HNC Building Services Engineering

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Awarded by:  Edexcel
Course code: A346/01
Course Level: Level 4/5
Location: The Hub
Hours p/w: 8.75 + 1 Tutorial/Term
Duration: 2 years part-time
Cost: £3,000
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An HNC in an engineering discipline is considered to be one of the benchmark qualifications for the industry. This programme of study has been designed to give a substantial grounding in the technician engineering field of Building Services Engineering. The typical student will be either wishing to enter (or already hold a post in) design/planning, specification purchase, installation, or maintenance of building services equipment.

Course Content and Structure

Industry involvement

Employers currently connected with the course:

  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Morgan Sindall
  • St Ledger Homes
  • Bramall Construction
  • Haslam Homes
  • Wates Construction
  • Skanska
  • Persimmon Homes
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Houlton
  • Airedale M+E
  • Cooper Lighting
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS
  • Kier
  • ESP Ltd
  • Agua Plumb UK
  • Sterling Mechanical Services Ltd

The course provides study in mechanical, electrical and managerial subjects. The selection of subjects that may be studied includes:

Mandatory Core Modules HNC:

  • Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Group Project in the Construction Industry
  • Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Application of Scientific Principles to Building Services Engineering

Specialist Modules:

  • Work-based Learning and Assessment in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Work-based Training and Development in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Thermo-fluids and Acoustic Criteria for Building Services Engineering
  • Air Conditioning for Industrial and Commercial Buildings
  • Low Pressure Hot Water Heating for Non-domestic Buildings
  • Electricity and Lighting for Building Services Engineering
  • Air Conditioning for Complex Industrial and Commercial Buildings
  • Heating Systems for Industrial and Specialist Applications
  • Piped Distribution Services for Non-domestic Buildings
  • Energy Utilisation and Efficiency for Building Services Engineering
  • Refrigeration Technology for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Control Principles for Building Services Engineering
  • Electrical Installations for Building Services Engineering
  • Lighting Applications for Industrial and Commercial Buildings
  • Power Supplies for Building Services Engineering
  • Electrical Protection and Transportation Installations for Nondomestic Buildings
  • Refrigeration Applications for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Refrigeration Design for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Employability Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Work-based Experience


Assessment will be by a combination of methods including coursework, projects and examinations.

Entry Requirements

Entry onto the two year HNC requires one of the following:

  • 120 UCAS Tariff Points- from at least 2 GCE A Level with supporting GCSE grades A-C in appropriate science math’s or technology subjects
  • BTEC National Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma + NVQ level 3 trade qualifications
  • BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering
  • NVQ 3 Site Supervision or Site Technical Operations
  • Mature entrants with previous construction experience may be recognised through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully. 

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview to discuss your ability and suitability for the course.

Progression Routes

Potential careers

Potential jobs Expected salary
Services Site Manager £50,000 +
Building Services Project Manager £65,000 +
Quantity Surveyor (Building Services) £35,000 +
Building Services Engineer £45,000 +
Services Design Technician £30,000 +
Architect (Building Services) £75,000 +
Health and Safety Engineer £40,000 +
Buyer (Building Services) £35,000
Estimator (Building Services) £35,000
Services Maintenance Manager £45,000

Students who successfully complete the course may choose to proceed to the HND Building Services Engineering or progress to professional institute examinations (CIBSE). Alternatively, they may choose to enter the workforce.

Student Destinations

Students who have previously studied this qualification have successfully undertaken and gained higher level qualifications, where as others who have been employed have received promotion and have risen to higher level positions within the sector. 

If you are unsure which course is the right one for you, please contact us further information and guidance.

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