Award:

BSc (Hons) Building Control

Duration:

5 years

Fees & funding:

£23,625

Next Foundation degree starts 23 September. Apply by 26 August 2019

BSc (Hons) Building Control with Foundation Year

Programme overview

This programme is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of building control surveying. The Foundation Year provides the academic skills necessary to study at degree level. It offers a direct route to all our bachelor’s degree awards. It will provide you with a firm foundation for a rewarding career in the property and construction industries. This programme is delivered by supported online learning which means you don’t need to travel to college or university and you can study at work or at home, at weekends and in the evening as best suits your lifestyle.

This programme is primarily designed for people who wish to further their career with a degree but who do not have the academic qualifications for entry onto our other BSc programmes delivered without a Foundation Year. This programme is primarily designed for people with an interest in building technology, building standards, fire safety, inclusive environments and energy conservation, who wish to further their career with a degree. Many of our students often already work in, or are associated with, the property and building sectors. Such employment is desirable but not mandatory.

Why study this programme?

  • Gain access to our bachelor’s degree awards with limited academic qualifications
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of building control surveying
  • Progress in a wide range of careers within property management, valuation, investment quantity surveying, building surveying, and property/ land development
  • Competitively priced, allowing you to combine work with study
  • Learn from the largest provider of qualified building surveyors to the industry, with an outstanding reputation

“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.”

Karl Bunting

Programme Leader Foundation Year

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • 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
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme, and the structure which they follow through the standard route is shown below.

Module information and structure:

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims and intended learning outcomes.

The target award for this programme is BSc (Hons) Building Control. However, if, after successful completion of the Foundation Year, you want to change specialisms you can easily transfer to study any of our other BSc programmes.

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).

 

Career & study progression

The following provide a range of the types of careers that students may pursue after completing this programme:

  • 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 liaison 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

“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.”

Karl Bunting

Programme Leader Foundation Year

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • 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
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Entry requirements

You should have

Tariff points:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent*;
  • Mathematics plus two other GCSE’s at grade C or above (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) or equivalent*.

*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: mailto:admissions@ucem.ac.uk

And one of the following:

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), or an equivalent qualification. For further information on equivalent qualifications please contact: admissions@ucem.ac.uk
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.0 in the reading, writing and listening modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at an AS Level or its equivalent

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.

Evidence is required in the form of certificates or transcripts. You should send photocopies that have been certified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. For more information refer to our FAQs here.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Admissions Policy.

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2019/20:
Apply by 26 August 2019 to start 23 September 2019

Apply by 2 March 2020 to start 30 March 2020

Feesaccordion-arrow

2019/20 academic year:
£1,125 per module x 21 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £23,625

Student Loans:
This programme is designated for student finance and students in England and Wales may apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,165 each academic year.
Find out more here >

Student Bursary Scheme:
Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate need. It is open to new students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.
Find out more here >

Find out more about our payment options here 

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. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

You will be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently

Accreditationaccordion-arrow

Accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and other related international bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) will be sought but is not guaranteed.

Available routesaccordion-arrow

Standard route:

  • Duration: 5 years
  • You will study two modules per 26 week semester, in 9 week module blocks
  • Upon successful completion of the foundation year, there may be an opportunity to transfer to our Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

Each 20 credit 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.

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.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

Assessment consists of a variety of methods including assessed coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer marked assessments or project submissions. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.

Awardaccordion-arrow

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc Building Control from the University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. If applicable, you will be entitled to denote Honours, i.e. BSc (Hons). However, if, after successful completion of the Foundation Year, you want to change specialisms you can easily transfer to study any of our other BSc programmes.

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