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About the course

Are you currently working in the construction industry? Maybe you are an employer looking to support your colleagues with their training and development? Our 20 years’ experience of delivering construction management training has helped us to develop a course that works for both employees and employers. Students train for a single day each week throughout the academic year, applying what they have learnt directly to their day-to-day work and continuing to be an asset in the workplace.

Inspiring, challenging and professionally accredited – our programme offers a varied curriculum based on the key themes of management, technology and professionalism. You’ll develop valuable skills and work closely with industry partners, experienced tutors and the latest in construction technology.

You’ll develop a full understanding of the economic considerations and the industry’s legal framework. Extensive industry involvement ensures you’ll have a strong working knowledge of the technology and management techniques being used in the sector today. To support this, you’ll undertake challenging live briefs to help develop your teamwork, project management, problem-solving, decision-making and negotiation skills.

The 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.

Our accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building and Chartered Association of Building Engineers demonstrates that the course meets strict standards set by the industry itself. It also gives you the chance to work towards additional professional qualifications alongside your ongoing degree studies.

As part of exciting new developments in this sector, this course is currently in development to be offered as an apprenticeship route

This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.
Apprenticeship

Students study one day a week, working towards their degree while gaining experience within the industry.

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 the fast-moving global construction industry. Graduates will leave the course with the key skills required to develop, manage and deliver modern construction projects. 

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for candidates who have already studied at HNC/D level (or equivalent) and are now looking to progress to a full degree. Candidates should already be working in a relevant area of the construction industry and have an ambition to take on more senior roles.

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 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

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

Students will also 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.

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

The part-time route allows direct entry to year three of the full five-year part-time course. Applicants must hold a HNC in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

Attendance on campus is approximately one day per-week, 9am-5pm.

It is desirable for applying students to be employed within the construction industry. Students will need to have a supporting reference from an employer as part of their application.

For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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

Part-time and distance learning courses

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.

Use the link below to apply online:

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Part-time attendance (for 2018):

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

These times are subject to change, please check back for the latest times, or contact us for more information.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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.
  • 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 units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year two

Core modules
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. 
  • 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
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Joseph Kwame Ofori-Kuragu academic profile Joseph Kwame Ofori-Kuragu Senior 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 will have full access to course specific facilities including modern construction laboratories, a dedicated drawing studio and a range of surveying equipment. Students also have the opportunity to work in the built environment studio. 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. Access to essential industry software is provided for use by all construction students. The design studio also incorporates laser cutting and 3D printing facilities.

Benefit from our 20+ years’ experience of delivering skilled graduates to the construction industry. The course content is regularly reviewed to meet industry and professional requirements.

Your future

Students study a curriculum that has been specifically designed to equip them with skills that are sought after in the modern construction industry.

Graduates have gone on to work for and direct a range of construction businesses. These include Evolution 5, Balfour Beatty, Bouygues, Drew Smith Construction, Barrett Homes, Drew Construction Group and Goddards QS.

Industry links

The course team are actively involved with industry through their research, positions within professional bodies or their prior work in the sector. This gives a breadth of experience for the course to draw on.

The course has nurtured very strong industry and professional body links. This is essential for keeping the course in touch with current industry trends.

We hold a database of over 250 local and national employers that collaborate with us. These employers offer a range of support including site visits, work placements and guest speakers. Employers are involved in the delivery and assessment of projects at all levels of the course.

The Chartered Institute of Building have set up a young professional section of the Institute called NOVUS. This is designed to encourage undergraduates, new graduates and young professionals to network and get more involved with the industry. We are proud to say that the first NOVUS group was set up here in Hampshire by an ex-graduate from the BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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