HNC Built Environment

If you want advanced employment in the construction industry, this HNC Built Environment course will give you a high-level understanding of the design, function, construction and statutory requirements for buildings of all classes.

Our Built Environment HNC is highly regarded by employers because there is plenty of hands-on experience of the tasks and requirements that a construction professional faces.

What’s more, successful completion of the HNC Built Environment meets the academic requirements for entry to the Associate qualification of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

You will develop knowledge of building maintenance, quality assurance, maintenance management, construction techniques, building materials, building inspection, building services and contract procedures.

If you successfully complete the HNC Built Environment, you could top up your qualification to a professionally accredited Honours degree.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A

Year One: HNC Built Environment

  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design - 20 credits
  • Built Environment Practice and Procedure - 20 credits
  • Building Technology - 20 credits

Year Two: HNC Built Environment

  • Site Practice and Surveying - 20 credits
  • Building Law - 20 credits
  • Building Economics - 20 credits


You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and site visits. You will also be involved in directed learning, presentations, assignments, tutorial preparation and problemsolving exercises.


The Built Environment HNC will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams. The course involves two years of part-time study, where you will attend the University for one full day a week.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Three GCSEs at grade C/Grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English language

Typical A-Level Offer

DD at A level

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade D and D at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Access with a minimum of 48 UCAS points

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course


August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

All students

Please register and apply directly for this course.

Admissions statement

Graduates with a Built Environment HNC can choose to progress their studies onto either a BSc in either Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management or Construction Project Management at USW.

A Graduate with HNC Built Environment could also find employment as a trainee in the areas of quantity surveying, site surveying, building surveying or project management in a number of sectors in the built environment. Starting salaries for trainee positions range from £16-20,000

Our strong industrial and commercial links help us tailor our courses to meet employers’ needs, and ensure you graduate with the right skills to develop an exciting, dynamic career in construction. This industry relationship has been formalised into the Built Environment Strategic Forum (BESF). The mutual benefits arising from this university/industry partnership are significant and guarantee enhanced employability potential to our students and graduates.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Built Environment student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.