BSc (Hons) Construction

The BSc (Hons) Construction degree prepares students for an exciting career in the construction industry. The construction industry is vital to the UK economy. Around 10% of the workforce is employed in this industry, which provides a wide range of opportunities for construction graduates. The career opportunities in the construction industry are unique because they are closely linked to allied engineering sectors, e.g. civil and mechanical engineering.

We are well suited for this course because of Peterborough’s historical roots in construction education spanning decades and the partnerships with major employers, e.g. JBA Bentley, Atkins Global, Princebuild and Skanska.

This course will enable graduates to develop their capacity for leadership positions in the construction sector. An integral aspect of this degree is the introduction of a structured placement to encourage students without prior experience in the construction industry to gain practical work experience. Students are able to develop their communication, numeracy, IT, teamwork, analytical and problem solving skills within a built environment context.

At Level 4, students learn the background applications of science in construction, principles of the UK legal systems, economics, professional skills, modern house building methods, site management, and surveying.

At Level 5, they investigate resource management to identify and manage the resources required to operate a construction organisation with focus on the development process.

At Level 6, students will have a knowledge of lean and value management, and new exciting modules on environment and sustainability. The Undergraduate Project provides a platform for students to work independently to develop expertise in a specified area that can deliver design solutions for a construction project.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying for a course to start in September 2020, please contact the admissions team for our current entry requirements as these may be lower during the Clearing period. Click here for more information about Clearing.

If you are applying for a course to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:

64 UCAS points with at least one qualification in a related subject:

  • A-levels - Mathematics and Physics (DDE or CC)
  • BTEC (MPP)
  • Cambridge Technicals (MPP)
  • Access to HE (45 credits)

Students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

An interview may be required before an offer can be made.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit The tariff points for qualifications can be added together. We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels, BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Advanced Highers and Level 3 Apprenticeships.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Application of Science in Construction (15 credits)
  • Principles of the UK Legal System (15 credits)
  • IT and Communications (15 credits)
  • Professional Route in the Built Environment (15 credits)
  • Modern Methods of House Building (15 credits)
  • Economics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Surveying (15 credits)
  • Site Operations Management (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Project Administration, Planning and Programming (15 credits)
  • Resource Management (30 credits)
  • Measurement (15 credits)
  • Modern methods of Commercial and Industrial Building (15 credits)
  • Professional Management Skills (15 credits)
  • Environmental Building Performance (15 credits)
  • Construction Business Management (15 credits)
    Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
    • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
    • Technology and Innovation in the Built Environment (15 credits)
    • Lean and Value Management (15 credits)
    • Managing the Environment in the Built Sector (15 credits)
    • The Future is Green Project (15 credits)
    • Running an Construction Business (15 credits)
    • Project Management (15 credits)

      A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

      When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

      We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

      Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

      Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
      • 40%     Lectures
      • 45%     Seminars
      • 15%     Workshops
      Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
      • 35%     Lectures
      • 50%     Seminars
      • 15%     Workshops
      Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
      • 25%     Lectures
      • 50%     Seminars
      • 25%     Workshops

      There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

      If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

      The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open until 9pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

      Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

      The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

      Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

      Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
      • 45%     Coursework
      • 25%     Written Exams
      • 30%     Practical Exams
      Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
      • 50%     Coursework
      • 20%     Written Exams
      • 30%     Practical Exams
      Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
      • 60%     Coursework
      • 10%     Written Exams
      • 30%     Practical Exams

      We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

      Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

      Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

      70%+         First
      60-69%     2:1
      50-59%     2:2
      40-49%     Third

      As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience to aid their career development.

      Many of the students on this degree study part-time as they are already employed in a construction role in Peterborough or the surrounding area and can share their industry experience and knowledge in lectures and seminars.

      Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

      • Construction Manager
      • Residential Layout Designer
      • Site / Estates Manager
      • Graduate Project Manager
      • Programme / Contracts Manager
      • BIM / Technical Coordinator
      • Estimator
      • Maintenance Supervisor

      I am the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Construction degree at University Centre Peterborough and HNC/HND Construction and Civil Engineering qualifications at Peterborough Regional College. I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since Sept 2016 on a number of units including Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment and Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment to name a few.

      My previous occupation includes 15 years as Health and Safety Officer and FE Lecturer at Peterborough Regional College.  During that time I have also taught on a range of statutory and regulatory body courses including:  Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health in the Uk (NEBOSH) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

      Prior to this I held a dual role as the Estate Manager and Health & Safety Officer at Askham Bryan College.  Responsible for the daily running of the site including three farms and 750 acres of arable land.  In that role I was responsible for all the planned and preventative maintenance for all buildings, machinery and agriculture equipment and the vehicle fleet.  I worked closely with local architects, contractors, and consultants and on several new builds over £500k gaining first-hand experience of the CDM Regulations.  Another development in the role enabled me to set up an estate committee with several other colleges in North and East Yorkshire to source for bulk fuel at a cheaper price.

      Since completing my degree I am interested in a number of research areas that is having a detrimental effect on the construction industry in particular the mental health of the workforce, why asbestos still remains the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and new technology and innovations such as smart technology for building.


      • BSc (Hons) Construction Management, Anglia Ruskin University
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      • Certificate in Education (Cert Ed), University of Northampton

      Professional Membership

      • Chartered Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
      • Member, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
      • Founder Member, Institute of Leadership and Management
      • Practitioner, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

      If you are applying for a course to start in September 2020, please contact the admissions team for more information about applying during the Clearing period. Click here for more information about Clearing.

      If you are applying for a course to start in September 2021, you can now apply through UCAS.

      When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

      All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

      All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

      Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

      If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

      When to apply

      We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

      The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2020.


      • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 15th January 2020.
      • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.


      • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from 25th February to 5th July 2020.
      • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.


      • From 6th July 2020 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing. Click here for more information about Clearing.
      • This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
      • If you have applied and been accepted at another university and want to change the course to study, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
      • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support

      Types of offer

      When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

      • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
      • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
      • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

      Applicant days

      • We will be holding Applicant Days for new students in March 2020.
      • These are open to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer and give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions.
      • If you are still deciding on where to study then these days can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

      Key Facts

      UCAS Code
      Institution code
      Accredited by:
      Anglia Ruskin University

      University Centre Peterborough

      Start Date
      The next start date for this course is September 2021. If you wish to start a Construction course in September 2020, please see HNC Construction (Construction Management) or HNC Construction (Civil Engineering).

      Tuition fees

      The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2020/21 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

      Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

      There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

      Additional Notes

      Click here for terms and conditions 2020/21 including our complaints policy.

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