BSc Access Module

UCEM’s BSc Access Module is designed to prepare you for online undergraduate study in the built environment. It will provide you with both the skills required to study our undergraduate degrees and the confidence to succeed.

You will study one module from our BSc (Hons) degree programme, called People & Organisational Management. You will be provided additional support that is specifically tailored to the needs of students with non-standard entry qualifications or those who do not have enough UCAS points to enter our undergraduate degree programmes directly. This introductory module also offers the opportunity to sample supported online study at undergraduate level.

You will receive online study materials designed to refresh your study skills and build your self-confidence. You will be assigned a member of staff who will provide you with direct study support and work with you to develop an individual support plan. You will also benefit from detailed written feedback, group support sessions, study support webinars and dedicated surgery hours.

You will complete the 20-credit module over six months, studying for around seven to ten hours a week.

On successful completion of the module, you will be offered entry to the UCEM undergraduate programme of your choice. You will be able to transfer your academic credits when you enter your BSc programme. Alternatively, you can choose to be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

The availability of this programme is subject to review. Any applicants and enquirers will be kept informed of any change of plan to offer it.

Why study this programme?

  • Refresh and develop your study skills and build your self-confidence
  • Sample supported online study in the built environment at undergraduate level
  • Gain access to UCEM’s undergraduate degree programmes if you do not have enough UCAS points to enter directly
  • Transfer the academic credits from this programme to any UCEM BSc programme
  • Increase your chance of success in future study
  • Try out UCEM’s style of learning before starting a degree

Summary (fees and duration)



6 months
(one semester)

Time commitment

7-10 hours
a week


Autumn 2020:

Application and start dates:

Autumn 2020:
Apply by 24 August to start 5 October 2020

Award details

On successful completion of the BSc Access Module you will be offered entry to the UCEM undergraduate programme of your choice. You will be able to transfer your academic credits when you enter your BSc programme. Alternatively, you can choose to be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be 18 years old or over. Applicants under the age of 18 will be considered on a case by case basis by the Programme Leader.

Entrants to this Programme are normally required to have attained one of the following:

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England

AND must either:

  1. Have successfully completed Level 3 study:
    The student must have successfully completed Level 3 study but have insufficient UCAS points to meet the entry criteria for a full BSc programme. Students in this instance might not be in relevant work
  2. Be in relevant employment:
    1. For mature candidates (over 21):Have work experience that is commensurate with Level 3
    2. For those under 21:
      Have three other GCSEs at grade C/4 and/or Level 2/3 vocational qualifications, as well as a company endorsement

In both instances, the prospective student will be asked to provide a detailed personal statement and/or a reference or letter of support from an employer or mentor to support the application.

Relevant employment is employment in a job role that will support the applicant in developing the required skills, knowledge and behaviours.

The academic level of international qualifications will be assessed using UK NARIC. For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact

Applicants must meet UCEM’s minimum English language requirements in addition to the programme entry requirements listed above. For English language requirements please go to: How to meet the language requirements (open in new window).

Programme outline

The BSc Access Module programme explores the question of “what is management?” and seeks to distinguish it from leadership. It explains the role and function of management within organisations in the construction and the built environment sector. It also considers the role of change as a central theme as organisations seek to come to terms with issues that are constantly impacting, both positively and negatively, on the people, management and the structures of organisations.

For more information about the module you will study, please view the module information sheet (open in PDF).


The programme will be assessed by coursework.

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.

View the programme specification for this programme.