Overview

Build your future

This HND course is for students who have completed their A Levels, or electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, facility managers looking to change their careers. Our expert staff will nurture and support anyone looking after Mechanical and Electrical (M&S) systems and wanting to develop their skillset further.

Alongside M&E systems, we’ll cover energy conservation and environmental impact. In line with modern engineering practice, you’ll also develop your management and communication skills, helping you to realise your full career potential. With new major projects in London and the raised focus on the environment and sustainability, there is an increasing demand for professionals graduating from this course.

Students will be supported in looking for work placements or internships in the building industry.

Students examine ventilation pipes

Why study HND Building Services Engineering at LSBU?

92% of students on this programme said that assessments had allowed them to demonstrate what they had learned well. (National Student Survey 2023).
92% of students on this programme said that said that the library resources supported their learning well. (National Student Survey 2023).
Heritage: we have been running courses for the Building Services Engineering industry since 1947.
Professional accreditation: part accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute.
Study modes to suit you: study full-time or part-time one day a week.
We have one of the best laboratory–workshop complexes in London.
From AI machine learning boot camp to silent film processing, there is a range of extracurricular activities for Engineering students to get involved in.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time Duration2 years Start dateSeptember Application code042K Application method UCAS
ModePart-time Duration3 years Start dateSeptember Application code549 Application method Direct to LSBU

Course Accreditations

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

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Entry Level Requirements

  • 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.

Missing English and Maths qualifications?

If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.

United Kingdom

£9250

Tuition fees for home students

International

£14900

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees for Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses.

International students

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

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Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration 2 years Start date September Application code 042K Application method UCAS
Mode Part-time Duration 3 years Start date September Application code 549 Application method Direct to LSBU

We’ll cover a wide range of mechanical and electrical building services. Energy conservation and environmental impact are always at the forefront of our teaching. You can expect to develop your management and communication skills, maths and science skills (applied to buildings), technical skills and teamwork.

Full Time

Year 1

  • Foundation Engineering Mathematics
    This module covers the mathematics relevant to a range of engineering disciplines at level S. It is suitable for HNC and HND Engineering courses. The topics covered include algebra, coordinate geometry, vectors, and calculus. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Fundamentals of Building Services Engineering
    The module is an introduction to various services in a building (domestic, non-domestic), the general concept of Building Service Engineering Systems, Introduction to building comfort, Mechanical System, Electrical System and Public Health. It also covers the role of the building services engineer in designing and delivering sustainable buildings services engineering systems, the Impact of Building Services on Design of Buildings, the role of the building services engineer in a design team and collaborative interaction therewith. Assessment methods: Coursework 1 (50%); Coursework 2 (50%)
  • Electrical principles
    This module covers the underpinning skills and knowledge in electrical engineering principles relevant to electrical building services engineering. Assessment method: Exam (100%)
  • Thermofluids Principles
    This module covers the underpinning skills and knowledge of the engineering principles relevant to mechanical building services engineering. These skills and engineering principles are taught and applied contextually to the building services engineering sector. Assessment method: 100% exam.
  • Engineering Mathematics B
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin all the BEng and HND/HNC Building Services engineering courses. It is specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of students to reach an equivalent A-Level Mathematics and then extending it by introducing the main mathematical techniques which are required at the early stages of the Building Services Engineering qualification. The student will perform fluid flow laboratory tests, workshops and prepare reports. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Construction Practice B
    This module provides building services engineering students with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies, education and understanding of the key professional requirements. The skills acquired by students on the module will provide them with a roadmap for their professional career development and enable them to prepare for employment in the construction sector working together with other construction professionals. Assessment method: Coursework 1 (25%); Coursework 2 (25%); Exam (50%)

Year 2

  • Internal Environment and Comfort B
    The module introduces the concept of comfort in a building indoor environment in terms of the thermal, lighting and acoustics. It examines the parameters that affect each of the areas of comfort, how these parameters are affected by the external environment, and it introduces ways of satisfying comfort requirements. Awareness of sustainability and carbon footprint considerations are embedded in the teaching and assessment. The course work provides students the opportunity for practical application of theory in a group work setting, develop independent learning, project management with implementation of health and safety risk management. Assessment methods: Coursework (50%); Exam (50%)
  • Heating and Ventilation Design
    The module introduces heating and ventilation systems in buildings. On heating systems, focus is on LPHW systems operation and controls, efficiency, heat generators, DHW, heat emitters, pipe sizing, heat recovery and heat networks. Sustainable and low carbon heat generation systems such as heat pumps, CHPs, and solar thermal for LPHW systems are covered. On ventilation, mechanical (active) and natural (passive) ventilation systems along with their requirements, design considerations, system components, and sizing are considered. The innovative and design aspects of the module ensure use of intellectual skills for energy efficient, sustainable heating and ventilation system design towards net zero. Assessment methods: Coursework (100%).
  • Electrical services in buildings
    The module aims to provide a broad intermediate level coverage of theories, analysis and application of Electrical installation in buildings. The materials in this module are divided into two major parts. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Design applications
    Working in small groups, students will develop, through RIBA Stages 0 to 3, a low-energy, integrated concept design (mechanical, electrical, and public health services) 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. In the process students will apply knowledge from other modules and explore the interaction between services and the building itself. Assessment method: Coursework 1 (25%); Coursework 2 (75%).
  • 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 enables students to design, explore and investigate refrigeration technology and air conditioning systems and heat pumps. The fundamentals are introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which is then extended to the study of systems and design. A major emphasis is placed on developing a practical ability and understanding of the environmental implications in the use of systems through carefully structured laboratory experiments. Assessment methods: Coursework (30%); Exam (70%).
  • Thermofluids Engineering
    This module covers topics in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. It explores related theories of these topics to allow analysis of processes, extending into their computer modelling. It specifically covers the application of Thermofluids and mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding gained in Engineering Principles and enables students to design, explore and investigate. The fundamentals are introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which is then extended to the study of systems and design. designs. Assessment method: Exam (100%).
  • Part-Time

