Where will this course lead?

The course is an ideal stepping stone for those for those with ambitions of working within Building Services Engineering in a professional, managerial or technical capacity.

What will I study?

To gain the Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC in Diploma in Construction (Building Services Engineering - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) qualification you must achieve a minimum of 120 credits of which 105 are mandatory core units which consist

· Individual Project

· Construction Technology

· Science Principles for Building Services

· Construction Practice and Management

· Mathematics for construction

· Principles of Heating Services Design and Installation

· Principles of Ventilation and Air Conditioning design and Installation

The remainder credits are achieved through optional modules which may include Principles of Electrical Design and Installation or Building Information Modelling.

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered through various assignments that cover 120 credits over 2 years these will be taught through lectures, practical demonstrations and workshops. It is advantageous if you have some work experience in this field.

What qualifications will I get?

You will achieve a HNC Diploma in Construction (Building Services Engineering - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning).

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by assignments; each unit's assessment is matched to the content of the unit. Each unit can be assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels, which are combined at the end of the qualification to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the qualification.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website www.solihull.ac.uk/apply

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services

What are the entry requirements?

Normally the course enrols students, who are in, or plan to enter, employment and who have reached the minimum age of 18. Students enter with at least one of the following qualifications:

Entry Requirements:

4 GCSEs grade C or level 4 and above, plus

1 A Level, or 2AS Levels (40 points),

or BTEC National in a relevant construction/engineering qualification,

or an equivalent qualification

Students with existing level 4/5 qualifications may be eligible for some accreditation for prior learning which can be discussed on an individual basis.

Mature students, over the age of 21, with a suitable background or experience may be accepted without formal qualifications. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have appropriate industry and life experiences may have their prior learning and skills considered. Applicants may be required to complete an Aptitude assessment (this will be advised at interview).

Students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English, but can demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 being awarded on individual sections for a level 4, 5 or 6 qualifications may be considered as eligible to apply for the programme.

If unsure please come and talk to us. Admission procedures are flexible and friendly.

All students will be invited to interview before an offer is made.

What else do I need to know?

This course is a part time program and you will be expected to attend 1 day per week between the hours of 9-5, timetables will be issued to successful applicants prior to induction and enrolment in September of the current Academic year.

It is beneficial but not essential to have employment or recent employment history in the sector.

If you are applying for financial help from Student Finance England then you should do this as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your course. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

If you need support in your application to Student Finance England, Solihull College & University Centre will be able to offer this.

We have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use for this course. There is no set text. You will be expected to supply your own stationery such as folders, paper and pens. A scientific calculator is required and a set of mathematical instruments including a protractor and compass. Connection to the internet is expected, but facilities are available at College to do this if necessary. You need to provide your own safety boots and High visibility jacket suitable for use on highways (i.e. yellow not orange). You will be expected to provide your own transport to site visits but these are usually local with the furthest to attend laboratory trips or local building sites


Additional costs

Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and work-books in the first year.

Info about finance bursaries etc. - https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services/

Please read our full terms and conditions https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/policies-and-applicant-information/

For a more detailed information please refer to the course specifications.

Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time. In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.

What can I do after this course?

It is possible to gain entrance to the second year, of a three - year degree or continue onto an HND in a similar subject area.


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