Construction, Building Services/Plumbing

The course duration is 1 year Full Time and 2 years as Part Time and will cover the following units:

Year 1

  • Group Project (Pearson-set)- to work as a team to define, plan and execute a successful project using critical thinking skill needed in various roles within the industry.
  • Advanced Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design & Installation- to introduce students to the principles of Advanced Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design & Installation.
  • Building Management Systems- to explore the rapidly growing range of services provided by Building Management System technology and assess its contribution to the renewable energy debate. There is also an opportunity to apply this research by carrying out a design of a Building Management System.

    Year 2
  • Further Mathematics for Construction- to teach students to analyse and model civil engineering or building services engineering situations using mathematical techniques
  • Alternative Methods of Construction- examined how the construction industry impacts on the environment; explored alternative construction methods which are fit for purpose; government policy implications and Health & Safety constraints associated with alternative construction methods; and designed a fit-for-purpose structure using an alternative construction method.
  • Alternative Energy Systems Design & Installation- be able to assist senior colleagues with alternative energy system design and installation. In addition, students will have the advanced knowledge and skills to progress to a higher level of study.
  • Advanced Surveying & Measurement- be able to set up and assess the accuracy of GPS co-ordinates. From this principle they will be able to create and use a control network. The student will be able to describe the procedures for transferring control points up a multi-storey structure. The student will be able analyse errors in setting our and surveying.

  • Entry requirements

    A minimum of two passes at A Level, plus four passes at GCSE (grades A–C or grade 4 and above), including Maths and English Language and a science subject.

    For Students returning to education, or progression from L4 to L5.

    All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

  • Who is the course for?

    The Level 5 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and The Built Environment (Building Services Engineering) HVAC programme offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning (as well as units within general ‘pathways’, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of a further (Level 5) unit across a range of occupational sectors

  • Study methods

    The programme uses a combination of traditional classroom teaching, open learning and research-based experiential learning, laboratory experiments and demonstrations, use of modern surveying equipment, industry standard IT applications and group activities, tutorial directed study and site visits.

    To cover the required Guided Learning (GL) hours you will study 7.5 supervised hours per week to cover 6 hours theory, 1 hours practical activities and 0.5 hour tutorial. For a 2 years to cover the activities below:

    • 74% classroom based teaching
    • 20% workshop and laboratory experiments
    • 6% directed study and site visits

      Other 11.25 independent and unsupervised hours per week will be offered to contribute to the Total Learning (TL) hours as below.
    • 5 hours working on assignment (22.5%)
    • 2.5 hours research/ learning (11%)
    • 1.25 hours compilation of evidences (5.5%)
    • 2.5 hours e-learning (11%).
  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed using 13 written assignments during the 2 years course. All the assignments are 100% assessed and marked internally by HCUC. One assignment is Pearson-set assignment but the remaining 12 assignments are HCUC set assignments.

  • More information

    Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

    • Assessment and grading
    • College rules and resources
    • Student support and representation.

      Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.

      For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2021-22 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more information.

      Last updated 10 March 2021

  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    The qualification has been developed to meet the requirements of the employer and the professional bodies like CIBSE, CIPHE, and CIOB. The qualification will enhance the career prospects of those who undertake the course and gain access to jobs in construction and the built environment as Building Services Engineering Technician, Heating/Cooling System Designer/ Installer, Electrical System Designer/Installer, and Acoustics Designer.

  • Where Next – Further Studies

    The course provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level including L6 an Honours degree University (subject to grades). Areas for progression to higher level may include Building Service Engineering, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, or Architectural Technology (subjected to entry guidelines and prerequisite subjects or a foundation year).

  • How to apply

    To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

    >> Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
    >>Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:
    Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

    When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

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