If you’re interested in getting a building qualification, but you’ve no previous qualifications to speak of, then a BTEC National Certificate in Construction, commonly referred to as the ONC, is the perfect place for you to start.
This introductory course is the very first step that you’ll need to take, so what are you waiting for…
BTEC National Certificate in Construction…
ONC courses are very hands on and vocational in nature, which makes these type of courses perfect for those that want to gain qualifications in the world of construction. With BTEC courses you’ll find that there is the perfect mix of project based work and written theory. At this first stage you won’t get bogged down with too much written work. Instead, you’ll have plenty of time to get your hands dirty and gain a greater understanding of basic construction skills and techniques, that are essential for practical application in the working world.
Why you need to choose a ONC…
A BTEC National Certificate in Construction is perfect for those that are seeking a career in construction or a similar discipline. Most students find that the structure of ONC courses are the best way to work. Much of the syllabus will require students to work most independently on projects, and in small group settings with the help of the course leaders.
As well as the practical application of skills and the vocational learning style, students will also get the opportunity to improve upon their key skills, and will be required to attend weekly classes in maths and English.
What does the BTEC entail?
During your course you will be working on projects and scenarios that you can expect to encounter in the working world. Students will build a multitude of transferable skills that can be applied during professional employment. The course is equally suited to those that are already employed in the construction industry, those that have left school, and learners of all ages.
There are several areas that will be covered during the course. These will include the following…
- Building Surveying
- Building Technology
- Health and Safety
- Construction Science and Technology
- Graphical Detailing
- Tendering and Estimating
- Site Surveying
Before and after your BTEC…
Many ONC courses often have pre-requisite course requirements, so be sure to find out from your chosen college what the requirements are.
The are various routes that learners can take on completion of the ONC course. The BTEC is equivalent to two A-levels, and learners will be able to progress on to either a HNC and or HND level courses, as well as one year foundation degrees that feed into honours degree level courses. As well as educational routes, learners will also be qualified to take on a number of roles within the construction industry.