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BSc (Hons)

Duration

3 years F/T (4 years with placement)

Placement

48-week placement (optional), 750 hour opportunities available

Entry

September 2024, February 2025

Fees

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Department of Sustainable Construction
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Construction jobs account for between 5-7% of all jobs in the UK*

*Crewitt, 2022

217,000 new construction workers needed in the UK by 2025*

*CITB, 2021

Construction projects are complex and varied. As a result, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to enable you to lead in the planning, control and managing of these projects so you can be a vital part of the professional workforce needed to join the sector in the next few years. 

You will learn to work effectively alone and in teams. Technology is changing so fast that some of the things you will learn as a student will already be out of date when you graduate. As a result, the most important development you will undertake is becoming an independent learner so you can continue your learning journey past graduation and adapt to changes in technology in the industry throughout your career. Our course also offers you the opportunity to spend an extra year expanding your horizons with a paid placement in industry, boosting your employment prospects after you graduate. 

Throughout your learning, you will be supported by our brand new construction facilities on campus, giving you hands-on experience with the latest technology and equipment used in the industry. By completing our Construction Management undergraduate course, you will gain a Level 6 qualification to go into industry or can take your study further on our Construction Project Management MSc degree.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Learn the project management tools and planning techniques needed to manage a construction project
  • EXPERT TUITION – Learn from our highly-qualified staff with extensive practical knowledge of construction management
  • MODERN METHODS – There is a firm focus on sustainability and health and safety to meet the demands of the future
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Students on our construction courses learn in real-world training environments at University College Birmingham. Our brand new Sustainable Construction Skills Centre at the James Cond Building offers state-of-the-art facilities with changing green technologies to allow you to explore industry standard techniques and modern methods of construction in practice, and how existing building stock can be adapted to meet current sustainability standards. At the centre and at Camden House, you will have access to:

• Training rigs
• Production line technology
• Industry 4.0 rigs
• Process manufacturing training equipment
• Hydraulics
• Pneumatics
• Renewable energy simulators
• Control engineering rigs
• Cyber-physical systems
• Mechatronics automation
• PLCs
• Fluid dynamics software
• MATLAB and SolidWorks design software
• Enhanced IT facilities

Sustainable Construction Skills Centre

Formerly a print works, this historic art deco building has been retrofitted to become our new Sustainable Construction Skills Centre. 

Camden House

Camden House is a bespoke STEM education and training facility where construction students learn CAD, mechanics and fluids.

Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Year 1

Introduction to Construction

This module introduces the construction industry and the roles of professionals in its development. The key professional roles will be considered, and how they are interlinked for a successful development. The key themes for the degree will also introduce health, safety, welfare and how these regulations have reduced accidents within the industry. Sustainability will introduce the history and future aspirations for the planet and how this is included in current construction projects. Finally, the role of continuous professional development in the construction industry will be addressed employment opportunities and routes analysed.

Domestic Construction Technology

Domestic Construction Technology focuses on the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of domestic construction. The module introduces principles and practices of design and construction from inception with the design and planning approval, building regulations at pre-construction, while sub structure design and construction, superstructure, finishes and services are considered, as well as design, location and alternative components available.

Construction Organisational Management

Construction Organisational Management covers the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of construction project management. The module introduces principles and practices of management from inception of a project through construction phase to post contract facilities management. Project planning, monitoring and control of commercial aspects, contractual procedures and planning/programming of a project.

Construction Law and Statutory Regulation

This module focuses on the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of construction law. The module introduces principles and practices of legal and statutory control of construction operations including the creation of law, tort, and contract fundamentals. Statutory control will be considered through Town and Country planning legislation, localisation, and statutory and independent building control systems.

Commercial and Industrial Construction

Commercial and Industrial Construction module will extend construction knowledge into commercial high-rise structures and industrial buildings. The design of such buildings will be analysed for structural and non-structural members including foundations, frames, cladding and roofing. Building services and fire engineering requirements will be reviewed in compliance with legislation. Sustainability and off-site manufacture will be considered for such developments.

Construction Management Practice

This module focuses on the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of construction project management. It introduces principles and practices of management from inception of a project through construction phase to post contract facilities management. Project planning, monitoring and control of commercial aspects, contractual procedures and planning/programming of a project.

Year 2

Construction Procurement

This module will give you a clear understanding of procurement processes in the construction industry. Outlining the key procurement routes and tendering processes for public contracts, as well as those for private procurement projects. The procurement processes for professional client services will be covered. Principal contractor and the supply chain procurement will be explored along with software products that are used to ease the procurement process.

Construction Economics

The subject of this module is micro and macro-economics of the construction sector. Construction economics will be covered, including the theoretical and practical knowledge, and the analytical skills, necessary to understand the key events that shape or affect the property markets and construction activities. The related principles of construction economics and the rationalities behind the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services will also be explained.

Construction Management

This module introduces students to how construction projects are managed on site. The processes of planning, programming, leading, managing and controlling projects from site setup to project completion. This will be related to construction sites and will include the necessary aspects of health, safety and welfare. Computer software packages and what they can do to support construction management will be evaluated. The triangle of Time, Quality and Cost will be analysed to completing a project to these constraints.

