Construction Management - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
LK12
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Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years), Part Time (5 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:

If your ambition is to gain a senior site management role within the construction industry, our Construction Management BSc will set you on the right path.

Exploring the legal, technical, managerial, economic, social and environmental aspects of construction projects, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the building industry. This knowledge has enabled graduates to secure roles with top companies such as Balfour Beattie and Wilmott Dixon.

New for 2017/18

Construction Management

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

This course prepares you for an exciting and challenging career in the construction industry. Working with industrial partners, it aims to develop the skills required by professional bodies such as the Charted Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 

Preparing for a senior management role, you’ll be regarded as a leader with skills to deliver projects on time and within budget.

Regular site visits will add colour and relevance to your studies and allow you to keep abreast of new technology and industry techniques.

With the support of experienced staff who have worked for companies such as Prudential, Taylor Wimpey and Wembley Housing, you’ll use facilities that reflect the work environment you’ll enter after graduation. A computer-generated Virtual Building Site enables you to hone your skills and gain experience in a variety of mock scenarios that prepare you for the world of work. You will also use CAD and learn the latest skills such as Building Information Modelling.

You’ll have the chance for overseas exchange programmes to the USA, a fantastic way to experience a new culture and broaden your studies.

Guest speakers also enable you to make industry connections. You’ll make great contacts, like student Samuel Kelly who took the opportunity to meet Network Rail and Birmingham City Council professionals.

Our global links have led to us recently hosting the international Associated Schools of Construction, Region 8 Competition. We welcomed participants from universities worldwide, who joined our own students to work on real life projects. They were judged by Carillion and Mott MacDonald. In 2015, our students went on to win the competition when it was staged in Dallas, Texas.

This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice.

Our city centre location is an inspirational place to learn. Birmingham’s Big City Plan, regenerating and developing the city, ensures there are plenty of opportunities within the built environment. And you’ll have the added advantage of being based near to construction sites where you can gain invaluable experience and contacts.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 
  • In the National Student Survey 2015, this course achieved a 100% overall student satisfaction rate.
  • Our three-month exchange programme offers study opportunities in Canada and the USA.
  • Strong links with employers such as Willmott Dixon allow you to apply what you learn in a practical context through work placement opportunities. You’ll also have the chance to work on live projects for clients.
  • It’s an exciting time to study construction in Birmingham – the city is undergoing huge regeneration. The Big City Plan, a 20-year vision covering every aspect of the built environment, is creating innovative redevelopments and opportunities.
  • By undertaking further suitable work experience and the Professional Review, you can apply for full membership of CIOB and AssocRICS following the Assessment of Professional Competence with the RICS.
  • You’ll use industry-standard equipment and benefit from regular site visits which give you a close-up view of professional practice, and build insight and industry perspective into your studies.
  • The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £24,000 (DLHE 2012/13).
  • We are one of the very few universities in the UK that teach 4D BIM.
  • Construction Management students are exposed and taught to use the following cutting-edge software:  Synchro 4D, Navisworks and Revit Architecture.
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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Balfour Beattie
  • Wilmott Dixon

And in jobs such as:

  • Construction Manager
  • Commercial Manager

This course is accredited by:

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points - Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 30 points
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

300 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above)
or
predicted DDM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 years £1,125 per 15 credit module
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years TBC Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Part-time students are on the HNC route for two years and after successful completion, students will join the level 5 undergraduate programme.

Quantification
30 credits
Construction Technology
30 credits
Design and Construction Management
15 credits
Cost Estimation and Economics
15 credits
Professional Practice Project 1
30 credits

Year two

Professional Practice Project 2
30 credits
Contract Law
15 credits
Tender Estimating
15 credits
Commercial Technology
15 credits
Architectural Engineering and Environmental Technology
15 credits
Operational Management
15 credits
Procurement
15 credits

Year three

 
Inter Professional Project
15 credits
 
Construction Economics
15 credits
 
Contract Practice
15 credits
Bid Strategy
15 credits

This module enables us to be one of the very few universities in the UK that teach 4D BIM. 

 
Project Management
15 credits
 
Civil Engineering
15 credits
 
Honours Research Project
30 credits

The course has been uniquely developed around five key areas: Management and Finance (Operational and Strategic); Technology (Domestic, Commercial and Civil); Law (Tort, Contract and Practice); Costing; and Research.

You’ll explore the social and economic context of the industry and, uniquely, examine global health and safety, environmental and sustainability issues surrounding the control and co-ordination of site activities.

Course breakdown

Year 1

You’ll gain a broad overview and look at areas such as construction management, constructional technology, quantification and cost estimation and economics. You’ll also undertake your first professional practice project, working with industry.

Year 2

You’ll examine sustainability issues through architectural engineering and environmental technology. You’ll also look at operational management, procurement, tender estimating and contract law, as well as commercial technology. A professional practice project hones your skills further.

Year 3

Your final year looks at construction economics, contract practice, bid strategy, project management and civil engineering. You’ll undertake an inter-professional project in which you apply the skills you have developed over your course to a live project for an industry client. Our students’ recommendations have informed council policy and the design of high-profile developments.

The course can be studied full-time over three years, part-time over five years, or as a sandwich course over four years, with a year in industry.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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This course is accredited by the following organisations:

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS is the world's leading professional body for setting standards in the surveying industry.

