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Building Services Engineering HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Built Environment, Faculty of Building, Engineering and Energy

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Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 1 year

27th Aug 2018, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The Building Services Engineering sector includes the design and installation of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and electrical services, for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. Peripheral industries often involved in Building Services Engineering contracts, include communication, data and security systems.

Work within the sector comprises new build projects undertaken within construction contracts, with a significant proportion involving refurbishment of existing building stock. On many new build and refurbishment contracts the building services installer is the main contractor. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including Mathematics and Physics or Graphic Communications; OR
  • National Certificate Group Award in Engineering, Electronics or Electrical Engineering at SCQF level 6; OR
  • Qualification comparable to the above, gained through other awarding bodies such as GSCE, City & Guilds, Edexcel etc; OR
  • SVQ in Building Services Engineering or a related discipline.

Additional selection requirements

  • You will be required to attend an advice session and one-to-one interview at the college before an offer of a place will be made.

What you study

  • Design Principles and Application.
  • Analytical Methods 1.
  • Health and Safety in the Building Services Industry 1.
  • Building Services Engineering Science 1.
  • Building Services Engineering Project Management.
  • Engineering Mathematics.
  • Air Conditioning A.
  • Heating A.
  • Building Management Systems 1.
  • Plumbing Technology 1.
  • Electricity and Lighting.
  • Building Services Engineering: Graded Unit 1.

After the course


The qualification in Building Services Engineering is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment or for progression to further academic and/or professional qualifications.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

The qualification provides you with a relevant mix of competencies enabling immediate entry to employment or articulation to degree level study. The HNC in Building Services Engineering Group Award enables articulation to part time or full time degree courses at Heriot Watt and Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, and other degree courses elsewhere in the UK.


How the course is taught

The course will be taught in two 18 week block with class sessions of two hours duration. You will also be required to work by self-study out with timetabled class contact and arrange lab entry for additional practical activities out with timetabled class contact within course study groups.

Assessment methods

Each unit will have a minimum of one learning outcome end of unit assessment which may also include a practical element. Some units have more than one learning outcome assessment which will be delivered within the time frame of the unit.

HNC Building Service Engineering students will also undertake a 1 Credit Graded Unit at SCQF level 7. This will be in the form of a 3 hour written examination normally at the end of May of each year.

Additional Information


You will be asked to supply your own copy of recommended course books.
You will have to supply your own writing and drawing materials along with a scientific calculator.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome