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Building Engineering Services Higher National Certificate – C0013

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Course Overview

The higher national qualifications in building services engineering are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the building services engineering sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in building services engineering.
In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the construction and the built environment sector, the higher nationals in construction and the built environment give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare you for further study or training.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Core mandatory units: individual project (Pearson-set); construction technology; science and materials; and construction practice and management.
Optional units: tender and procurement; alternative methods of construction; environmental assessment and monitoring; and mathematics for construction.
Where the units are deemed mandatory there will not be a subject to change, however optional units may be subject to change to meet local skills shortages and skills gaps.

Year 2

Core mandatory unit: group project (Pearson-set).
Specialist units (mandatory): legal and statutory responsibilities in construction; construction information (drawing, detailing, specification); surveying; measuring and setting out; contracts and management; project management; and management for complex buildings.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at learners who already have a level 3 qualification in Building Studies or equivalent (i.e. A2s, extended/subsidiary diploma, Access to HE). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent.

We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate ability to study this subject at university level, and who can evidence relevant experience. Due to the nature of this programme you may be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary other means of interview/audition (i.e. telephone, web based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.

How you will be assessed

Each year of the programme will include an externally set piece of work, the internally-set mandatory, specialist and optional units will be set and assessed through a range of media. There is a range of assessment methods that can be used, such as:
● presentations, written reports, accounts, surveys
● log books, production diaries
● role play
● observations and reflections on practical tasks or performance
● production of visual or audio materials, artefacts, products and specimens
● peer and self-assessment
● time constrained assessments.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £2040.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

On completion of this course learners can apply to progress onto our HND Building Services Engineering or a related degree programme where they often receive exemption for the HNC programme. Learners can often progress into more senior positions related to building services management, site engineering, systems design, and other related engineering fields.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short learner details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment.

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