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About the course

Currently working in the property sector or in the construction industry? Eager to progress your career? Solent University’s HNC Building Surveying course gives you the chance to gain a nationally recognised construction qualification alongside day-to-day work in the industry, helping you progress to technician and supervisory roles.

HNC courses are highly regarded by employers because of the broad range of skills and knowledge they teach. This industry-focused qualification will help you to develop a sound understanding of the construction process, as well as the regulatory, technological, social, legal and economic contexts that underpin it.

During the course, you’ll be introduced to key themes including building technology, and science and materials. In the second year, you’ll focus on legal and statutory requirements and the core principles of management and building surveying practice. The course is then concluded with the completion of a ‘live brief’ based project.

Throughout the course, you’ll have access to our range of industry standard facilities. These include the built environment drawing studio and a selection of dedicated surveying equipment.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

A regularly revised curriculum ensures that students are kept up-to-date with the latest industry developments.

What does this course lead to?

Future employability is a central focus of this course. The curriculum’s industry-focus and strong practical emphasis helps students to develop their professionalism and maximise their career opportunities while supplementing existing practical skills. This approach ensures graduates are prepared for a career in the broad range of areas that encompass building surveying for the construction industry.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s building surveying HNC is perfect for professionals already in the construction industry who are looking to study part-time whilst continuing to work.

The course content will suit those who have a particular interest in building surveying and who wish to build their knowledge to be able to move into a related role.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,900 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 costs were:

Compulsory costs:
An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year: £175.20
Students are also expected to purchase sturdy work boots. These can range from £30 - £100

Optional costs:

Printing and ancillary costs: £50/£100

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

16 points minimum at level 3 from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards

  • plus 4 GCSE/O Level grade C or above to include English and Maths
  • or BTEC/Edexcel Advanced GNVQ
  • or National Certificate Diploma in a Building/Construction related discipline
  • or relevant Access course
  • or other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent of the above.
  • Applications from mature students and non-standard applicants may also be considered - contact admissions for further information by emailing

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

Attendance (as of 2018)

  • Year one: Wednesdays 9am-5pm
  • Year two: Thursdays 9am-5pm

These times are subject to change, please check back for the latest times, or contact us for more information.

To apply for HNC Building Surveying, please email our admissions team using the link below:

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Important note about progression routes:

Progression to a Pearson Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification is not automatically available after completion of this Higher National Certificate (HNC) course.

Solent’s HNC is awarded under a Trademark Licence and the final award from this course, although mapped closely to Pearson’s programmes, is not a Pearson BTEC Higher National award.

Candidates wishing to progress onto a course at another provider may need to complete additional units or check with the provider if acceptance to the progression course will be available with the HNC award. Many providers offer recognition of prior learning, but this will be on a case by case basis.

Students graduating from Solent do have progression routes at Solent University to degrees or to other professional qualifications.

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Technology of Buildings
  • Construction Science and Materials
  • Construction Practice

Year two

Core units
  • Management and the Principles of Building Surveying
  • Building Surveying Project
  • Legal and Statutory Requirements


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Clifford Okeh academic profile Clifford Okeh Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Emmanuel Itodo Daniel academic profile Emmanuel Itodo Daniel Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Throughout the course, students will have the chance to access a range of facilities. These include the built environment studio centre, which features industry standard drawing and design software, and a selection of levelling and surveying equipment (including total stations).

The majority of teaching is undertaken in a classroom setting, however students will be expected to work in teams outside of the classroom using specialist equipment for land surveying.

Students develop key transferable skills including teamwork, problem solving, decision making, negotiation, numeracy and IT skills. Successful completion of the course will open up opportunities for further high level study.

Your future

There are many aspects to the work of a building surveyor. For example, they may be involved in the conservation of historic buildings or the project management of new construction works.

A typical working day could involve design relating to new and refurbished buildings and structures, internal space requirements, facilities management, building control and planning, as well as the valuation of properties.

This course helps prepare students for a varied career in the construction and property industry, and provides the opportunity to progress onto London South Bank University’s BSc (Hons) building surveying programme.

Industry links

The teaching teams have extensive professional experience, and maintain close links with industry, our contacts include:

  • Adams Architects
  • Capita
  • Linden Homes
  • Barratt David Wilson
  • Lovells
  • Drew Smith
  • Bouygues-UK
  • HPW Architecture Ltd
  • Interserve Construction Ltd
  • Trant and PTC
  • Stride Treglown Architects

We also consult with an employer liaison panel made up of local and national construction companies. These businesses contribute to the course with guest lectures, site visits and live case studies.


The programme is offered on a part-time, day-release basis to students who are already in, or are seeking, employment. It is geared towards non-standard entry and part-time delivery. It is also aligned with the most recent Educational Framework issued by the professional bodies, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and the QAA Benchmark Statements for Construction, Property and Surveying.

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