Building Services and Sustainable Engineering

Building Services and Sustainable Engineering BEng (Hons)

Degree Apprenticeship

Building Services Design Engineer - Level 6

People spend the major part of their lives inside buildings which provide them with an environment that is comfortable and commensurate for intended activities. 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 forty per cent of a nation’s energy expenditure takes place in keeping the indoor condition healthy, comfortable, safe and productive.

The relentless pursuit for better lives has not been without the risk of losing bearing. 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. Nowadays engineers have been working closely with Architects to design a healthy and comfortable indoor environment and tackle the issues associated with energy usage and its conservation. The challenge of the era entails him/her to be a Building Services Engineer who applies both knowledge and skills to ensure that his/her engineering solutions lead to a sustainable design.

  • To provide students with a suitable basis in the fundamentals and principles of Building Services and Sustainable Engineering to cope with the future developments during the student's career. This will allow the student to develop knowledge and understanding to maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology in sustainable building services design, construction, control and operations. Thereby affording graduates the opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements to become full Chartered Building Services Engineer.
  • To meet the requirement for full registration with the Engineering Council as a CEng (Chartered Engineer)
  • To enable students to undertake independent critical thought and analysis, enhancing and extending their intellectual development whilst becoming conversant with the nature of the industry, thereby developing the ability to achieve optimal solutions to modern building requirements and complex engineering problems.
  • To encourage students to approach their academic and subsequent professional careers as creative and innovative individuals.
  • To ensure that successful graduates will have the potential to contribute to significant advances in building design and engineering disciplines associated with their industry of choice.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Earn as you learn: full time employment while you study and no student debt as the degree is paid for by your employer
  • Accelerate your career
  • Develop into a professional role
  • Designed with flexibility to guide and shape your career.

Benefits to the employers

  • Enhance your workforce, addressing any skills and knowledge gaps
  • Attract new high calibre talent, particularly in harder to fill roles
  • Develop staff throughout their career through continual professional development
  • Improve staff retention and loyalty by providing them with a job, professional development, professional accreditation, and a high quality degree.

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What does the programme lead to

A Building Services Design Engineer will manage a team of engineers and technicians and will collaborate with other construction professionals to design the various services found in buildings and infrastructure projects. The work typically includes systems such as renewable and emerging technologies, energy management, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, drainage, lighting, power, water services, building management systems, life-safety systems, communications and building transportation (e.g. lifts). Buildings and infrastructure take on many forms from newly built facilities to the refurbishment of premises for every sector of industry. As building services design engineers they could be working in a design consultancy, a contractor or a manufacturing company.

Building Services Design Engineers will undertake the technical and commercial management of projects which provide engineering design solutions to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and community. They will ensure that business, client and end user needs are taken into account and work within financial and safety constraints. They will employ current and emerging technology to produce innovative engineering design solutions for development, manufacture and construction.

Job Roles

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.

Working in industry

Building Services Engineering and Energy Management or with technical departments of government and semi- government institutions. 

Professional qualifications

On completion the Apprentice will have fully satisfied the requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer by the relevant professional engineering institution.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 6
START DATE: September
DURATION: 5 years

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


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Course Content

Level 4

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science
  • Building Services Engineering Fundamentals

Level 5

  • NT2053  Electrical Supply and Distribution
  • NT2054  Mechanical Services Design
  • NT2055  Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
  • NT2060  Engineering Analysis 3
  • NT2062  Lighting installation and Design
  • NT2066  Computing (CAD)
  • NT2059  Design Project 2
  • BN2505 Civil Engineering Contract law

Level 6

  • NT3036  Systems Design
  • NT3037  Plant and Maintenance
  • NT3038  Design Project 3
  • NT3048  Engineering Dissertation
  • NT3039 Environmental and Safety Law
  • NT3040 Engineering Analysis 4
  • NT3042  Intelligent Buildings
  • NT3046  Alternative Energy Technology
  • BN3010 Project Management


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

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Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

AWARD: BEng (Hons)
APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Building Services Design Engineer - Read more
LEVEL: Level 6
FUNDING BAND: Maximum funding: £27,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Engineering
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

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