BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Course details

  • UCAS CodeK222
  • Year of entry 2022, 2023
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT) 5 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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For 2023 entry, please apply via UCAS.

Course Highlights

Joint 1st in the UK

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

100% of graduates

are in paid work or study 15 months after graduating**

Accredited

by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Why choose this course?

The BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree is an ideal qualification for those who are motivated by seeing their hard work rewarded and their expertise recognised within a vibrant and challenging construction industry.

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

The course:

  • can be studied full-time or part-time.
  • is accredited by the Charted Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • will extend your knowledge 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 part of a subject area rated joint first in the UK for graduate prospects in the Building subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
  • **100% of graduates of this course are in paid work or study (graduates surveyed 15 months graduating, WGU analysis of unpublished data).
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Key course features

  • The course is accredited by the Charted 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.
  • Lectures are delivered in consecutive blocks as far as possible, to ensure flexible study time away from university.
  • A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to ensure that technical content is applied to typical construction scenarios.
  • The Built Environment subject area is part of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology (FAST) and therefore content benefits from association with engineering, computing and renewable energy subject disciplines.
  • Industrial placement forms an essential part of the Construction Management programme and provides potential opportunities.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Level 4 of the construction management degree 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 you 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 2 (LEVEL 5)

Level 5 of the degree 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 3 (LEVEL 6)

The final year 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 you in your chosen field of study and are intended to encourage confidence and enthusiasm in the development of your expertise.

MODULES

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

Part-time study will comprise combinations of these modules over a five year period, though a Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in a construction-related subject may carry exemptions at Levels 4 and/or 5, subject to approval by the University.

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

To enrol on the BSc (Hons) Construction Management degrees, applicants will normally be expected to have previously achieved one of the following as a minimum:

  • 80-112 UCAS tariff points to commence Year 1 at Level 4; or
  • a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma to commence Year 1 at Level 4; or
  • membership of a construction-related professional body at a level deemed appropriate by the programme team, to commence Year 1 at Level 4. 

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

International applicants whose existing qualifications are outlined by the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (NARIC) as being equivalent to the relevant UK entry qualification are also welcome. All applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh will be expected to demonstrate English language proficiency; European applicants are able to provide this evidence in a number of ways (please see), including IELTS; International applicants require a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) (please visit here for details).

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.

The BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree provides a qualification that is recognised as a comprehensive, informed and valuable measure of the ability of the Wrexham Glyndwr University graduate in the management of construction.

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 – developing a career as a construction manager can therefore lead to many rewarding experiences, not least due to the fact that no two construction projects are the same, and that 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 construction management degree will therefore provide 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, not least because of the experience and understanding gained whilst following the BSc(Hons) Construction Management degree at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

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 £9000 per year.

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. 

If you are employed within the construction sector and intend to study on a part-time basis, please contact the Programme Leader Dr Gareth Carr (g.carr@glyndwr.ac.uk) as funding might well be available through schemes administered by sector skills organisations.

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.