BTEC HND BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING

UK Fees

£9250

Int. Fees

£14900

Overview

Build your future

Have you just finished your A-levels? Or are you an electrician, plumber, HVAC technician or in facilities management? If you look after Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) systems and want to develop your skills, this HND course is for you.

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.

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?

Heritage: we have been running courses for the Building Services Engineering industry since 1947.
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.
Study modes to suit you: study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Our specialist staff are experts, with a great deal to share.
We have one of the best laboratory–workshop complexes in London.
1st for graduate prospects amongst London competitors in Building (Sunday Times 2019).
Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for overall satisfaction in Building courses (National Student Survey 2018).
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

Location

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

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides. See our location page for more details.

Entry Level Requirements

64 UCAS points

Or equivalent level 3 qualifications.

If you do not meet the entry criteria above we also review any previous skills, knowledge or experience you have gained outside of your education and are happy to talk through any extenuating circumstances you feel relevant.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the tariff.

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.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

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.

  • Part-time

    part-time

    HND Building Services Engineering (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £6166.67 International fee: £9933.6
    AOS/LSBU code: 549 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £18500.01
    International: £29800.8

    HND Building Services Engineering (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £6166.67 International fee: £9933.6
    AOS/LSBU code: 549 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £18500.01
    International: £29800.8

    HND Building Services Engineering (PT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £6166.67 International fee: £9933.6
    AOS/LSBU code: 549 Session code: 3PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £18500.01
    International: £29800.8
  • Full-time

    full-time

    HND Building Services Engineering (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £14900
    AOS/LSBU code: 541 Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £18500
    International: £29800

    HND Building Services Engineering (FT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2024/25
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £14900
    AOS/LSBU code: 541 Session code: 2FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £18500
    International: £29800

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

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

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

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Bursaries

In partnership with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, we are able to offer a number of £1500 bursaries. For more information and to apply, please use this form.

International students

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

Home

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

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

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.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

We’ll cover a wide range of mechanical and electrical building services. Energy conservation and environmental impact is 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 team working.

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%).

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:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • 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.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

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.

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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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

International team enquiry

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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