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West London IoT Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses 

West London IoT Continuing Professional Development (CPD) HN Flex courses are delivered by lead partner HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College). Therefore, all courses link to the Harrow College or Uxbridge College website. This is where you will find the course handbook and the application form. 

What is HN Flex?  

HN Flex provides students with the ability to study bite-sized knowledge, skills and behaviour units from Higher National Qualifications at Level 4 and 5. For students looking to upskill in their current role, reskill in a new area or seeking Continued Professional Development (CPD), HN Flex provides progression opportunities through learning relevant industry skills. 

Why consider HN Flex? 

A recent survey carried out by the West London Institute of Technology (WLIoT) in conjunction with the West London Alliance, London Economic Recovery Board, as well as Pearson (Awarding Body for higher level BTEC programmes) itself, has shown that there is a significant skills shortage in this sector, especially in construction practice and management. 
 
Furthermore, employers are often unable to meet the demands of their staff to attend full HNC programmes in one go, but welcome these bite-size part-time units to overcome this issue, making staff training more affordable with little or no effect on their work practices. 
 
These HN Flex units not only give staff recognition and improve their work efficiencies, but they can also be used for CPD and to meet training requirements identified through yearly staff appraisals. It has been proven over the years that relevant timely training has the overall benefits of maintaining a motivated, skilled workforce, up to date work practices, increased efficiencies and staff retention. 

Benefits of HN Flex to Students? 

HN Flex: Benefits to students
 
 

HN Flex Unit 6: Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) (BTEC Level 4) 

Part-Time Programme 
Location: West London Institute of Technology, based at Uxbridge College  
Starts: 04/01/2022 
Duration: 9 weeks  
When: Tuesday, Thursday 18:00 to 20:30 
Total College Fee: £795.00 
Who is the course for? 
Candidates who are looking to, or are already, working in a more senior/management role within a company.  
 
As this is a level 4 unit of a HNC programme, it is particularly desirable for candidates who are not currently in a position to study a full HNC, due to work, financial or personal commitments, but are able to study these units as bite-sized chunks, part time. The units can then count towards a full HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (8 units) if they decide to continue with their studies. 
Entry Requirements  
Candidates should ideally have completed a Level 3 qualification or above in construction or the built environment, either academic or trade based. It is also suitable for candidates who have been to University or those with no formal qualifications, but a good level of English and experience of working in the sector. 
Course Details  
To achieve successful projects in the built environment requires a range of different types of information: to describe the project, quantify the materials, provide clear instructions for assembly and erection, and to allow for accurate costing and management. Throughout the process of design, construction and post-occupancy management, information is critical.  
 
Through this unit students will develop their awareness of different types of construction information and their uses in the process. Students will engage in the production, reading and editing of construction information, in order to understand how this information informs different stages of the process. Using industry standard tools and systems, students will consider the ways that information may be shared and, through this, the value of collaboration in the information process. Topics included in this unit are: construction drawing, detailing, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM), schedules (door, window, hardware, etc.), specifications, schedules of work, bills of quantities and information distribution and collaboration. 
 

HN Flex Unit 2: Construction Technology (BTEC Level 4) 

Part-Time Programme 
Location: West London Institute of Technology, based at Uxbridge College  
Starts: 19/04/2022 
Duration: 9 weeks  
When: Tuesday, Thursday 18:00 to 20:30 
Total College Fee: £795.00 
Who is the course for? 
Candidates who want to be recognised in the industry by achieving a formal qualification and those who are looking to, or are already, working in a more senior/management role within a company.  
 
As this is a level 4 unit of a HNC programme, it is particularly desirable for candidates who are not currently in a position to study a full HNC, due to work, financial or personal commitments, but are able to study these units as bite-sized chunks, part time. The units can then count towards a full HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (8 units) if they decide to continue with their studies. 
Entry Requirements  
Candidates should ideally have completed a Level 3 qualification or above in construction or the built environment, either academic or trade based. It is also suitable for candidates who have been to University or those with no formal qualifications, but a good level of English and experience of working in the sector. 
Course Details  
This unit will introduce the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations to be borne in mind when selecting the most suitable technological solution. Topics included in this unit are: substructure, superstructure, finishes, building services and infrastructure components. On successful completion of this unit a student will be able to analyse scenarios and select the most appropriate construction technology solution. 

Automotive and Construction & the Built Environment - HN Flex Unit 1: Engineering Design (BTEC Level 4) 

Part-Time Programme 
Location: West London Institute of Technology, based at Uxbridge College  
Duration: 9 weeks  
Who is the course for? 
• Individuals or students who wants to study stackable skills within a single BTEC Higher National qualification from range of subjects, with the progression opportunity to a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma qualification, achieving a Certificate of Unit Credit (CoUC)upon completion. 
• Individual units of CPD as and when required; 
• Completing only units required for professional body/vendor accreditation. 
• To provide opportunities for students or individuals to enter, or progress in, employment within the engineering sector, or progress to higher education qualifications such as degrees and honours degree in engineering or a closely related area, by balancing employability skills with academic attainment 
Entry Requirements  
Candidates should ideally have completed a Level 3 qualification or above in construction or the built environment, either academic or trade based. It is also suitable for candidates who have been to University or those with no formal qualifications, but a good level of English and experience of working in the sector. 
Course Details  
Plan a design solution and prepare an engineering design specification client’s brief and requirements, includes  
- Plan and prepare design specifications 
- Design process and stages of design considering & analysing value engineering 
- Customer/stakeholder requirements. 
 
Formulate possible technical solutions as per prepared design specification 
- Conceptual design and evaluating possible solutions 
Use of evaluation and analytical tools, e.g. cause and effect diagrams, knowledge-based engineering 
 
Prepare an industry-standard engineering technical design report 
- Managing the design process 
- Recognising limitations including cost, physical processes, availability material/components and skills, timing and scheduling 
- Working to specifications and standards 
 
Present to an audience a design solution based on the design report and evaluate the solution/presentation 
- Communication and post-presentation review 
- Recognising limitations including cost, physical processes, availability of material/components and skills, timing and scheduling 
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