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Pearson BTEC HNC L4 in Quantity Surveying for England PT

This course is a Higher Technical Qualification

Are you looking for a national recognised qualification? Are you ready to improve your career prospects and looking for a career in quantity surveying or estimating? If so, a Higher National Certificate in Quantity Surveying will help you get there.

This course at UCNL will give you practical experience with cost management by mastering the skills of measurement and estimating that are essential for the quantity surveyor and estimator. All teaching staff having extensive industrial experience, are highly qualified and enthusiastic professionals.

Upon completion of your HNC in Quantity Surveying you will have developed a sound understanding of quantity surveying techniques along with other disciplines ensuring you will be ready to take the next step forward into cost management and control of construction projects or take further qualifications to better your knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 4

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Awarding Body


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This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

  • Construction Design Project (Pearson-set)
  • The Construction Environment
  • Digital Applications for Construction Information
  • Measurement & Estimating
  • Tender & Procurement
  • Construction Economics & Sustainability
  • Quantity Surveying Practice
  • Law & Legal Frameworks in Quantity Surveying

Further details about this course are available in the course specification at:

BTEC Higher Nationals in Quantity Surveying for England: Specification (pearson.com)

The primary way of delivering this course is on campus

On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures, field trips and one to one discussion with your tutor. Online opportunities for learning may also be utilised.

The academic year is 30 weeks in duration with students expected to attend two days a week on a full-time programme and one day a week on a part time programme.

 Further students will receive 14 hours of teaching per week when attending on a full-time course and 7 hours part time. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support.

The assessment methods for HTQ pathways within Construction can vary depending on the context in which the assessment is set. However, here are some assessment methods that may be used:

Coursework: Coursework assignments allow you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge in construction. These assignments may involve tasks such as analysing construction drawings, conducting cost estimates, preparing project plans, or writing reports on construction methods and techniques.

Practical Assessments: Practical assessments evaluate your ability to apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to real construction scenarios. You may be required to demonstrate skills such as building construction, surveying, setting out, or using construction equipment and tools.

Projects: Projects provide an opportunity to showcase your ability to plan, develop, and deliver a significant construction-related task or project. This may involve designing a building, developing a construction plan, managing a construction site, or executing a construction project from start to finish.

Presentations: Presentations allow you to communicate your knowledge, findings, and project outcomes to an audience. You may be required to present a research project, explain construction techniques, present a case study, or discuss construction management strategies.

Site Visits and Reports: Site visits to construction projects provide first-hand exposure to real-world construction practices. You may be required to visit construction sites, observe construction activities, and write reports on your observations, analyses, and recommendations.

Portfolios: Portfolios are collections of your work that demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and achievements in construction. They may include examples of project work, coursework, reports, and other relevant materials.

Work-based Assessments: In some cases, your workplace experience or placement may be considered for assessment. This may involve the evaluation of your performance in a construction-related role, completion of work-based projects, or submission of workplace reports.

Applicants would normally be expected to have a minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff points. A BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma, Subsidiary Diploma, Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or one A level, in a relevant subject (maths, science, geography). Alternative qualifications and relevant experience may also be considered.

We also encourage applications from mature students, and we are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations.

“All applicants for Higher Technical Qualifications must be aged 18 at the time of enrolment. For September 2024 applicants, enrolment begins during the week commencing 2nd September 2024.”

This course is particularly relevant to people already working in or looking to develop a career within it. Further the course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas of construction cost management including:

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Procurement Manager
  • Estimator

If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. Course progression routes may include The HNC course is designed to provide progression onto a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) top-up or a higher apprenticeship top-up. This will also then offer a route to study a top-up degree in quantity surveying or a related discipline as well as progression to professional body membership

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment)


There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Trips and enhancement opportunities


Enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

Apply online Make an enquiry Call 01724 294125