BSc (Hons) in Building Services Engineering


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Program Description

Accredited by: EI CIBSE

Developed in partnership with the building services industry this programme focuses on heating and air conditioning system design, building performance simulation and assessment, electrical systems and lighting design.

This programme is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) so you can progress towards full Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

It offers flexibility for engineers who are currently employed and want to improve their knowledge and skills.

Your career

The current shortage of engineers means good salaries, secure employment and good promotional prospects for Building Services Engineers. Careers cover a wide spectrum from the design to operation stages of domestic, commercial, industrial and leisure building types.

What you will study

Year 1

Fundamental Engineering Theory including Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Electrical Principles, Control Systems and Mathematics.

Year 2

Engineering Applications. Electric Power Systems, Applied Thermodynamics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Mechanical Engineering, Materials andMathematics.

Year 3

Building Services Applications, Building Performance Modelling, Heating & Air-Conditioning, Lighting & Electrical System Design, Environmental Studies, ProjectManagement.

Year 4

Advanced Design of Heating, Air Conditioning, Electrical & Lighting Systems, Building Performance Modelling & Energy Assessment, the Engineer in Business, Honours Design Project, Honours Dissertation.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Full-time entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science, plus Nat 5 English at C.

A level

CCC including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4

ILC Higher

H2 H2 H4 H4 including Maths and Physics. English is also required at Ordinary Level O2

IB Diploma

24 points including Maths and Physics


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMM

SWAP Access

SWAP STEM programme at BBB.

Year 2


HNC in either Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Building Services Engineering. Other related HNC qualifications may be considered.

A level

BBC including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4.


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering at DMM

Year 3


Year 3 HND in either Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Building Services Engineering or Sustainable Design. Other related HND qualifications may be considered.

Part-time entry requirements

Year 1


HNC Building Services, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

Year 2


HND Building Services, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

Employment requirements

Applicants must be in full-time relevant employment and sponsored by their employer.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Students on a part-time programme may be invoiced for the full annual fee or for the number of modules completed per academic year. Students may be eligible to pay this in instalments over the course of the year. View part-time and distance learning fees.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into th GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Study tours

All second year, full-time students are given the opportunity to take part in our programme of week-long study tours. Tour destinations include France, Finland, Spain and Canada.

Links with industry

While developing and reviewing this exciting degree programme, the School consulted heavily with industry to ensure that graduates would be well equipped to enter the employment market in professional, well-paid positions of responsibility.


The BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering is accredited by EI the Energy Institute and CIBSE the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering. You can progress towards full CEng Chartered Engineer status.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Assessment methods

The degree programme incorporates a varied range of traditional and more modern methods to assess students. These include exams, case studies, design projects, dissertations, laboratory reports, presentations, class tests and web-based online tests. For any given module, the assessment options most suited to the module content are used. All modules in the degree programme are at least partly assessed by a coursework component and in some cases, there is, in addition, an examination at the end of the semester. About half of the modules have an examination component and this normally accounts for 60% of the mark allocation for the module. In the final year, there is a Project module which has double the normal credit allocation. This is an opportunity for students to complete their own in-depth study of a design application of special interest to themselves. The student is allocated a project supervisor to assist them with any problems encountered and to facilitate the student’s progress. Some modules incorporate group work. In the final year students complete a group design project in which the complete design of mechanical and electrical services for a building are produced. This work would be submitted as a group report and presentation. Students also are combined into groups to participate in a business competition in which groups manage virtual companies operating within the construction industry. Groups can also participate in an international competition in which they compete against students from other universities.

Teaching methods

The programme has very close links with industry and has been developed to meet the needs of our industrial partners. This makes our graduates well equipped to enter the employment market in well-paid professional positions. The degree structure is very flexible and permits students to study on the programme on either a full-time or part-time basis. The part-time mode is particularly valuable as it provides an opportunity for engineers who are currently employed within the building services industry to improve their knowledge and skills and to facilitate their progress within the industry. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory experiments and computer laboratory periods. All of these alternatives methods are used in the most appropriate way to match the content of each individual module. The degree programme is also very fortunate to have almost full access to the building services installations and plant rooms within the extensive university campus. This includes the use of the BMS control system which can be accessed from any of the computer labs on the campus. In addition to this, a purpose built viewing gallery has been built for observation and analysis of the new university combined heat and power (CHP) installation. All of these facilities are integrated within the teaching programme to allow students to study the operation of building services equipment in a ‘live’ setting.

Last updated Feb 2020

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