Higher Level Skills
Individuals and employers
The building services engineering (BSE) sector offers a range of higher level careers, both for new entrants, and for people with trade skills and experience.
While no qualification will guarantee job offers, completing appropriate qualifications can help if you want to start a new career or progress within the industry. A range of qualifications are available, including: Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Foundation degrees (Fds), degrees and post-graduate qualifications.
Specialist BSE qualifications are offered by a number of universities, colleges and private training providers. Some BSE employers will recruit (and in many cases retrain) graduates with degrees in related areas such as general engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering.
The University and Colleges Advisory Services (UCAS) allows you to search for full time higher education qualifications (up to but not including post-graduate level) whilst some (but not all) UK universities list postgraduate qualifications on UKPass.
You may want to try a range of 'search terms' on these websites, (for example ‘building services’, ‘engineering’, ‘construction’, or ‘sustainability’) to find the best course for you. If you cannot find the course you are looking for, contact a local university or college to see if they can offer something else you could consider.
Selecting a course or qualification
There are a number of questions to consider when researching any qualifications (or training programmes) including:
Higher education (HE) qualifications (university level) can have the same title but very different content and/or delivery methods. You should compare features such as:
SummitSkills has developed a Framework specification which tells universities and colleges what employers have said they want BSE Fds to incorporate. Universities are being invited to apply for endorsement of their Fds if they meet employers' requirements as demonstrated by the Framework specification. More information is available on our Foundation degree pages.
Higher Level Apprenticeships
SummitSkills has been involved in a number of projects to develop Higher Level Apprenticeships, led by Leeds College of Building, Greenwich University and North West Kent College, and City and Islington College. For further information about this activity, please email Catherine Elliott at SummitSkills.
If you are working as a building services engineer or planning a career in the sector you may want to consider membership of a Professional Body.
For further information about any of SummitSkills work related to higher level skills and qualifications please email Catherine Elliott at SummitSkills.