Start dates:

5 October 2020 or 6 April 2021

Duration:

1 year (full-time) or 1.5 years (part-time)

Fees & funding:

£6,900 Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next CertHE starts 5 October. Apply by 24 August 2020

Certificate of Higher Education Built Environment Studies

Programme overview

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Would you like to experience online undergraduate study whilst gaining valuable experience of the Built Environment? Start your Built Environment BSc (Hons) journey wherever you are in the world with UCEM’s Certificate of Higher Education.

This programme is an excellent opportunity to experience the first level of our BSc (Hons) programmes whilst gaining experience of online learning and higher education. This is also ideal for school leavers or those wishing to explore the world of the Built Environment, without committing to a full BSc (Hons).

This programme provides students with a rigorous detailed understanding of the principles and practice involved in the property and construction industries, up to Level 4 standard (the first level of a UK bachelor’s degree).

The programme provides the academic underpinning necessary to prepare students to start their journey towards a career as a Chartered Surveyor, without the initial financial and time commitment of a full bachelor’s degree. This means students can take control over the timing and progression of their studying to suit personal and career circumstances. Successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education will also enable students to progress onto one of UCEM’s accredited BSc (Hons) programmes, including:

Students who choose to progress on to one of UCEM’s BSc (Hons) programmes will be exempt from all level 4 modules (120 credits) on the programme.

Full-time route

If you want to study full-time and complete your studies within one year, 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

Why study this programme?

  • Achieve a Certificate of Higher Education Built Environment Studies in one year
  • Study the first level of our BSc (Hons) programmes without the commitment of a full Bachelor’s degree
  • Choose to continue for a further two years and complete your BSc (Hons) with UCEM with this gateway programme
  • Successful completion of the programme enables progression onto one of UCEM’s accredited BSc (Hons) programmes
  • An opportunity to experience a taste of online learning
  • Ideal for school leavers who may wish to explore the Built Environment before committing to a full BSc (Hons) degree

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 modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow is available below.

Students can choose to start in either semester

Career & study progression

The programme serves as a springboard for both further study and/or entry into the built environment industry.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students can choose to continue on to study for a BSc (Hons) with UCEM and will be exempt from the first six modules (120 credits) on the BSc programme.

The Certificate of Higher Education programme equips students with the essential foundation blocks to consider a number of the professional pathways within the property and construction industries. The following list provides a range of the types of careers that students may pursue after completing this programme:

  • Building Control
  • Building Surveying
  • Construction Management
  • Property Agency and Management
  • Property Valuation and Investment
  • Quantity Surveying

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 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.

*           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 4 (or C) or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level

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:
£1,150 per module x 6 modules (students can choose to undertake 2 or 3 modules per semester).

Total programme fee £6,900

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.

 

 

Available routesaccordion-arrow

Part-time route:

  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Full-time route:

  • Duration: 1 year
  • 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.

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 Certificate of Higher Education Built Environment Studies.

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