BSc (Hons) Construction Management (part time)

Programme Specification

22nd September 2018
3 years


University Campus St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts, AL4 0JA   View map




The Programme is an exciting new honours level qualification in Construction Management. The programme is delivered part time – the primary delivery location is at Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City Campus but also at the University of Hertfordshire.

The degree is also available to companies seeking to sponsor students as trainees or to individuals seeking to self fund. The latter maybe eligible for a part time student loan.

In addition it is planned to offer the degree as part of the new degree apprenticeship standard however the assessment plan is still awaited and the standard is not yet ready to use.  For companies interested in this possibility do contact Stephen Fox ( for a discussion.

The programme is informed by the professional construction management education standards at Chartered level from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The programme has been developed in close collaboration with Employers, Constructing Excellence and the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

The programme has several key distinctive features:

  • Shaped and delivered in collaboration with BRE and Constructing Excellence
  • Delivery involves industry experts
  • Built around the contemporary challenges facing the industry
  • Specialist modules on both Building Information Management and Sustainable Construction
  • Includes off site visits to special projects (e.g. at BRE).
  • Includes student membership of Constructing Excellence.
  • Taught on a day release model (delivery will takes place primarily at Oaklands College but also at the University of Hertfordshire during the summer semester)
  • Informed and developed with the Industry led trailblazer group and to be provided as part of a new degree apprenticeship.

The Programme is designed to enable the completion of the honours degree with direct entry at level 5 with a Higher National Certificate in construction or related subject (or equivalent award). The Programme integrates academic and work based learning in close collaboration with employers.


There are 12 compulsory modules delivered over three years.


September – January

Exc Christmas Break

January – April

Exc Easter Break

May – September

Exc 7 week Summer Break

Year 1 The Construction Environment Building Information Modelling and Information Management The Legal Context and Construction Contract Law
Management Principles & Applications Sustainability for Construction
Year 2 Construction Science Team Project Construction and Commercial Management Practice
Construction Project Management Construction Technology and Innovation
Year 3 Leading and Influencing People
Professional Inquiry Project Professional Inquiry Project


Students will also be offered Student Membership of both CIOB and Constructing Excellence.



  • Complimentary student membership of CIOB
  • Complimentary student membership of BRE
  • Personal tutor to visit you at the workplace
  • Opportunity to undertake the CIOB’s Professional Development Programme (with an e portfolio and CIOB approved assessor) – an additional fee of £1000 applies


Typically the programme will be delivered one day a week at Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City Campus from September to April and on one day a week at the University of Hertfordshire from May to September.

You will be taught by a range of experienced academic staff and industry experts in a ‘workshop’ style of learning.


The programme provides a progression opportunity for all students who have achieved a Higher National Certificate or equivalent qualification in Construction related discipline and are seeking to develop and extend their technical skills into a management role.

If you have prior construction management experience but do not have an HNC qualification, click here for more information on how to undertake the accelerated pathway.


The programme will be delivered typically one day a week. You will also be expected to carry out

10-15 hours a week of private study.


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Construction Management.


The standards are not yet approved to use and further information is expected by March 2018.

The Degree Apprenticeships are built around the standards at level 6 and bring together the best of higher and vocational education in order that apprentices achieving a full bachelor’s degree as part of their apprenticeship. This involves employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership. Apprentices are employed throughout, and spend part of their time at university and part with their employer. To gain a place on the degree apprenticeship the apprentice must have completed a Higher National Certificate or equivalent in in construction and the built environment (or a cognate area).

UCSA is currently working with an employer consortium in the construction sector, led by Balfour Beatty. The consortium includes more than 15 employers, the five main built environment professional bodies (CIAT, CIBSE, CIOB, ICE and RICS), a range of trade bodies (B&ES, CECA, FMB and UKCG) and the Construction Heads of the Built Environment (CHOBE). These Standards – at Levels 4 and 6 – are designed to create highly skilled employees who can contribute to the success of complex construction projects by demonstrating skills, knowledge and behaviours in key aspects of project control and management in both common and specific areas.

Apprentices will complete a rigorous end assessment which tests both the wider occupational competence and academic learning required for success in that profession.

The degree apprenticeship programme uses a new degree programme to deliver the academic knowledge requirements of that profession, and this is combined with additional work based learning to meet the full apprenticeship training requirements.

If your organisation maybe interested in the degree apprenticeship, would like to get involved or want further information on developments then please contact Stephen Fox,


If you are an individual student interested in a place for September 2018 please email


All students must hold an HNC or equivalent in construction and the built environment (or a cognate area) typically with a merit grade average.

Students seeking to enter the programme at Level 6 with a relevant Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree will typically have either a merit grade or 50% grade average respectively.

All students are expected to either be working in the sector or had relevant employment experience in the last 3 years.

All applicants must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or a University of Hertfordshire accepted equivalent qualifications.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required (with no less than 5.5 in any band). Other English language tests are accepted.


If you are an employer wishing to offer the degree apprenticeship please contact Stephen Fox , Director of Higher Education (University Campus St Albans) who will arrange a visit to discuss your requirements –

If you are already employed and would like to enrol on the course as part of a degree apprenticeship please discuss this with your employer and advise them to contact University Campus St Albans directly to discuss this further on the above email.

If you are wishing to apply (but not as part of the degree apprenticeship) please complete the on line application form and the course leader will get in touch to discuss your application.

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UCSA is a joint venture between the University of Hertfordshire and Oaklands College. UCSA was established in September 2013 offering a high value and innovative flexible degree based provision with multiple entry points. All degrees are validated by the University of Hertfordshire.

We deliver our courses across both Oaklands College and at the University of Hertfordshire. Our Students have access to the rich range of resources offered by both Institutions.


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University Campus St Albans
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