Start dates:

6 April 2021

Duration:

3 years (full-time); 4 years (part-time)

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) Construction Management

Programme overview

Industry-recognised qualification that provides academic preparation for a career as a Chartered Builder

UCEM’s industry-recognised BSc (Hons) Construction Management is designed to prepare you for a successful career as a construction professional. It provides a rigorous understanding of the principles, practices and ethics involved in construction management in a worldwide context.

Accredited by internationally-respected professional bodies CIOB, RICS and CABE, this programme is delivered by supported online learning and is therefore very flexible as it can be studied in any location at any time enabling you to earn while you learn.

The programme provides the academic underpinning and skills necessary to prepare you for a career as a Chartered Builder or in other related professions up to Bachelor’s degree standard. It will provide you with the opportunity to satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Membership of the CIOB and RICS.

The programme is primarily designed for people employed in the construction industry, such as those working in large contracting organisations and commercial developers and local authority or armed forces personnel. Such employment is not mandatory but is desirable.

Full-time route

If you want to study full-time and complete your studies within three years, then the full-time offer is for you.

  • Complete your studies faster than our part-time route
  • Focus completely on your studies
  • Be in demand in your profession even sooner
  • Flexibility to go part-time if you decide you want to slow down the pace or study alongside work
  • State-of-the-art tutor led Virtual Learning Environment to guide you through your studies

UCAS Applications

Applications by UK school leavers are made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can make an application by following this link (opens new link).

Part-time route

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.

  • Part-time study enables people to learn new skills or upskill while working
  • Get ahead in your industry while you study
  • Put your learning into practice within your industry

100% overall satisfaction was achieved for this programme in the 2018/19 NSS survey.

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

This degree programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252715). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this programme may lead.

Why study this programme?

  • Work as a construction site manager, site engineer, contracts surveyor, estimator, buyer or planner
  • Satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Membership of the CIOB
  • Study the leading degree programme in this subject area that allows you to combine work and study through supported online learning
  • Progress to membership of the RICS

Related podcast

Q&A with UCEM BSc (Hons) Construction Management Programme Leader, Dr Afolabi Dania

Our BSc (Hons) Construction Management Programme Leader, Dr Afolabi Dania, discusses his own undergraduate experience in gaining a BSc (Hons) in Building and compares that programme to the one he now leads. UCEM PR and Social Media Manager, Andrew Belt, asks the questions in this 9-minute podcast. (Originally recorded: 27 July, 2020)

“The BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme helps you forge a new career in construction or enhance it if you are looking to upskill. This highly recognised and accredited programme develops your skillset in construction technology, project management, procurement and commercial management to mention a few. The programme builds your competence and confidence to excel in challenging  job opportunities domestically or overseas in many construction management roles available. You will also be eligible to gain professional membership of respected professional bodies such as RICS and CIOB.”

Afolabi Dania

Programme Leader BSc Construction Management

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

“The use of e-books works really well along with the variety of study materials to suit learning styles. I was surprised how connected I feel with both Tutors and other students through webinars and discussion forums. Each module being broken down into weekly blocks of study provides a helpful structure and study plan. I have been really impressed that the Tutors and Module Leaders have a very current understanding of their topic. The relevant industry experience they have is a positive factor. I also found the study skills material on the VLE very helpful. The best thing about studying with UCEM is the ability to be able to truly apply the learning to my job. It helps me understand the roles of legal teams, designers and quantity surveyors who I interact with.”

Gary Worthington, BSc (Hons) Construction Management

National Store Development Manager, Screwfix Ltd, Yeovil, UK

Career & study progression

This programme is most suitable for those working in construction management with a view to moving into a more senior position.

There are a broad range of careers that this programme is designed for, which include; construction site manager, estimator, site engineer, contracts surveyor, buyer, planner, local authority surveyor, maintenance manager and SME building company owners/managers

Successful completion of the programme satisfies the academic requirements of the CIOB, therefore with enough experience you can apply for corporate membership of that institution. You will also be able to progress onto a Master’s degree programme.

“By studying our BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme, you can: enhance your career with greater job opportunities and promotion prospects; increase your skillset and confidence; work overseas in the many construction management roles available; forge a career in the industry if you are new to it; and gain professional membership of respected professional bodies, such as RICS and CIOB.”

Graham Hough

Programme Leader BSc Construction Management

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.

Testimonials

Sukh Seehra

“Due to me wanting to further my career in construction management, with a possible move abroad, I chose UCEM’s degree as it would provide me with further knowledge for both self-improvement and progression, along with a worldwide recognised qualification.

The support was excellent from day one. After having panicked a bit during the first semester, where I was having trouble with one of the assignments, the student support services on the VLE were very quick to offer advice and guidance, which helped me pass the assignment with a First.

The resources on the VLE for learning were excellent. I used them regularly to further my understanding of the topics. The Module Leaders and Tutors were also excellent, providing regular feedback on the weekly discussion forums, which further gave me confidence that I had made the right decision to learn.

The best things about studying with UCEM were the support services, the Module Leaders and Tutors, being able to learn at my own pace in my own time and making some good friends along the way.”

Sukh Seehra 
BSc (Hons) Construction Management
Site Manager, London, UK

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

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

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per module x 17 modules (Students on the part-time route usually study 2 modules per semester and students on the full-time route usually study 3 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.

Accreditationaccordion-arrow

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) and Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

For the purposes of RICS accreditation (Project Management pathway) the Commercial Management in Construction module must be selected as the elective.

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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

Full-time route:

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Time commitment: 25-35 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study three modules per six-month semester

This route is equivalent to studying full-time and is not recommended for those who are in full time employment. You should consider how you would manage full time study alongside your work and family commitments. If you are interested in studying on the full-time route but are unsure if it is suitable for you please get in contact with us and we can give you more information about the demands of this route.

Apprentice route:

  • Duration: 4 years, plus external end point assessment (Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification)
  • 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

Click to see our Apprenticeship routes here (opens in new window)

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

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 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.

Part-time route:

  • 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).

Full-time route:

  • The expected time commitment for the full-time route is around 25-35 hours per week (based upon studying three modules per six-month semester).

This route is equivalent to studying full-time and is not recommended for those who are in full time employment. You should consider how you would manage full time study alongside your work and family commitments. If you are interested in studying on the full-time route but are unsure if it is suitable for you please get in contact with us and we can give you more information about the demands of this route.

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 Construction Management from The University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. You will be entitled to denote Honours if applicable, i.e. BSc (Hons), which is a current requirement for Membership of CIOB.

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