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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 8.00

Start: 09/09/2019

Days / Times: Tuesday 09:00 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 3500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are employed as a technician, in management or in designing HVAC systems in the building services sector within the construction and the built environment industry, this two-year course is an ideal way of moving your career forward.

The HNC is an established qualification and is recognised by industry professionals and professional bodies - in the case of building services, it is the CIBSE.

Building services engineers play a key role in the architecture of a building project, having significant influence in assessing the energy demands and sustainability of a building.

Within the sector, exciting opportunities are emerging in areas such as sustainability, low carbon technologies, energy management and renewable energy. Building services engineers therefore play a significant role in combating climate change and advising clients and architects in meeting current regulations.

Working in the industry and studying at the same time will require you to have good time management and organisational skills. However, it should also offer you the opportunity to utilise the skills you have learned in your professional practice through problem-based learning. Your own industrial practice will be a welcome asset to promote experiential learning and peer support throughout the course.

Entry requirements

You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and The Built Environment
  •  A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  •  An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above

Course Content

Year one:

  • Construction technology
  • Science and materials
  • Principles of alternative energy
  • Mathematics for construction

Year two:

  • Construction practice and management
  • Principles of heating services design and installation
  • Principles of ventilation and air conditioning design and installation
  • Individual project

You will need to complete eight units from the above suite, with seven mandatory units and one optional unit which will be offered based on the demand of the student group.


How is the course delivered?

You will be taught via a blended delivery model where you will attend College on alternate weeks (first week in College and the next week working independently and with autonomy) each month over two semesters per academic year. You will undertake two units per semester.

You will have access to your tutors via email and through online learning platforms, offering you additional support so that everyone has equal opportunities to develop their skills and achieve their full potential. 

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake technical assignments where you will have the opportunity to solve technical problems closely aligned with industrial building services and construction scenarios and offering you the chance to learn and demonstrate your knowledge. Alongside the technical assignments, you will undertake professional presentations, course work and projects both individually and as part of a team.

You will have access to staff who have experience of the industry and who boast particular specialisms as well as a broad knowledge of the construction industry. The course is delivered in our purpose built HE centre with access to industry-standard software such as Autodesk and Microsoft Project as well as online resources.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

N/A

What can I do after this course?

You could progress to a HND or to a BSc/BEng degree in a related construction discipline, drawing on the broad knowledge base you will have gained from your two years of study.


We would encourage you to become a member of CIBSE at licentiate level.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Isaac Fowler

Isaac Fowler

Targeted lectures measure up for professional construction student

Teenager Isaac Fowler says Derby College is providing focus and freedom as he builds towards a career as a quantity surveyor.
Seventeen-year-old Isaac, from Belper, decided to take a BTEC Level 3 in Professional Construction when he realised life in the sixth form was not for him.
Now he is completing his course part-time after being taken on as an apprentice with builder GF Tomlinson following a work placement with the business.
Isaac is aiming to go on to take a Derby College foundation course, and then a degree with Derby University, while he gains more experience with GF Tomlinson.
His long-term dream is to qualify as a quantity surveyor and run his own business.
He said:

I'm enjoying college; you have more freedom than at school and the lessons are aimed at what I want to do for my future. The lecturers have both come from construction and they really know what they are talking about.

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