HNC Construction degree student Jacob wearing PPE on construction site studying higher education course at university centre weston in north somerset

From Level 1 to Degree – Jacob Shares His Journey into Construction


Currently worth £117 billion per year, the construction industry employs 2.7 million people in the UK. With the industry continuing to grow, we’re proud to offer various routes into construction, including nationally recognised HNC’s and Higher Apprenticeships. Thanks to the plethora of courses available in Weston-super-Mare, it’s possible for learners to enter at any level at Weston College and progress all the way up to studying degree level programmes here at UCW.

2022 graduate Jacob Hancock is a prime example of reaching for the stars to achieve the very best. Jacob started his journey on a Level 1 course in Construction Skills (Painting & Decorating) and Level 1 Maintenance Operations at Weston College, before going on to Level 2 Construction in the built environment and finally Level 3 Extended Diploma Construction in the built environment. He has now just finished his HNC Construction Supervision and Level 4 NVQ Construction Supervision at UCW.

Jacob commented: “During my level 3 we were required to undertake a certain amount of work placement and the company I chose offered me the opportunity to do the HNC on an apprenticeship scheme. As I worked towards the completion of my HNC it became clear that the industry is moving more towards things such as the degree so it was the obvious choice for me.”

“When I started with Weston College I was only 17, naturally I have grown as I am now 21 but this has been enforced by studying at Weston. The tight deadlines, mixed age groups, professional lecturers and varied discipline has furthered my growth. Additionally, the detailed units and experience lecturers have helped me to gain a further understanding of the industry as a whole.

“The support I received throughout has been great. The quality of teaching has been great and the way subjects/units were delivered was fantastic as the lecturer delivering it would ensure that the lessons and delivering materials were relevant to the assignments and industry.

“There was always news shared regarding jobs, work experience, assignment help, useful research and possible further training being posted o help us develop and access opportunities”

Graduating this year, Jacob is now going to UWE Bristol to study Project Management after receiving an unconditional offer and new employment.


Huge congrats to Jacob as he continues to progress – The future is bright indeed!

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