The HND Construction and Built Environment course is intended as a vocational qualification within the construction industry. It satisfies the educational base for becoming an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS) or Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) once requisite employment experience has been gained post HND qualification. In addition, it provides a progression route onto professionally accredited courses within the Department including the BSc (Hons) degrees of Building Surveying, Construction Management, Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying and Quantity Surveying. The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry,employing circa 2.35 million people and accounting for typically 8% of UK GDP. The construction industry is responsible for the design, management and construction of spanning the following areas; • Infrastructure – roads, rail, airports, power stations • Residential - public and private housing, including repair and maintenance • Non-domestic buildings - schools, colleges, hospitals, offices, retail, factories, warehouses. The aim of this course is to develop students with a technical understanding of the civil engineering industry including the application of proven techniques and theories for the solution of real life problems. Thus the course will; · address industry’s demand for technicians who can integrate the principles and applications of construction, and apply them to construction projects, in a technical context. · enable students to advance their existing careers in construction to a higher level which requires the exercise of technical professional judgement, and the ability to make decisions that reflect an accountable and ethical outlook. · equip students with a technical understanding of the fundamentals of construction technology, construction law, construction procurement and contracts, environmental and sustainable issues, modern methods of construction and construction project management. · provide a broadly based education in construction and built environment, allowing scope for continued development into a wide range of disciplines within construction related areas including areas of design (building surveying, architecture), costs and finance (quantity surveying) and project delivery (construction management).