BSc (Hons) Construction Management (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS Code18R7
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
A 3D model of a building in a built environment class

Course Highlights

Joint 1st in the UK

for graduate prospects in the (Complete University Guide 2022)*

Industrial placements

provide potential opportunities for future employment

Accredited

by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Why choose this course?

The Construction Industry is one of the largest employment sectors in the UK and requires a constant supply of construction managers to run building and civil engineering projects of all sizes.

The course:

  • includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study
  • will extend your interest and reinforce your understanding of how projects are created, managed, constructed and are operated upon completion
  • can open up a wide range of career options in construction management, being as diverse or as specialist as you want it to be in pursuing your own personal goals and ambitions
  • is accredited by the Charted Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • *is part of a subject area rated joint first in the UK for graduate prospects in the Building subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
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Key course features

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • Visits to live construction projects to observe site operations in practice.
  • Further opportunities to directly engage with industry through conferences and guest lectures.
  • Wide-ranging industry-standard digital resources available for use on- and off-campus.
  • Compulsory placements that facilitate potential opportunities for employment.
  • The option to transfer to part-time study with no ‘catch-up’ should you gain employment during the course, once the foundation year is completed.
  • *Study a course which is part of a subject area rated joint 1st in the UK for graduate prospects in the Building subject league tables in the Complete University Guide 2022.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

In the Foundation year, you will study learning styles and methods, show your awareness of current affairs and reinforce your ability to work with quantities and materials. Other modules will introduce sketching and drawing, awareness of the built and natural environment and group work on projects relating to the built environment. You will be expected to attend lectures on two days each week and then do your reading and assignment writing on other days. Each of the two semesters will have up to 14 weeks of teaching.

MODULES

  • Graphical Communication
  • Number in the Built Environment
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Built Environment Project
  • The Skills You Need 
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

Level 4 comprises six core modules that combine to provide an introduction to the processes and technologies that exist within the contemporary construction industry. Subjects are considered from first principles so that students can come to appreciate fundamental issues in the design, construction, management, use and decommissioning of construction projects.

MODULES

  • Design Technology 1
  • Construction Management 1
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Quantity Surveying Practice 1
  • Science and Materials

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Level 5 builds upon the first by introducing further modules that explore important considerations in the development of construction projects. Planning and Building Regulations explores the two principal ‘permissions’ necessary when development is proposed, and Digital Technologies in Surveying considers the use of digital equipment in topographical measurement. Year 2 also includes a compulsory week-long work placement.

MODULES

  • Planning and Building Regulations
  • Construction Site Management (Including Work-based Learning)
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Digital Technologies in Surveying
  • Procurement and Contract Practice

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The final year of the programme requires the development of a group project in Inter-professional Studies and provides an opportunity to explore a particular research interest in the Individual Research Project. All seventeen modules combine to engage students in their chosen field of study and are intended to encourage confidence and enthusiasm in the development of their expertise.  

MODULES

  • Inter-professional Studies
  • Construction Management 3: Industrial Practice
  • Construction Technology 3
  • Commercial Management
  • Project Management Technologies and BIM
  • Individual Research Project

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Applicants will normally be expected to have previously achieved one of the following as a minimum:

  • 48-72 UCAS tariff points to commence the Foundation Year at Level 3

Applications from candidates who do not satisfy the standard entry criteria identified above are welcome and will be expected to demonstrate through an interview that they have the potential to succeed in the programme.

Candidates who are employed within the construction industry and have sufficient appropriate experience are also welcome, though diagnostic assessment prior to admission will be considered in order to measure academic capability, particularly in mathematics and English or Welsh. 

Teaching & Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used within the programme to simulate the sorts of written, practical, visual and oral communication skills that are expected of construction managers; written reports, the practical use of technical equipment, visual presentations, laboratory analyses, in-class tests, coursework and oral presentations are all important ways in which students can demonstrate their understanding.

The types of assessment selected for each module have been chosen to best suit the nature of the technical content in each subject, and collectively provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate their interest, enthusiasm and interpretation of content during their studies.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Modules are delivered using a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including traditional lectures, practical ‘hands-on’ activities, tutorials and group discussions, laboratory work, construction site-based observation and peer appraisal.

The main priority is to ensure that students feel comfortable within the academic learning environment and feel able to contribute to the discussion of subject matter within any class, tutorial or other learning activity that forms part of their studies – teaching and learning is fundamentally a two-way process within which student opinion is vitally important.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Opportunities for construction managers exist within the construction industry in many varied contexts, from ‘new-build’ developments to heritage and refurbishment projects of all scales and types. No two construction projects are the same, and construction managers are likely to spend as much time on-site as they are at their desks. These circumstances mean that a career in construction management can often be challenging, particularly rewarding, but never routine.    

The BSc (Hons) Construction Management qualification provides a sound basis upon which to develop a career in the professional and technical aspects of managing construction projects in a range of contexts.

Graduates of the programme continue to establish themselves as construction managers, assistant construction managers, building inspectors, building surveyors and diverse other building technologists.

 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section