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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:K220

About the course

Key industry bodies predict a huge demand for construction professionals in the near future. This Foundation degree is designed to deliver industry-ready individuals able to fill any skills gap and take up roles across different sectors, disciplines and projects.

Welcome to Construction Management from Dr James Bishop, Senior Lecturer

cabe - Chartered Association of Building Engineers

With its strong focus on employability, your experience on this course equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue an exciting career in the construction industry. It teaches you to work effectively with different construction professionals, whether that be designers, engineers, building contractors or specialist consultants. This ability is important in an industry that demands an integrated approach to building projects.

The course covers the full lifecycle of buildings from the design, planning and contracting of projects to client handover - and even on from there, to a building’s end of life. You work on real-life scenarios and case studies, and learn from a teaching team with a wealth of industry experience and close collaborative relationships within industry, including both regional and national employers.

Why choose this course

  • Our Building/Construction courses have student satisfaction ratings of 100% for academic support and 92% for teaching (NSS 2022)
  • The teaching team’s expertise and contacts bring the latest developments, techniques and technologies into the taught curriculum
  • Benefit from specialist presentations and seminars from industry experts including project managers and directors; civil engineers; local authority planners and construction professionals; government agency representatives; professional bodies; and past Bedfordshire Construction graduates who have progressed into senior positions in the industry
  • Gain experience of real building projects on site visits, which have recently included visits to individual projects worth over £1bn
  • You can apply for a Foundation degree even if you don’t have traditional academic qualifications; we welcome applicants with relevant work experience
  • Successful completion of this Foundation degree automatically qualifies you for registration on our BSc (Hons) Construction Management (Top-up), where you can top up to a full honours degree
Hear from FdSc Construction Management students Patrick and Tanishia

Accreditations

  • This course has been fully accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), an internationally recognised professional body. On completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to work your way through the CABE membership grades as you move forward with your career, and ultimately to progress to chartered status. Your association with CABE will signify to the industry and the public that you are a competent professional who strives for the highest possible standards.

Course Leader - Dr James Bishop

James is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (FCABE) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

James brings both academic and industrial experience to his role as Senior Lecturer in Construction Management and Building Technology at the University of Bedfordshire.

 
Find out more about Dr James Bishop

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Academic And Computer Skills, Health And Safety (CBF016-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Construction Economics (CBF028-1) Compulsory
  • Project Development And Building Control (CBF029-1) Compulsory
  • Sustainability, Environment And Construction Technology (CBF014-1) Compulsory
  • Work Based Learning A - Construction Management And Surveying For Construction (CBF030-1) Compulsory
  • Building Services And Project Management (CBF011-2) Compulsory
  • Building Technology (CBF021-2) Compulsory
  • Construction Contracts, Measurements And Processes (CBF020-2) Compulsory
  • Human Resource Management And Career Development (CBF009-2) Compulsory
  • Work Based Learning A - Managing People And Projects (CBF010-2) Compulsory

A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course. The types of assessment used range from practical work, which assesses the practical application of knowledge and concepts gained in lectures, seminars, and also from learning acquired during self-study, through to presentation and report based assessments. Time controlled in-class tests are also utilised to allow the students to experience and adjust to industry requirements.

Reasons to study in the School of Computer Science and Technology

  • Specialist computing suites in our £40m STEM building
  • Our computing courses are BCS and IET accredited
  • Dedicated engineering environments & equipment in our new STEM building
  • Our Engineering courses are IET accredited

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


Key industry bodies have indicated a huge projected demand for, and shortages of construction professionals and technical staff.

This will offer a range of opportunities to our construction management graduates across different sectors, disciplines and projects to fill that skills gap, and to provide high-quality input where it’s most needed in the industry.

The course has been designed to deliver ‘industry-ready’ graduates, who have the skills and knowledge to work at a professional standard, and have a high-level of understanding of industry demands.

The course has also been developed to provide graduates with different career options and to follow various career paths, depending on their particular fields of interest. In the past, our graduates have gone on to work for local authorities, housing associations, large, medium and small building contractors, as well as specialist consultancies and agencies.

Job roles that graduates have taken have included assistant site managers, trainee project planners, managers, surveyors and estimators.

On successful completion of the Construction Management foundation degree, you will also automatically qualify for registration on to our BSc (Hons) Construction Management (Top-up) degree should you choose to. This will give you the opportunity to take the necessary level six units to complete a full undergraduate honours degree.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165 per year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165 per year.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student