Construction Management HNC

Course 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?

  • 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 - Evening class option
  • Moray - Evening class option
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Perth - Full-time, part-time day-release and evening class
  • Shetland - Evening class option

Start date

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


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Students may be able to apply to the UHI Scholarship Fund.  For all the information and how to apply please use the following link Funding - Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards and Discretionary Funds - UHI Scholarship Fund.

UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

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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