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About the course

Would you like a rewarding and challenging career in the construction industry? This professionally-accredited construction management degree takes an in-depth look at construction projects by focusing on themes of management, technology and professionalism. Graduates will be well-prepared for a range of construction careers.

BSc (Hons) Construction Management scored 94% overall satisfaction for the National Student Survey 2019.

Solent’s Construction Management degree has been running for over 20 years. Led by qualified professionals with extensive industry experience, you’ll learn both the technology of building, as well as process management. You’ll get to grips with the economic aspects of a project and the industry’s legal framework, while extensive industry involvement ensures you experience the most up-to-date technology and management techniques available.

You’ll develop valuable industry skills and gain first-hand experience on this practical and vocational degree. Employability is embedded into the course, and employers are regularly involved in the delivery and assessment of projects at all levels.

Course content is regularly reviewed to meet industry and professional requirements, and covers emerging topics in the field of construction management to ensure your learning is right up to date. The curriculum has been designed to give you the skills required by employers in the industry. And by undertaking challenging live briefs you’ll develop your teamwork, project management, problem-solving, decision-making and negotiation skills.

As a student on this course, you’ll also benefit from professional accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). This means that the course meets the standards set by employers, and enables you to take steps towards gaining professional qualifications, even before you’ve graduated.

This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

What does this course lead to?

This degree has been endorsed by and aligned with the CIOB educational framework, preparing you for a rewarding career in this fast-moving global industry. This course has a strong focus on employability, and has an excellent record of graduate employment. Course graduates have gone on to work at – and are directors of – local and national companies such as Evolution 5, Balfour Beatty, Bouygues, Barrett Homes, Morgan Sindall, Midas Construction and Goddards (quantity surveyors).

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those who wish to pursue a career in the construction industry. The course focuses on the management of construction projects and will appeal to those who wish to work in construction project management, site management or quantity surveying upon graduation.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

Students will be required to have the following personal protective equipment for construction site visits:

  • Safety boots that conform to EN ISO 20345:2011.  S3 category - protective toecap and midsole and a water repellent upper (approximately £60*).
  • Construction hard hat that conforms to BS EN 397 (approximately £6*).
  • Builders working gloves suitable for general handling (approximately £3*).
  • High visibility vest with reflective tape on body and shoulders (approximately £4*).
  • Outdoor lens safety glasses that conforms to BS EN166.  Grade F impact lens and optical class 1.  (approximately £7*).

* Prices accurate June 2020.

  • Two copies of dissertation, printing and binding - £50 (approx)
  • Purchase of JCT contracts or similar contract document- £30 (approx)

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96-112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM equivalent qualification or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Applications from mature students may also be considered.
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND, HNC or foundation degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

Part-time entry

  • The part-time route recruits directly to year three of the five-year course, where an applicant is in possession of HNC/D in relevant subject, or equivalent. 

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Part-time

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Part-time attendance (for 2019)

Year 3: Monday
Year 4: Tuesday
Year 5: Thursday

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing  admissions@solent.ac.uk.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Principles of Construction Management
    This module is very important to your training as a construction manager as it introduces you to the basics of construction project management, within the business and organisational environment that construction managers operate.
  • Technology of Buildings
    This module addresses the technology used in the construction of low-rise buildings including light industrial buildings and low-rise commercial buildings. It also introduces the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion.
  • Construction Science and Materials
    You will be able to utilise the different construction technologies and methods available to you successfully, it is fundamental that you have an understanding for the scientific principles and material behaviour that underpins them and influences their use in construction.
  • Construction Innovation
    Working in groups you will consider a project brief applying resources and techniques to discuss and make alternative suggestions for the project to produce a more efficient, innovative and sustainable approach.
  • Legal and Statutory Requirements
    The module starts with a look at the nature of law in England and Wales, including types of law, how laws are created and an outline of the court system. A particular focus will be on contract law.
  • Construction Practice
    This module has two distinct parts, the first will introduce taking-off, drawing and numerical processes and procedures commonly used in construction. The second will introduce the principles of construction surveying and applications in construction management practice.

