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Building Services Engineering HND

Course Overview

The Building Services Engineering HND builds on modules studied on the HNC course.


Units include: Management Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment, Project Management for Building Services Engineering, Applied Mathematics for Complex Engineering Problems and a Research Project. There will be an opportunity to study specialist units such as Energy Utilization and Efficiency for Building Services Engineering and Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

What topics are covered?

The course is available as three separate pathways: HVAC, Refrigeration and Electrical. Each pathway consists of 16 units, 11 common units (10 core and six specialist units).


Year one (common units):

  • Design principles and application for construction and the built environment (core)
  • Application of scientific principles to building services engineering (core)
  • Health, safety and welfare for construction and the built environment (core)
  • Applied mathematics for construction and the built environment


Year one (specialist units):

  • Electrical Installation for Building Services Engineering (electrical)


Year two (common units):

  • Group project in the Construction Industry (core)
  • Building management systems for building services engineering


Year two (specialist units):

  • Thermo-fluids and acoustic criteria for building services engineering (HVAC)
  • Power supplies for building services engineering (electrical)
  • Air conditioning for industrial and commercial buildings (HVAC & refrigeration)
  • Low pressure hot water heating for non-domestic buildings (HVAC)
  • Electrical protection and transportation installations for non-domestic buildings (electrical)
  • Lighting applications for industrial and commercial buildings (electrical)


Year three (common units):

  • Management principles and application for construction and the built environment (core)
  • Project management for building services engineering (core)
  • Applied mathematics for complex engineering problems (core)
  • Research project (core)


Year three (specialist units):

  • Energy utilization and efficiency for building services engineering
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area.

What are the entry requirements?

Generally, students should be at least 18 years old and have either:


  • A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in a relevant subject
  • At least one A-level and four or more appropriate GCSEs at grade C or above


Mature students wishing to study Higher National courses will be assessed with an entry exam at interview. We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience.

What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Building Services Engineering.

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

Where possible, employers may be involved with project work and some other assessments to help ensure that course content is up to date and relevant. Access to drawing studios, equipment and computers is provided.

How will I be assessed?

Your work and progress is assessed by a range of methods, which may include assignments, projects, case studies, practical exercises and examinations.

What can I do after this course?

Students successfully completing this HND may be able to enter the second year of a full-time or sandwich degree course in a related subject.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Technology (Engineering, Construction and Computing)

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

A scientific calculator and drawing equipment.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this course using our online form (click the ‘Apply’ button above).


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