Undergraduate study

Course overview

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education.

This course is for higher technicians within the building services engineering industry including experienced trade or craft people in the vocational areas of electrical and mechanical installation, electrical and mechanical design, estimating, supervision or management, building services engineering contracting, heating and ventilation or refrigeration. You are introduced to all aspects of building services engineering principles including renewable technologies, design, installation, management and maintenance for new and existing buildings.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Building Services Engineering provides you with a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education.


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Group Project

The Group Project module develops your ability to evaluate and resolve realistic practical problems and work as part of a team. The module aims to apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists and civil engineering technicians.

It is designed to bring small groups of students together into teams so that they can co-ordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow the you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team.

The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within given defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief. The module team assume the role of a construction client in order to provide guidance to you during meetings held in tutorials/ seminars.

Formative assessment will be through role play scenarios. The three summative in-course assignments are based upon the life cycle of a single project at selected stages of the construction process, namely; feasibility study, detailed design and the construction/ production phase.

Health, Safety and Welfare

You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to identify hazards in the workplace, assess the level of risk, make recommendations to control the risk and review the results. This must be considered along with relevant safety legislation.

This module is applicable to all students studying the Higher National courses, although the forms of risk assessment and their technical bases will be different for each course. The module will contribute to health and safety plans within project work and help you to formulate safety policy, the arrangements and carry out risk assessment in the workplace.

Management Principles and Application

You will be introduced to the principles and application of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines of construction, civil engineering or building services engineering.

The module is also founded on the principles of the ‘Latham’ report, which advocates non-adversarial multi-discipline team working. It enables a flexible approach to the delivery of the content that can take account of your prior knowledge at entry and your choice of discipline.

You will gain an understanding of management principles and their relevance to the processes of design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction, civil engineering or building services engineering installation activity through the application of recognised management techniques.

Scientific Principles for Building Services Engineering

You develop your understanding of the scientific principles and concepts used in a wide range of building services engineering applications. You are introduced to the principles that underpin heat transfer modes and transmission through insulated surfaces and apply these principles in a building services engineering context. This module also explores the effects of sound and vibration, such as the consequences of sound power generated by elements of building services.


Plus four specialist modules

Air Conditioning

You develop your skills in applying the principles of design and operation of air conditioning equipment and installations. You experience the process of completing air conditioning designs in complex industrial and commercial applications. You also interpret the air conditioning requirements of buildings, develop practical air conditioning schemes for a range of environments, and evaluate the effectiveness of alternative schemes.

Contractual procurement and procedure

You will gain a working knowledge of procurement arrangements and cost analysis as used in the construction industry. You will also study contract law, understanding the common types of contracts used in the industry.

Electrical Protection for Non-domestic Buildings

Electricity and Lighting for Building Services Engineering

This module develops your fundamental understanding of the concepts that underpin electrical building services design. It includes the complete design scheme covering various aspects of electrical design, with reference to relevant legislation and British Standards that underpin electrical detailed design.

Energy Utilisation

Lighting Applications for Industrial and Commercial Buildings

Low Pressure Hot Water Heating

This module demonstrates the effective, energy efficient and controllable heating, sympathetic to the form and function of the building, expected in today’s energy conscious world. You explore the legislation, standards and design guides associated with heating installations and apply these in producing design solutions for industrial, public and commercial buildings. You also produce design drawings and perform calculations necessary to size, select and specify the pipework, plant and equipment associated with these heating installations. This module focuses on applying the principles, standards and legislation associated with the design, control, testing and commissioning of the boiler plant or other heat sources for low pressure hot water heating. 

Mathematics for Construction

This module develops your underpinning mathematical knowledge and techniques relevant to studies in construction and civil engineering. It has been designed to enable you to develop your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis and solution of realistic construction problems.

Piped Distribution Services

This module focuses on installations that are heavily influenced by the legislative requirements associated with public health issues, fire safety, and risk of explosion from gas installations.You explore the legislation, standards and design guides associated with these installations and apply them in producing design solutions for complex industrial and commercial buildings. You also have the opportunity to establish strategies, produce design drawings and perform calculations necessary to size, select and specify the pipework, plant and equipment associated with these installations.

Project Management

You are introduced to the basic concepts of project management within a school setting and build on the role of the project manager in managing project risk, teams and organisational change, addressing project management from feasibility to post implementation.

Work-based Learning

In this module, you identify individual tasks, activities, or programmes of work, whether administrative, theoretical, practical or supervisory, that you have undertaken as part of your daily working lives and show how those activities have contributed to your professional engineering development. You need to document key aspects of your development to date and to critically appraise your career journey, identifying areas of your experience that may benefit from additional growth and producing an action plan for your ongoing professional development.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You study eight units chosen to cover the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

The course is delivered using a combination of practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You are required to complement your college-based learning with self-study.

How you are assessed

Your course includes a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need an appropriate technician or craft qualification at Level 3 or similar, and a good standard of literacy and numeracy skills. The most common eligible qualifications include A levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Diplomas and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We may also consider substantial work experience in a relevant area. If you have non-traditional qualifications, or wish to discuss your eligibility, please call our admissions enquiry telephone number or email.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Students who complete this course can progress to an HND in Building Services Engineering. Alternatively, you may progress to the second year of an appropriate degree (this may involve some bridging units).

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies.



  • Not available full-time


2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01429 295111
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