Undergraduate study

Course overview

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.

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, Innovation and Education (MOBIE), 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 MOBIE.


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Alternative Energy Solutions

You learn about the renewable technologies available to reduce energy demand on a home and are required to evaluate the performance of several renewable energy technologies used in buildings. You explore the fundamental working principles and how to make comparisons between various renewable systems.

BIM Principles and Applications

You gain knowledge and the practical application of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

You understand the importance and significance of BIM in the construction industry. You explore the relationship between design, construction and operation and the relevance of information management and how these concepts influence the entire process from concept to hand-over and beyond.

Building Technology

You gain the underpinning knowledge of construction technology. The materials and techniques used to achieve the basic principles of construction technology 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 different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations when selecting the most suitable technological solution.

Construction Practice and Management

You gain an overview of the industry’s size and operation of construction companies. Health and safety performance is considered and also how BIM has the potential to influence a range of construction processes and operations.

You develop an understanding of construction practice and management processes. You investigate and research the modern construction industry, both from the practical skills embedded within the industry through to its links with development on-site and the connection with construction management; including roles within the industry.

Construction Science and Materials

You develop basic knowledge of the properties of materials needed to successfully complete the other core and specialist modules. You analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles and the properties and behaviour of materials in construction related situations. It is contextualised for construction, civil engineering or building services engineering and the delivery and assessment is tailored to your particular vocational needs.

Design and Specification

You explore the design and specification processes of the construction industry and the information and application to successfully complete the other modules of the programme.

You understand the design processes of a project and the information required to produce a specification. You develop the skills to produce designs, drawings, schedules and specifications to communicate design information to all parties involved with a project from client to installers.

Design Project

You apply your skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists.

You develop your ability to identify, define, plan, develop and execute a successful project by working through a clear process. You develop a project brief; outlining a problem that requires a solution, as well as a project specification, the specific requirements of which the final outcome must meet. You research the problem, undertaking a feasibility study, and consider a range of potential solutions using critical analysis and evaluation techniques to test, select and contextualise your preferred solution. You then provide a work and time management plan, keeping a diary of all activities, reflecting on your process and learning throughout the project.

Geotechnics and Site Surveying

You learn the importance of geological processes and the properties of soils and rocks in civil engineering. You perform laboratory practicals in soil and rock description and geological map interpretation.

You also explore the use of instrumentation and observation procedures used in modern engineering surveying practice. The measurement of large objects in three dimensional space using various techniques and equipment are practised and associated errors examined.


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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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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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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 to 2018/19 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: K201 HNC/AHC
  • Start date: September and January
  • Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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From Sept 2018 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2 years
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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