Course Information

Foundation Degree Building Services with Sustainable Energy - HLA (Validated by The Open University)

The Open University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 45
Hours per Week: 12
Total Hours: 540
Places Available: 6
Course Coordinator:

Campus: Enniskillen (Tech & Skills)
Week Starting: 13 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 45
Hours per Week: 12
Total Hours: 540
Places Available: 10
Course Coordinator:


Embarking upon a career in Building Services with Sustainable Energy can open a wide variety of career choices, for example, a career path that can lead you into a mechanical, electrical or a renewable engineering aspect of a building's envelope. Building Services Engineers also have a growing role in the deployment of renewable energy systems, sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings. You will be playing a key role in delivering a low carbon environment which will aid in combating climate change and fossil fuel depletion.

Additional Information

  • Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of The Open University here.
  • Download the full programme specification here

  • Teaching Delivery Statement.

    The teaching and learning strategy within this programme will comprise of a range of delivery methods such as face to face, online and blended. All methods used have the full agreement of students, external examiners and awarding body partners.
    Please note The programme will be delivered at Dungannon/Enniskillen (subject to number of applicants)

    Terms & Conditions

    Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.
  • *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Core Modules

    Year 1

  • Building Fabric & Energy Conservation
  • Mathematics & Structures
  • CADD & Intro to BIM
  • Building Services (Domestic)
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Science & Comfort
  • Year 2
  • Building Services For Commercial Projects
  • Management & Contracts
  • Microgeneration for Renewable Energy
  • Mathematics For Engineers
  • Work Base Learning
  • Assessment Method

    Assessment will be carried out via a variety of assessment methods which includes the use of coursework assignments, class tests, practical assessments, end of module examinations, group activities and professional presentations to an industrial panel. You will also be assessed in the workplace as part of your industrial placement.

    Progression Opportunities

    Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Building Services with Sustainable Energy programme graduates may consider entering into employment within the mechanical, electrical or energy industries or continuing to study by applying for a place on a BEng programme in a relevant discipline including the level 6 (Hons) Top Up in Building Services with Sustainable Energy at South West College.

  • Entry Requirements

    All applications will be individually considered but HLA students must be in full time employment when they commence their studies in September 2021. Successful applicants must have normally studied at level 3 or above for a minimum of two years. Applicants should possess a minimum of five GCSEs grades A, B, C that should include English and maths or other equivalent qualifications in addition to one of the following

  • successful completion of an advanced diploma equating to 48 UCAS points.
  • successful completion of a BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma/Sub Diploma/ Certificate in a related subject equating to 48 UCAS points.
  • Level 3 Cambridge (OCR) Technical certificates equating to 48 UCAS points.
  • Completion of A-level study equating to a minimum of 48 UCAS points;
  • equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate, a European Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate with grade C or above in four subjects at higher level equating to 48 UCAS points.
  • qualifications deemed equivalent to the above;
  • UCAS tariff score of 48 or above is desired for entry to this program entry can also be made from national certificate/diploma, HE access, NVQ’s (students who hold relevant NVQ level 3 qualification will be considered for admission that is supported by experiential learning) or by the colleges policy relating to APEL.