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Building Services Engineering (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) - Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Building Services|Engineering and Professional Construction

Course ID: 174955

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • 2 year course.
  • Develop your employability skills and enhance your career prospects.
  • Take part in lectures, seminars, tutorials and gain knowledge from guest speakers.
  • Learn how to work independently and effectively.
  • Study in an incluisve and respectful working environment.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue a professional career within the Built Environment.

What to expect from the course

The purpose of the two-year, part-time Higher National Certificate in Building Services Engineering (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the construction and the built environment sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it.

The course builds underpinning core skills and prepares students for progressing their career in industry or for further specialisation through study at Level 5. Students gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Building Services Engineering Programme Handbook (2024-25)

Modules studied:

  • Construction Technology
  • The Construction Environment
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Digital Applications for Building Information Modelling
  • Construction Design Project
  • Principles of Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Scientific Principles for Building Services
  • How will I be taught?

    The course is delivered through a blend of lectures, seminars, tutorials, independent study and industry guest speakers.

    How will I be assessed?

    The course is assessed through a blend of assignments, presentations, practical tasks and job knowledge tasks. Each subject is awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the combined marks produce the final overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the course as a whole.

    Additional Costs

    Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

    Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


    HNC Level 4 in Building Services Engineering (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), awarded by Pearson.

    This is a part time 120 credit, level 4 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework.

    Why study with us?

    Student Benefits

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    Academy Bakery

    The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

    The Academy Bakery
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    Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

    Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

    The Academy Salons
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    Academy Restaurant

    Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

    The Academy Restaurant
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    Microsoft Office 365 - Free

    When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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    Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

    The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

    Career pathways

    Completion of this course provides a number of options in both education and employment and sets you on your way to becoming a professional within Building services engineering.

    In education, the course prepares you for a Level 5 qualification in Building Services Engineering, bringing your professional and academic knowledge up to the required level.

    Example careers

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     : 0151 252 3000

    Entry Requirements

    College generic entry requirements apply to all HE programmes. For this particular programme, the following will apply:

    • Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment (or a related subject).
    • GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
    • Other related Level 3 qualifications
    • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
    • Related work experience
    • An international equivalent of the above.

    Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

    If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


    This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

    Fee for24/25 is 3700.00
    In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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