Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Construction Project Management with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Construction project managers oversee the entire construction process, from resource distribution, timeframes and budget management, to managing staff and stakeholder relationships. This foundation year pathway is designed to help you build a strong foundation in construction, surveying and design techniques, and the essential study skills you'll need to progress and succeed on the full BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management degree.

This pathway is an excellent route if you want to study the full honours degree, but don't meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress on to the full honours degree which is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). So you'll be educated to the highest industry standards, ready to build a rewarding career in the built environment sector.

Construction is increasingly driven by economic and time pressures. By gaining the skills to successfully plan, manage and implement decision and process that keep built environment projects on track, you can open up some exciting career opportunities throughout the world.

You will:
  • Develop competence in essential areas of built environment professional practice
  • Build technical, analytical and problem-solving skills, ready to progress to the honours degree
  • Gain hands-on experience using built environment-focused IT equipment and software
  • Build your confidence by strengthening team working, communication and study skills
  • Be ready to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management degree
Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) logo

This is for you if...

1.

You’re passionate about developing and shaping the built environment

2.

You want to study construction project management but don't meet the honours degree entry requirements

3.

You're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

Course details

All about the course

Building Surveying at Salford

Foundation Year

The introductory foundation year is designed to develop your awareness, understanding and problem-solving capabilities for typical challenges experienced in construction and the built environment.

With a focus on your progression, the foundation year also introduces core skills in communication and teamwork that you will need to succeed at an advanced study level.

If you successfully complete and pass the foundation year, you will automatically progress on to the full Construction Project Management honours degree.

BSc Honours Degree

For a further three years of study - or four, if you choose an industry placement, you'll cover construction-focused modules about regulations, procurement, and LEAN techniques.

  • In year one, you’ll explore the relationship between a building and its internal and external environments, with core modules providing a basic understanding of topics including laws and regulations in the construction and property industries, construction management techniques and construction technology including BIM and CAD.
  • As you progress into year two, you’ll expand your subject knowledge and explore areas including procurement and lean and offsite production management. 
  • In your final year, you'll study five more advanced modules and demonstrate the knowledge you’ve gained by completing a research-based dissertation.

Located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London, Salford is a great choice for construction project management. With our industry-focused learning approach, you’ll visit local projects and receive live industry briefs that enhance your real-world knowledge and understanding, and staying true to the collaborative nature of the construction industry, you’ll complete projects and problem-solving activities.

Industry Placements

On this course, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Read about how Construction Project Management student Mitchell Bowden secured a graduate role with Morgan Sindall Construction following his placement.

Foundation year

Introduction to Built Environment Professional Practice

This module will introduce you to the range of sectors and professions involved in the built environment sector. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the different professions, and begin to explore the concept of health and safety in industry.

Introduction to Design Practice

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.

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Introduction to Building Science

This module will introduce you to many of the reasons why we need buildings. It introduces and examines how we design buildings to both passively and actively modify the internally created built environment. The concept of whole building Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is introduced in relation to thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustic comfort and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) with the goal of instilling an understanding in the learner as to how aspects of good building design promote occupant comfort and wellbeing. Via an understanding of the physical properties of construction materials, basic scientific principles and building engineering services, you will gain an understanding of buildings in use, not just buildings under design or in construction.

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Introduction to Digital Built Environment

The module is to introduce the concept of digitalisation in the built environment industry and allow you to apply different digital technologies. It will also introduce you to building materials and structure.

IT and Study Skills

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 your own learning.

Professional Practice Project

This module introduces the process of client/architect/engineer design briefs, and particular specifications in relation to a building’s internal environment, with particular attention paid to the specification of thermal, visual, acoustic and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) design variables. Building on the theory learned in the Introduction to Building Science module, this module moves on to the design and practical application of environmental design criteria based on the previously developed understanding of environmental comfort.

You will research into, and select, various design variables during the creation of project Room Data Sheets (RDS), used by engineering consultants to design passive and active approaches to the creation of an optimum internal environment for occupant comfort and wellbeing. The module then moves on to the determination of actual environmental conditions in numerous rooms and spaces in a variety of building types via the physical use of measuring equipment. By comparing theoretical and actual design values, you will then undertake observations and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) surveys to determine real occupant opinions and perceptions as to their working environment, with the goal of assessing those areas of design with poor feedback and the proposal of corrective measures.

Year one

Technology 1

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks

You will be introduced to English law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Introduction to Construction Management

Through this module you will gain experience of relevant management and planning software tools through the application of industry specific ICTs such as Microsoft Project, Building Information Modelling and appropriate design delivery software CAD. You will be able to demonstrate the importance of the legislative environment, including the consequences of health, safety and welfare, and apply current management tools and techniques to mitigate relevant issues that may occur on a construction project. You will understand ethnic and cultural diversity issues and current codes of practice in the industry and their implications for ethical practice. You will appreciate the relevance of social, economic and environmental sustainability and recognise the impact of this on a building’s carbon emissions and ability provide a comfortable environment for the end user. This module will also enable you to engage with industry through a series of industrial guest lectures supporting and enhancing the project brief.

Construction Management Project 1

This module will enable you to identify and use appropriate learning-how-to-learn strategies that are applicable for the programme of study. You will be able to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related project tasks on an individual and team basis. You will identify and apply ethical codes of behaviour appropriate to built environment professional practice. You will also gain experience applicable ICT technologies relevant to their field of study.

Economics and Management

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic economic concepts and principles of the economic environment in which the construction and property industry operates and knowledge of management theories in the construction context. You will be able to discuss the key role of the construction industry in the economy, current economic issues and management challenges in the construction and property context.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

Year two

Construction Process Management

You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of the construction process, at all stages, from inception to delivery. You will gain a practical understanding of the methods and techniques used in the planning and production stages of a construction project and competence in their application. This module will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of how effective planning and control of resources impacts on the control of a construction project and the supply chain. You will be able to understand and evaluate the concepts of risk and value and examine and apply techniques for their control and consider and review environmental impact, health & safety and other constraints on the construction process.

