HNC Building Surveying candidate information

HNC/HND Building Surveying

 The HNC Building Surveying will provide you with a range of contemporary vocational skills, including preparation of drawings, specification writing, land surveying, surveying historic buildings, and drawing up maintenance schedules.

Completing the HNC will allow you develop study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills. It will also give you responsibility for your own learning and the ability to be flexible and work co operatively with others.

Employment and Progression

The HNC will enable you to achieve appropriate professional body recognition, in particular (but not exclusively), from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

You can progress to the HND in Building Surveying.


As with all SQA qualifications, access to the award is at the discretion of the centre. The following recommendations are for guidance only:

  • an HNC or NC in a related discipline
  • at least one Higher, with passes at Standard Grade Credit in appropriate subjects, which should include science and/or technology
  • an SVQ in Construction or a related discipline
  • a craft qualification combined with appropriate further study, prior to, or in parallel with, the HNC programme

You may be accepted with other entry qualifications if you demonstrate a realistic chance of success.

Suitable work experience may be accepted for entry, or advanced entry, if the centre believes that you are likely to benefit from undertaking the award.

You may be granted Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for underpinning knowledge gained or skills developed in your employment. APEL might allow you entry or advanced entry.