Foundation Degree in Construction Management

Approved by:

The University of Cumbria


This programme will provide students with an understanding of the principles and application of a range of design and construction technologies, and the skills for managing construction projects.

It will also give a knowledge of the legal and regulatory processes within the construction industry. The course will provide an understanding of environmental, sustainability and health and safety issues. A range of professional and intellectual skills will be developed, including site surveying, IT and the use of Computer Aided Design, pricing and problem solving.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide a balanced academic and practical, work based programme of study to meet the requirements of students wishing to progress to intermediate level construction management positions in large or small companies in the construction sector. A specific aim of the programme is to promote an active interest in and wider understanding of the construction management process and development of the construction manager as an important professional in society- able to address a wide range of built environment issues together with other professionals in the construction industry.

1. To enable students to develop understanding, skills and appreciation of relevant processes and theories for effective management of construction projects

2. To provide understanding of the fundamental principles and the application of a range of design and construction technologies, ICT, legal and contractual principles in construction projects.

3. To provide opportunities to develop the qualities and professional skills necessary to function effectively in a construction environment and support the attainment of relevant Construction Skills Certification (CSCS Scheme).

4. To develop students? abilities to apply independent critical thinking, skills and knowledge to identify problems in their organisations and formulate and implement effective solutions

5. To increase awareness of environmental, sustainability and life cycle issues related to construction, and approaches for addressing these

6. To provide opportunities, through optional modules and integrated work based learning, for students to gain additional knowledge of specialised aspects of construction management of relevance to their organisations

7. To provide a basis for progression in career and educational development through additional study for an honours degree

What are the entry requirements?

There are a wide range of potential entry qualifications including GCE Advanced level, Advanced GNVQ, BTEC Nationals, NVQ and 14-19 Diplomas at level 3 and professional level qualifications.

The normal entry qualifications for the Foundation Degree in Construction Management are; 80 points from a profile which can be made up from one of the following configurations:

• Level 3 Apprenticeship in a relevant subject.
• An NVQ 3 in a relevant subject
• 14-19 Diploma
• BTEC Nationals (Subsidiary, 9 unit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma)
• Two A2 level subjects
• One A2 level subject plus one single award (6 unit) AVCE
• One A2 level subject plus one AS level

Conditional acceptance can be given to applicants who have yet to obtain these qualifications.

In addition, the College has the discretion to admit students who may not meet the standard entry requirements providing there is evidence that the student otherwise demonstrates the potential to benefit from and succeed on the course. Evidenced professional/work experience may demonstrate equivalence.

As the course involves work-based learning and project work in a construction sector setting, it is a requirement that all students have access to an environment in this sector. This may mean you are employed within the sector, work-shadowing or a placement opportunity. The college will support the student in finding a suitable work placement if this is required.

What subjects will I study?

• Level 4 Construction Management
• Level 4 Construction Technology I
• Level 4 WBL 1 - ICT and CAD
• Level 4 Principles of project management
• Level 4 Legal, Health and Safety Studies
• Level 4 Land Surveying, Measurement and Pricing

• Level 5 Construction Technology II
• Level 5 Integrated Team Project
• Level 5 WBL Module II
• Level 5 Contract Procedures
• Level 5 Project Management-Methods and tools

Plus one of the following optional modules:

• Level 5 Building Services Engineering
• Level 5 Heritage and Restoration Management

How will I learn?

A mixture of lectures, workshops, discussions, tutorials, practical lab activities and work-based learning.

How will I be assessed?

Written reports, groupwork, practical work, presentations, portfolio of design work, ICT skills and exams.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Employment opportunities include site management, estimator/surveyor project management, surveyor. Students may be able to progress on to the Honours Degree programme BSc Construction Management or another related honours degree.

Click here for further information about the BSc Construction Management Top-Up

How long is the course?

Part-time Three Years
Attendance: Two evenings per week in term-time, plus work placement or relevant employment

When is the next start date?

The next intake will be September 2017.

Programme Specification

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Fees for Part-time study in 2018/19 are £1022 per 20 credit module. Typically
this will be £4088 per 80 credits. To gain the Foundation Degree you will need
to study and pass a total of 240 credits. Fees for the duration of the full
course, typically over 3 years, are £12,264 plus a small annual inflationary
increase as determined by the Government.

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How can I apply?

PART TIME students can apply directly to the college using our online application:

Furness College Application Form

PLEASE NOTE Applicants may be invited in for interview with the course tutor.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017

Simply submit your enquiry to us & we will email or call you back

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