About the course

This course provides you with a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required by the construction and built environment sector. The course is aimed at those working in construction who would like to start higher education course and learn more about the planning, design and management side of the construction industry. It is designed to allow progression to qualifications offered by a number of professional bodies such as CIOB and RICS. Please click here to access detailed programme specifications.

How to Apply

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Entry requirements

To start a level 4 course, you should have the following prior qualifications

  • Construction and The Built Environment BTEC Level 3 qualification
  • OR 3 A Levels, grades A-C in technology-related subjects
  • OR A level 2 trade qualification (e.g. Plumbing NVQ Level 2 with Key Skills) and a minimum of 5 years work experience
  • OR Company sponsorship for the duration of your course. You will need to submit a reference from your line manager (e.g. a Chartered Surveyor or Project Manager) confirming your level of experience and suitability for the course
  • OR 5 GCSEs, grades A*-C grades including English and maths, plus a minimum of 5 years work experience on-site or in a design studio/surveying office (references required)
  • You will be expected to attend an interview and complete short, diagnostic tests to assess your current academic level

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.

Additional entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years old to join this course
  • You need to be in full-time employment in a construction-related job

What you will Study

  • Providing a thorough grounding in construction principles at Level 4 that leads the student to a range of specialist progression pathways possible at a higher level within the construction sector.
  •  Equipping individuals with commercial acumen, understanding and construction skills for success in a range of administrative and management roles in construction.
  • Enabling progression to a university degree by supporting the development of appropriate academic study skills. Enabling progression to further professional qualifications in specific construction areas by mapping to units in a range of professional construction qualification


    Year 1

    - Design principles and application for construction and the built environment.

    - Science and materials for construction and the built environment.

    - Environmental impact of construction.

    - Health, safety and welfare for construction and the built environment.

    Year 2

    - Project management for construction and the built environment.

    - Law and contract for construction and the built environment.

    - Group project in the construction industry.

    - Site surveying procedures for construction and the built environment.


    Assessment methods are varied and include practical work, assignments, essays and presentations.


    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 - Ypu 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.


    Academic standards for assessment are agreed with and monitored by Pearson.  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 7 hours contact time per week.


    - 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.

    - 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 employerability skills, 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.

    Additional information - If you are an industry professional with a considerable experience, the College provides a route for the recognition of the achievements resulting from continuous learning. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) enables recognition of achievement from a range of activities using any valid assessment methodology. Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met, the use of RPL is acceptable for accrediting a unit, units or a whole qualification. Evidence of learning must be valid and reliable.


    - On to a construction related degree programme at university 

    - Enable student to obtain a better job in industry

    - Professional qualifications with CIOB, RICS

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