UCEM and CSTT team up to offer bursary to help students get a head start in the Built Environment

Posted on: 23 July, 2020

UCEM is partnering with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) to fund 50% of UCEM’s BSc Access Module fee to students who need it the most.

Anyone interested in studying on UCEM’s BSc Access Module who needs a helping hand to begin their Built Environment career is eligible to apply for the #BEReady bursary. In line with UCEM’s Access and Participation Plan, applications are particularly welcome from BAME, LGBTQ+, lower socio-economic, disabled and care leaver candidates.

The BSc Access Module is a gateway for students with non-standard entry qualifications, or those who do not have enough UCAS points, to progress onto our undergraduate degree programmes. It takes six months to complete, with students expected to undertake seven to ten hours of study per week, after which, upon successful completion, they can continue on one of UCEM’s five BSc (Hons) programmes (Building Control, Building Surveying, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying or Real Estate Management).

“Our relationship with CSTT has grown over the past few years,” explains UCEM Principal, Ashley Wheaton. “Following on from CSTT’s generous offer to fully fund up to 50 students onto our Year 13 BSc Access Module earlier this summer, this bursary will enable more people to pursue a career in the Built Environment.

“The bursary not only is an extension of CSTT’s commitment to bring more young people into the surveying profession but reinforces UCEM’s widening participation objectives with the goal of creating a more diverse workforce in the sector. The Access Module gives those without the qualifications to start on our degree programmes a second chance to prove themselves and go on to gain a BSc (Hons) qualification.

“We introduced the Access Module to help more people into the Built Environment and I hope the bursary will enable even more students to benefit from it going forward.”

CSTT CEO, Terry Watts, adds: “The Built Environment offers a vast range of exciting and well-paid careers, and the bursary offer can help those wishing to get a foot on the ladder in the sector.

“Those who complete the programme will earn their first points towards a degree should they wish to continue to a full Bachelor’s degree with UCEM. Either way, they will have a great learning experience with one of the premier Higher Education providers supporting the Built Environment. I would encourage anyone interested in studying on the Access Module or those who know of others who would be interested to make the most of this opportunity.”

The deadlines to apply for the bursary are 9 September, 2020, for the autumn start date of 5 October, 2020, and 4 March, 2021, for the spring start date of 6 April, 2021. Head to the #BEReady bursary webpage to find out more.