HNC Surveying

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

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

What’s more, successful completion of the HNC Surveying 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 Surveying, 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 Surveying

  • Independent Study for Engineers -10 credits (Optional)
  • Site Practice and Surveying - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Built Environment Practice and Procedure - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Building Law - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Building Economics - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Building Technology - 20 credits (Optional)

Year Two: HNC Surveying

  • Independent Study for Engineers - 10 credits (Optional)
  • Site Practice and Surveying- 20 credits (Optional)
  • Conceptual Modelling and Sustainable Design - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Built Environment Practice and Procedure - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Building Law - 20 credits (Optional)
  • Building Technology - 20 credits (Optional)


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 Surveying 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.


  • Darryl Iles, course leader
  • Shane Galvin
  • Stephen Williams
  • John Ryan
  • Annie Mccartney
  • Emma Mantle
  • David Harper
  • David Quarmby
  • Ros Welch
  • Paul Ryall
  • Paul Rees
  • Phil Young

DD at A level or equivalent.


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

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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £640 per 20 credits

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Graduates with a Surveying HNC could find work as a quantity surveying technician or building control technician in private practices, local and central government and client organisations.

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 Quantity Surveying 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.