Building Services Engineering (HNC)

This industry standard qualification is well recognised by employers and provides a variety of topics to offer a well-rounded understanding of all areas of construction.


  • Course Type University Level / Higher Technical Education
  • Subject Area Construction and the Built Environment - HTE
  • Qualification Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 4
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length Part time: two years – one day per week
  • Start Date September, yearly
  • Day One day per week
  • Fee £3,898 per year (part time)

It is ideal if you are already employed in the construction sector. You will study eight units, with an emphasis on higher level construction and building techniques, design and management of the construction process as well as how services are incorporated into building and the legal aspects of construction. You will have opportunities to put your theoretical knowledge into practice on site visits and in practical sessions in our purpose built Construction Training Centre. The programme satisfies the requirements to become a member of CIBSE, which with appropriate industrial experience may lead to chartered status. Other possibilities for progression are: Building Services HND or Degree Apprenticeship.

How will I be taught and assessed?

You will take part in off campus site visits and undertake practical sessions in the construction laboratory and use surveying equipment. You will also be involved in small group projects and individual research. Assignments are structured to allow use of evidence from your work related activities and industry experience. Some units may require you to sit phase tests and end of unit tests.

Modules (for guidance only):

  • Construction Design Project
  • The Construction Environment
  • Digital Applications for Construction Information
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Principles of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Scientific Principles for Building Services
  • Legal and Statutory Requirements in Construction
  • Principles of Alternative Energy

Please click here to view the Student Handbook for this course: HNC Construction Handbook

This course may be studied as part of a Higher Apprenticeship, contact our Apprenticeship team.

This programme leads to roles such as building services site technician, project engineer, assistant engineer and project manager.

Entry Requirements

This programme is an excellent progression option from the successful completion of the Level 3 BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or Extended Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Services.
Preference will be given to merit grade students. Students with considerable experience within the industry will also be considered.


Future Skills Centre, with access to Learning Resource Centres, study areas, cafe, computer suites and well equipped Construction Laboratory (materials, structures, fluid mechanics, building services).

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