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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift 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. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will primarily be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • 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 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, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

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:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

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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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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.