Building Services Engineering (South and City College Birmingham) - HNC

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Part Time (2 years)
September 2016, September 2017
South and City College Birmingham

Delivered at one of our highly respected partner colleges, this course provides the technical ability and all-round professional awareness required of those working in, or training for, a technician role in the areas of heating, ventilation or air-conditioning.

What's covered in the course?

The course gives you a fully-rounded appreciation of the key knowledge and skills you need to present yourself as a competent and confident building services engineer.

You explore the science behind building services, and look at management principles and how to put them into practice. You investigate the crucial elements of health and safety as they apply to your field.

You take a close look at the key areas of energy utilisation and efficiency, air conditioning and heating, as well as thermofluids and acoustic criteria.

You consider design principles and concepts, and apply all your learning in a group project, which involves the design of services for recently completed buildings or those still under construction.

Why Choose Us?

  • Aimed principally at engineers in the building services industry, this is one of the few UK courses of its kind. 
  • You will gain a respected and recognised award which also allows you to go on to gain more advanced skills and knowledge via a full Honours degree at Birmingham City University. 
  • You will work alongside a team of staff who share their own experiences of working in the industry.
  • Managed and maintained by Birmingham City University, the course is delivered at the outstanding Centre for the Built Environment at South and City College Birmingham. 
  • Satisfying the Government’s Training Quality Standard in three or more sector areas, the college also has Customer Service Excellence status. 
  • As a part-time student, you will share all the same advantages, contacts, and access to facilities as a full-time student at Birmingham City University.
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This course is not open to International students
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Carillion PLC
  • Willmott Dixon

And in jobs such as:

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Cost Consultant

Entry Requirements

UK students

Successfully completed a BTEC Level 3 in Building Services: Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning.

The ability to meet deadlines is important and you must be a team player, as well as a good communicator.

Additionally you will also need to be creative in mind set and have a talent for making things work.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Need more advice on entry requirements?

Contact South & City College direct.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
HNC Sep 2016 PT 2 years £2,450 per year Apply online now
Sep 2017 PT 2 years TBC Apply online now

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

How to apply

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is not available through UCAS.

This course is available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Course Structure

You will study six core units:

  • Design principles and application
  • Building services science
  • Analytical methods
  • Management principles and applications
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Group project

Plus an additional four specialist units:

  • Thermofluids and acoustic criteria
  • Air conditioning A
  • Heating A
  • Energy utilisation and efficiency

Demand for skills on the up

Hays’ International Salary Survey 2014 shows evidence of strong demand for UK construction skills around the world.

Most students on this course are employed in the building services industry, working as engineers or training to become such.

The award is a nationally recognised professional qualification in its own right, but can be a useful starting point for progression towards full degree in Building Services Engineering*.

*currently not offered at the University.


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OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Most people studying in this area go on to become graduate and project engineers. They may then move into manager or estates director roles.

This course is studied at South & City College, Birmingham on the Bordesley Green Campus

Travel by bus

97 & 97a

Travel by train

Railway stations may be a considerable walk from the campus. A considerable walk is estimated to be more than 20 minutes.

Please check before you start your journey whether rail or bus is more appropriate because Adderley Park Station is a considerable walk.

Car Park Information

Visitor parking is available by request, to reserve a space please call the campus main reception via the main switchboard.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295