Year two

Core modules
  • Economics and Financial Management
    This module covers a range of activities that promote effective decision-making and positive business performance within construction industries, including; financial performance analysis techniques, profit and loss forecasting, project and head office cash flow analysis and general overheads budgeting.  
  • Construction Management
    In this module you will gain an understanding of the application of theories in practical construction situations.  In particular you will focus on construction site management, including people and other resources.
  • Technology of Complex Buildings 
    This module will enable you acquire a deeper understanding of construction technology principles at a more advanced level. The technology of high-rise construction, including quality aspects, is the central focus.
  • Maintenance of Buildings and Services
    You will develop a fundamental knowledge of building maintenance, services and the refurbishment of buildings. The module will allow you an opportunity to analyse the underpinning concepts of building maintenance, refurbishment and the options available.
  • Sustainability
    This module investigates how the construction industry can achieve sustainable outcomes during the design, construction, operation and end of life of a project

Options

  • Preconstruction Management
    You will be introduced to the commercial activities both at pre and post contract stage focusing on the role of the contractor’s quantity surveyor.

OR

  • Quantity Surveying Practice
    This module is aligned closely with the expectations and requirements of industry, so you will learn the professional ethics and the need for honesty and accuracy in reporting that is crucial for a successful career.

 Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Building Production and Value Engineering
    Studying this module will enable you to investigate the role of the construction manager in the building production process.  You will evaluate the methods of production that can be employed to achieve a satisfactory solution to a project from the viewpoint of a contractor. 
  • Contracts Management
    You will develop an appreciation of the different types of construction contracts and procurement methods that are available but will have a deeper understanding of the most common contract used in the industry.
  • Project Evaluation and Development
    The module draws together the technological, management, financial and professional practices encountered at Levels 4 and 5 and investigates, in greater depth, how clients and the industry interact during the development process.
  • Research Project
    This module will enable you to find solutions to problems that you will encounter whilst working in various roles in future. You will select a topic of your choice to explore in-depth to find answers to the issues that we encounter in the industry.   

Options

  • Strategic Construction Management
    Strategic management is about determining business objectives and how to achieve them. You will develop an understanding of how organisations need to adapt in line with their environment and how the challenges that this creates can be overcome.
  • Commercial Management
    This module will build on the principles you have learned in levels 4 and 5, to give you a real understanding of the commercial activities that take place within a construction organisation.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Denise White academic profile Denise White Course Leader View profile
Andy Dodson academic profile Andy Dodson Senior Lecturer View profile
Joseph Kwame Ofori-Kuragu academic profile Joseph Kwame Ofori-Kuragu Senior Lecturer View profile
Jackie Campbell academic profile Jackie Campbell Lecturer View profile
Rolla Monib academic profile Rolla Monib Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students make use of modern construction laboratories, a dedicated drawing studio and a range of levelling/surveying equipment (total stations). Students also have the opportunity to work in the built environment studio centre. This modern studio space has been developed to give students access to an environment which mirrors the feel and atmosphere of a working professional studio. This encourages students from various different built environment courses to come together and collaborate on multidisciplinary projects, just as they would in the workplace.

Directors of local and national construction companies, as well as representatives from government bodies, contribute to the course with guest lectures, site visits and live case studies.

Your future

This degree has been endorsed by and aligned with the CIOB educational framework, preparing you for a rewarding career in this fast-moving global industry. There is increasing demand for talented construction graduates who are equipped with the right skills.

Construction is a major source of employment in the UK, with a mobile and flexible workforce. There are opportunities for worldwide travel and employment, and no two jobs are the same. The sheer scale of some projects means that they will impact millions of people.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Construction/project manager
  • Site manager
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Building control surveyor
  • Facilities manager.
  • We look to Solent University to provide our management and surveying trainees. We recently employed a Solent graduate and were extremely impressed by his positive attitude and sound knowledge – Craig is an excellent addition to our team at Evolution5.

    Chris Moss, Construction Director at Evolution5

  • The University provided all the support, encouragement and guidance I needed to find meaningful employment, not to mention the excellent construction training and personal development that employers are looking for.

    Jason Rawlins, Gradaute

Industry links

Directors of local and national construction companies, as well as representatives from government bodies, contribute to the course with guest lectures, site visits and live case studies. This provides a real-life learning environment and unique research opportunities.

We also have visits from local area planning officers, construction directors and government agencies.

Through our network of employers you will be supported and encouraged to do a work placement to gain real work experience. Organisations that we have close links with include Southampton City Council, Capita Symonds, Evolution 5, Balfour Beatty, Barrett Homes, Linden Homes, Brymor Contractors and Babcock International.

Placements

Students are encouraged to find work placements during both holiday and study periods, taking advantage of the course team's close industry links and our extensive network of employer contacts.

Examples of work placements include national contractors, house builders and professional practices, such as: 

  • Davis Langdon (quantity surveyor)
  • Goddards (quantity surveyor)
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Midas Construction
  • Drew Smith Construction
  • Barratt Homes
  • Belmore Construction

Placement roles have included assistant building control surveyor, assistant quantity surveyor and site/project manager.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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