This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed part-time by attending up to five modules each year as scheduled for full-time students. You can start in September.
You will find that your course is taught using lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, workshop and studio sessions, supervised by academic and technical support staff. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.
We try to provide you with as much real-life experience as possible with site visits to existing buildings, current construction sites and materials manufacturing sites, which in the past have included a variety of student accommodation projects local to the University, projects on the technology park and visits to Ibstock Brick in Stoke. We also encourage guest speeches from current practitioners, which have previously covered topics such as estimating software, site logistics and design.
You will have access to our Simulation Centre, which incorporates best practice building information modelling (BIM), now used commonly across the sector to manage the information produced during a construction project, from feasibility, through construction and operation to final demolition. Using a 3D model, you can view and walk through your project to add value, realise efficiencies and ensure every member of the construction team understands what is required of them and when. In the past, this has included the refurbishment of University buildings and new build designs.
In the second year, you will be expected to undertake a collaborative integrated group project with other students from Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying to demonstrate the need for collaborative working environments in the industry. You will also undertake a field course in practical surveying, which is currently in Shropshire. This lasts for five days and includes a variety of site surveying tasks designed match site practice.
The highly practical nature of the course enables you to work with staff and students on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects develop the professional skills required including: problem analysis and design; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report and bench assessment; troubleshooting and more.