Do you want to become part of the team that designs, constructs and maintains tomorrow’s infrastructure? Do you want a career with earning potential and a course that promotes teamwork and work-based learning? Sharpen your team working abilities and gain the knowledge and skills required to enter the dynamic world of professional construction management.
Enhance your career prospects in construction management and quantity surveying through study at University Centre Colchester.
Our courses are designed in conjunction with professional bodies, employers and practitioners to ensure the course content is kept relevant and challenging.
The industry is fast moving. New construction methods, techniques and technologies develop rapidly and legislation is always changing, which is reflected in the course delivery.
The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Construction Management programme will provide broad based core studies which will develop technological and managerial skills and knowledge. Optional modules will develop specialist pathways in either Site Management or Commercial Management. The course will develop knowledge and understanding of construction processes, management skills, building technology and environmental and sustainability issues. Key aspects of the programme are the work-based modules that allow the students to apply their learning in the workplace.
This course is taught through a mixture of group and individual classroom activity, guided assignments, presentations, case studies and formal examinations. Students will need to undertake private study during the duration of the course. The amount will vary according to the student’s individual abilities and aspirations, but most students find that extra study is beneficial.
Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provide flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
32 UCAS points* (based on Pass at National Certificate/Diploma), AS or A Level study plus GCSEs (grades A*-C) in maths and English, or an equivalent level 2 qualification. NVQ Level 3 construction craft qualifications would also be suitable. Candidates with a Certificate in Higher Education in Construction can enter the third year of the part-time Foundation Degree in Construction. Applicants without any formal qualifications will be expected to have significant work-based experience and would normally be employed within the industry, or demonstrate the capacity and attainments needed to complete the course successfully. All candidates will be interviewed prior to enrolment.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2019.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Our graduates generally go on to further study and join the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. Graduates who enter employment tend to go on to work in a wide range of employment within construction management, commercial management and in site management, quantity surveying, site engineering, building control, or work as architectural technicians, in building control or building surveyors. Job roles include quantity surveyor, estimator, buyer, construction planner, site manager, contracts manager and site engineer.
Students who successfully gain this award can progress to the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management (Commercial Management) or (Site Management) at University Centre Colchester.
Site Management: Management of the construction process for residential or commercial developments.
Quantity Surveying: Management of all costs relating to construction projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. Surveyors seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money.
Site Engineering: The control, supervision, setting out and construction of residential and industrial developments.
Architectural Technician: The development and design of new buildings and structures including innovative design methods, and new and improved energy conservation systems for buildings.
Building Control: Ensuring that building regulations and other legislation are followed when houses, offices and other buildings are designed and constructed. These regulations cover areas such as public health, fire safety, energy conservation and building accessibility.
Building Surveyor: Specialisation in giving professional advice on all aspects of property and construction. Building surveyors work on the design and development of new buildings, as well as the restoration and maintenance of existing ones.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.