessment Criteria 20
8Student Feedback 24
8.1Student Representation and Enhancement 24
8.2Student Perception Surveys 24
8.3Closing the Feedback Loop 25
8.4Programme Committee Meetings (PCM) 26
8.6Extenuating Circumstances 26
9.1Programme Specification – to be the latest version associated with the programme 28
Higher National Certificate (HNC) Construction and the Built Environment
Higher National Certificate (HNC) Construction and the Built Environment
This programme has been produced in line with the FHEQ and the Foundation Degree Characteristics. It has also been aligned to the QAA Benchmark covering Construction, Property and Surveying (2008)
Date of Programme Approval:
19 May 2016
PS2. Brief Description of the Programme
This text is definitively approved at programme approval and therefore may be directly used for promotion of the programme without the need for further confirmation (approx. 200-250 words)
The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment is an introductory higher education qualification which offers a focussed selection of traditional and contemporary construction and civil engineering subjects informed by the needs of industry.
The primary purpose of our HNC in Construction and the Built Environment is to train technologists for the construction industry by providing a high quality learning experience for both new entrants and those progressing from level 3 technician and craft courses. This course is targeted at people who are pursuing a career in, sustainable construction, building surveying, building control, quantity surveying, civil engineering, structural engineering and construction management. It is also applicable to anyone involved with the design, production or management of structures buildings and is a recommended pathway for progression from tradesperson to management and beyond.
The HNC in Construction and the Built Environment will cover a targeted range of contemporary vocational skills; for example utilising the latest equipment and techniques for surveying, setting out, construction drawing and the sustainable use of building materials; thus enabling students to make an immediate contribution when employed in the construction sector.
Completing the programme will make you more versatile, more employable, multi-skilled and professionally competent in your chosen career. A variety of different teaching styles enables you to learn in an effective manner, ensuring that you have the right knowledge and skills to excel in the workplace. The programme will also equip you with communication, team working and time management skills, making you a more effective student and employee.
PS3. Details of Accreditation by a Professional/Statutory Body (if appropriate)
PS4. Exceptions to Plymouth University Regulations
(Note: Plymouth University’s Academic Regulations are available internally on the intranet: https://staff.plymouth.ac.uk//extexam/academicregs/intranet.htm)
PS5. Programme Aims
This programme will deliver: Preparation of learners for a range of technical, professional and management careers in construction and the built environment by providing specialised studies which are directly related to individual occupations and professions learners are currently working in or in which they intend to seek employment.
Development of learners to make an immediate contribution in employment in the construction and built environment sector.
The development of knowledge, understanding and a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies.
Further study, career development and progression from a Technical Certificate at level 3 within or following an Advanced Apprenticeship.
A vehicle for delivering the higher level construction skills needed by business and industry in Cornwall, including the priority sectors identified by the Local Enterprise Partnership
PS6. Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
By the end of this programme the student will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the Construction and Civil Engineering industries.
Prepare themselves for a range of technical, professional and management careers in construction and/or civil engineering, developing a positive attitude to a planned career development, based on a sound knowledge of the alternative routes available and a balanced view of their own abilities and opportunities for progression.
Develop an understanding of legislation, as applied to the Construction industry.
Develop their abilities to cope with the various constraints that might be imposed upon them in providing viable solutions to managerial, economic, and technical problems.
Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of construction disciplines and the underpinning science and mathematics and will have an appreciation of the wider multidisciplinary construction context and the underlying principles.
Recognise and develop their own employability and professional skills through opportunities to discuss and reflect upon individual and team tasks
PS7. Distinctive Features
This text is definitively approved at programme approval and therefore may be directly used for promotion of the programme without the need for further confirmation: There are currently no alternative providers in Cornwall offering an HNC in Construction, therefore this programme will fill a gap in the education and skills market in Cornwall.
Available across the Cornwall College Group, this programme will make full use of our specialist facilities and awarding-winning links to local business for real-life case studies.
Developed as a direct response to local industry demands for technician and professional progression in the construction sector; the modules have been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies for the construction sector
Cornwall College has long established success with Level-3 courses in Construction and Civil Engineering and this programme will provide an internal higher education progression route for these students.
Extensive links with employers throughout Cornwall and beyond means that students learn how to solve real construction problems that are relevant to companies.
PS8. Student Numbers
The following provides information that should be considered nominal, and therefore not absolutely rigid, but is of value to guide assurance of the quality of the student experience, functional issues around enabling progression opportunities to occur and staffing and resource planning:
Minimum student numbers per stage = 10
Target student numbers per stage = 20
Maximum student numbers per stage = 30
PS9. Progression Route(s)
Approved “progression route(s)” are those where successful achievement in this programme enables direct alignment to join a stage of another programme. This is an approach employed primarily for Foundation Degree students to “top-up” to complete a Bachelor degree, but may be employed for other award types.
This is in part an automated admissions criterion and therefore progression may be impacted on by availability of a position on the progression award; however progression opportunity, if not available in the first year of application, is guaranteed within 3 years.
Progression arrangements with institutions other than Plymouth University carry an increased element of risk. It is necessary for the delivering partner institution to obtain formal agreement from that institution to guarantee progression for existing students on the programme. For progression to Plymouth University, should there be the need to withdraw the progression route programme(s) then either this will be delayed to provide progression or appropriate solutions will be found. This arrangement is guaranteed for existing students that complete their programme of study with no suspensions or repeat years and who wish to progress immediately to the University.
Upon successful completion of the HNC Construction and the Built Environment students will be able to progress to Stage 2 (Level 5) of the FdSc Construction and the Built Environment at Cornwall College.
The contribution of marks from prior levels of study to the progression award is governed by University regulations.
PS10. Admissions Criteria
Qualification(s) Required for Entry to this Programme:
The Programme Leader/Manager (or the descriptor) leads the Programme Committee in the Plymouth University’s annual programme monitoring process (APM), as titled at the time of approval. APM culminates in the production, maintenance and employment of a programme level Action Plan, which evidences appropriate management of the programme in terms of quality and standards. Any formally agreed changes to this process will continue to be followed by the Programme Leader/Manager (or other descriptor) and their Programme Committee.
Elements of this process include engaging with stakeholders. For this definitive document it is important to define:
Subject External Examiner(s):
An Interim visit by External Examiner (EE) (usually between January and February) will review work that has been marked, consult students and feed back to the programme manager and module leaders and course team.
Subject Assessment Panel (SAP) reviews the assessment marking and is scrutinised by the subject EE. Representatives of the team review and present their module marks for each student on the programme.
The annual Award Assessment Board (AAB) takes place with Programme Manager, the awarding body’s partnership member and the External to receive the students work and confer progression or award.
Additional stakeholders specific to this programme:
Students have the opportunity to discuss the programme independently, twice a year in the Student Review. This forms part of the discussion for the annual programme monitoring in the autumn and spring of each academic year.
The Student Perception Questionnaire (SPQ) is administered during the year and feeds into the programme review.
Students Representatives attend Annual Programme Monitoring (APM) to contribute student views alongside Module Leaders, the Programme Manager and the Assistant Registrar to monitor module delivery and the course provision.
Local constructions companies, 3rd Sector organisations and public/ Industry bodies consulted in the design of this programme, include MIDAS Construction, Gilbert & Goode, The Eden Project, Cornwall Council, The Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and The Construction & Industry Training Board.