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Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Building Services Engineering: Full-Time

Course Code: HC4CBF 

Full-Time Programme  

Location: West London Institute of Technology based at Uxbridge College 

Duration: 32 weeks 

Start Date: 04/10/2021 

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00  

Entry Requirements 

Two A Levels or a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent Level 3 vocational qualification, plus 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (grade A*- C) in English language, maths and a science subject. 

For Students returning to education, other qualifications and experience will be taken into consideration when processing applications. Also an international equivalent of the above will be considered. 

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent. 

Who is the course for? 

We encourage individuals of all backgrounds, ages and genders to apply.  

The course is aimed at students who completed Level 3 construction and the built environment qualification and Level 3 plumbing or Electrical installation qualification and wanting to continue their education through applied learning to gain the experience of the breadth and depth of the building services sector that will prepare them for further study or training. 

The course is for students with a clear line of sight to progression to HND at Level 5 and to a degree at Level 6, as well as to gain the skill for work readiness in the sector. 

Course Content  

The course will cover the following units: 

  • Individual Project- to work as a team to define, plan and execute a successful project using critical thinking skill needed in various roles within the industry. 
  • Construction Technology- It cover technological concepts used to enable the construction of building by understanding the functional characteristics and design considerations. 
  • Science & Materials- to make material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a design considering the environmental impact, sustainability, H&S awareness, and the legislative requirements using calculations. 
  • Construction Practice & Management- to investigate and research the modern construction industry and apply practical skills embedded within the industry and gain the skills of management. 
  • Mathematics for Construction- to employ mathematical skills like critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, reasoning, within a variety of contextualised examples and interpret data using statistical techniques. 
  • Principles of Heating Services Design & Installation- to understand the principles of design, sizing and specification of non-domestic heating systems and components using skills like adaptability & resilience. 
  • Construction Information- to develop an awareness of different types of construction information and their uses in the process including drawing, detailing, CAD, BIM, schedules, specifications, BoQ. 
  • Principles of Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design & Installation- to develop the skill to design and install of ventilation and air conditioning systems that are present in all of the buildings we use in everyday life. 

Study Methods 

You will study 15 supervised hours per week – made up of 11 hours theory, 3 hours practical activities and 1 hour tutorial. This works out as: 

  • 74% classroom based teaching 
  • 20% workshop and laboratory experiments 
  • 6% directed study and site visits. 

You’ll be expected to spend about 22.5 hours per week in independent study - unsupervised at home, in the LRC or the workplace. This works out as: 

  • 10 hours working on assignment (45%) 
  • 5 hours research/ learning (22%) 
  • 2.5 hours compilation of evidences (11%) 
  • 5 hours e-learning (22%). 

How is the course assessed 

The course is assessed using 12 written assignments assessed and marked by your tutors. One assignment is set by Pearson - the remaining 11 assignments are HCUC set assignments. Assignments cover both the theory and the practical elements of the assessment at the ratio 4:1. 

Where next - Further Studies 

BSc Construction Management, BSc Building Services, BSc in Quantity Surveying, BSc Property Management, BSc Commercial Management or BSc Architectural Technology. 

Where next - Job Opportunities 

Gain employment as a project manager, quantity surveyor, structural engineering and construction worker. 

More Information 

Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on: 

  • Assessment and grading 
  • College rules and resources 
  • Student support and representation. 

Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students. 

UCAS Code: K200 

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2021-22 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more information. 


  • Home student: £6,000 
  • Overseas student: £7,682 

The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration. 

Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government. 

Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary. 

If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students. 

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Building Services Engineering: Full-Time

Uxbridge, UK
Level 4

Published on 28 Apr 2021

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