If you prefer a more practical and vocational approach to studying, this foundation degree is an ideal way to fulfil your career ambitions in the construction industry.
- Join a unique course developed in partnership with employers and with the backing of key professional organisations in the industry
- Cover the latest technology, management, law and theories relating to modern construction
- Take part in a range of exciting practical projects as well as work-based learning
- Choose to study full time, part time or on day release so you can fit your learning around your other commitments
- Prepare for a rewarding career in areas such as construction management, project management, site management or offsite manufacturing
- Gain an excellent platform to progress to the final year of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management and Property Development
- Enhance your employability – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016)
A vocational course, the FdSc is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to embark on a career in construction. It has been carefully developed to cover almost every aspect of building production and management in the industry.
You will improve your understanding of the latest relevant technology, management, law and theories behind modern construction.
The FdSc also represents an excellent route to the final stage of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management and Property Development degree.
You will study modules such as:
- Construction CAD and Personal Development
- Construction Organisation and Economics
- Construction Materials Technology
- Environmental Design and Services
- Technology and Structures 1
- Site Surveying 1 (Work Based Learning)
- Built Environment Project and Personal Development (Work Based Learning)
- Project Planning and Development (Work Based Learning)
- Measurement and Cost Studies
- Services and Sustainable Design
- Technology and Structures 2
- Procurement, Contracts and Legal Studies
- Surveying 2
If you want to go on to study the BSc (Hons) Construction Management and Property Development, you will also study a bridging module such as:
- Maintenance and Refurbishment
Real world learning
There will be a mixture of face-to-face lectures, practical work and work-based learning. Work-based learning gives you credit for activities which you undertake yourself in the workplace.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed through a combination of assignments, group work, presentations, logbooks, examinations and a portfolio of your work. A key feature of the
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification.
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualitications:
- BTEC - MMM
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
With the foundation degree under your belt, you will discover career opportunities in areas such as construction management, project management, site management or offsite manufacturing.
When you have successfully completed the foundation degree and the bridging module, you will also be ready to progress to the final stage of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management and Property Development if you want to ‘top up’ your qualification to a full bachelors degree. The BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) so, on completion, you will be eligible for Incorporated Member status.
† Additional information about your studies
Part time: 3 years; Day release: 3 years.
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.