Construction Project Management (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Architecture and the Built Environment
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Dr Danny Elvidge
- Key fact:
- Work towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status and develop valuable industry skills on collaborative projects.
Page last updated 10 April 2019
Why study construction project management?
The urgent need to support economic development in the south west and the UK generally is increasing the number of large construction and infrastructure projects requiring development.
There is growing demand for professionals who understand the business aspects of running a company, building technology and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) used in the project management of construction.
Why UWE Bristol?
This course will teach you to effectively manage the construction process to meet client needs within external constraints. Study the principles of economics, business, law, building information modelling (BIM), building design and science, and construction technology and management.
Apply your knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios in a work-based research project or dissertation on a specific topic of interest.
Our construction partner employers provide industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice to improve your employability on graduation. You'll get to work in teams across professional disciplines in a way that reflects industry practice.
Discover new techniques and approaches on site visits and field trips. Test your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.
Where can it take me?
On graduation, you could work for UK or global construction organisations concerned with the management and business of developing and constructing buildings and other infrastructure.
You'll have opportunities to work in project management, quantity surveying, property development, facilities and asset management.
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Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Context of Design and Development
- Building a Professional
- Challenges Data and Solutions
- Environment and Sustainability
- Foundation Year Project.
You will study:
- Law, Economics and Management
- Building Science
- Construction Technology and Services
- Design Process.
You will study:
- Construction Technology and Building Services
- Project Management Tools and Techniques
- Procurement and Contract Practice
- Site Management
- Professional Practice for Built Environment Professionals.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Technological Innovation and Life Cycles
- Strategic and Operational Management
- Collaborative Practice
- HR and Financial Management
- Dissertation A.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our staff provide a friendly, encouraging learning environment. They actively engage in research or professional practice to ensure that you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and lab sessions that provide regular tutor support and feedback.
Your knowledge is consolidated through guest lectures from industry professionals, directed reading, site visits and field trips. To enable you to build project management and technical calculation skills, we provide industry standard IT applications, support materials and project management software.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
We have strong relationships with local practitioners and professional organisations such as the regional Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Constructing Excellence South West and Bristol.
Students have free access to events and workshops promoting best practice.
We also arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and developments.
Showcase your work
Final year students regularly showcase their design projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.
Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time each week.
We also expect you to spend at least 24 hours studying independently.
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework, presentations and exams.
These will assess your knowledge and skills and help you develop graduate attributes valued by employers including communication and presentation skills; IT and numeracy skills; and team work, project and time management skills.
You'll also build intellectual skills required for problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.
Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework consists of essays, reports, surveys, design projects, teamwork and progress tests.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. As well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.
Our full-time students secure placements in a wide range of organisations as well as our construction partner employers.
Students in previous years have worked with national and regional contractors, specialist contractors, client organisations' project managers and multi-disciplinary organisations. The majority have been offered a position with their employer on graduation.
We arrange site visits and field trips throughout the course to support your learning.
You will do one or two site visits each academic year. In Year one and Year two they are likely to be in and around Bristol.
During Final year, you can attend an optional European study trip. Aimed at giving you an insight into European construction techniques and project management processes, this involves observing and speaking to construction professionals - some of whom are UWE Bristol graduates. Previous destinations have included Germany, Spain and Portugal.
Specialist facilities are available to help with your studies.
Study and collaborate with classmates in our new 'Hive' lounge and open computing area.
Develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), project management and building information modelling (BIM) on industry standard software.
Access leading resources, specialist journals and publications through our online portal.
Study in specialist laboratories for concrete and environmental services, environmental physics, earth sciences, and surveying technology.
Access specialist equipment for surveying and assessing buildings.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
The demand for our graduates means you'll have a good choice of employment. The combination of design, technology, building, law and management subjects will also prepare you for industry or postgraduate study.
Recent graduates have gone into positions as construction managers, planning managers, site engineers or project managers with firms such as Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Kier Group. Some have set up successful businesses.
Others have branched out into fields such as personnel management, marketing and financial management.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on.
Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee.
These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, soLware or printing.
- Tariff points: 72
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade D/4 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least one A-Level.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management course.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
If you are an international student your route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 4 July 2019. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333