Undergraduate HNC

HNC Construction

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





Eight month

20 month

Next enrolment

September 2020

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In a nutshell

If you're thinking about starting a career in construction and property, returning to education or want to progress in industry, then HNC Construction is ideal for you.

The course is aligned with the requirements of construction-related roles, and provides training in the technical and practical elements to satisfy industry and employer needs.

Delivered by one of the UK's leading centres for construction education, you'll study a wide range of construction-related topics. On successful completion, you can progress to one of our built environment degrees, specialising in construction, architecture or surveying.

You will:
  • Study a range of modules which will develop your professional and technical competencies, ready to build a career in the construction industry
  • Build your knowledge about the practicalities and legalities involved in constructing, managing and maintaining a site
  • Understand the scientific and technological aspects of construction and property
  • Learn about financial aspects such as tendering, estimating and property valuation
  • Develop your presentation, communication and interpersonal skills

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You have a passion for construction and want to work in the built environment


You want to explore the technologies and techniques used in the construction process


You want to develop professional and technical skills ready for a career in the construction industry

Course details

All about the course

The course is designed for full-time and part-time students with little or no previous knowledge of construction. Delivered over eight months, it provides a platform to progress in construction.

We'll introduce you to the construction processes and practical industry knowledge using a range of credit modules. Course content includes construction technology, building services, legal and contractual procedures, and management. You'll also use the knowledge you've gained on the course to complete a final project.

If you choose the part-time route, you'll complete modules across a second year of study.

Year one

Construction Technology in Architecture

This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used. You will also develop an understanding of various contemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.

Building Services

Through this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will develop an awareness of the physical and personal requirements for thermal and environmental comfort. It will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles involved in building heat transfer, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for services within the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the wide spectrum of H.V.A.C. Engineering Services available for installation in today’s buildings. You will develop an ability to appraise and critically analyse the choices available to the engineer when selecting systems to meet a services specification. You will also investigate how changes in building design affect the interrelationship between it and its engineering services.

Legal and Contractual Procedures

The aim of this module is for you to develop a working knowledge of the nature and purpose of various legal requirements, and the type of procurement arrangements that are used in the construction industry. The module will assist you to demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and application of the various arrangements, options and strategies that are adopted in the procurement of projects. The varying procurement arrangements available will be considered throughout the design and construction periods from inception to the completion of the contract.

Management in Construction

This module will introduce you to production management principles, tools and techniques. You will be able to understand the principles and application of effective site management and examine the management of time for the production manager and identify the techniques, reasons and benefits of effective time management. You will explore quality, environment, health safety and welfare, in relation to production management. The module will also introduce you to the process of design and the principles of design management and the economic environment in which the construction and property industries operate. You will examine and explore economic management and the the construction and property industries and the influence of macro economic policy.

Professional Practice Project

You will explore the concept of the practitioner and the alignment the personal and professional development. Using a project scenario, you will gain awareness of contemporary issues and developments in the built environment sector and understand their significance and impact on your future professional conduct.

Year one (Part-Time)

Construction Technology in Architecture

This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used. You will also develop an understanding of various contemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.

Professional Practice

This module deals with the public and academic aspects of the literary arts, including topics such as:

  • The public value of the arts
  • Marketing, publishing and networking
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Effective oral presentations
Year two (Part-Time)

Introduction to Building Services and Systems

You will learn about the environmental factors which influence decision making with regard to Building Services and Systems. You will develop an understanding of thermal and environmental comfort systems which address ecological challenges. You will gain awareness of the impact of heat transfer, illumination and acoustics on buildings and their users. You will be able to demonstrate how building typology informs building systems and performance of building envelopes.


The final year project is your opportunity to carry out, under supervision, an extended study into an agreed topic relating to your degree. You will complete independent investigation to demonstrate initiative and the skills and knowledge acquired elsewhere in the course. The project provides invaluable experience in the planning and delivery of a major study that solves a problem with a unique solution.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


You will develop your knowledge and skills using a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Studio projects, both group and individual
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, product manufacturing plants etc


You will be assessed using a combination of exams, projects and coursework. These include:

  • Projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Examinations

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.


Our built environment department in Maxwell building provides an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. The facilities include Think Lab, our futuristic research environment used for smart city applications, collaborative engineering, industry collaborations, and interactive learning.

Salford is also home to Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. Built in 2011, this full-sized, two bedroom terraced house is based inside an environmental chamber that can replicate varying weather conditions. It is packed with an array of sensors that provide vital data for researchers and industry professionals.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


An increasing number of employers are hiring HNC graduates with good technical knowledge and related computer skills, and these employees play a key role in the construction industry.

Our graduates have gone on to work for many local and national organisations, including Balfour Beatty, Bramhall Construction, Laing O'Rourke, Manchester City Council, New Charter Housing Ltd, Northwards Housing and United Utilities.


We have a range of study options to take your interest in construction and the built environment even further. We even offer a generous fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

A taste of what you could become

A Construction Manager

A Site Manager

A Contractor

A Project Technician

and more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  

Recent industry partners have included:

  • Bramhall Construction
  • United Utilities
  • Wates Construction
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

What you need to know


We're looking for enthusiastic and determined applicants who want to start their journey towards a career in the construction industry.


International applicants must show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

72 points

A level

72 points (typically BC or DDD)

BTEC National Diploma


BTEC Higher National Diploma


Access to HE

72 points

Scottish Highers

72 points equivalent

Irish Leaving Certificate

72 points equivalent

European Baccalaureate

Please contact our Admissions team

International Baccalaureate

24 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.


Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £12,600per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12960per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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UCAS Code: K2N3

Start Date(s): September


Eight months full-time

20 months part-time

Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID K2N3

Institution S03