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.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

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

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


Year Two: HNC Surveying

  • 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 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.

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 IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

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.

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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £700 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: 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.

Graduates with a Surveying 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 Surveying 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 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.