Construction (Sustainable Design) BSc (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BSc (Hons) in Construction
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: K203
Code: ST3341A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 3 Years
Part time: 6 Years
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

This course, BSc (Hons) Construction (Sustainable Design), is validated by Lancaster University and will enable you to achieve an Honours qualification in three years. You will study some core modules but specialise within the area of Sustainable Design.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building. Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building is our seal of approval, signifying that University Centre at Blackburn College reaches the highest standards of governance, quality assurance and resource management. 

The construction sector is a major user of energy, producer of waste and contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. All of these impacts can be reduced by improved design practices, more innovative construction techniques and better management. Sustainable Design in Construction by definition requires successful integration of commercially viable and scale-able building methods with consideration of local environmental, economic and social factors. These principles underpin this traditional 3 year, full-time, Honours degree.

A number of government announcements around The Green Deal indicate that around 250,000 workers with specific low carbon skills will be required to deliver the strategy by 2030. This is around 10% of the current workforce and requires a growth rate in low carbon design and construction specialists of over 12,000 per year. In addition, this growth in construction and installation workforce will demand an equivalent growth in management, design professionals and specifiers. Employment prospects from graduates of this particular course in UCBC's portfolio are expected to be high.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules that will allow you to specialise in Sustainable Design in Construction including: Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Design and Energy and the Environment.

You will also be able to specialise in your own areas of interest within the field of Sustainable Design through your choice of topic for both the Dissertation and Project modules on the course.

Modules include:

  • CAD
  • Health & Safety
  • Design Principles
  • Tendering and Estimating
  • Science & Materials
  • Site Surveying
  • Construction Technology
  • Project
  • Environmental Design
  • BIM (Advanced CAD)
  • Contractual Procedures
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Energy Transfer
  • Research Skills
  • Design Technology
  • Project Management 1
  • Sustainable Design
  • Construction Economics
  • Construction Design Project Evaluation
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Design Project

Download the Programme Specification for BSc (Hons) Construction Sustainable Design. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course. 

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 96 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 240 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6.0. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff. 

In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent qualification) at grade C or above in Maths. In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above.




How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course: these include a mixture of coursework including structured tasks, presentations, practical work, reports and essays, group and individual projects and end examinations.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Graduates from sustainable construction programmes at UCBC have embarked upon interesting and varied graduate roles including Energy Management Consultants, Planners, Sustainability Managers as well as graduate management schemes, degree-level teaching and postgraduate study.

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"This year I was able to visit and observe several student presentations from the degree and diploma students.  This was a very useful opportunity and allowed me to observe group working and presentations in person, whilst also able to pose questions to the students and review their responses.  The work being presented was impressive and something which other institutions are struggling to implement, namely Building Information Modelling (BIM)."   

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