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Building Services Engineering
Undergraduate course
BEng (Hons)

Building Services Engineering

International Scholarships available

Overview

Create sustainable environments within buildings by studying the techniques behind low-carbon design and renewable solutions. You will be provided with the guidance and support that will put you on your way to achieving graduate member status with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

You will acquire expertise in analysing building energy performance, turning concept designs into reality and recognising the complex needs of diverse clients and unfamiliar environments. If you study full-time, you will automatically become a student member of CIBSE.

Once you have completed the course and gained relevant experience in the industry you can apply for affiliate membership of CIBSE and attain Incorporated Engineer Status. This will enhance your employability to companies around the world.

Our University hosts events for CIBSE, such as talks from industry and professional development sessions, that you will be able to attend free of charge. These are great platforms for networking, gaining access to employers and to learn from experts in the field.

In your final year you will complete a major design project and professionals from industry will sit on your assessment panel to provide you with valuable feedback on your work.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Top-up course available
  • Expert careers service
  • University accommodation
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum Grades BB in two A Levels or equivalent, must include Mathematics and a Science subject. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a `Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade C or above and GCSE Maths Grade B or above (Grade 4 and Grade 6 respectively for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE Grade C English Language. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 3 are accepted in place of GCSE Grade B Maths.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. Must include a minimum of 15 Merits from Maths or numerate subject and 15 Merits in a scientific subject.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Level 5 & 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HNC, HND or Foundation Degree in a cognate area, e.g. Building Services, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum Grades BB in two A Levels or equivalent, must include Mathematics and a Science subject. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a `Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade C or above and GCSE Maths Grade B or above (Grade 4 and Grade 6 respectively for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE Grade C English Language. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 3 are accepted in place of GCSE Grade B Maths.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. Must include a minimum of 15 Merits from Maths or numerate subject and 15 Merits in a scientific subject.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Level 5 & 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HNC, HND or Foundation Degree in a cognate area, e.g. Building Services, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Chris Quaile

Careers

Chris Quaile
Graduate Building Surveyor Jones Lang LaSalle

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

“From building surveying and quantity surveying to project management, planning and law, my course gave me the diverse knowledge I require in my current role. My tutors inspired me to learn more about this industry and introduced me to AutoCAD software, which has been invaluable for my job. The hands-on experience I gained gave me that extra step up the career ladder to help me succeed.

Teaching and learning

Develop your knowledge of the key areas of building services design, management of complex building services projects and low-carbon renewable energy strategies. You will gain the skills needed to succeed as a professional in the field of building services engineering and the wider built environment. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
In your first year, we will introduce you to a range of basic building services engineering subjects and you will enhance your abilities in the fundamental area of mathematics. You will learn to analyse situations and data using your existing knowledge to provide solutions to basic building services engineering problems.
Overall workload
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228 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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972 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
75%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
25%
Core Modules

Gain an understanding of the design phases of a modern building services engineering project.

Discover the mathematical techniques and analytical processes essential in providing solutions to building services engineering problems.

Develop your understanding of low energy strategy for a building and to design appropriate building services systems.

Immerse yourself in the analysis and application of fluid mechanics and heat transfer as they relate to building services design and implementation.

Explore the scientific and engineering principles related to electrical and electronics systems utilised in the control and optimisation of building services systems and installations.

Build your expertise in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment and systems with an emphasis on sustainability.

Gain the skills necessary to communicate effectively with other construction and built environment professionals by studying a wide range of building services engineering subjects, from electrical services to air conditioning and refrigeration systems. You will build on the knowledge you gained in your first year, tackling more advanced problems and enhancing your logical reasoning, decision making and problem solving skills.
Overall workload
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216 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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984 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
63%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
7%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
30%
Core Modules

Apply analytical techniques in providing solutions to engineering problems and effectively communicate the results.

Examine electrical power and lighting applications, covering distribution, principles, legislation and technical aspects for commerce and industry.

Study building and energy management systems, and controls, with the goal of providing energy efficient and sustainable buildings and systems.

Develop your design skills relating to the evaluation and implementation of a realistic building services project, as well as working effectively as part of a team.

Study the design and implementation of air conditioning, refrigeration and cooling systems for complex commercial and industrial multiple zone buildings.

An introduction to the management aspects of professional roles, including managing people, management information, systems and ethics.

In your final year, you will adopt an increasingly reflective and effective approach to problem solving and you will graduate with the ability to analyse complex situations. You will develop the ability to produce innovative, creative, intellectually challenging solutions that address a range of cultural needs, including sustainable energy use and low/zero-carbon design.
Overall workload
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230 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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970 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
30%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
70%
Core Modules

Build your knowledge of low and near zero building and the systems designed to monitor and evaluate these buildings. You will focus on the impact these systems have on the carbon reduction agenda, energy efficiency and building performance.

This module will provide you with an understanding of the impact of intelligent buildings on energy efficiency, financial implications and facilities management from a global perspective.

Enhance your understanding of the broad range of issues and multi-skilled approach required for the management of buildings and services.

Gain an in-depth knowledge of the science that underpins building performance and the related methodologies used in the modelling and analysis of building fabric.

Use the research skills you have gained throughout your course to carry out a sustained piece of research that examines current issues or problems related to the built environment.

Mike White, Building Services Engineering course director
Mike White
Course Director
Mike qualified with a BEng (Hons) Mechatronics in 2001 and a MEng Electronics and Telecommunications in 2003. He has 20 years' industrial experience in electronics engineering, non-linear control systems and acoustics. He also has ten years' academic experience in the fields of building services engineering, electronics engineering and mathematics. Continuing his academic journey, Mike joined Leeds Beckett as a Senior Lecturer in December 2013. His research interests include structural acoustic control for dynamic systems, intelligent buildings and smart structures.
I get five or six queries a day from companies asking if I can recommend anyone for building services engineering jobs - the industry is booming right now, particularly in the Yorkshire area. Organisations are struggling to fill roles and we can give you the skills to impress employers.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be given a full tuition fee waiver. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.
  • Access to all software required for the course.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Protective footwear for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory 
    (Cost from £25)

Course-specific optional costs

  • If you wish to use your own computer you will need to make sure it meets the minimum specification requirements for the Autodesk Revit software program
  • Site visits
    (You will be required to make your own way to sites close to campus. The School will cover the costs of bus travel if the site is considered to be far from campus)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed. You will normally spend a whole year in placement. For this year you will be charged a reduced fee of £2625. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.
  • Access to all software required for the course.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Protective footwear for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory 
    (Cost from £25)

Course-specific optional costs

  • If you wish to use your own computer you will need to make sure it meets the minimum specification requirements for the Autodesk Revit software program
  • Site visits
    (You will be required to make your own way to sites close to campus. The School will cover the costs of bus travel if the site is considered to be far from campus)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Northern Terrace
    Northern Terrace

    Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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