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Construction Management (Site Supervision) - Higher Apprenticeship

Level 4
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
At least two years

The purpose of a Higher Apprenticeship in construction management is to create a progression route for professionals in the construction industry. According to annual recruitment figures, 3,200 construction managers are required every year. This specialist vocational programme is linked to professional body requirements and national occupational standards, with a strong work-related emphasis.

The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the construction and civil engineering sector.


This apprenticeship includes a competency aspect (vocational) and a knowledge certificate which in this case is the HNC in Construction with Plymouth University.

The course content for the HNC in Construction includes:

Design Principles
Provides the learner with a fundamental understanding of the overall design process, and how the planning/design phases of a project are co-ordinated and managed. The module is intended to help learners develop the ability to understand and apply design in terms of the production and cost implications for construction projects.

Science and Materials with Maths
Provides the learner with an introduction to the scientific principles and a basic knowledge of the properties of materials. The module is intended to enable learners to apply scientific principles to construction-related situations. This module also provides the learner with the fundamental mathematical knowledge and analytical techniques to use mathematical processes in the solution of Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Services Engineering problems.

Health and Safety
Covers the knowledge and skills needed to identify hazards in the workplace, assess the level of risk, make recommendations to control the risk and review the results; this will be considered along with relevant safety legislation.

Construction Management
Provides the learner with an introduction to the principles of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines. Students will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction and civil engineering activity through the application of recognised management techniques.

Construction Technology
Provides the learner with an introduction to the fundamental aspects of construction technology. The module has been designed to enable learners to understand the standard design forms, site evaluation methods and methods of construction used in the modern constructi
The vocational aspect of the course involves the collection of evidence into a portfolio to demonstrate competency in the required work based managerial skills. An assessor will visit you in the workplace and help you to collate this information to meet the required standards.

The knowledge aspect of the framework is the HNC in Construction and assessment is based on completed assignments - no exams - and generally two assignments per module over a 15 week semester.
Five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above.
Students should ideally have completed the level 3 apprenticeship in construction or related vocational qualification. This profile is generally supported by GCSEs at grade 5 and above or equivalent.
We welcome students with no paper qualifications who can demonstrate that they have the potential to succeed on the programme, with construction-related work experience or experiences and transferable skills.
You will need to have an employer who is willing to support you as an apprentice.
We have helped students move up in their careers to site management, running their own business and surveyors.
We use the latest CAD programmes.
All staff are up to date with relevant industry information and are professional in their own right.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: I have been out of education for quite some time, will this course suit me?
A: If you have industry experience and a willingness to learn and carry out research, then this course can be achievable.

Q: Do I have to be a manager to do this course?
A: You must have managerial responsibilities to be able to show competence

Q. What happens if I leave my employer?
A. If you move employer to a similar role and your new employer is happy for you to continue with the course, then we will move with you.

Q. Is there a maximum break allowed between employers?
A. Yes, you need to be re-employed and back in work within 6 weeks.

Q. Is the HNC in Construction available not as an apprenticeship?
A. Yes, the HNC in Construction is available by the means of other funding methods. Please contact us for more information.