of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them
Why should I choose this course?
- PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply your learning against real-world scenarios and get hands-on experience studying in our cutting-edge construction facilities
- WORK PLACEMENT – Enhance your career prospects with opportunities to undertake a placement with one of our industry partners
- FLEXIBLE LEARNING – Study through a range of mediums such as virtual, blended, online and face-to-face
- EXPERT TUITION – Learn from experienced lecturers with a wealth of knowledge from working in the construction industry, as well as leading guest speakers
Students on our construction and engineering courses will learn in brand new real-world training environments under development at University College Birmingham. Our brand new Engineering and Sustainable Construction Centre at the iconic James Cond Building will offer state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed to develop skills that support employers and their supply chains, along with further new facilities at Camden House. These will include:
• Production line technology
• Industry 4.0 rigs
• Process manufacturing training equipment
• Renewable energy simulators
• Cyber physical system
• Mechatronics automation
• Fluid dynamics software
• MATLAB design software
• Enhanced IT facilities
James Cond Building
Formerly a print works, this historic art deco building will become the home of our new Engineering and Sustainable Construction Centre.
Due for completion in Summer 2022, our refurbishment of Camden House will create a bespoke STEM education and training facility.
Topics you will study:
- Pearson Set Individual Project Construction Technology
- Science and Materials
- Construction Practice and Management
- Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction
- Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)
- Surveying, Measuring and Setting Out
You will also study two optional modules (TBA).
- Construction Technology
- Building Information Modelling
- Tender and Procurement
- Civil Engineering Technology
- Group Project
- Contracts and Management
- Advanced Construction Drawing and Detailing
- Construction Technology for Complex Building Projects
- Project Management
The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
A-levels: An A-level grade profile of DDD-CD.
T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component profile less than C.
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MPP-PPP. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Apprenticeship: Achieve an advanced apprenticeship (Level 3).
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 72-56 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 72-56 UCAS Tariff points.
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff-based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry.
GCSEs: You should also have a minimum grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics, or Functional Skills Level 2.
Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to University College Birmingham. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details, please contact Admissions.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
Teaching and assessment
Your studies will be delivered through different mediums such as virtual, blended, online and traditional face-to-face practical activities and lectures. Guest lecturers from industry will also support in the delivery of modules and specialist topics.
Assessment occurs through a combination of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher-level skills. Many modules will require a practical demonstration of skills, while others will require you to carry out your own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team.
In many cases, assignments will be set against a real-world scenario by employers, and you will gain experience of presenting your ideas, results and solutions to employer panels.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
If you are a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status enrolling on a full-time HND in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be approximately £9,250 per each full year. UK students do not pay tuition fees for any placement periods.
A HNC is a part-time programme and the fees would therefore be approximately £4,625 per full year of the programme.
If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time HND in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £12,500 per year.
If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half-year placement.
UCBconnect - meet other students on your course
Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.
As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit ucb.ac.uk/ucbconnect.
Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired team can help find the ideal placement for you.
We encourage students on our HND Construction and the Built Environment course to gain work experience throughout your studies.
Tilbury Douglas is delighted to be working in partnership with University College Birmingham on the development of the new sustainable construction courses. As an employer, it is vital that our employees can access robust, fit-for-purpose qualifications that will address the skills shortage and provide our future and existing workforce with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to demonstrate competency in their roles. We are passionate about recruiting and developing our own talent for the future, while ensuring we remain committed to sustainably delivering vital infrastructure to communities across the UK. This collaboration will help us to achieve this.
The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.
Average Salary: £25,000
Average Salary: £26,500
Average Salary: £30,000
Average Salary: £28,000
Building control officer
Average Salary: £41,000
Average Salary: £26,500
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Engineering and Construction at University College Birmingham
Discover more about our new construction and engineering courses and facilities, including plans for a state-of-the-art Engineering and Sustainable Construction Centre at University College Birmingham.