HNC Construction (Quantity Surveying Technician Apprenticeship)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time; Day release

Overview

This course is designed to enable those employed in relevant areas of the construction industry to gain a formal academic qualification (HNC Construction) and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the Construction Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship Standard.

The HNC Construction gives a broad introduction to construction based subjects and is seen as a sound footing for progressing to higher level study and for career progression within the industry.

The fact that the course follows an apprenticeship standard means that the apprentice can be assured that they will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of the subject area and that these will be gained as part of the academic course and within the workplace.

Why Construction at LSBU?

No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018).
No.1  London modern university for research intensity in Building (Complete University Guide 2019).
Key qualification in construction management, surveying and architectural technology disciplines for those already working in construction.
Emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching; and a focus on a range of technical and managerial knowledge and skills.

The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Employment Guidelines (PDF File 736 KB)
Apprenticeship Evidence Pack Guidance (PDF File 737 KB)

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

Modules

Apprentices take six modules in total and three modules of study per year.

Most modules are taught across two semesters. Assessment occurs at the scheduled assessment dates at the end of each semester. All modules are at Level 4.

Level 4

  • Construction practice A
    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.
  • Construction technology and materials
    This module will introduce you to the study of building construction and building materials looking at the interactions between component parts.
  • Legal and economic context in the built environment
    The legal content of this module will introduce the sources and basic rules of UK law, including common law and statute law, as it affects construction and property professionals. It will provide an introduction to construction contract law, and tort and restitution law as they affect professionals. It will explain the differences between common law and equity and criminal law, and their relevance to construction and property professionals. It will establish the legal and ethical framework of Health and Safety regulation. The economics content of the module will introduce you to micro and macro economics, and will examine the theoretical and empirical framework of economics, including price formation, the theory of the firm, degrees of competition, Government economic objectives, monetary policy, behavioural economics, contract theory, inflation and unemployment.
  • Building services and environmental science
    This module focuses on building services and the environmental performance, and develops an understanding of how buildings perform in the areas of acoustics, heat and moisture transfer, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning design. The underlying principles of each topic will be covered, together with more advanced applications, enabling you to demonstrate an understanding of building performance to other professionals within the industry.
  • Surveying setting out
    This module focuses on the principles and application of surveying in the construction industry using both traditional and modern surveying technology, including the establishment of horizontal/vertical control and basic setting out techniques and processes.  
  • Construction technology and structures
    This module will introduce you to the study of building technology associated with larger, more complex buildings, as well as to the fundamentals of structural analysis.

Employability

On successful completion of HNC and EPA students can progress onto:

  • BSc Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeship

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

Professional links

This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve full member or chartered status with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.

Staff teaching on the course have a vast array of experience coming from a variety of academic and industry related backgrounds with many having close links with the professional bodies associated with these subject areas.

Teaching and learning

The course will be a mixture of lecture, tutorials and practical based exercises and will be assessed by a wide variety of methods including, written coursework, presentations, projects and multiple choice examinations.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who they will normally meet with once per semester. As an apprentice they will also be allocated a Skills Assessor who will be ensuring that regular progress reviews take place and that they are on track for completion of the apprenticeship.

Staff

Entry requirements

  • A Level DD or;
  • BTEC National Diploma PPP or;
  • Access to HE Diploma with 21 Merits or;
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in related subject or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points
  • 5 GCCE’s including Maths and English (C or above) or equivalent

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.

How to apply

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years + EPA
Start date
September
Application code
4955
Application method

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.

Welcome Week

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 Welcome Week pages.

Preparatory Reading List

  • Temple, M.(2004) Studying the Built Environment. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Parker, D. (1994) Tackling coursework: assignments, projects, reports and presentations. London: Letts Educational
  • Domone, P. & Illston, J., 2010: Construction Materials. Their Nature and Behaviour
  • Using Light Steel Framing:  Design of Residential Buildings
  • Seward, D., 2009: Understanding Structures(4th Ed), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Taylor, G.D., 2000: Materials of Construction (3rd Ed), Longman
  • Bradney, A., Cownie F., Masson J., Neal A.C., Newell D., (2010) How to Study Law (6th edn.) Thompson, Sweet & Maxwell, London.
  • Coyle, D., (2004) Sex, Drugs and Economics, an Unconventional
  • Introduction to Economics, Thomson, Australia, New York.
  • Mankiw, N.G., and Taylor, M. P., (2010), Economics, Thomson, London.
  • Turner C., and Hodge S., (2010) Unlocking Torts (2nd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • Turner C., (2010) Unlocking Contract Law (3rd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • McMullan R, Environmental Science in Building, Macmillan, 6th Edn, 2007
  • Hall F and Greeno R, Building Services Handbook, Butterworth Heinemann, 5th Edition, 2009
  • Irvine, W, Surveying For Construction 8th Edition McGraw Hill, 2008
  • Uren and Price, Surveying For Engineers(5th Ed), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Brookes, A.J. & Meijs, M., Cladding of Buildings, 2007
  • Eisele, J. & Klaft, E. (Eds.), High Rise Manual:  Typology and Design, Construction and Technology, 2003
  • Reichel, A., Ackermann, P., Hentschel, A. & Hachberg, A., Building with Steel: Details, Principles, Examples, 2007

Fees and funding

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 160 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 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.