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HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering)

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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West Suffolk College


Two years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

60 UCAS tariff points (or above), CC (A-Level), MM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.


This course is designed to prepare you for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in construction and the built environment. The course will provide you with the opportunity to explore develop and expand your knowledge through projects, simulations and presentations. The emphasis is on your participation, you will be encouraged to carry out research and work with others as part of a team. You will be encouraged to demonstrate an ability to work independently without supervision, solve problems and interact effectively with individuals and groups in the work situation. The course meets the Construction Industry Council s agreed set of Intermediate Common Learning Outcomes for all sub-degree and degree level courses.

 You will be expected to spend a total of 150 hours of study for each module and this will include a considerable amount of study in your own time. All materials used through the lectures are placed on Learn for continued use at home. During the lectures relevant on-line web sites considered to be of use to the students will be highlighted. This course is validated by Edexcel and recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as meeting their recommended unit structure, as qualifications that contribute towards their requirements of professional Engineering Competence.

Course modules

Throughout the course students are expected to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the sector in direct relation to their own employment.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Design principles and application
Applied mathematics
Applications of Scientific Principles
Health and Safety
Group project
Piped Distribution Services
Electricity and Lighting for Building Services Engineering
Management Principles

Career opportunities

HNC graduates should find themselves in an advantageous position for career development and promotion prospects in the built environment. They should also have acquired employability attributes and skills that are increasingly relevant to all employment sectors. Graduates have the opportunity to progress onto the FdSc Construction Management that will enable entrance onto the BSc (Hons) Construction Management (Progression Route). The HNC course is a two year programme and is delivered over 15 week semesters (two in each year). 

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £771/£1,028 p.a. per 15/20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.


Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

60 UCAS tariff points (or above), CC (A-Level), MM (BTEC)

Also see How to Apply.


International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.


Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Construction Management and Building Services Engineering Lecturer

Lecturer in Construction Management