Building Services and Sustainable Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

Building Services and Sustainable Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years full-time

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B236; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme.

Learn how to apply modern, sustainable and energy-efficient engineering systems in built environments on a course that’s well-respected by the building services industry in the UK and beyond.

You’ll graduate with the ability to analyse, evaluate and ultimately solve problems associated with the built environment and building services engineering after studying areas including engineering services systems, controls and plant, energy efficiency and sustainable design, and project, resource and energy management.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • 1 Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT


  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Analysis (30 credits)
  • Engineering Design (30 credits)
  • Engineering Science (30 credits)
  • Building Services Engineering Fundamentals (30 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Electrical Supply and Distribution (20 credits)
  • Mechanical Services Design (20 credits)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2 (20 credits)
  • Computing (CAD) (20 credits)
  • Design Project 2 (10 credits)  
  • Engineering Analysis 3 (10 credits)
  • Lighting Installations and Design (10 credits)
  • Civil Engineering Contract Law (10 credits)



Year 4

Compulsory modules (80 credits):

  • Systems Design (20 credits)
  • Plant and Maintenance (20 credits)
  • Engineering Dissertation (20 credits)
  • Design Project 3 (20 credits)

Optional modules (40 credits):

  • Project Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental & Safety Law (10 credits) 
  • Strategic Management in the Built Environment (10 credits) 
  • Intelligent Buildings (20 credits)
  • Alternative Energy Technology (20 credits)
  • Engineering Analysis 4 (10 credits)                    

Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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People spend the major part of their lives inside buildings which provide them with an environment that is liveable and comfortable. While the weather may fluctuate to the extreme limits of high and low climatic conditions, the building indoor, albeit at the expense of energy, is kept within comfortable thermal, aural and visual conditions.

It is estimated that 40% of a nation’s energy expenditure takes place in keeping the indoor condition healthy, comfortable, safe and productive.

In recent years the detection of global warming trend and the realisation that the fossil fuels, the traditional sources of energy, have been depleting at very fast rates, have posed mankind to the challenge of the era that the civilisation has to consider sustainability issues seriously.

Traditionally, Building Services Engineers have been concerned with the design of healthy and comfortable indoor environment and issues of energy uses. The challenge of the era entails the Engineer to apply their knowledge to ensure that engineering solutions lead to a sustainable design.

The course is a good start for engineers wanting to continue their academic development by studying a higher degree and/or other professional qualifications.

Building Services and sustainable engineering students

Our Building services degree provides a useful overview of the whole sector. The Building Services and Sustainable Engineering programme leads to the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in Building Services and Sustainable Engineering. The level of education provided by the programme is appropriate to those students who will eventually hold senior positions with consultants or contractors engaged in the building services engineering and energy management or with technical departments of government and semi-government institutions where building energy management is a major concern. Throughout the programme emphasis will be placed on self-motivation, critical thinking and developing analytical depth. The BEng (Hons) course emphasises the application of modern, sustainable and energy efficient Engineering systems in the context of the Built Environment.

Part-time students already working in the industry leave our course with a competitive edge and full membership of professional bodies. Full-time students go on to find careers in consultancy, design, contracting, project management and maintenance, team leading, and research and development with local authorities, manufacturers and equipment suppliers.

The application of sustainable Building Services Engineering is multi-disciplinary and it is envisaged that, as in the professional world, students will carry out project work, which will facilitate dialogue between the Engineer and other members of the design and management team. It is the development of novel technological and engineering solutions within the often contradictory constraints of sustainability, safety, economy and energy efficiency, and the law which pose the challenge in the course.

In the past, Building Services Engineering education often centred on practical engineering analysis and training, however this focus is now changing in the light of the requirements for sustainability and energy efficiency in all that we do. This course will promote the need to question accepted wisdom to provoke independent critical thought. In a time of rapid technological advances, when the international community is aware of and sensitive to a range of environmental issues, students will gain sufficient understanding of current developments and their underpinning technology to analyse and offer solutions to the problems faced by today’s engineers in the fields of Building Services and associated engineering disciplines.

As a result students will find that the programme is now characterised by parallel themes of design and management of project work, complemented throughout by the drive towards sustainability and energy efficiency of engineering solutions. The management theme will develop the student capabilities as a project manager, whilst the project modules will provide scope for integrative studies on practical engineering and design situations.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.



The course team supporting the teaching and learning consists of academically and professionally qualified engineers. As well as teaching and learning activities, they are engaged in Scholarly Activities, Knowledge Transfer and Academic Research.

Due to the nature of Building Services and Sustainable Engineering work the course has been designed to take advantage of the expertise of the staff in the School. The modules you will be taking reflect many years of development and reflect the current practice of Building Services and Sustainable Engineering in the UK. However, as far as SHAPE tutors are concerned, the well qualified and experienced tutors with their extensive local knowledge of the industry in Hong Kong will enhance the course which will reflect local practice and custom. Therefore it is expected that module delivery will be provided in the local Hong Kong context while at the same time meeting the learning outcomes of the programme and individual modules.

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Nick Thomas


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £6,165 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250 (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have links with Design Consultancies and local contractors as well as smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Depending on the learning outcomes and the nature of the module the assessment strategies can be:

  • By completion of assignments and problem based examinations in the engineering and related modules throughout the programme.
  • By presentations, design based projects.
  • By student presentations, group work, design projects, dissertation, examination.

Part-time Study

Fit part-time study into your working life

Flexible delivery of this course allows you to study whilst in employment – our part-time teaching is delivered just one day per week.


As a full-time student you’ll be encouraged to spend an optional 48-week sandwich placement in the industry (between Year 2 and 3) in roles such as CAD operator or draughts-person. Using the optional placement year furthers your professional knowledge and increases your employability.

Our course is delivered and validated by UCLan at universities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Athens. Students may have the opportunity for overseas trips – in recent years we have taken students to Hong Kong for a week on exchange and also to the ASHRAE conference in the United States.

A concrete design experience as well as operation and maintenance, can boost your opportunities for career development, whichever qualification route is followed. With the arrival of the new sustainable building design concepts such as intelligent buildings, natural lighting design and renewables, new career opportunities can open up for alternative specialisms.


Progression routes within the Building services industry are relatively straight forward. If you work working for client or contractors, career progression is usually from a graduate engineer to project manager to project director. If you work in a design consultancy, career progression typically runs as graduate engineer to project engineer to associate partner to director or even senior partner or managing director.

Promotion depends largely upon gaining professional qualifications and appropriate experience, so it is advisable to gain relevant qualifications and become a member of the appropriate professional body as early as possible. Chartered engineer status accords recognition in the UK and overseas.

In order to progress in this fast-moving industry, it is important to keep up to date with developments and to maintain a combination of skills and relevant experience, together with a professional attitude.

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