Where will this course lead?

This course is ideal for you if you are working as a Building Services Design Technician or associated role, providing assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the installation commissioning or servicing of environmental technologies on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices. Main duties and tasks of a Building Services Engineering Technician include supervision of the installation and specialist contractors, assisting design teams, control of health and safety and quality of work, recording and reporting progress,  

Compliance and minimisation of the environmental impact of a construction project. 

This apprenticeship standard will develop your knowledge and prepare you for an Industry role or for progression onto an HND or Degree level course.

What will I study?

You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out in apprenticeship standard which will include the Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC in Construction Building Services (either Electrical or Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning). The mandatory core units for this consist of 

  • Individual Project 

  • Construction Technology 

  • Science Principles for Building Services 

  • Construction Practice and Management 

  • Mathematics for construction 

A total of eight units are needed to complete the HNC, the remainder units may include: 

  • Principles of Electrical Design and Installation  

  • Principles of Heating Services Design and Installation 

  • Principles of Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design and Installation 

  • Principles of Alternative Energy 

You will also create a portfolio of information to enable you to show your development at work with the skills and behaviours specified in the standard. 

How will this course be delivered?

This course will be delivered in partnership with your employer, one day in College at the Blossomfield Road Campus with the remainder of the week spent in your place of work under the direction of your employer. 

The work in College it is predominantly classroom based with units such as the project taking place in a suitable location.

What qualifications will I get?

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant professional engineering institution in accordance with the requirements of the Engineering Council as the registration body. 

You may also gain: 

  • Level 4 Edexcel BTEC HNC in Construction (Building Services - either Electrical or Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.)  

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (If required)

How will I be assessed?

The part of your Apprenticeship that you follow at College is assessed through written assignments and some practical observations. The part of your apprenticeship which is followed in the workplace will be reviewed during regular visits by a college reviewer.  

Completion will be achieved by successfully passing the End Point Assessment with a relevant professional organisation (e.g. Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers). This will consist of a presentation and structured interview. 

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.

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.


What are the entry requirements?

You must be employed as indicated above. 

You will have reached the minimum age of 18 and will have at least one of the following qualifications: 

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.  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. 

There are no direct additional costs for this course but you may want to purchase some text books for further reading, a suggested reading list will be supplied at the beginning of your course. We have a wide selection of library books and electronic books for you to use for this course. 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. 

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you can: 

- Continue with employment in the Industry 


- Progress onto an HND in Building Services, or it is often possible to gain entrance to the second year, of a three-year degree  



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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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