Start dates:

6 April or 27 September 2021

Duration:

4 years

Fees & funding:

£19,550 total programme fee Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next BSc (Hons) intake starts 6 April - Apply by 22 February 2021

BSc (Hons) Building Control

Programme overview

Industry-recognised qualification that provides academic preparation for a career as a Chartered Building Control Surveyor

Our BSc (Hons) Building Control is designed to prepare you for a successful career in building control.

The BSc (Hons) Building Control provides students with a rigorous understanding of the principles and practice involved in building control up to Bachelor’s degree standard. This programme is delivered by supported online learning and is therefore very flexible as it can be studied in any location at any time.

The programme provides the academic underpinning necessary to prepare students for a career as a Building Control Surveyor. The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is currently being sought.

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 built environment sector. Such employment is not mandatory but is desirable.

Are you aware you can get apprenticeship funding through your employer for this programme?

Why study this programme?

  • Gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of building control surveying and strengthen your skills
  • Progress your career as a building control surveyor
  • Competitively priced, allowing you to combine work with study
  • Learn from the largest provider of qualified built environment professionals to the industry, with an outstanding reputation
  • The programme is accredited by CABE. All students on a CABE accredited course can apply for free Student Membership and after 2 years relevant experience in the workplace can apply for Associate Membership
  • The BSc (Hons) Building Control, part-time and degree apprenticeship programme is accredited by RICS and satisfies the academic requirements for Chartered Membership of RICS

Related podcast

The importance of good design in the Built Environment

Why is good design so important in the Built Environment? How do you define ‘good’ when it comes to building design? And how does the design part relate to building control? For the answers to these (and more!), listen to this 20-minute podcast in which our BSc (Hons) Building Control Programme Leader, Jon Hubert outlines his thoughts to UCEM PR and Social Media Manager, Andrew Belt. (Originally released: 26 June 2020)

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, the assessment method for each module and the structure which they follow through the part-time route is available below, according to your start date.

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

2 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

2 1 Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

2 Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

3 1 Planning and Conservation

Building Control

Construction Technology 3

Design and Environmental Science

2 Construction Technology 3

Design and Environmental Science

Planning and Conservation

Building Control

4 1 Building Pathology

Fire Safety

Project

Public Safety in Buildings

Integrated Design Project

Project

2 Public Safety in Buildings

Integrated Design Project

Project (continued)

Building Pathology

Fire Safety

Project (continued)

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the 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, which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

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.”

Jonathan Hubert

Programme Leader Building Control

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:

 

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

Or

  • 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 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Associate qualification (AssocRICS) and be in relevant employment**

Or

  • Successfully completed the UCEM BSc Access module programme

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.

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

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.

English Language Requirements

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.

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

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

Autumn 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 16 August to start 27 September 2021

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £19,550

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 £6,750 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.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-Library. Additional reference material and 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.

If you do not pass a module at the first attempt, you will normally be offered a resubmission free of charge. If you fail the resubmission, you will normally be required to pay the full module fee when you retake the module. If you suspend or defer a module you will be able to return to study that module at the next available opportunity free of charge (except for any project module where you will be charged 50% of the module fee). If you do not return to study the module at the next available opportunity, the full module fee will be charged when you do return.

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This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

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Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) will be sought but is not guaranteed.

Available routesaccordion-arrow

Part-time route:

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester, plus a project module in your final year

Apprentice route:

  • Duration: 54 months
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week – typically one working day per week will be allocated to off the job study
  • You will study 2 modules per semester, plus a Project in year 4

To apply via the apprenticeship route please contact our Apprenticeship team at  apprenticeships@ucem.ac.uk (opens in new window).

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The expected time commitment for the part-time route is around 15-20 hours per week (based upon studying two modules per six-month semester).

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 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 including planning and writing coursework.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

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.

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).

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