    Year 1

    • Foundation Engineering Mathematics
      This module covers the mathematics relevant to a range of engineering disciplines at level S. It is suitable for HNC and HND Engineering courses. The topics covered include algebra, coordinate geometry, vectors, and calculus. Assessment method: 100% exam.
    • Fundamentals of Building Services Engineering
      The module is an introduction to various services in a building (domestic, non-domestic), the general concept of Building Service Engineering Systems, Introduction to building comfort, Mechanical System, Electrical System and Public Health. It also covers the role of the building services engineer in designing and delivering sustainable buildings services engineering systems, the Impact of Building Services on Design of Buildings, the role of the building services engineer in a design team and collaborative interaction therewith. Assessment methods: Coursework 1 (50%); Coursework 2 (50%)
    • Electrical principles
      This module covers the underpinning skills and knowledge in electrical engineering principles relevant to electrical building services engineering. Assessment method: Exam (100%)
    • Thermofluids Principles
      This module covers the underpinning skills and knowledge of the engineering principles relevant to mechanical building services engineering. These skills and engineering principles are taught and applied contextually to the building services engineering sector. Assessment method: 100% exam.

    Year 2

    • Engineering Mathematics B
      This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin all the BEng and HND/HNC Building Services engineering courses. It is specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of students to reach an equivalent A-Level Mathematics and then extending it by introducing the main mathematical techniques which are required at the early stages of the Building Services Engineering qualification. The student will perform fluid flow laboratory tests, workshops and prepare reports. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
    • Construction Practice B
      This module provides building services engineering students with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies, education and understanding of the key professional requirements. The skills acquired by students on the module will provide them with a roadmap for their professional career development and enable them to prepare for employment in the construction sector working together with other construction professionals. Assessment method: Coursework 1 (25%); Coursework 2 (25%); Exam (50%)
    • Internal Environment and Comfort B
      The module introduces the concept of comfort in a building indoor environment in terms of the thermal, lighting and acoustics. It examines the parameters that affect each of the areas of comfort, how these parameters are affected by the external environment, and it introduces ways of satisfying comfort requirements. Awareness of sustainability and carbon footprint considerations are embedded in the teaching and assessment. The course work provides students the opportunity for practical application of theory in a group work setting, develop independent learning, project management with implementation of health and safety risk management. Assessment methods: Coursework (50%); Exam (50%)
    • Heating and Ventilation Design
      The module introduces heating and ventilation systems in buildings. On heating systems, focus is on LPHW systems operation and controls, efficiency, heat generators, DHW, heat emitters, pipe sizing, heat recovery and heat networks. Sustainable and low carbon heat generation systems such as heat pumps, CHPs, and solar thermal for LPHW systems are covered. On ventilation, mechanical (active) and natural (passive) ventilation systems along with their requirements, design considerations, system components, and sizing are considered. The innovative and design aspects of the module ensure use of intellectual skills for energy efficient, sustainable heating and ventilation system design towards net zero. Assessment methods: Coursework (100%).

    Year 3

    • Electrical services in buildings
      The module aims to provide a broad intermediate level coverage of theories, analysis and application of Electrical installation in buildings. The materials in this module are divided into two major parts. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
    • Design applications
      Working in small groups, students will develop, through RIBA Stages 0 to 3, a low-energy, integrated concept design (mechanical, electrical, and public health services) 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. In the process students will apply knowledge from other modules and explore the interaction between services and the building itself. Assessment method: Coursework 1 (25%); Coursework 2 (75%).
    • 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 enables students to design, explore and investigate refrigeration technology and air conditioning systems and heat pumps. The fundamentals are introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which is then extended to the study of systems and design. A major emphasis is placed on developing a practical ability and understanding of the environmental implications in the use of systems through carefully structured laboratory experiments. Assessment methods: Coursework (30%); Exam (70%).
    • Thermofluids Engineering
      This module covers topics in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. It explores related theories of these topics to allow analysis of processes, extending into their computer modelling. It specifically covers the application of Thermofluids and mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding gained in Engineering Principles and enables students to design, explore and investigate. The fundamentals are introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which is then extended to the study of systems and design. designs. Assessment method: Exam (100%).

Careers

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

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 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.

Further qualifications

Good graduates from the HND course can apply to top-up with our 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

We have been running courses for the building services engineering industry since 1947 and in that time we’ve built up a lot of industry contacts. Our close links with industry ensure that our course is up-to-date with their needs – and this means our graduates are in demand.

In-sync with industry

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council, who represent the engineering profession. This course is partially accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute.


Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers logo

The CIBSE is the standard setter and authority on building services engineering in the UK and overseas. It speaks for the profession and supports career development.

Energy Institute logo

The Energy Institute is the professional members' body for the energy industry, delivering good practice and professionalism across the sector. Its purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safer, more secure and sustainable energy system.


Teaching and Assessment

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and workshops Self-directed study
Year 1 26% 74%
Year 2 26% 74%

Personal Tutoring

As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic support. Your personal tutor will be the same person throughout your course.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have meetings with your personal tutor periodically.  One-on-one meetings can be arranged on request.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

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Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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