Why choose this course?

This two year part time course is aimed at those wishing to further their academic qualifications and enhance their career opportunities within the Construction industry.

The aim of this course is to train construction professionals and practitioners or equivalent for working in the construction industry and to provide a solid academic basis for further progression and study e.g. onto a professionally recognized undergraduate degree studied at The University of Wolverhampton.

This nationally recognized qualification is of use to people working in or  looking  to work in construction in a design, production or management role allowing you to specialize in a particular aspect of building.

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Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The HNC Building Studies course prepares you for a career within the modern building team such as a contracts manager, estimator, site engineer or quantity surveyor. It’s an ideal first step for those looking for a professional role in the construction industry.

Specialist subject and academic knowledge enables students to develop their multi-disciplinary construction knowledge, to communicate effectively; to work in a team and develop good interpersonal skills; to solve problems; to work on their own initiative, and to adapt to changing situations.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course provides a broad introduction to the construction industry and a firm foundation for future study.

It concentrates on the key multi-disciplinary topics associated with the construction industry

Motivation, determination and ambition are the common characteristics of most students who successfully graduate from this course; classes are made up of like-minded individuals with the desire to succeed.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence.  Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Find out more about Springfield Campus.

Graduates from the HNC Building Studies will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key multi-disciplinary principles of construction technology, law, economics and pre contract procedure
  • Evaluate and apply the construction knowledge acquired to actively contribute to the construction process at technician level.
  • Acquire construction knowledge and transferable skills in order to progress to higher BSc levels of study

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Applicants must be able to demonstrate Mathematics and English Language proficiency to at least GCSE grade C/4+ level (or equivalent)

AND, either
  • Minimum grade E at A-Level ; or
  • BTEC National Award grade P

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. An interview may be required. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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