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Construction Management (BSc, HND, HNC)

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The overall aim of these programmes is to provide a full and satisfying vocational experience appropriate to Honours degree level.

This will develop the student's ability to understand concepts, apply academic rigour and appraise critically the issues involved in the study of management in the built environment.

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PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Construction Management (BSc)
UCAS Code: CSM1
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Construction Management (HND)
UCAS Code: CSM8
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Construction Management (HNC)
UCAS Code: CSM9
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Full-time applicants who wish to start in September should apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants should apply through the University.


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Contact Email: alan.nantel@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Allan Lee Nantel


Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. We have a unique progression from pre-degree, BSc to MSc and research degrees which engages directly with employability and solutions for industrial issues.
  2. The School is embedded in Wales’s construction industry with close links to industrial organisations e.g. CIOB, RICS, CABE, CITB.
  3. Centre of excellence and innovation for Wales and the South West (CWIC).
  4. Staff are members of the Wales Regional Centre of Expertise, Research and Innovation group on the Circular Economy.
  5. Direct links and projects with TRADA.
  6. Live sustainable construction projects with Down to Earth.
  7. Strong industry links with waste management and managing construction and demolition waste.
  8. Practitioners from industry teaching as Lecturers with a high level of experience.
  9. High rates of employability rates amongst our students after their studies.
  10. Cross-disciplinary teaching and research for the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
  11. MSc programmes in Property and Facilities Management, Sustainable Construction and Environmental Conservation and Management.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Construction Industry continues to offer rewarding and sustained employment within the UK and overseas, from house building to major infrastructure and capital projects, all being undertaken with the support of sustainable approaches, and an ethos of community and environmental care.

Taken as a whole, it is a major contributor to UK GDP (directly around 9% in 2020, rising to around 10% overall, when the entire value chain is considered). It is, without doubt, a driver of historical GDP growth within the UK.

The industry value chain is made up of around 300,000 firms, including many small- and medium-sized family and local businesses. These employ over 3 million people in a multitude of roles representing 8% of all UK employment. Employment opportunity is diverse in nature, from the management of projects, design and costing, to on-site investigation in feasibility, operations logistics, planning and the installation of plant and building services.

The Construction Management course at UWTSD offers students an understanding of the design techniques, methodology and implementation of projects from inception to Client handover, drawing upon UK and worldwide case studies to build knowledge in practical application and professional skills for employment.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (HNC, HND & BSc)

  • Digital Surveying (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Fundamentals of Construction Technology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Contract and Legal Responsibilities within the Built Environment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Material Science and Building Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Professional Skills and Health & Safety in Construction (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Working with Digital Technologies & BIM (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (HND & BSc)

  • Modern and Traditional Construction: Managing the Design and Construction Process (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Project Control & Contract Administration (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Project Planning for Construction (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Self-Development, Professional Practice and the Management of Construction Personnel (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Management of Sustainable Construction (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Work Based Project (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Advanced Construction & Civil Engineering Technology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Building Conservation, Asset & Facilities Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Construction Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Integrated Group Project (20 credits; compulsory).
Assessment

Assessments used within these Programmes are normally formative or summative. In the former assessment is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

Typically, such assessment will take the form of practical exercises where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities. Traditional formal time-constrained assessment is by means of tests and examinations, normally of two-hour duration. 

Examinations are a traditional method of verifying that the work produced is the students’ own work.  To help authenticate student coursework, some modules require that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the lecturer to monitor progress.

Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session.

Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated.

Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Construction Management (BSc)
You will need 96 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (previously 240 UCAS tariff points).

Construction Management (HND)
You will need 48 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (previously 120 UCAS tariff points).

Construction Management (HNC)
You will need 40 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (previously 100 UCAS tariff points).

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. 

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Career Opportunities

This programme will meet industry demands, and in doing so provide a sound intellectually demanding vocational learning experience linked to industry and professional bodies, a requirement that satisfies the needs of both students and employers.  

Furthermore, the programme team has developed the aims of the course to enhance the development of technical competence and training at a level which is capable of meeting the industry’s current requirements for middle management.

Module outcomes address concerns such as sustainability, energy efficiency, facilities management along with the more familiar outcomes such as management theories, literacy, problem-solving and client needs. Supplementing these is a range of higher level skills which have been designed to integrate with module outcomes.     

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as a major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries, and other available funding opportunities, please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Accommodation

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