Construction Management HNC

UCAS code 252K

What is special about this course?

If you aspire to enter the construction industry at a supervisory level, the HNC Construction Management will give you the knowledge and skills to achieve this.

The construction industry is one of the most diverse and interesting fields to work in, with careers available including: architectural technology; construction management; quantity surveying; and facility management.

Special features

  • This course is the ideal stepping-stone into a variety of HND Construction courses
  • If you are already working in the industry, you can study by day-release or evening classes


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, preferably Maths, Graphic Communication or a science subject OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above, preferably Maths, Physics or Graphical Communication OR
  • Alternatively, NC/NQ in a construction-related subject or the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate construction-related experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Access routes

  • NQ Advanced Certificate Building Crafts
  • Advanced Certificate Carpentry and Joinery
  • Advanced Certificate Bricklaying
  • SVQ Carpentry and Joinery
  • SVQ Bricklayer

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Construction management: graded unit 1
  • Construction materials and specification
  • Construction site surveying A
  • Construction technology: industrial/commercial superstructure
  • Construction technology: substructure
  • Site administration
  • Standard forms of construction contracts

Option units may include:

  • Architectural design sketching and drawing
  • Building services: an introduction
  • CAD 2D1
  • Construction planning
  • Construction technical communication skills
  • Construction technology: domestic construction
  • Estimating
  • Financial studies for the construction industry
  • Health and safety in construction
  • Managing construction organisations
  • Personnel development planning 
  • Quality in construction
  • Structural mechanics

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. For students on the daytime option, the plan is to have one day a week on campus practical sessions for all students in semester two if possible.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time - day-release or block-release
  • Evening Class at some locations
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials.  A part-time day-release option (by video conference) may be available at some locations. Please contact your preferred campus for more details

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Part-time day-release: 1 day per week, for 36 weeks per year, for 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI - Evening class option
  • Inverness College UHI - Block-release only
  • Moray College UHI - Evening class option
  • North Highland College UHI - Evening class option
  • Perth College UHI - Full-time, part-time day-release and evening class
  • Shetland College UHI - Evening class option
  • West Highland College UHI - Evening class option

Start date

  • September
  • Other start dates may be available at lnverness College UHI and Perth College UHI. Please contact your preferred location for more details


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will be qualified for employment such as: trainee construction manager; construction planner; or site-based management assistant.

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Apply for Construction Management HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.