Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Quantity Surveying for England (HTQ)

This industry standard HNC 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: Full time or Part time
  • Course Level Level 4
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length Two years part time or one year full time
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • Day One day per week as a part time course or from 2024 this course can also be studied full time two days per week over one year.
  • Fee £3998 part time or £7995 full time
  • Reduced Fee

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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.

The programme lays the foundation of learning by providing a broad introduction to construction and different quantity surveying functions. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing students for specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility.

It is ideal if you are already employed in the construction sector. You will study eight units, with an emphasis on higher level construction 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.

Students will gain a wide range of construction knowledge linked to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and in the workplace. This course may be studied as part of a Higher Apprenticeship, contact our Apprenticeship team.

You will take part in off campus site visits and undertake practical sessions in the concrete and geotechnical 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.

  • Construction Design Project
  • The Construction Environment
  • Measurement and Estimating
  • Tender and Procurement
  • Construction Economics and Sustainability
  • Quantity Surveying Practice
  • Digital Applications for Building Information Modelling
  • Law and Legal Frameworks in Quantity Surveying

Click here to view the latest Student Handbook for this course: HNC Construction Handbook

Further information is available from: Adult Advice Team on applications, programmes, facilities and finance – email adultadvice@exe-coll.ac.uk

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. Preference will be given to merit grade students. Students with relevant industry experience will also be considered eligible.


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

Additional Costs

Drawing equipment is required and course books are available but not compulsory. You must provide safety boots.

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