OCN NI Level 5 Award in Retrofitting Domestic Properties

The aim of the OCN NI Level 5 Award, Certificate and Extended Certificate in Retrofitting Domestic Properties is to provide the learner with an understanding of the application of Domestic Retrofitting techniques including installation practices and processes.

Academic Year: 2024/25

Course Code: 11075

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
SERC Professional Skills Centre
Time: 09:00-17:00

Course Structure
This Level 5 academic course is designed to allow the learner to gain knowledge within the Domestic Retrofitting area of Carbon Reduction, the course will have online delivery and assignments and learners will have support sessions from their tutor.

Contact Hours
This course will be a via an online platform where all students will have access to their learning materials and assessments, tutorials and support from your nominated tutor will be allocated, the learner can study at their own pace.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application. You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment. Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 Qualification in a Construction or Mechanical Electrical Area


  • An equivalent or higher in an approved alternative qualification


  • Demonstrate 5 years’ experience working in a related Industry.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Further details on APL can be found in the HE admissions process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP.

International Students English Language Requirements

International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

  • IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)
  • Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test

For further information please contact our International Department at international@serc.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
This course is designed to allow the learner to work at their own pace, timeframe, and space, it will be an online platform with virtual classrooms and tutorial support sessions and face to face class time. Assessment will be via online completion and drop in methods where your allocated lecturer/assessor will then feedback on your learning outcomes.

Where will it take me?
Academic achievement can lead to progressing to the OCN NI Level 5 Certificate and/or  Extended Certificate and this could help the learner move onto a degree in a related subject area.

How will it make me more employable?
As we embark on the pathway to Carbon Zero 2025-2050 the interaction with how we build, retrofit and energise our dwellings will be challenged to meet the reduction in carbon emissions into our atmosphere, the Green Economy will replace the current Fossil Fuel economy and trends in both building and energy consumption practices and will be a major factor in future employment.

Additional Costs
No additional costs required. 

OCN NI Level 5 Certificate.

Course Modules

OCN NI Level 5 Certificate

  • Unit 2: Evaluating Domestic Buildings for Retrofitting Projects
  • Unit 6: Upgrading Insulation of Roofs and Floors as part of a Retrofit Project U
  • Unit 7: Reducing the Thermal Transmittance of Walls and Windows for a Retrofit Project

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

Available Sessions Summary

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
SERC Professional Skills Centre
Time: 09:00-17:00

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OCN NI Level 5 Award in Retrofitting Domestic Properties

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