Overview

BUILT FOR LIFE

Are you interested in building technology, building standards, fire safety, inclusive environments and energy conservation? Or perhaps you wish to further your career with an accredited degree programme? A UCEM BSc (Hons) Building Control degree will enhance your career prospects and increase your confidence in the field, all while giving you the skills necessary for a successful career as a chartered building surveyor.

Whether you’re at the beginning of your career or building on your experience, now is the time to enhance you prospects with an industry-leading and accredited undergraduate degree at UCEM.

This is an industry-recognised qualification that provides you with the academic preparation you need for a career as a chartered surveyor. It is a fully supported online programme with great flexibility to earn while you learn, giving you the ability to study anywhere in the world.

THIS PROGRAMME IS FOR YOU IF:

  1. You want to begin or further your career in building control surveying
  2. You want to study an accredited programme and work towards MRICS
  3. You want to learn the principles of building control surveying and strengthen your skills in the practice

About your programme

The details

This programme provides the academic underpinning and skills necessary to prepare you for a career as a building control surveyor up to Bachelor’s degree standard.

Part-time route

Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work, enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work.

The part-time route is for you if:

  • You want to earn while you learn, picking up new skills or upskilling whilst balancing your work and life
  • You want to get ahead in your industry while you study
  • You want to put your learning into practice within your industry

 

  • This undergraduate degree programme comprises 17 modules including a project module
  • Our programmes are flexible and can be started in either autumn or spring
  • You may be able to get apprenticeship funding through your employer to study this programme
  • All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits
  • Accredited by globally renowned professional bodies, RICS, CIOB and CABE

The modules

You’ll study

If starting in Autumn 2021

PART-TIME

Year Semester Autumn entry
1 1 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

2 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

2 1 Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

2 Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

3 1 Planning and Conservation

Building Control

2 Construction Technology 3

Design and Environmental Science

4 1 Building Pathology

Fire Safety

Project

2 Public Safety in Buildings

Integrated Design Project

Project (continued)

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

If starting in Spring 2022

PART-TIME

Year Semester Spring entry
1 1 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

2 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

2 1 Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

2 Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

3 1 Construction Technology 3

Design and Environmental Science

2 Planning and Conservation

Building Control

4 1 Public Safety in Buildings

Integrated Design Project

Project

2 Building Pathology

Fire Safety

Project (continued)

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

How you’ll learn

Study methods

Studying online means taking control of when and where you study so you can study at your own pace, no matter where you are in the world. It means being able to balance your home and work life with your education so you can earn while you learn.

When you study at UCEM, you’ll be using our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised resource which provides you with everything you need to keep on top of your studies and succeed.

You’ll be guided through your learning with weekly study schedules and course guides, which you can adapt to suit your needs, pace and lifestyle. Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone as you’ll be fully supported by tutors and fellow students throughout your journey.

The online learning experience

Your learning experience with UCEM will be fully supported through a range of activities on our VLE. You’ll also have access to UCEM’s valuable and comprehensive e-library service, providing you with a wealth of subject-specific materials to support you throughout your studies.

Your learning will be broken down into the following (on average):

Directed study time (45%)

Participating in webinars and online discussion forums

Watching videos and voice-over presentations

Undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme material

Self-directed study time (25%)

Reading textbooks and study papers to develop your subject knowledge

Assessment study time (30%)

Planning and writing coursework

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment.

The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer-based assessments and computer-marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.

YOUR COMMITMENT

Your expected time commitment for the part-time route is around 15-20 hours per week. This is based on you studying two modules per six-month semester.

Support

How you’ll be supported during your studies

PROGRAMME LEADER

DEAN BIEGANEK – MCIAT HEA

 

While studying with UCEM, you’ll be fully supported on your programme by our friendly and informative academic and support teams who will be there to guide you from the moment you enrol until the day you graduate. They’ll assist you with your online learning experience, provide you with academic support and be there for you if you have any disability or wellbeing support needs.

Support tutors

This team will help you navigate the world of online learning and the VLE. Whether you need help with online learning or managing your workload, this team is here to support you all the way through your journey.

Student engagement team

This team is your first point of contact as a student. They will support you in your studies and queries, ensuring you are put in touch with the right teams and services within UCEM.

Academic support

Our academic staff are experts in their fields and are here to make your studies with UCEM stimulating and inspiring whilst offering vital support and guidance along the way.

Module team

Your module leader is assisted by a team of module tutors to provide support via discussion forums and webinars.

Disability and wellbeing team

This friendly team is here to listen and provide expert guidance, support and assistance at any time throughout your studies.

Dean Bieganek

Dean is a chartered architectural technologist with almost 30 years of experience in the built environment and joined UCEM in May 2019. His background includes 15 years of practical experience in architectural practice in Canada with a portfolio of work that includes a wide variety of building types from light commercial and industrial buildings to larger healthcare and public education projects. After transitioning to academia in 2005, Dean first served as an instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton Canada, prior to relocating to the UK in 2007.

