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Future Home Design & Construction Higher National Certificate & Diploma

Future Home Design & Construction Higher National Certificate & Diploma

Approval status

This course will run but is subject to minimum numbers

Entry requirements

64 UCAS tariff points

Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.

Mature students may have commensurate work/business/ industry related experience that may be considered

Credit Transfer

Transfer of credit from another qualification is considered on a individual basis and will require an interview.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is perfect for people who have a passion for architecture, building design, landscape and garden design and planning (urban, rural and regional) as well as the traditional disciplines of building and construction.

About the course

The Higher National Certificate in Future Home Design & Construction (MOBIE) will enable graduates to demonstrate a sound knowledge of new and emerging technologies and innovative strategies within the construction and built environment.

George Clarke (pictured above) is the founder of MOBIE (Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education) as well as being a well-known TV presenter and architect. MOBIE have had a significant input into the design of the course, drawing on their experiences of creating innovative and unique living spaces, with an emphasis on designs for homes of the future.

The ethos of MOBIE is about thinking differently. As George Clarke said: “Most houses are built in a fairly conventional way and MOBIE’s been set up to do something different to that.”

The course aims to address the need for significant skills within traditional and more mainstream disciplines such as building surveying, quantity surveying and construction management – which are crucial to enabling the vast majority of construction projects for the foreseeable future.

Why study?

We have strong links with the Ministry Of Building Innovation & Education (MOBIE), Places for People and Essex Construction Action Group.

BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5.

The qualification provides students with a clear line-of-sight to employment and to progression to a degree.

Where will this course take me?

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

Assistant Design Co-ordinator

Design & Build Co-ordinator

Construction Site Supervisor

Construction Design Technician

Possible Careers:

  • Site Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Planning Supervisor

Core modules

Mandatory Core Units

  • Individual Project
  • Science & Materials
  • Construction Practice & Management

Optional modules

Specialist Units

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Housing Design & Specification
  • Principles of Alternative Energy
  • Principles of Off-site Construction
  • Principles of Housing Economics

*These modules may change, subject to approval

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the HND.
You may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and asessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Prnting over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course

Site visits and work Experience


The timetable should be available a month prior to commencement.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work.

Assessment & Feedback

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work. Assessment methods will vary for each unit but will be a range of:

  • Written and practical assessment
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Action research projects

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