Construction Maintenance Management

This module aims to develop understanding of, and practice in, the skills associated with managing, planning and controlling the maintenance of buildings. At the end of this module, students will be able to effectively design and implement repair and maintenance strategies for the built environment estate. This module is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the role of maintenance/facilities management in the built environment and the ongoing maintenance of the built estate from the strategic point of view.

Construction Organisational Practices and Financial Management

This module focuses on the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of business organisation structures, their formation, management structure and control of resources. The legality of setting up a business with associated finances and accounting evidence which support a viable business. Management structures at both head office and site level so the management of resources ensure an ethical organisation structure and economic use of resources.

Construction Contract Practice and Administration

This module focuses on the fundamental concepts of which contract to select for the project, the parties to the contract and the roles of the professionals employed by the client. Clauses within the contract will be reviewed with practical examples of their use and meaning. Change notices will be evaluated for time and cost implications. Commercial and contractual procedures will be evaluated and implemented to ensure a successful conclusion to the completion of the works for all those involved with the project.

Year 3

Construction Project Control, Health and Safety

This module covers the principles and practices of project control and health and safety. Techniques used during the design through to project completion encompassing the application of BIM, programming, commercial aspects and fire engineering, all associated with design and construction phases of project control. Health and Safety law will be introduced and its application within the built environment and management within the company structure will be applied to ensure safe systems of work are designed and implemented.

Construction Development Economics Project

This module focuses on concepts, principles and practices involved in construction management from a holistic perspective. It introduces principles and practices of management from inception of a project through the construction phase to post contract facilities management and demolition. Project planning, monitoring and control of commercial aspects, contractual procedures and planning/programming of a project are included. Progress of students will be monitored through a self-assessment rating of their development.

Contemporary Construction Management

This module covers contemporary construction management with research into future industry developments which will be evaluated for implementation into construction projects. Including modern methods of construction to reduce on site time while improving quality. Procurement options for goods and services and the financial aspects of cost planning and management of the development project.

Sustainability in Construction

This module concentrates on the environmental impact of construction process and projects. It looks at common methods of assessing sustainability and how it can be improved on a specific project or element of a project. Students will compare assessment methods and develop understanding of the complex interaction of sustainability.

Construction Dissertation OR Industry Based Construction Research Project

Construction Dissertation The Project Module or Dissertation will encompass sections on the introduction to Research Methods and the development of the project proposal itself. The second section will involve the undertaking of the project as planned and the creation of the report. You will be assigned a supervisor with broad knowledge and skills relevant to individuals’ research topics. They will be able to provide advice during the research methods section and in refining a research proposal. The supervisor, through regular face-to-face, on-line meetings and telephone discussions, will then continue to provide support and guidance throughout the rest of the research process. Industry Based Construction Research Project This module encompasses sections on the introduction to Research Methods and the development of the project proposal itself. You will be assigned a supervisor with broad knowledge and skills relevant to individuals’ research topics. They will be able to provide advice during the research methods section and in refining a research proposal. The supervisor, through regular face-to-face, on-line meetings and telephone discussions, will then continue to provide support and guidance throughout the rest of the research process. Where possible, the supervisor sessions will be in conjunction with a representative from the employer sponsoring the project.

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.

Entry requirements 

Entry requirements

A-levels: An A-level grade profile of CDD.

T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component of grade C.

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM (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 80 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 80 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

GCSEs: Students should have GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics at grades 9-4/A*-C or equivalent.

Work-based: Equal consideration is given to applicants who are currently in relevant construction work and wish to apply to University College Birmingham. To apply, they must have a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating technical, management or supervisory duties. Any application must also include a reference from their line manager which supports entry to higher education.

International students

For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component is required.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.

Teaching

Example of a typical teaching week (up to 12 contact hours):

  • Teaching method 1 – 9 hours large group teaching
  • Teaching method 2 –  6 (8 for international) hours tutorials, subject-related workshops etc)

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.

Assessment

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 55%
  • Practical assessment – 15%
  • Written examinations – 30%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2023/24 and 2024/25).

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year. The course fee for academic year 2024/2025 is £14,000 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.

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Kick-Start Scheme

As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, 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 may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

Unibuddy Community - 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, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, 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 email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.

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of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements

Practice 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.

There is an optional placement year available between years 2 and 3. It will last 10 months and will be a paid opportunity in construction management, either on site or in a design office.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Glenn Howells Architects
  • Tilbury Douglas
  • GMI Construction
  • Watkin Jones Group 
  • Couch Perry Wilkes consultancy

Construction management is an exciting career where you can work on a wide range of projects all round the world. I know the excitement of seeing a project rise out of the ground to a finished structure. Our course provides the skills to work in the world of modern construction with a knowledge of modern construction methods and management skills.

Deborah Bunce Head of Sustainable Construction

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Rail project manager (Birmingham)

Average Salary: £42,000

Transportation project manager (Birmingham)

Average Salary: £45,000

Project manager (Derby)

Salary: £47,000 - £62,000

Senior site-based project manager (Coventry)

Salary: £27,000 - £78,000

Want to continue your studies? Completing this BSc will give you the opportunity to move onto our Construction Project Management MSc degree.

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