Lean and Offsite Production Management

Through this module you will be able to understand the role and responsibilities of the production manager in the context of the UK construction industry. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the key organisational management principles and issues involved in lean theory and its applications in design, production and operations. You will be able to demonstrate how risk management processes apply to production management practice. On this module you will evaluate current and future production processes and methods by which the production manager can control resource efficiency, quality, safety and environment. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the implementation of offsite construction for an efficient and effective implementation of construction projects.

Construction Management Project 2

This project will provide you with an opportunity for discipline based project study on a range of built environment scenarios. You will develop detailed knowledge of discipline specific subject matter by applying relevant concepts and techniques to solve problems in project environments. You will also develop your project appraisal, collaborative team working, management, critical analysis and problem solving skills. This module will further develop and apply high-level communication and information technology skills to solve problems and present solutions to a competent standard appropriate for a built environment professional. You will also develop an understanding of the place of advanced ICT technologies within the sphere of the construction industry professional.

Multidisciplinary Project

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Technology 2

You will enhance your knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary construction techniques for medium to large buildings. You will learn to identify and critically review alternative construction technologies, and make informed decisions and recommendations.

Procurement and Administration

This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.

Year three

Discipline Research Project

You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.

Project Management

Project management is an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based. This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context.  

We will look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars with input from our industry connections and the latest in research. We will examine the subject using theoretical approaches as well as the industry-recognised tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects

Professional Practice

You will examine the concept of the reflective practitioner, which looks at the alignment of personal and professional development with the future of professional practice.

The module aims to raise the level of awareness of major contemporary issues and developments in the built environment sector and to promote understanding of their significance and impact which will influence future professional conduct. It will encourage a deep level of understanding of corporate behaviour, the evolution of strategies and their implementation, and the significance for the built environment sector.

You will develop managerial skills and commercial acumen including the promotion of enterprise and innovation and its application in the built environment sector, and competencies in the research and interpretation of business information and accounting to assist business decision-making and objective setting.

You will also gain an understanding of the importance of the role of the professional in society, the relevance of ethical behaviour, and the social, economic, and commercial significance of corporate responsibilities, particularly in the context of the built environment.

Introduction to Design & Delivery Systems

You will develop knowledge and understanding of tools, techniques and key issues in construction project delivery using Building Information Modelling (BIM). On completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of integrated project delivery and its impacts upon improved design co-ordination and information management and exchange amongst project stakeholders.  You will also be able to critically appraise the business need for integrated project design and delivery systems and the benefits and impacts of integrated project delivery upon project management practice, as well as describing and critically evaluate the use of BIM tools in relation to integrated design and delivery systems.

Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

You will expand your knowledge of construction law, raise your commercial awareness and learn to consider risk management from a commercial perspective. You will explore the nature and causes of disputes between contracting parties and stakeholders in the construction industry, and the mechanisms for dispute avoidance and resolution.

Sustainable Design and Construction

You will develop comprehensive recognition of the principles of sustainable design and their application in the practice of construction. The module content aims to reinforce the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.

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.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:

  • Studio projects, both individual and in groups
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed using a range of suitable methods, including:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Examinations
     

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

Facilities

On campus, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. Online, you will experience Blackboard Ultra, our sophisticated virtual learning environment. 

As a built environment student, you might also encounter Energy House – the only fully climate controlled terraced-house in the world, or THINKlab, our virtual research and collaboration ecosystem. 

 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

This course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. As well as gaining an introduction to the build environment, you will also build key IT, study and presentation skills and develop your team work and project management skills during your studies.

Once you progress to complete the full BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management degree, you'll graduate with diverse and rewarding careers opportunities ahead of you, both in the UK construction sector, and overseas in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

As a Construction Project Management graduate, you can expect to find roles in a wide range of organisations, including construction companies, project management consultancies, and government departments. Salford's alumni have progressed to work at leading construction industry organisations, including: Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Simons Construction Ltd and Skanska.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about the built environment, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount. 

    A taste of what you could become

    A project manager

    A site manager

    A construction project manager

    A management consultant

    and more...

    Career Links

    This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

    This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  

     

    Requirements

    What you need to know

    Applicants must satisfy both the University’s General Entry Requirement and the specific entry requirements.

    Accreditation for Prior Learning (APEL) is not available for this course.

    APPLICANT PROFILE

    In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each applicant. Having these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your academic potential, but they are also essential if you want a successful built environment career.

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

    This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

    All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

    Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. 

    Standard Entry Requirements

    GCSE

    English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

    UCAS tariff points

    64 UCAS points

    A Levels

    64 UCAS points, typically two grade Cs

    BTEC National Diploma

    MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma).

    If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be MMP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

    BTEC Higher National Diploma

    Please contact Admissions for further information

    Foundation Degree

    Please contact Admissions for further information

    Scottish Highers

    64 points from Higher Level

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    64 points from Higher Level

    European Baccalaureate

    Please contact Admissions for further information

    International Baccalaureate

    Please contact Admissions for further information

    Access to HE

    Pass in Access to HE Diploma - minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points

    Other Qualiications

    Please contact Admissions for further information

    Alternative Entry Requirements

    Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

    We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

    There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

    Please contact Admissions for further information.

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Full-time home 2021/22 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
    Full-time home 2022/23 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
    Additional costs

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

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2021

    September 2022

    UCAS information

    Course ID K208

    Institution S03

    Clearing 2021

    Start this course in September 2021. Apply through Clearing to secure your place.