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UCAS Code: K2N3

Start Date(s): September


8 months full-time

20 months part-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,600 per year

In Brief:

  • Provides a broad education in construction and property studies
  • Ideal if you want to progress in the industry or return to education
  • Opportunity to progress on to a related degree course
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

If you are starting a career in construction and property, returning to education or wishing to progress within the industry, then this course is for you. You will study a wide range of construction related topics with options in specialist areas, in preparation for employment or further study in a  particular  field.

This course recognises the general requirements of a range of construction-related vocations and covers the technical and practical aspects required to satisfy the needs of the market.

If you complete this course at an appropriate level, you will be able to progress on to one of our built environment degree courses.

Find out more about the School of the Built Environment

Course Details

You will study a range of modules which will develop your professional and technical competencies as well as your presentation, communication and interpersonal skills. As well as learning about both the scientific and technological aspects of construction and property, you will develop your knowledge about the practicalities and legalities involved in constructing, managing and maintaining a site. You will also learn about financial aspects such as tendering, estimating and property valuation.

Course Structure

The full-time and part-time courses allow students with little or no knowledge of construction to explore a wide range of technologies and techniques employed in the construction process. Completion of the HNC qualification allows advanced entry to the following programmes:

  • Quantity Surveying
  • Building Surveying
  • Construction Project Management
  • Architectural Design and Technology

The HNC qualification also satisfies the requirements for membership of professional institutes (at the appropriate level).

HNC Full-time

Year-long modules (taught semester 1 and semester 2)

  • Construction Technology (20 credits)
  • Building Services (20 credits)
  • Legal and Contractual Procedures (20 credits)
  • Management in Construction (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Project (20 credits)

Total: 120 credits

HNC Part-time

Year 1

Year-long modules (taught semester 1 and semester 2)

  • Construction Technology (20 credits)
  • Legal and Contractual Procedures (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)

Year 2

Year-long modules (taught semester 1 and semester 2)

  • Building Services (20 credits)
  • Management in Construction (20 credits)
  • Project (20 credits)

Total: 120 credits

Module details:
This module will equip you with a basic knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to describe, explain and apply building materials selection and construction techniques relevant to typical low-rise, domestic buildings, and medium to large single and mulit storey industrial/commercial buildings.
Through this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will develop an awareness of the physical and personal requirements for thermal and environmental comfort. It will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles involved in building heat transfer, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for Services within the Building envelope and develop an understanding of typical Building Services systems technology. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the wide spectrum of H.V.A.C. Engineering Services available for installation in today’s buildings. You will develop an ability to appraise and critically analyse the choices available to the engineer when selecting systems to meet a services specification. You will also investigate how changes in building design affect the interrelationship between it and its engineering services.
The aim of this module is for you to develop a working knowledge of the nature and purpose of various legal requirements, and the type of procurement arrangements that are used in the construction industry. The module will assist you to demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and application of the various arrangements, options and strategies that are adopted in the procurement of projects. The varying procurement arrangements available will be considered throughout the design and construction periods from inception to the completion of the contract.
This module will introduce you to production management principles, tools and techniques. You will be able to understand the principles and application of effective site management and examine the management of time for the production manager and identify the techniques, reasons and benefits of effective time management. You will explore quality, environment, health safety and welfare, in relation to production management. The module will also introduce you to the process of design and the principles of design management and the economic environment in which the construction and property industries operate. You will examine and explore economic management and the the construction and property industries and the influence of macro economic policy.
This module will allow you to create an awareness of key professional skills required by construction/property professionals. It will provide you with an opportunity for investigative work to be undertaken via a case study or series of case studies. It will allow you to promote the on-going development of oral/written communication, team working and inter-personal skills. The module also encourages reflection and reinforce the link between critical reflection and personal development planning.
This project will introduce you to the development processes involved with delivering a construction project during the pre-construction phase. You will be able to recognise and apply specific knowledge and practice to solve project tasks on an individual and team basis. You will understand the principles and application of effective management techniques to deliver the required documentation relating to the design and construction process. You will also explore quality, environment, health safety and welfare, in relation to the management of the design and construction process.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
UCAS tariff points 72 points
GCE A level 72 points (typically BC or DDD)
BTEC National Diploma MPP
BTEC Higher National Diploma Merit/Merit
Scottish Highers 72 points equivalent
Irish Leaving Certificate 72 points equivalent
International Baccalaureate 24 points

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,600 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Lab and practical work
  • Coursework
  • Directed study
  • Guest lecturers and site visits to construction projects, product manufacturing plants etc.


You will be assessed through coursework and exams.


Career Prospects

An increasing number of employers are hiring HNC graduates with good technical knowledge and related computer skills, and these employees play a key role in the construction industry.

Companies graduates have gone on to work for include:

  • Baines Ernst
  • Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Bramhall Construction
  • Calderdale Council
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Manchester City Council
  • New Charter Housing Ltd
  • Northwards Housing
  • United Utilities

Links with Industry

We have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • Bramall Construction
  • United Utilities
  • Wates Construction
  • RICS
  • CIOB

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