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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: Bedford College
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:KD2K

About the course

Increasingly, construction companies are looking for employees who have the skills to build with full consideration given to sustainability. This course gives you this expertise, opening the door to a professional route into the industry.

The course prepares you to contribute to construction design and management with full consideration given to sustainability and environmental issues, in response to European and UK legislation and the need for energy conservation, sustainability and environmental protection.

Areas covered include how best to utilise land or space; ways to make buildings more energy efficient; how to inspect and operate a range of alternative fuel systems; and hands-on experience with systems such as solar domestic hot water heating, ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic systems.

Whether you study full-time or part-time to fit around employment (one day or evening per week for the duration of the course), your knowledge of a building’s structure and the sustainable systems inside it will impress prospective employers and turn you into a confident, forward-thinking building engineer.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain the most up-to-date skills and technical knowledge required to construct the buildings of tomorrow
  • Study in excellent facilities with modern technologies, including the most modern alternative fuel systems available
  • Cover specialist areas such as sustainable building techniques; land-efficient designs; solar domestic hot water heating systems; ground source heat pumps; photovoltaic systems; and climate change issues
  • Learn problem solving, evaluation and analytical skills relevant to the construction industry, as you combine theoretical study with practical experience
  • Develop a range of transferable skills, including those required for management roles through study of management practice
  • Benefit from a course that allows you to take on a year’s ‘top up’ course and complete an Honour’s degree in a related subject
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.


Units

  • Building Physics And Energy Utilisation (CLD010-1) Compulsory
  • Fundamental Mathematics And Personal Development (CLD009-1) Compulsory
  • Heating Cooling And Power (CLD005-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Health Safety And Environment (CLD003-1) Compulsory
  • Waste Management (CLD007-1) Compulsory
  • Work Based Learning A Application Of Principles (CLD008-1) Compulsory
  • Building Science (CLD001-2) Compulsory
  • Fundamentals Of Building Regulation (CLD003-2) Compulsory
  • Land Utilisation And Building Design For The Future (CLD012-2) Compulsory
  • Materials And Carbon Neutral Buildings (CLD011-2) Compulsory
  • Work Based Learning B Research Practice And Innovation In Sustainable Construction (CLD007-2) Compulsory

Assessments take the form of professional reports, in case of Health and Safety it is actual CSCS tests undertaken by students, both operative as well as management, which help in obtaining employment. Latter part of sciences and environmental studies involve time controlled activities, where students undertake investigative work in the morning and prepare the report of findings in the afternoon, this is very similar to the industry practice. Work Based Learning assessment is through a reflective diary and frequent meetings with the unit leader allowing the students to develop their learning progressively. The unit leaders also provide the students with formative feedback, some activities like technology are taught through use of Computer Aided Design allowing students to practice what they have learned through application. Every year the Course Manager and Link Tutor produce a Year Organiser, this not only lists the key dates for the students to follow, but lists the due dates for the assignments, specialist activities such as trade shows and seminars, as well as industrial visits.

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


The course will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge to work in an important, much sought-after role specialising in energy conservation, microgeneration, environment and sustainability. There are also career opportunities in building design and construction; the consulting engineering sectors of the construction industry; and maintenance and facilities management.

For full-time students, the units of work-based learning open up opportunities and progression routes for careers and further study in construction areas considered to be in high demand.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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.

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

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