It has members all around the globe delivering knowledge and serving the public interest at a local level. In their work, they draw on RICS' ever-growing range of globally applicable and regionally specific standards and guidance.

The course gives you the opportunity to take part in a three-month exchange programme with partner institutions in the USA. You’ll gain invaluable experience and have the chance to broaden your studies and learn about international aspects of construction management.

Further Study

Our MSc Construction Project Management  enables you to take your studies further after graduation. It takes the changing needs of the construction industry into consideration and offers an international perspective. Other research opportunities and postgraduate courses are available through Birmingham School of the Built Environment which may also be of interest. Details can be found on the courses section of the website.

Enhancing your employability skills

The course gives you the skills needed to prepare for a career in construction management You’ll understand many aspects of construction technology, services and innovation relating to a wide range of building and civil engineering projects, with appropriate regard to health and safety and environmental responsibility.

You’ll be able to project manage complex construction projects from an operational perspective and apply problem-solving skills. You’ll also have a strong understanding of any legal implications and cost issues, as well as global and economic aspects. A strong advantage of the practical element of the course is that you’ll have developed the skills needed to back up theory.

These skills are highly valued by employers. Recent research conducted by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) indicates that the UK’s construction industry needs 36,000 new recruits each year to cope with increased demand.

Our innovative collaboration with Birmingham City Council’s Urban Design Team means you can gain work experience, work on key individual research projects, gain technical application skills, win excellence awards and contribute to projects influencing future council policy.

You’ll develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills. And because of the unique nature of the course, you’ll learn how to work effectively and efficiently either on your own or as part of a team.

Students from the School of the Built Environment will also be given a chance to take part in a major international construction competition hosted by the University. Prestigious firm Mott MacDonald, which has excellent links with the University, will sponsor the event.

The Inter-professional Project is a final year module in which you apply the skills you have developed over your course to a live project for an industry client. Our students’ recommendations have informed council policy and the design of high-profile developments. The video below illustrates some of the real-world skills you can gain from the Inter-professional Project.

Placements

The delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to construction sites where students are able to appreciate theory in context. These include working with company Willmott Dixon.

With the advantage of a construction site right on our doorstep as the University grows, students and graduates have benefited from placements and hands-on experience. The opportunities with companies such as Birmingham-based Willmott Dixon, a leading independent construction and property company, have increased confidence, ability and skills.

You’ll also benefit from the innovative Building Birmingham Scholarship programme. Launched by Birmingham City Council, it supports young people wishing to pursue a career in construction. Construction Management student Sabila Zaman undertook a work placement with construction company EC Harris where she made great connections. She said the programme had helped her network with a wide range of construction firms and boosted her confidence.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Nearly all our graduates go straight into well-paid jobs, taking on challenging roles. Latest statistics (DLHE 2012/13) showed 88.9 per cent of 2012/13 BSC (Hons) Construction Management graduates were in full-time work, or primarily in work but also studying, within six months of graduation.

They have taken positions with small and large construction organisations with local, regional or national coverage Gavinder Gill graduated with honours in 2014 and is working with Brookfield Multiplex to build an 801 room student accommodation block before moving on to the prestigious Blackfriars development which consists of a 50 storey tower, a hotel and a retail and leisure building.

Projects that graduate construction managers work on can include hospitals, shopping complexes, airports, railways, tunnels and bridges.

Our graduates work for companies such as Balfour Beattie and Wilmott Dixon. A wide range of roles are open to our graduates, including positions such as Construction Manager, Commercial Manager, Project Manager, Site Manager, Bid Writer, and Estimator.

Trips and visits

Visits to construction sites will put theories into context and give you valuable insight.

You’ll be able to take part in a trip to Paris, taking in different buildings, both new and old, as well as construction site visits.

There are also walking tours around Birmingham itself to take in the city’s own diverse architecture.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Computer Assisted Taking Off

Here at Birmingham City University you will make use of commercial software as part of your assessment. Work is carried out in well-equipped and air-conditioned laboratories.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Antony Taft

Senior Lecturer

Antony is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment and Course Director for HNC Construction.

During over 33 years in the construction industry Antony has worked for Local Authorities, Developers, Civil Engineering Consultants ultimately as the Associate Director of a multi-national consultants and finally in the education sector. A period was spent in Nigeria working on social development projects.

Experience includes Project Management and design of on and off-site infrastructure for commercial and housing developments up to £50m. Civil engineering feasibility reports and design of foundations inevitably formed part of this process. Such Reports included flood risk assessments, land appraisals, and environmental statements. He is a competent user of several civil engineering industry standard software packages and approved as a Supervising Civil Engineer for the I.C.E training scheme.

Angela Kilby

Senior Lecturer

Angela is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Subcontracting QS with experience in final account settlement and onsite measurement.

PQS career: based in West Midlands & London – experienced Capital Allowance consultant with Morland and Allied Domecq with public house/nightclub refurbishment measurement and costing experience.

Guaranteed maximum price contract & measurement experience, PFI measurement and bid experience.

Insurance valuation work for Prudential portfolio.

Benchmarking (Wembley Stadium) and Key Performance Indicator (Kier Construction) advisor, Partnering & Supply chain management, advisor on best practice initiatives.

Clients Charter consultant for Wembley Housing, Beacon Housing & Richmond Housing.

Risk and Value workshop for PFI MOD Salisbury, Tubelines and Manchester City Council

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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