Professional/Short Course Zero Carbon Buildings (Environments and Materials) (Level 4)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Architecture and the Built Environment
Frenchay and City of Bristol College, Advanced Construction Skills Centre
24 weeks of teaching, 6 weeks of assessment
Part-time / blended
Course Director
Patrick O'Flynn

Page last updated 29 July 2022


Funding from the Student Loans Company is available for applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.

The Zero Carbon Buildings (Environments and Materials) course will explore aspects of zero carbon buildings including indoor environmental design (heat, light, sound, energy) and material selection (timber, metals, concrete, bricks and emerging materials). You will also learn to present work in the form of a professional report.

It will be delivered as a stand-alone credit-bearing short course and meets the criteria for Lifelong Loan Entitlement funding through the Student Loan Company.

If you are unfamiliar with higher education settings, full support will be given and the course has been designed to meet the highest standard of inclusive design, with a mix of in-person teaching and an online learning environment where material is available in digital formats, including recordings of live sessions, learning material and online reading lists in accessible formats.

Learning will be divided into short presentations on theory, followed by interactive learning activities, using technology enhanced learning, detailed session plans and related reading lists.

The use of hands-on learning equipment and real-world case studies will be used to give the learning a professional focus.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and calculate the technical aspects of indoor building environments, such as heat, humidity, light, sound and air quality, explaining the underlying scientific principles and the link to health, comfort, energy use and carbon emissions.
  • Answer questions regarding the physical properties and related carbon footprint of a range of construction materials and how aspects of quality can be tested using established scientific processes, to judge suitability for use in construction.
  • Summarise the objectives, procedures, analysis and findings of a science-based evaluation relating to eitherconstruction materials or an aspect of indoor environments, using professional report writing techniques.

Entry requirements

  • All applicants will need GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4.
  • Fundamental study skills associated with a level 3 qualification, such as an A-level, BTEC, Access course or Foundation year.
  • Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements but have relevant experience may be considered on a case by case basis. 

Careers / Further study

Upon completion of the course, you will have the knowledge to engage with more advanced design related learning such as the level 5 course Zero Carbon Buildings (Technology and Modelling).



  • Materials: timber; bricks and masonry; iron and steel; concrete; glass; polymers; emerging materials; carbon footprints.
  • Building Science: comfort and health; climate and weather; steady state heat flow; ventilation; condensation; acoustics; light and lighting; heat gains; energy.
  • Sustainable practice and design.


Learning and Teaching

Tutorials reinforce module content through worked examples and discussion. Some will focus on the mathematical and analytic techniques required to fully understand and describe properties of materials and environments.

Laboratories and demonstrations will provide tangible evidence for, and explanation of, topics covered in the lectures and develop the skills of observation, data collection, analysis and presentation.

Contact time will primarily be face-to-face, with secondary supporting material being made available through a diverse and accessible virtual learning environment.

Free enhancement courses in academic study skills will be offered by the UWE Library.


Assessment will include online tests and a written report.

An element of continuous assessment will be used as a means to encourage the development of good study habits and allow timely constructive support and feedback. There will also be a requirement to demonstrate skills relating to information literacy and report writing, that would be transferable to a professional environment.


Study facilities

UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and an excellent campus environment. Our online learning environments deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library. 

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer. 

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course dates

Cohort September 2022Date TimeLocation
72 Hours Face-to-face learning delivered over 24 weeks starting in September 2022 Tuesday evenings 18:00-21:00UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus and City of Bristol College, Advanced Construction Skills Centre

Completion of this course requires 228 hours of self-guided study.

Should government restrictions be enforced this module will move to online delivery.

Course fees

CohortSeptember 2022
Full Fee£2,310.00 (Funding for the full amount is available see below)

All prices are VAT exempt

There is a 14 day cancellation period in line with our fees policy here.

Lifelong Learning Loan funding applications

Funding for this course is available from the Student Loans Company.

To be eligible for this funding you must first make an application using the link below in the How to Apply section and check you meet the Loan eligibility criteria below.

At the point of booking with us you will not be asked to pay any fees.

Once we have confirmed your place you will be eligible to apply to the Student Loans Company for a Lifelong Learning Loan to cover the course fees. You cannot make an application for a loan until we have confirmed your place.

Each loan application covers the fee for one course. Loan applications can take 4-6 weeks to be processed so please complete the booking with us as soon as you are able to.

You can apply for a HE Short Course Loan if all of the following are true:

  • you're a UK national or Irish Citizen or have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or indefinite leave to enter or remain so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay
  • you normally live in England
  • you've been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 continuous years before the first day of your course, apart from temporary absences such as going on holiday

Please see here for further details: GOV.UK


How to apply

How to apply

Application for the course will be available shortly. Please complete the enquiry form below to be added to our waiting list.


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