Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction (Building Services -
HVAC) 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 them.

On this course, students will study the following units:

  • Individual Project

  • Construction Technology

  • Construction Practice & Management

  • Mathematics for Construction

  • Principles of Heating System Design & Installation

  • Principles of Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design &

  • Scientific Principles for Building Services

  • Principles of Refurbishment

Students’ core skills are ultimately tested in the Group Building Services
Integrative Project modules, via formal presentation to a panel of industry
experts selected for their particular experience and expertise within the field
of building services. Students are interviewed and questioned on their
submission, and their ability to ‘think on their feet’ is tested in conjunction
with the management skills acquired during the programme of study.

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

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

HNC Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services - Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) Programme Handbook (19-20)


Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

This course leads to...

This Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Building Services - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, as well as units within general ‘pathways’, whilst allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of a further (Level 4) unit across a range of occupational sectors.

This effectively builds underpinning core skills, with general specialisation; preparing the student for further specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

Completion of this course provides a number of options in both education and employment and sets students on their way to becoming a professional within the Built Environment. In education, the course prepares students for a Level 5 qualification within the Construction and the Built Environment sector, bringing their professional and academic knowledge up to the required level.

Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements are:

Level 3 BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering)

Mature learners with relevant Building Services experience and an advanced qualification such as an NVQ, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction or equivalent - may be eligible.

In addition, mature students with level 4 or above in other relevant areas may be eligible, subject to interview.

All students are expected to have maths qualifications at level 2 or above.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points (see page 6 for full details).

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Course ID: 159311

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


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

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