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Built Environment Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Architectural Design Technology with Foundation Year: K194; Architectural Engineering with Foundation Year: K134; Building Surveying with Foundation Year: K232; Construction Project Management with Foundation Year: K208; Property and Real Estate with Foundation Year: K236; Quantity Surveying with Foundation Year: K247; Interior Architecture with Foundation Year K121

Start Date(s): September


Year one of a four year degree


UK - £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

In Brief:

  • An excellent route into built environment disciplines for those from a non built environment background
  • Ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
  • Provides broad education in construction and built environment disciplines

Course Summary

The programme aims to give a unified training in construction, surveying and design techniques at Level 3 meeting the prerequisites for Level 4 education in the associated degree programmes. There is an emphasis on both understanding and problem solving in addition to practical and communication skills.  This  is achieved through a combination of theoretical and practical modules. In theoretical, lecture/tutorial based modules an emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge and techniques through problem solving.

More specifically the aims of the foundation year are to:

  • Improve competence in essential areas of built environment professional practice necessary for progression onto design, property, surveying and construction management degrees.    
  • Develop the technical skills and understanding necessary for progressing in built environment higher education.    
  • Develop analytical and problem solving skills in built environment discipline areas.    
  • Develop experimental and IT skills.    
  • Develop communication and study skills.

Course Details

This foundation degree prepares students to study on the following University undergraduate programmes:

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hon) Quantity Surveying (Accelerated Degree) 

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management  

BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate  

BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering

BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture (Course begins in September 2019)

Year 1        

This module is designed to equip you with a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that ensure the student is likely to be successful in their chosen route of academic study on a course within the School of the Built Environment.  You will develop the ability to understand what and how they are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for their own learning.
This module will allow you to create an awareness of key professional roles with the built environment sector and the responsibilities associated with the differing roles. It will provide you with an opportunity for investigative work to be undertaken via a case study or series of case studies to explore the nature of the built environment professions. You will develop awareness of the key professional skills required by the differing identified discipline areas. The module will also promote the on-going development of oral/written communication, team working and inter-personal skills.
The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation and understanding of architectural design and the factors that influence it. You will gain an understanding of architectural design in the context of the overall building procurement process, and be introduced to the role of ICT as an essential tool in built environment professional practice. Through this module you will begin to develop your expertise in commonly used built environment design representation software applications
You will explore the concept of the practitioner and the alignment the personal and professional development. Using a project scenario, you will gain awareness of contemporary issues and developments in the built environment sector and understand their significance and impact on your future professional conduct.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 64 points
GCE A level Typically two grade Cs
BTEC Higher National Diploma MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Not available for this course.

Additional Entry Requirement Information

Applicants must satisfy both the University’s General Entry Requirement and the specific entry requirements as per course detailed below.

General Entry Academic Requirements

The General Entry Academic Requirements are as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy detail for

  • Foundation Certificate/level 3 of CertHE/DipHE/Bachelor’s Degree/Integrated Master’s programmes.

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Applicant profile

This course is ideal if you want to study a built environment discipline but you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree. The course is also attractive if you are a mature person returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,165

Please view the relevant degree programme under the 'Course Details' tab to view the fees for the remaining years of your course.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Please refer to full degree pages as listed under 'Course Details' for more information about teaching on years 2-4 of the relevant course.


You will be assessed during the Foundation Year through a combination of exams and coursework.

Please refer to full degree pages as listed under 'Course Details' for more information about teaching on years 2-4 of the relevant course.

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