BSc (Hons) Construction Management (part time)

Programme Specification

2nd September 2019
3 years


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




This is a top up Construction Management Degree Programme commencing at level 5 for students with a relevant HNC qualification or experienced managers or supervisors without formal qualifications at this level. 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.

Have you at least 5 years construction experience? Were at least 3 of those
years’ experience in a supervisory or other construction management role?
Find out about Fast Track

Did you know you can gain accreditation for your management experience?

This would enable you to fast-track your degree and be exempt from 2 years of study.

You would need to register your interest by completing the application form and we will arrange a meeting/phone call.

You will be supported by a tutor to help you put together a portfolio that captures your experience. This takes 2 -3 months so if you are interested and want to join the BSc Construction in January 2019 please submit your application today. There is a fee of £500.

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)
  • 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
  • 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 currently awaited. UCSA is currently actively working within a consortium of employers and providers to resolve the current issues. 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,


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

If you do not have a HNC but are an experienced site manager or supervisor, there is the opportunity to accredit your prior experience and gain direct entry into the degree. This is known as the Accreditation of Prior Learning*. Please contact for more information.

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/4 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.



Please submit the online application form and we will contact you to discuss in more detail.


If you are an employer interested in the degree apprenticeship please contact Stephen Fox, UCSA Director.

If you are an employee and interested in the degree apprenticeship, please discuss with your employer and advise them to contact Stephen Fox for more information.

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