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BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Building Services Engineering

The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study. The qualification is intended to meet the educational base for registration as a technician. This qualification can also be used, when studied part time, as part of an advanced technician Apprenticeship in building services engineering, or for progression to a Higher Apprenticeship in building services engineering.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

The programme of study is a mix of 6 compulsory and 4 optional subject units.


Units include:


    • Construction Principles: explores the science and materials, construction mathematics essential to sustainable building design and performance (compulsory – external assessment)
    • Construction Design: explores the factors that influence the design and construction of sustainable buildings and structures (compulsory – external assessment)
    • Construction Technology: explores different ways of building and the different technologies and methods used and where and when to apply them (compulsory – internally assessed)
    • Construction Health, Safety and Welfare: explores the legislation relevant to the construction workplace, the production of safe systems of work, recording and reporting procedures (compulsory – internally assessed)
    • Building Services Science: Learners apply the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics, electricity, combustion and psychrometry to solve problems related to the building services industry. (compulsory – internally assessed)
    • Provision of Primary Services: Learners examine the four primary services to understand the installation, operation and integration of these services. (compulsory – internally assessed)
    • Building Services Control Systems: Learners develop knowledge and understanding of the purpose and function of building services control systems, and the operational characteristics of control components and devices. (optional – internally assessed)
    • Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning: Learners develop knowledge and understanding of ventilation and air-conditioning design and installations in modern buildings. (optional – internally assessed)
    • Low Temperature Hot Water Systems in Building Services: Learners develop knowledge and understanding of low-temperature hot-water (LTHW) systems that provide hot water for domestic use and heating. (optional – internally assessed)
    • Electrical Installation Standards, Components and Design: Learners develop knowledge and understanding of electrical installations that provide power for domestic environments. (optional – internally assessed)


  • Electrical Principles in Building Services Engineering: Learners develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of electricity, including the behaviour and interaction between electrical components when designing electrical systems. (optional – internally assessed

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is designed to provide career development opportunities for those already working in the Building Services Engineering sector, for example: those in full time employment undertaking academic development and those at the beginning of their advanced apprenticeship programme.


What are the entry requirements?

In order to make this course as accessible as possible, there are a number of entry routes, including:


  • Level 2 Diploma in Construction in the Built Environment (QCF / RQF) minimum overall grade of Merit
  • Four full GCSEs : Maths grade 5, English language grade 4 and 2 further subjects at grade 4 (ideally physics science, history, geography)
  • A formal interview with an initial assessment of current English and maths skills will also have to be undertaken.
  • To confirm the equivalency of your qualifications, please email admissionsft@bathcollege.ac.uk.

What qualifications will I gain?

You will gain a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering) (RQF)

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

As this is an academic qualification leading to a professional or technician status, the majority of the programme is delivered in a classroom environment. However, practical surveying work, design work and site visits will be undertaken as part of the course.

What hours will I be in college?

Usually, one day per week of lectures, plus, you will be expected to allow additional time for personal study.

How will I be assessed?

Your work and progress will be continuously assessed by a range of methods including an externally assessed exam and a design project, internally assessed assignments, practical activities, and tutor observations.

To confirm the equivalency of your qualifications, please email admissionsft@bathcollege.ac.uk.

What can I do after this course?

The National Diploma is a two-year programme of study, if completed successfully, it can allow you to progress to higher education on one of our part time HNC programmes, or on to employment in the construction industry at a professional or technician level.

How much does this course cost?

This course costs £5421.


Are there any additional costs?

No. However, successful applicants will need to supply their own course equipment, materials and PPE.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

Which department is this course in?

DAEC - Department of Art, Enterprise and Construction

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?

Please bring with you suitable writing materials.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext. 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

If you are not sure which course would be right for you, we offer FREE Careers Advice to any person aged 19 or over. Our advisers can help you search for a suitable course or other learning and training opportunities.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: Download the Part-time Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses.


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