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.
You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:
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.
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.
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.
Teenager Luke Green admits he had no idea “whatsoever” about his future career before he switched from sixth form to Derby College.
Now he has his sights set on gaining a higher apprenticeship as he works towards life as a quantity surveyor. Gaining a place at College was a weight off his mind.
Luke, 18, has gained three Distinction *s in the first year of his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Construction in the Built Environment.
Previously, he had been studying A Level maths, economics and psychology at school. He did not enjoy it and he could not see where it was leading.
Luke wanted to find a new direction and his careers teacher pointed out a Derby College professional construction course which might appeal to him. He went to an open day and liked what he saw.
Luke finds his lecturers supportive and he really enjoys having a tangible career target to aim for.
As part of his course, Luke is also gaining valuable work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland at Heage, where his attitude to work has impressed his mentor Emma Hibbert.
Quantity surveyor Emma said: “Luke is keen to learn and mixes well with the team in the office.
“We give him a varied set of tasks to do to enable him to understand what a QS does on a daily basis to help his understanding of the role.
“Luke has good attention to detail and is thorough in the tasks he is given to do, he asks questions when he is unsure of something and his time- keeping is also very good.
“Taking on Derby College students like Luke allows our business to see what the student’s work ethic is like. It also allows the student to find out more about the role, which means they have a better understanding of what they are coming to do. It helps them realise, before they start work, if the role is right for them.”
When I was accepted, it was a weight of my mind because I knew I didn’t want to do the sixth form, and I wanted to know what I was going to do in the next academic year. I went for the course because it’s a nice mixture of on-site and off-site office work and you get multiple options for your career. I want to go on to a higher apprenticeship and then become a quantity surveyor.