Upon arriving in Britain, Dean has worked continually as a senior lecturer at Northumbria university in Newcastle and the University of the West of England in Bristol. Primary subject areas include construction technology and integrated technical design with extensive teaching experience across multiple programmes including architectural technology, building surveying and quantity surveying.

Dean brings an acute understanding of the relationship between technological choice and building performance and has a passion for effective, sustainable and efficient building design and refurbishment.

Blog: My life in the built environment sector

Entry requirements

and access options

Don’t meet the entry requirements listed below?

If you do not the meet the entry requirements but would like to be considered for this programme, please get in touch with our friendly admissions team. Your application may still be considered or an alternative programme offered. We also offer a BSc Access Module which helps those who don’t currently meet the entry requirements to progress onto their chosen degree on completion.

Providing evidence

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Standard Entry

Academic requirement

96 UCAS tariff points (or an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS tariff)

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 79 or above in the Internet option, 213 or above in the computer-based option or 550 or above in the paper-based option, of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong
Alternative entry

Academic requirement

You should have:

Completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying** or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical* through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained or an equivalent qualification

Or

A current RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS) and be in relevant employment**

Or

Successfully completed the UCEM BSc Access Module

And

GCSE Grade C (or 4) or above in English and Mathematics or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England.

* Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values.

For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact: admissions@ucem.ac.uk.

** Completion of this apprenticeship will need to be evidenced through a verified copy of the apprenticeship completion certificate as issued by the apprenticeship certification body.

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 88 or above in the internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in  English can be considered for entry in the absence of the English language qualifications detailed above.

Fees and funding

Financial options

2021/22 academic year:

£1,175 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake two modules per semester).

Total programme fee £19,975

You can pay in a one-off transaction, per semester or per month. You can find out more on our payment options page.

You may be eligible for funding for your studies. This programme is designated for Student Finance, and students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland may apply for an Undergraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,935 each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments throughout the academic year. It is also registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans. You can find out more on our student finance page.

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module and additional reference material and supplementary resources to support your studies will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-library.

 

Need a helping hand with your fees?

 
New Student Bursary Scheme

Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate financial need. The bursary is open to new undergraduate students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.

You can find out more and apply for the New Student Bursary Scheme on our financial support page.

UCEM Centenary Fund

The UCEM Centenary Fund is designed to enable new students who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to progress, a career in the built environment to embark on a programme of academic study with us.

You can find out more and apply for the Centenary Fund on our financial support page.

Your career

Unlock your potential

As a graduate from this programme, you’ll be able to pursue a wide variety of successful career paths.

  • Local authority building control surveyor, working with architects, engineers and contractors to ensure building designs meet the required standards and ensuring these standards are adhered to during the course of construction
  • Private sector building control surveyor, working with architects, engineers and contractors to ensure building designs meet the required standards and ensuring these standards are adhered to during the course of construction
  • Advising on specific aspects of the building regulations, such as advice on energy conservation, fire safety management strategies or accessibility
  • Work in relation to safety of sports grounds, issuing safety certificates and liaise with police, fire and ambulance services
  • Similar work in respect of entertainment licences, safety at open air events, safety in cinemas and theatres, and other buildings and structures used for public events
  • Building control surveyors work in both the private and public sectors in many countries, administering the relevant legislation and building codes

YOUR CAREER AT A GLANCE:

  • Building control surveyor
  • Local authority building control surveyor
  • Building inspector
  • SHEQ (safety, health, environment and quality) roles

This programme is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies and allows entry to:

  • CIOB Chartered membership
  • CABE Chartered membership
  • RICS Chartered membership

You can find out more about your potential with our careers service.

 

Student

98% of UCEM graduates are working in the property and construction industry 15 months after graduation

Graduate

This undergraduate programme offers a fantastic array of opportunities across the built environment and beyond

Ethical

You’ll also have UCEM career support for the three years after graduating so you can have confidence in taking the next steps in your exciting career

”Building control surveyors have a responsibility to maintain standards in the built environment; specifically regulations that keep people safe from harm, for example fire and falling objects, and allow everyone to access buildings and spaces regardless of ability. As such, oversight of other professionals in the construction industry is part of the job, which means detailed knowledge of current building legislation is required, along with the ability to communicate these needs to many different parties – planners, surveyors, local authorities, conservation groups. A UCEM degree will equip potential building control surveyors with the specific skills needed to build a successful career in this field, in an accessible, flexible and cost-effective manner.”

Dean Bieganek
Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Building Control

Application process

It’s time to apply

 

Autumn 2021

Apply by 16 August 2021 to start on 27 September 2021

Spring 2022

Apply by 14 February 2022 to start on 28 March 2022