Construction and the Built Environment
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    10 September 2018 to 21 June 2019

* People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Please call our Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer: Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering)

Summary of course

The aims of the course are to:

  • Prepare students for a range of technical, professional and management careers in building services engineering by providing units which are relevant to the discipline in which they are either currently working or seeking employment.

  • Provide an environment where students will be able to enhance their knowledge in building services engineering.

  • Offer students and employers a qualification in building services engineering with recognisable national standards.

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills required to make an immediate or improved contribution to employment in building services engineering.

  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications required as a basic for progression to HND or other related undergraduate programmes of study.

This is a part time course enabling you to study around your current commitments, over a two year period the programme leads to a 48 credits qualification (eight units).

You will be taught in fully equipped classrooms using a wide range of teaching tools and techniques. You will have access to a wide range of learning materials through the Student Intranet 'Moodle'.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Unit 6 - Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Unit 58 - Application of Scientific Principles to Building Services Engineering
  • Group Project
  • Design Principles

Specialist Units:

  • Unit 52 - Power Supplies for Building Services Engineering (option)* (Level 5)
  • Unit 50 - Electrical Installation for Building Services Engineering
  • Unit 55 - Refrigeration Applications for Construction and the Built Environment.(Level 5)
  • Unit 42 - Low pressure Hot Water Heating for Non-domestic Buildings (option)

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Throughout the course, particular emphasis is laid on practical applications. You are required, through coursework, to relate theory to practice at your place of work, which would normally be expected to be within a technical department.

This course uses a wide range of assessment methods, including coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews, phase tests and end-of-module examinations.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are working in the Building Services industry or have an interest in entering the industry as building managers or who are looking for a nationally recognised qualification to improve their employment prospects and wish to gain a Level 4 qualification in construction.

This part-time programme is for people who are already employed, or seeking employment, in the broad area of the construction industry. The HNC develops your skills and knowledge to suit a range of careers in the industry.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Conversion from HNC to HND is available for an additional 3rd year of part time study. Others may also wish to progress to degree level studies and membership of professional institutions.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Standard Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Specific Course Requirements: Level 3 grade must be equivalent to 48 UCAS points; GCSE English and Maths at grade 5-4 (C); applicants should be aged 18 or over.

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

Students aged 19 and over will be assessed with an entry exam at interview.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Holders of the BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate may be encouraged to continue their part-time studies on an Higher National Diploma. In some cases they may be able to gain admission to degree courses.

Course fee information

The HNC course fee is £4,000 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


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