Start dates:

5 October 2020 or 6 April 2021

Duration:

6 months

Fees & funding:

£1,525 total programme fee Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next BSc Access Module degree starts 5 October. Apply by 24 August 2020

BSc Access Module

Module overview

A module 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.

Successful completion will enable students to progress onto the UCEM BSc (Hons) programme of their choice.

You will study one module from our BSc (Hons) degree programme. 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 one semester (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 (Hons) 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.

Get a career head start with UCEM’s #BEReady bursary!

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) has partnered with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) to fund 50% of the UCEM BSc Access Module fee for students who most need a helping hand to begin their built environment career.

To find out more visit the #BEReady Bursary webpage (opens in new window).

You can apply for the #BEReady bursary with this application form (opens in new PDF window).

 

What you’ll study

If studying in Autumn

The People & Organisational Management module 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.

If studying in Spring

The Construction Technology 1 module provides an introduction to building, environment and technology based on simple construction, establishing a foundation of knowledge and understanding to be developed in later modules. It develops students’ communication skills, enabling them to describe simple construction in a professional manner.

Simple building examples are included, such as traditional masonry construction and roof construction typical in buildings of up to three storeys. Perspectives such as sustainability are considered.

Why study this programme?

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

“The access module is an excellent gateway to UCEM’s main disciplines, whether in building control, building surveying, construction management, quantity surveying or real estate management. It covers relevant technical skills that will prepare students for undergraduate study and taking one initial semester will allow students to experience online study at a higher level, before committing to a full bachelor-level programme. The programme is also unique, in that it features additional dedicated study support that helps students adapt to university study.”

David Hunt

Programme leader BSc Access Module

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

Module outline

Autumn
People & Organisational Management

Module Summary: People & Organisational Management

The People & Organisational Management module 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.

Spring
Construction Technology 1

Module Summary: Construction Technology 1

The Construction Technology 1 module provides an introduction to building, environment and technology based on simple construction, establishing a foundation of knowledge and understanding to be developed in later modules. It develops students’ communication skills, enabling them to describe simple construction in a professional manner.

Simple building examples are included, such as traditional masonry construction and roof construction typical in buildings of up to three storeys. Perspectives such as sustainability are considered.

 

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

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

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

Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirement.
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.

Career & study progression

Join any UCEM BSc (Hons) after successful completion

On successful completion of the module, you will be offered entry to the UCEM BSc (Hons) programme of your choice. You will be able to transfer your academic credits when you enter your BSc (Hons) programme.

CPPD

Alternatively, you can choose to be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) upon successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Access Module.

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

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 4 (or C) 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

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

OR

2. Be in relevant employment:*

A. For mature candidates (over 21):Have work experience that is commensurate with Level 3

B. For those under 21:
Have three other GCSEs at grade 4/C 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 admissions@ucem.ac.uk.

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).

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

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Autumn 2020 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 24 August to start 5 October 2020

Spring 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 22 February to start 6 April 2021

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,525 per module
Total programme fee £1,525

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 

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt.

All learning resources required for successful completion of this module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. 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.

Get a career head start with UCEM’s #BEReady bursary!

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) has partnered with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) to fund 50% of the UCEM BSc Access Module fee for students who most need a helping hand to begin their built environment career.

To find out more visit the #BEReady Bursary webpage (opens in new window).

You can apply for the #BEReady bursary with this application form (opens in new PDF window).

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

The expected time commitment for the standard route is around 7-10 hours per week.

This 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 but on average is as follows:

Directed online learning (45%)

Self-directed reading (25%)

Assessment (30%)

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 study time 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.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

The programme will be assessed by coursework.

Awardaccordion-arrow

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 (Hons) programme. Alternatively, you can choose to be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

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