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Building Services Engineering BTEC HND

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Overview

This HND course is intended for technician engineers who are looking to develop their skills. Graduates will be well equipped to enter the industry in areas such as design and build, consultancy and facilities management.

Students examine ventilation pipes

6 reasons to study here

Heritage: We have been running courses for the Building Services Engineering industry since 1947.
Professional accreditation: Accredited by CIBSE and the IoE as partially meeting the academic requirements of Incorporated Engineer status.
Future proof: Major projects in London and the raised focus on the environment and sustainability are resulting in an increased demand for those graduating from this course.
Flexible study: Study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Great resources: No. 1 London Uni for Learning Resources - Building National Student Survey 2016.
Learn in CEREB: Unique sustainable energy centre.

This course covers...

You'll cover a wide range of building services, both mechanical and electrical, and the theme of energy conservation and environmental impact is present throughout. The course covers:

  • management and communication skills
  • mathematics and scientific skills and their application in building services
  • technical skills and knowledge required to understand systems design
  • team working skills.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of first year students to reach an equivalent A-level maths and then extending it by introducing the main mathematical techniques that are required in the early stages of engineering degrees. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Electrical principles
    This module will teach you the underpinning skills and electrical engineering principles relevant to electrical building services engineering, which will then be applied contextually. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Thermofluids principles
    This module will teach you the underpinning skills and electrical engineering principles relevant to mechanical building services engineering, which will then be applied contextually. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Construction practice
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Introduction to building services engineering
    The module will introduce the underpinning concepts, purpose and types of building services. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Foundation engineering mathematics
    This module covers the mathematics relevant to a range of engineering disciplines at level S. it's suitable for HNC and HND Engineering courses. The topics include algebra, coordinate geometry, vectors and calculus. Assessment method: 100% exam.

Year 2

  • Internal environment and comfort
    This module is divided into three main parts: the first part will deal with the theory and practical application of acoustics; the second part will analyse the theory and practice of light and lightning theory; and the third part will deal with thermal environment and comfort. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Heating and ventilation systems
    This module will introduce you to heating and ventilation systems. On heating systems, the focus will be on Low Pressure Hot Water (LPHW) systems, covering the operating pressure and temperatures, boilers, system efficiency, heat emitters, and pipe sizing, heating and district eating. On ventilation systems, you'll consider the ventilation requirements, you'll learn about the various types of systems (including natural ventilation) and the component parts of ventilation systems, and you'll analyse their performance.
  • Thermofluids engineering
    This module provides a study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, exploring more theory to allow analysis of processes and extension into computer modelling. This module specifically covers the application of thermofluids to mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding gained in Engineering Principles and will enable you to design, explore and investigate. The fundamentals will be introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which will then be extended to the study of systems and design. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump engineering
    This module covers specific mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding gained in heating and ventilation systems and will enable you to design, explore and investigate refrigeration technology, air conditioning systems and heat pumps. The fundamentals will be introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which will then be extended to the study of systems and design. A major emphasis will be placed on developing a practical ability and on understanding the environmental implications in the use of systems through carefully structured laboratory experiments. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Design applications
    Working in small groups, you'll develop, through RIBA Stages A, B and C, a low-energy, integrated concept design for a complex building. Each group will develop a client and design brief, and will investigate the feasibility of alternative concept designs. The scope will include building fabric and form, solar shading, daylighting, ventilation strategies and the building energy and carbon emissions. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Electrical services in buildings
    This module is divided into two major parts: the first part will deal with intermediate circuit theory and analysis, while the second part will study electrical installation and services in buildings. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Employability

This course will equip you for a career in the building services engineering industry in areas such as: design and construction; consulting engineering; and maintenance and facilities management. Recent graduates from this course have gone onto a range of engineering roles within building services  including Pipefitter/Fabricator, Draughtsman and Applications Engineer.

Major projects in London and the raised focus on the environment and sustainability are resulting in an increased demand for those graduating from this course.

We run a very active and well utilised careers page on our virtual learning environment (VLE) to provide both a shop window for employers seeking recruits and trainees and links to major external recruitment agencies.

We also facilitate employer recruitment visits on campus, and provide advertising for graduate recruitment open events at company offices.

Progression

If you graduate from the HND course, you'll be able to apply for further study at undergraduate level, including for a place on our full-time Beng Building Services Engineering. This will complete the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer status.

Part-time study while in full time employment was tough going at times but I found that by working at it you get out what you put in and I progressed well enough to transfer from the HND to the BEng Hons degree course. I graduated with a first class Honours degree and promotion to a permanent engineering    post at work - so it was certainly worthwhile.

Cara Hobbs, Alumna HND and BEng Building Services Engineering

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Dr Issa Chaer

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Reader/Course Director

He has over 15 years of work experience in the Higher Education sector and is currently working at London South Bank University as a Reader and Course Director for 3 Building Services Engineering Courses.


Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.


Harry Lawner

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Director of Education and Student Experience; Associate Professor

Harry Lawner is Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of The Built Environment and Architecture. He teaches across several undergraduate modules in building services engineering.


Prof. Graeme Maidment

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Professor of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Graeme leads research in LSBU's Centre for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and teaches in the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering.


Dr Alex Paurine

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Engineering Mathematics

Alex is a Senior Research Fellow & Sessional Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering.


Dr Zhihui Ye

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for MSc Building Services Engineering (Distance Learning)

Zhihui is a building service engineer. She has particular interests in energy and the indoor environment.


Kika Yiakoumetti

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director for BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering

Kika is a Chartered Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the Building Services Engineering industry. She has particular interests in mechanical building services.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and workshops Self-directed study
Year 1 28% 72%
Year 2 28% 72%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level EEE or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 45 Passes or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points
  • Supported by substantial relevant work experience 
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physics
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
042K
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
549
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 541Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £18500
International £26250
The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8333.33
AOS/LSBU code: 549Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £18500
International £25000

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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