About the course
This programme is designed to provide you with a high level of understanding of the design, function, construction and up to date statutory requirements for buildings of all classes and to prepare you for managerial employment in the construction industry. It consists of a combination of core and optional courses that provide appropriate training for employment in the field of Contracts Manager, Property Manager, Building Contractor, Project Manager and Construction Manager.
The courses have been designed to include a high level of academic and practical elements. Enrolment on the programme entitles you to become a student member of the CIOB, RICS. The programme is also recognised nationally and internationally by employers in the construction industry.
How to Apply
- You must apply directly to the University of Greenwich for this course.
- To apply, click here: University of Greenwich (Apply).
- Programme Code: P01372
- GCSEs - grades A*-C, 9 - 4 in English and maths
- A minimum of 48 UCAS points
- Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Extended Diploma - Merit or Distinction
If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.
- Applicants with BTEC ND/NC or degrees in other areas will be considered
- Mature applicants over 21 years of age with relevant industrial experience
- In addition to the above, applicants wishing to enter the programme will be expected to be in relevant employment and will be required to attend an interview with the teaching staff
What you will study
You will study a range of courses that will give you a board and balance knowledge of Build Studies that could lead to a number of roles within the Construction industry, such as, Building Controller. You will develop practical skills relating to: construction technology and sustainability, health and safety, quantity surveying, measurement, project and risk management, and much more.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses
Project evaluation and design
This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the economic, legislative, social, architectural and technical factors affecting the conception, design, construction and use of buildings. The course also examines the options available to clients for the organisation and management of the design and construction processes. The use of group work in this course reflects the industry emphasis on team working across professional disciplines.
Construction technology and environmental design
Whilst focusing on sustainable, environmentally friendly and low energy design, this course will examine the internal environment, components and finishes, together with the services required for low-rise industrial/commercial buildings (long and short span) and multi-storey residential/commercial/institutional buildings (up to ten storeys).
Construction technology and materials
This course will examine the principles and practices related to site investigation, substructure and superstructure for low-rise industrial/commercial buildings (long and short span) and multi-storey residential/commercial buildings (up to ten storeys).
This Course provides a foundation for the study of management. It provides an introduction to the purpose and functions performed by management and managers in organisations. It also provides the context into which each individual’s efforts are integrated and directed through the organisations in which they exist and work.
Building law and contract administration
This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to English Law as it applies to the Construction Industry. It is further intended that students will develop competences in aspects of Contractual Administration in respect of the most common types of contract used in the industry for building works of various sizes.
This course offers students the opportunity to research a built environment subject that is of particularly interest to themselves and\or their sponsor, in agreement with their tutors. This will be a formal piece of academic work that will enable the students to develop their research and presentation skills in pursuit of an in depth answer to a narrowly defined question within the chosen subject area. The resulting research project will be submitted as a verbal and visual presentation, together with a formal written portfolio.
Assessment and management of risk
This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to the identification of the risks inherent in the design, construction and use of buildings from the initial project stages through to completion and occupation. The course also examines strategies to assess and manage these risks.
Options -Exact variations differ depending on the route chosen)
Site engineering and surveying
Detailed measurement of a proposed site, both horizontally and vertically, prior to embarking on the design of the development, are crucial to optimising the site for its intended purpose. Similarly, the ability to establish the position of a proposed building or structure in relation to the existing natural or man-made features of the land are equally important. This course will demonstrate how sites are surveyed and thereafter how construction works are set out and controlled. It will also illustrate how the information generated from surveys are used, along with the information required for setting out.
Tendering and estimation
This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the principles of tendering and estimating and to develop competences in aspects of those procedures and processes used in the construction industry.
The measurement of construction operations is an important prerequisite to financial control and represents a major skill of the quantity surveyor. This course introduces students to the basic principles relating to the measurement of construction work and its wider applications
Building conversion and adaptation
Whatever the economic background to the construction/property market, there is always scope for converting and adapting exiting buildings rather than constructing new. The processes and principles involved in successfully converting and adapting buildings, requires skills from a broad range of subjects relevant to building studies. This course will therefore draw these various disparate strands together and offer the student a broad overview of the processes involved.
Construction economics and finance
This course will provide the student with an understanding of the effect of economic factors on business decisions in the field of construction. It analyses a number of inter-related topics such as the impact of macro-economic management on the construction sector.
This course will provide an education in the application of management principles and techniques at site level. The course will provide students with a thorough grounding in management requirements on construction sites and will allow an appreciation of the management/technology/productivity interface
Building design and maintenance studies
The course will provide the student with a broad introduction to condition and analyse defects and establish a link between design and maintenance. Specific defects will be identified, their cause analysed and remedies discussed. In undertaking this, emphasis will be placed on the actual method of analysis.
Courses will be assessed by a written assignments, which could be in form of reports or essays, two course will be a mix of examination and written assignment. Some course will be assessed by means of presentation and written. The assessments have been designed to develop skills, knowledge and attributes in our students, each course has been mapped to the Greenwich Graduate Attributes (GGA).
The assessment grade will be accumulated through an order of summative and formative assessments, this will enable constructive and developmental feedback to student on a regular basis.
Students must pass each module to get the overall HNC qualification at the end of the programme
Feedback: You will receive feedback on formal assessment undertaken by coursework via Moodle. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you encouraged to discuss it with your lecturer. We aim provide you with feedback within 15 working days from final submission
COST AND LOANS
You can apply for a student loan for this course.
Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet these include:
- Text books
- Travel to other sites - Where required
- Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable
- Printing and photocopying - You will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning
- Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
Academic standards for assessment are agreed with and monitored by the university. The primary focus of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) of the college and the university is to enhance the individual student’s competences, experiences and outcomes that are critical to entering industry.
Lecturers will be using various methods of teaching strategies’ to enable each student to ensure that students make the best progress possible and achieve their full potential.
The use of the VLE has proven to be a good teaching & learning tool for the students, lecturer will use it to upload lecture slides and notes, to enable inclusive use of such materials, further reading materials are highlighted and it is used as means of a forum to debate various topics.
Site visits, case studies, industry personnel and local projects will continually be used to enhance learning and to enable development of student’s practical skills. These enhancement opportunities will be incorporated in assignment briefs to encourage further challenge and ability to research into the subject matter, ongoing feedback will be provided to enable improvement and development.
You will be taught through a combination of lecturers, seminars and practical workshops
The programme is delivered on a day release basis with 8 hours contact time per week
INDEPENDENT LEARNING/OVERALL WORKLOAD
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involved reading journals, articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on group projects and preparing for coursework/assignments, presentations or examinations
Your overall workload typically consists of 8 hours contact hours. Each module carries 15 credits your study time is about 5 hours a week
The University Centre has close links with various companies in the construction industry and benefit from the Employers Advisory Board that has established partnerships with representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of curriculum and development of wider employability skills, the provision or work placement, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits
The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. All out team members hold qualified academic and teaching qualifications. They have experience in delivering student centred teaching. You should not members of the teaching team might change.
Out faculty staff have a wide range of industry and academic experience and deliver the vast all of the lectures and seminars. We recognise the importance of CPD and the accreditation of awards relating to the HE Sector, such as Advanced HE recognition.
Progression to a relevant degree programme at our awarding partner University of Greenwich
Membership of relevant chartered institutes via additional exams/courses
Employment in the construction and built environment sector