Professional/Short Course Achieving Zero Carbon Buildings

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Architecture and the Built Environment
Six weeks
On campus, plus online tutorials

Page last updated 1 March 2022


Accreditations and partnerships:

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses giving successful applicants the opportunity to build up technical skills and fast-track them to an interview with an employer. They are being developed by the Government as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people develop the skills that are in demand in their local area and secure a better job. 

Buildings are at the forefront of the UK's commitment to transition to a zero-carbon society. The UK Construction sector needs to invest in skilling-up in areas such as:  retrofit of existing building stock, modern methods of construction and new technologies to deliver zero carbon where new roles are currently in demand.  This bootcamp is aimed at those in the construction and engineering industries that want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of how zero carbon in buildings can be achieved.

Participants will learn about the climate change challenge to enable the delivery of Zero Carbon Buildings, will gain an understanding of modern methods of construction (MMC) to enhance the current delivery models and will understand the role of new digital technologies have in delivering zero carbon. Participants will then participate in an industry mentoring event with practitioners to explore what types of sustainability focused jobs are currently available within the construction market.

About this Skills Bootcamp

Have you got an interest in sustainable buildings? Do you want to learn more about sustainability and net-zero carbon to secure a job within the construction or engineering industry? Do you fancy the idea of learning the technical aspects of how buildings work and are measured?  Do you want to have the necessary energy literacy to help reduce the embodied and operational carbon of existing and future buildings? Are you at cross-roads and exploring other fields in which to develop your expertise? -  If so this bootcamp is the best place to start your journey. 

Who is it for?

This Skills Bootcamp is open to all applicants provided they are aged 19 or over and are:

  • recently unemployed (within the last 12 months)
  • self-employed looking to develop their skills to increase their career potential 
  • employed, but looking to move into a new job role, or seeking a pathway to a new career 
  • employed where your employer wishes you to develop your skills and is committed to paying 30% of the bootcamp costs

This bootcamp does not assume that you will have any prior knowledge of the technical aspects of buildings. However, it assumes that you understand the construction and engineering sectors and that you want to become literate in how to achieve zero carbon buildings.

The topics covered in the bootcamp will be developed as an interactive learning workbook that will embed key pre-recorded materials, learning objectives and tasks to be completed by the learner. These will be complimented by weekly seminars that will consolidate your learning. Some of the tasks that you will need to complete will include reading, researching or preparing material for discussion as well as up-skilling of critical environmental software.

What will I learn?

Weekly sessions will be delivered in person at our Frenchay campus with support online materials and drop in sessions.

Also offered to participants will be study skills tutoring and an employability industry mentoring workshop to help with the process of applying for jobs. The final assessment of the skills learnt will take place in the form of a group professional presentation on how to achieve zero carbon buildings. This presentation will be assessed by our staff but will also involve critical industry partners. Each participant will then be asked to prepare a personal portfolio to reflect on their learning and how they will apply this in their current / future careers. 


Entry requirements

Learners must:

  • Be aged 19 plus
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK 
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 8 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role which utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp 
  • Have at least a UG degree in a Built Environment profession (e.g. architecture, construction project management, QS, real estate, planning, property development and planning, architecture technology, interior architecture, etc.).
  • We will also consider learners already in a built environment employment that need to re-skill / up-skill to deliver the government zero-carbon agenda. 

Be either:

  • employed*/self-employed, or
  • career changers/returners/redeployed, or
  • unemployed within the last 12 months

For further information regarding eligibility please see here

Please note that you can make an application to join multiple Skills Bootcamps across providers but, once accepted, you can only be fully enrolled on one.

*Employers will be able to send existing employees who meet the Skills Bootcamp eligibility requirements on this training at an impressive 70% discount of the standard fee. Please contact us for further details.



The bootcamp will cover the following themes across six weeks:

Week 1: Introduction to the Climate Change Challenge

Week 2: Zero-Carbon Building Design and Delivery Models

Week 3: Retrofitting for Zero Carbon Buildings

Week 4: New Technologies for Zero Carbon 

Week 5-6: Industry Symposium and Mentorship 

Learning and Teaching

Each week will consist of 6 hours of live content through face-to-face (delivered on our Frenchay Campus in Bristol) and online tutorials with self-study materials provided to guide your learning.

  • Pre-lectorial guided learning - this activity will be provided in advance of your weekly lectorial for you to compete in your own time (self-study).  
  • 2 hour Lectorial - this session will review the week's content set through the pre-lectorial work. This will take place face to face on our Frenchay Campus, Bristol.
  • 2 hour Seminar - this session will focus on supporting you with tasks set during your Lectorial. This session will take place face to face on our Frenchay Campus, Bristol.
  • Open Office support - available time slots to book in and speak to your tutor around any queries or support needs. These will be available online or on our Frenchay Campus, Bristol.


Professional accreditation

This course has been developed in partnership with the Institute of Coding


Creating pathways to employment

Our bootcamp curriculum has been designed with the support of industry partners to ensure it provides you, as the learner the required skills to progress your career around zero carbon. Alongside this, our industry partners will engage in guest lectures across the weeks and act as industry mentors to support you in understanding the sector further and be successful in securing your new role.  


Study facilities

UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online resources to support your blended learning study. We use the 'Blackboard Collaborate' online platform to 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: TBC 2022Application DeadlineStart DateLocation

Please note that you will be required to make a commitment to the following for the duration of 6 weeks:

6 hours per week of timetabled activity, face to face 

3 hours per week of supported activity 

24 hours per week of self-study 


TBC 2022

A full timetable will be issued prior to the start fo the course. Timetabled activity will take place on:

Week 1: TBC

Week 2: TBC

Week 3: TBC

Week 4: TBC

Week 5: TBC

Week 6: TBC

Face to face at Frenchay Campus (Bristol) and supported activity online

Course fees

Places are fully funded by the IoC for applicants who meet the entry requirements. Please see 'How to Apply' below. 


How to apply

How to apply

In order to confirm that you meet the necessary requirements for a place on this course, please note that once you have submitted your booking form you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university: 

  • A brief personal statement to support your application 
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied 
  • A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non-UK students, this must be a copy of your passport
TBC 2022 Enquire Now to be notified of future dates

As part of the booking process, once accepted, you will be registered as a UWE student and issued a UWE email and password, to enable access to the required online resources. 

As part of your application, once accepted, you will be asked to agree to a formal learner agreement. We are collecting data on Skills Bootcamp applicants, candidates, and participants to help the Department of Education (DfE) understand how well the courses are working and if they are achieving their outcomes. For further information about the Privacy Notice or queries about how DfE handles your personal information, please contact the Data Protection Officer at: or write to: Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SWlP 3BT.


For further information

  • Email: Please contact us using the online enquiry form link above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)