Undergraduate study
Advanced Home Construction

HNC Advanced Home Construction *

UCAS code: K201 BSc/AHC

Our HNC Advanced Home Construction course is part of a suite of courses - HNC, HND, BSc (Hons) (Top-up) and MSc awards. Each course is designed and developed adhering closely to TV architect George Clarke’s modular building concept and advanced home construction principles.

Course information


  • Length: 1 year

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Entry to 2017/18 academic year


  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and Restoration Man, has contributed to the design of the programmes and specialist facilities at Teesside University, providing you with the opportunity to develop your skills in designing, fabricating and constructing creative and innovative new homes.

This course guides you through a detailed exploration of construction methods, such as using off-site manufacture and prefabrication, and alternative building materials, and the location of building projects. You have an opportunity to develop concept models and construct scale models of your designs in a specially designed facility at Teesside University’s main campus.

George Clarke’s social enterprise, the Ministry of Building and Innovation (MOBI), is kickstarting a fundamental change to the building industry and our courses have been designed to adhere closely to the modular building concept and advanced home construction principles of MOBI.


Year 1 core modules

Building Information Modelling

You develop your background knowledge and understanding of building information modelling (BIM) in the context of the construction industry. You consider the drivers and benefits associated with BIM, as well as the terminology surrounding it. And you study the relationship between design, construction and operation, the relevance of information management to BIM and how these concepts influence the process of managing and maintaining assets.

These new knowledge and skills allow you to understand the importance of BIM in the context of current roles and responsibilities within the construction industry, and effectively understand how this may influence choices within you professional career.

Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)

Successful projects in the built environment require different types of information to describe the project, quantify the materials, and provide clear instructions for assembly and erection to allow for accurate costing and management. Information is critical throughout the process of design, construction and post-occupancy management.

You develop your awareness of different types of construction information and how these are used in the process. You engage in producing, reading and editing construction information to understand how this informs different stages of the process. Using industry standard tools and systems, you consider how information may be shared and, through this, the value of collaborating in the information process.

Construction Practice and Management

Develop a holistic understanding of construction practice and management processes. You investigate and research the modern construction industry, from the practical skills embedded within the industry to how it links with development onsite and connects with construction management, including roles within the industry.

Construction Technology (MOBI)

The basic principles of construction technology have not changed for many years. However the materials and techniques used to achieve these basic principles are constantly evolving, to enable the construction industry to deliver better quality buildings. Scarcity of resources and the continuing demand of more sophisticated clients, end users and other stakeholder interests, are driving the construction industry to provide buildings which facilitate enhanced environmental and energy performance, and greater flexibility, in response to ever increasing financial, environmental, legal and economic constraints.

You are introduced to the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements, from substructure to completion, and by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations to be considered when selecting the most suitable technological solution.

Individual Project

Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction

The construction industry is perceived to be a dangerous, noisy and disruptive area of work which impacts on the use of land and buildings. However, it is governed by a number of laws to ensure that architects, quantity surveyors and contractors comply with legal and statutory requirements to design, construct and deliver buildings and alterations using safe working practices and land appropriately.

You are introduced to the areas of law that are relevant throughout the development process. This includes applying for planning approval and using building control regulations to evaluate building design and alterations at the preconstruction stage.

Principles of Alternative Energy

Buildings use approximately 40% of energy, 25% of water and 40% of resources globally in their construction and operation. Governments worldwide have recognised the importance of tackling energy consumption in the built environment, and have instituted legislation to address these issues. These have often been supported by financial incentives to implement alternative energy systems and processes. They are also governed by rigorous targets and deadlines.

Technologies that harness solar, wind and hydro energy are now established systems for generating power and heat. Along with other innovations such as heat pumps and biofuel, these are often incorporated into the design for new construction projects. As part of this module you develop your knowledge of current and future energy technologies, and learn how to apply this knowledge to analyse and assess its effectiveness. You also apply this knowledge and research to a design activity.

Science and Materials

This module gives you an introduction to the scientific principles and a basic knowledge of the properties of materials needed to successfully complete the other core and specialist modules.

The module is designed to enable students studying construction, civil engineering or building services engineering courses to analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles and the properties and behaviour of materials in construction related situations.

It is intended that the module be contextualised for construction, civil engineering or building services engineering and that the delivery and assessment be tailored to your particular vocational needs.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects and examinations. You are also expected to spend time on your own - self-study time - to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

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Career opportunities

The UK is facing a major housing crisis. There is a severe shortage of new homes and there are many, including children, living in temporary accommodation. Figures from the Empty Homes Agency put the number of vacant properties in England at 610,000, estimating that there is a need for an additional 200,000 homes a year to keep up with the growth in demand for households.

This course helps prepare you for a career in home design and construction, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to bring creative and innovative new thinking to the home construction industry.

Entry requirements

You should normally have at least three passes at GCSE (grade C or above) including English language and mathematics (or equivalent), plus one of the following:

  • at least one A level
  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access to HE
  • any other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualification in an appropriate subject.

For qualifications with a UCAS tariff value, we typically ask for at least 80 UCAS tariff points.

Appropriate Level 3 subjects include, but are not limited to, mathematics, further mathematics, physics, chemistry, construction, engineering, geology, environmental science, design and technology, statistics, computer science, electronics, computing and geography.

You may be required to attend an interview. The purpose of the interview is to help us tailor your offer to your individual circumstances to ensure that you join the course that is right for you. The interview process also enables us to consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and those with non-traditional qualifications, including individuals who may be returning to study after a period of employment.

During your visit you will be offered a tour of our fantastic campus and excellent laboratory and teaching facilities, and an opportunity to meet our staff. You will learn much more about your course and the range of scholarships, bursaries and grants you may be eligible to receive.

We strongly encourage you to attend an interview but we can still consider your application based on its merits if you are unable to attend.

English language requirement
Entry to this programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English. An example of an acceptable qualification is GCSE English language at grade C.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Length: 1 year

More full-time details

Entry to 2017/18 academic year


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information