BSc (Hons) Construction Management Top-up

The construction industry is vital to the UK economy. Around 10% of the workforce is employed in this industry, which includes a wide range of opportunities for skilled people and especially graduates. This makes construction management not only a highly relevant course of study, but also potentially a very rewarding one.

The course aims to develop your knowledge of building technology principles and your ability to communicate through a range of processes. It will also enable you to demonstrate your understanding of how managers have influenced building processes in a historical economic context.

The course will give you a sense of enquiry and reflective self-analysis to serve as a basis for continued professional development. It will enable you to interpret and synthesise information from a range of sources, thus demonstrating a capacity for conceptual, critical and independent thinking, using appropriate methodology and techniques.

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

  • You will develop autonomous decision making skills and project management experience which will enable you to supervise and manage construction projects.
  • During your studies you will use industry standard equipment and also be invited to compete against other institutions using computer-based simulation software.
  • You can study this course after completing the HNC or FdSc in Construction, with the flexibility of studying full or part-time.
  • There are excellent job opportunities in Peterborough and the surrounding area as the course has strong links with local employers.

Completion of HNC/HND Construction or FdSc Construction. If you have a Level 5 qualification you might be exempt from the Level 5 modules.

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification. If you did not complete your HNC/D or FdSc qualification in the UK you will require IELTS score of 6.5.

A face to face interview is required before an offer can be made.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

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.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should 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.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

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, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. 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.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

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 5)
  • Project Administration (15 credits)
  • Construction Resource Management (30 credits)
  • Measurement (15 credits)
  • Advanced Construction Technology (15 credits)
  • Analysis and Control of Production Costs (15 credits)
  • Environmental Building Performance (15 credits)
  • Construction Planning and Programming (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Construction Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
  • Project Evaluation and Development (15 credits)
  • Environmental Management for the Construction Industry (15 credits)
  • The Strategic Construction Entrepreneur (15 credits)
  • Running a Construction Business (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 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 full day a week over two semesters per year).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 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.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

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

  • Coursework
  • Reports
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Virtual laboratory assessment
  • Written examination
  • Dissertation (final year)

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.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Entry to the BSc (Hons) Construction Management (Top-up) is subject to approval of accreditation of prior certificated / experiential learning with a minimum 120 credits at level 4. The award classification is based on the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the best module results totalling a maximum 180 credits at levels 5 and 6 of which a minimum of 105 are
at level 6 (see regulation 8.60 for further guidance). 

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

Together with relevant experience in the construction sector, this degree could lead to a successful career in senior roles such as Construction Site Management, Consultation, Project Co-ordination, Costing and Tendering, Training and Development. The degree could also provide entry onto numerous postgraduate courses such as MSc Construction Management.

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

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

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

WHEN TO APPLY

For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, 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 a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Monday 15th January 2018.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Sunday 25th February to Wednesday 4th July 2018. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

Clearing
From Thursday 5th July 2018 you can apply via UCAS through 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, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.

WHAT IF I DON’T GET THE GRADES I EXPECTED?

Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

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