Building Information Modelling HNC

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About this course

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an exciting new development which utilises the very latest in 3D computer modelling to support the design, manufacture and construction process. It is used by architects, construction professionals, designers and engineers to create a detailed 3D model for new buildings. It allows all people involved with the design and building to work on a detailed shared 3D model that leads to improved building design and more efficient construction processes. It is seen as an important move forward for the construction industry and is supported by the Government which expects all its projects to be utilising 3D BIM collaboration by 2016. The construction industry therefore needs staff able to work with this new technology whilst still having the background construction knowledge required to make best use of it.

Course units will include:
• Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
• Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment
• Group Project in the Construction Industry
• Health, Safety and Welfare
• Possible additional units (to be confirmed):
• Design Technology for Construction
• Computer Aided Design for Construction
• Measuring, Tendering and Estimating for Construction and the Built Environment
• Design Procedures for Construction
• Construction Methods and Design Solutions

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What are the entry requirements?

You need to have one of the following:
* BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment
* Strong performance in a relevant subject at A-level or an adequate performance in more than one A-level subject
* Another related Level 3 qualification
* Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
* Relevant work experience.

Course assessment

Testing the student's knowledge together with the application of that knowledge is through a combination of assessment methods, including essays and reports, presentations, tutorial exercises and group work. Some practical is included as specified in some units and help the student develop kinaesthetic skills.

Students are encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills including:
• Self-Management and development
• Manage group dynamics and team work
• Communicate and present to different audiences
• Manage tasks and solve problems
• Numeracy and literacy skills
• Apply Design and Creativity

The variety of assessment methods used are designed to place emphasis on the student's ability to demonstrate the following cognitive skills:
• Reason critically
• Identify and solve problems
• Analyse and interpret
• Application of theoretical concepts
• The student is required to demonstrate these skills a number of times throughout the programme either individually or collectively.

Students need to be aware that the development of these skills will be beneficial in terms of achieving Merit and Distinction grades in other modules studied.

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What's next?

Employment within the industry in either management/technician provision within the construction industry.

Successful completion of the HNC in Construction will give access to undergraduate degrees at university.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information on gaining this qualification at Dudley College of Technology please contact the learner services team at or phone 01384 363 363.

Please Note

All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education. Unless directly specified, there are no additional costs associated with materials to be purchased or trips for this course.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email:


Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

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