Construction Site Management (Degree) Apprenticeship

Overview

Construction Site Managers ensure that a construction project is completed safely, within an agreed timeframe and budget. The main duties and tasks of a Construction Site Manager are:

  • To ensure that safe systems of work are in place on their site and that all staff and operatives on site adhere to those systems and safe standards of behaviour
  • To manage productivity on site so that the project is completed on time
  • To manage the activity on site in a way that adheres to contract and cost constraints
  • To ensure that the site has minimal impact on the environment and local community
  • To manage interfaces between the various stakeholders associated with the site
  • To ensure that the project is completed to the specification and quality demanded by the client

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours is through a combination of workplace training provided by the employer and off-the job training provided by UCEM. The degree is delivered by fully supported online learning. In addition, further off-the-job training and support is provided through technical coaching/review sessions.

Why complete this apprenticeship? 

  • Achieve a recognised professional qualification 
  • Earn while you learn 
  • Get an accredited degree without paying tuition fees or incurring student debt 
  • Great career potential including good earning potential – £45,000-£50,000 average salary for a construction site manager/project manager*,

 

*Sourced at Payscale. Click to visit Payscale (opens in new window)

Occupation and Programme outline

Construction Site Managers ensure that a construction project is completed safely, within an agreed timeframe and budget. Typical job titles can include: Construction Site Manager, Assistant Construction Site Manager, Site Manager, Sub Agent, Assistant Site Manager or Construction Planner. They are associated with the management of building construction projects and are based on sites or in offices.

This programme includes the knowledge, skills and behaviours and qualifications, typically required to achieve full member or chartered status with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this programme is partly representative of the review process typically required for professional registration. However, students completing the programme will also need to meet any additional requirements set out by the selected professional body as part of their membership application processes at the time.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

The modules included in the BSc (Hons) and the structure will depend on your qualification on entry.

You will either be granted a 120-credit exemption or a 200-credit exemption upon entry.

Delivery structure – 120-credit exemption route

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Contract Administration and Practice

Measurement and Quantification of Construction Work

Construction Technology 3

Economics for the Built Environment

2 Construction Technology 3

Economics for the Built Environment

Contract Administration and Practice

Measurement and Quantification of Construction Work

2 1 Integrated Management Project

Construction Site Management

Construction Project Management

Building Structures

2 Construction Project Management

Building Structures

Integrated Management Project

Construction Site Management

3 1 Commercial Management in Construction

Workbased Research Project

Maintenance Management

Workbased Research Project

2 Maintenance Management

Workbased Research Project (continued)

Commercial Management in Construction

Workbased Research Project (continued)

Delivery structure – 200-credit exemption route

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Integrated Management Project

Construction Site Management

Construction Technology 3

Maintenance Management

2 Construction Technology 3

Maintenance Management

Integrated Management Project

Construction Site Management

2 1 Commercial Management in Construction

Workbased Research Project

Construction Project Management

Workbased Research Project

2 Construction Project Management

Workbased Research Project (continued)

Commercial Management in Construction

Workbased Research Project (continued)

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the Workbased Research Project module which is worth 40 credits.

Students can choose to start in either semester.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification (open in new window), which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

The planned apprenticeship duration is 43 months for the 120-credit exemption route and 31 months for the 200-credit exemption route. The actual duration is determined by when the employer and UCEM deem the apprentice to be ready to undertake the end point assessment.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • Implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • Ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • Implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September)

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, meet Education and Skill Funding Agency residency status requirements, spend at least 50% of their working hours in England and be directly employed in a job role that will enable the requirements of the apprenticeship to be achieved.

You should have:

 

  • Completed the Level 4 Construction Technician Standard

Or

  • HNC in Construction or Construction Management or Construction and the Built Environment or other qualification that is accepted by UCEM as providing a 120-credit exemption against the UCEM BSc (Hons) Construction Management.

Or

  • HND or FdSc in Construction or Construction Management or Construction and the Built Environment or other qualification that is accepted by UCEM as providing a 200-credit against the UCEM BSc (Hons) Construction Management.

And

  • CITB Site Safety Plus Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) certificate*

And

  • CITB Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS)*

And

*      SMSTS and SEATS certificates are valid for 5 years. The certificates must have a sufficient period of validity remaining to cover the duration of the apprenticeship.

**   Applicants for the apprenticeship programme may also evidence that maths and English skills at Level 2 exist via initial and diagnostic assessment. Applicants that do not have accepted current or prior equivalent Level 2 maths and English qualifications on entry will be required to achieve these as part of the apprenticeship. These qualifications will need to be fully funded by the employer.

 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.

Transferring from a BSc (Hons)

Students completing a BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree or other cognate undergraduate degree may transfer into the programme with exemption providing that they have not completed any level 6 modules. SMSTS and SEATS certificates will need to be achieved prior to transfer in.

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents.

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

Key information

Qualificationsaccordion-arrow

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Construction Management from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc (Hons). You will also receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate.

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Intake 1 – October 2020

Application deadline – 24 August 2020

Programme start – 5 October 2020 (Induction will be on 30 September 2020)

 

Intake 2 – April 2021

Application deadline – 22 February 2021

Programme start – 5 April 2021 (Induction will be on 31 March 2021)

 

Please note:

  • You will only be invited to apply once suitable employment conditions have been confirmed. For this to happen, your employer will need to provide advance employment information to UCEM.
  • Your enrolment must be completed prior to the programme start date. To enable this both you and your employer will need to complete, sign and return all required documentation.
  • Attendance at an induction event is mandatory. Inductions will be held in Reading subject to lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

Fees and costsaccordion-arrow

Apprentices do not pay course fees. All learning resources required are provided as part of programme. 

If you are an employer then you will be able to use the Apprenticeship Levy to fund part/all of this apprenticeship pathway. See our Employing an Apprentice page (opens in new window) for more information. 

Workload and study requirementsaccordion-arrow

An apprenticeship is a full-time job. Employers are required to release an apprentice from their normal paid working hours to undertake off-the-job training. Typically, this is an average of one day per week.

The BSc (Hons) Construction Management element of the apprenticeship requires 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum – this means that in addition to the release time that your employer gives, you will need to study for several hours per week in your own time.

Each 20-credit BSc module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

  • Directed online learning (50%)
  • Self-directed reading (17%)
  • Assessment (33%)

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

In addition to the BSc (Hons) element of the programme you will be required to participate in Technical Coaching/Review sessions. These will be held at approximately 3 monthly intervals and each session will last up to 90 minutes. The sessions are held using online meeting technology.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

The types of assessments used with the BSc element of the 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.

In addition, you will be required to produce a summary of experience portfolio demonstrating that you have acquired the required knowledge, skills and behaviours.

All apprenticeships include independent end-point assessment. The end-point assessment for this apprenticeship includes an online test, a project and a professional discussion. Further information on the end-point assessment is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships (opens new window).