How to become a construction manager

How to become a construction manager

Are you an experienced construction worker who is familiar with the demands of management or supervision in this challenging role? Are you keen to pursue your professional self-development and enhance your career?

Our esteemed BSc (Hons) course in construction management might be the ideal solution for you.

How to become a construction manager: what we offer

Our course is designed to always be completely up to date and we place great focus on contemporary issues. . Some of the many benefits and distinguishing features we offer are:

  1. Specialist modules such as Building Information Management and Sustainable Construction inform students of pertinent issues in the industry
  2. Off-site visits to significant construction projects
  3. A student membership of Constructing Excellence
  4. Tutoring by industry experts
  5. Designed in collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE)

Our BSc in construction management is ideal for those who do not want to leave their existing jobs, as well as those for whom a career break would not be practical. The course is structured around a part time schedule, providing the  opportunity to carry on working right the way through training.

Those who intend to self fund their degrees may be eligible to financial support in the form of a part time student loan. The course is also available to companies who wish to sponsor their employees’ training as part of continuing professional development.

How to become a construction manager: entry requirements

All students applying for the BSc are expected to have the following:

  1. An HNC or equivalent qualification in construction and the built environment with a grade average of merit
  2. At least three years of work experience within the sector
  3. GCSE or equivalent English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above

If you have previous experience in construction and the supervision of construction jobs, there is also potential for you to take a fast track construction management course. The criteria for our fast track course is:

  1. At least five years of experience in construction roles
  2. At least three years in a construction management role, such as that of supervisor

How to become a construction manager: course structure

The UCSA BSc course in construction management is made up of 12 compulsory modules, some of which are taught by experts, some of which consist of project-based learning.

These compulsory modules are divided over the candidate’s three years of study. Current topics include:

Year 1

  1. The construction environment
  2. Building information, modelling and information management
  3. The legal context and construction contract law
  4. Management principles and applications
  5. Sustainability for construction

Year 2

  1. Construction science
  2. Construction and commercial management practice
  3. Construction project management
  4. Construction technology and innovation

Year 3

  1. Leading and influencing people
  2. Professional inquiry project (x2)

How to become a construction manager: benefits of the course

There are many benefits to the UCSA BSc in Construction Management. These include:

  1. Complimentary student membership to the prestigious Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) membership body
  2. The opportunity to apply for a Professional Development Programme run by the CIOB, including a portfolio submission and an assessor approved by the CIOB
  3. Personal tuition by a highly skilled mentor at your workplace

The UCSA BSc course is ideal if you’re interested in developing your construction career further by learning vital new management skills.


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