Construction is changing at a fast pace with new innovations with robotics, BIM and offsite production techniques. New Procurement routes are being established and ways of addressing the skill shortages. This course is designed to prepare and develop construction management specialists for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in construction and the built environment. The emphasis is on participation and students are encouraged to carry out research activities, work with others as part of a team, demonstrate an ability to work independently without supervision, solve problems, and interact effectively in a work situation. It is suitable for both new candidates and those already in the sector wishing to upskill to advance their career prospects.
As work-related learning is an important characteristic of these courses, work placements or relevant professional activity is an essential requirement for study. It is expected that most part-time students will be in appropriate professional situations. Many of the modules are delivered by practising professionals employed in the local construction industry and site visits are an important part of the course.
Throughout the course students are expected to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the sector in direct relation to their own employment or work placement.The Professional Practices modules focus on work-related activities and will involve agreement with employers or host companies on projects and assessed work. For these courses modules are assessed in a number of ways such as coursework assignments, time controlled assignments, phase tests, group projects, presentations and case studies.
Applicants wishing to complete the BSc (Hons) (Progression Route) Construction Management (Progression Route) who hold an HNC/HND will be required to first undertake modules from the FdSc Construction Management to meet the entry criteria (an additional 60 credits for HND or 120 credits for HNC).
The FdSc and BSc (Hons) Construction Management courses continue to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and the course was developed to match the professional institute and employers requirements.
Gary Fowler studied for six years at West Suffolk College, progressing to a Foundation Degree in Construction Management with the University of Suffolk and then the BSc Construction Management. Gary was nominated by his employer, J Breheny Contractors, for the Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Award for Construction Excellence in the Construction Delivery category and was shortlisted among the final eight. He previously won awards for student of the Year and CIOB Best Professional Construction Student. Gary said: 'It has been challenging, because I have had to do it part-time education, but it has been a good experience. It has helped me to get where I am, and have enjoyed studying here.'
Gareth Young, another previous student, said: "Since I have finished the course in May, I have successfully found a job with a local company working as an estimator and have found that the course I have done has really helped me in this job role and the company so far seem pleased with what I have done and what I can bring to the table. The thought of doing a degree course had never entered my mind before hand."
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Starting September 2019