This is a programme to address the national skills shortage within the field of building services engineering and specifically for plumbing/heating engineers and electricians. It is an excellent opportunity to gain both a qualification and skills within a challenging and rewarding discipline. There are a number of career paths and many job prospects both locally, nationally and internationally.
The programme will provide broad based core studies which will develop skills and knowledge to manage, design and install building services engineering systems. Optional modules will develop specialist pathways particularly in Electrical Installation and Mechanical Services Engineering.
Building services engineering is the engineering of the internal environment and the environmental impact of a building. It essentially brings buildings and structures to life. Building services engineers also work closely with other construction professionals such as architects, structural engineers and quantity surveyors.
Building services engineers influence the architecture of a building and play a significant role in the sustainability and energy demand of a building. Within building services engineering, new roles are emerging, for example in the areas of renewable energy, sustainability, low carbon technologies and energy management. With buildings accounting for around 50% of all carbon emissions, building services engineers play a significant role in combating climate change.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, 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.
You will be expected to hold a level 3 qualification in your occupational area, e.g. City & Guilds 2330 Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology, or City & Guilds 6129 Plumbing, or equivalent qualification, as well as minimum of two years’ experience in the relevant industry.
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 who do not go on to further study, go on to a wide range of careers with in the construction industry. These career sectors include, but are not limited to, construction (supervising and operations), design (residential and commercial), electrical technology, building control, building surveyor, restoration and estimator.
Design: Designing layouts and requirements for building services for residential or commercial developments.
Construction: Supervising the construction of the building services, commissioning systems and ongoing maintenance and operation of services.
Environmental: Developing new energy saving methods for construction, designing new and improved energy conservation systems for buildings.
Plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC): Specialising in the design, development, construction and operation of HVAC systems.
Electrical technology: Specialising in the design and development of electrical systems required for the safe and energy sustaining operation of buildings.
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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