Derby College

Degree level: Undergraduate

Building Services Engineering

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Course summary

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Building Services Engineering and the Built Environment is a one-year, full-time equivalent distance learning programme. This course is designed as a 'top up' from the two-year part-time Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment. This programme is delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) where your assignments are issued with deadlines. The assignments will be accompanied by learning resources to get you started. This flexible programme of study allows you to fit your learning around your work and home life, ideal for anybody unable to commit to attending College for a full day each week. It is envisaged you will need to allow 12 hours per week to complete this course. However, this is flexible (some students will require additional or less time depending on the individual) and it will also require you to attend some workshop tutorials (dates to be confirmed at the start of the course). You will be supported in your independent studies through weekly tutorials online or in person with our highly experienced lecturers who have both practical and academic experience within construction management and quantity surveying. The course is aligned with professional body requirements and provides a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of how new and traditional technologies, management systems and scientific concepts affect the planning, design and production of construction projects. You will also learn how to manage health, safety and welfare during the design and production of buildings, and will develop your ability to work independently and as part of a team on projects. Through our Virtual Learning Environment, you will be able to access video editing programmes and Microsoft 365 for free.

Course details


It is taken that applicants will already have achieved an eight-unit HNC and need to 'top-up' to the 16-unit HND. Please note that the programme will change depending on what units you have achieved for the HNC. Modules may be discussed prior to starting the course.

Assessment method

The HND programme consists of a minimum of 16 units (minimum 240 credits). Each unit is assessed by a combination of assignments, simulated exercises, academic posters, presentations (including voice-over PowerPoint presentations and videos) and project work through a Virtual Learning Environment. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Building Services Engineers, Chartered Institution of
  • Architectural Technologists, Chartered Institute of
  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7500 Year 1
England £7500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 Year 1
Scotland £7500 Year 1
Wales £7500 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1

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Drawing equipment such as an A3 drawing board, 30-60 and 45 degree set squares, scale rule and 0.5 mechanic pencil would be advantageous but not essential. •For voice-over PowerPoint presentations you will need access to a microphone. Access to video recording equipment such as a SMART phone will also be advantageous. •Computer with internet access (with the ability to run AutoCAD Architecture which can be downloaded for free) •Windows 7 Operating System and above •Microsoft Office 2010 and above
Building Services Engineering at Derby College - UCAS