BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (Design and Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship)

Our BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (Design and Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable part of your team, apprentices can develop the knowledge and skills to lead, manage, and coordinate building and infrastructure projects' design and construction processes.

Construction Project Management (Design and Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship)

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

Start date:

24/01/2022

Course Details

The Level 6 degree apprenticeship standard for design and construction management was developed by a consortium of consultants, contractors and employers from across the sector. The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (Design and Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship) has been fully mapped to the apprenticeship standard (ST0044). It offers an excellent combination of theory and practice. Study at the University complements learning in the workplace, supporting apprentices who already hold a relevant HNC, Level 4 apprenticeship or have achieved Technician status with an industry recognised professional body to gain the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required to act effectively as the link between designers (including architects and engineers), construction teams and project stakeholders on construction projects.

This degree apprenticeship can help your organisation attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression. Leading to an internationally recognised honours degree, this structured training programme supports apprentices who wish to work towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Building or the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists*. By integrating study into the normal working week, your apprentices will have opportunities to put their new skills and understanding into practice without delay, building their confidence and experience, and benefitting your organisation immediately.

Our expert team will support your apprentices as they undertake structured training in essential areas such as construction site safety, financial and cost factors, procurement and contract processes, control processes and systems, and the strategies and requirements of environmental sustainability and considerate construction. We’ll guide them as they gain a range of highly valuable hard and soft skills. For instance, practical skills in surveying, mapping, and testing various natural and built environment characteristics are essential, as is experience identifying reasons for disputes and dispute resolution. With a focus on helping apprentices develop the behaviours required for occupational success, such as the ability to provide professional advice, maintain confidentiality, undertake lifelong learning and demonstrate cultural sensitivity, you can be assured that we’ll work hard to support your apprentices as they develop into competent and confident design and construction management professionals.

If you’re a potential student looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer that offers apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

*Please note, the University is currently seeking accreditation for this programme from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

Highlights
  • When apprentices successfully complete their degree studies, they will be awarded an academic degree – the BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management from the University of Bolton. When they also complete the end point assessment successfully, they will receive a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body.
  • As part of the apprenticeship, apprentices will gain industry certificates from The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), including the Site Safety Plus Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) and Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS) which are required for safe operations in the workplace.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support are offered by our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic built environment lecturers.
  • Guest lectures by specialists from industry, professional bodies and other academic institutions enhance the learning experience.
  • This apprenticeship offers knowledge and training that is highly relevant to those with the longer-term goal of achieving Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)* or becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT)*.
Key Features
  • This course skillfully combines study in our well-established School of Engineering environment with practical and focused work-based learning and experience in your organisation.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work in advance and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our teaching and learning approach is student-centred, so we’ll work with your apprentices individually, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • The programme's design and curriculum benefit from consultation with our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), which includes consultants, building engineers, contractors, local government, and government agencies.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice’s progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and the University. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.
Professional recognition

This apprenticeship will support candidates working towards achieving Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB) or the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (MCIAT). Further training and experience will be required to gain Chartered Membership.

*Please note, the University is currently seeking accreditation for this programme from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).


  • Applicants should hold an HNC/HND in Construction and the Built Environment (or equivalent qualifications appropriately mapped on an individual basis to University of Bolton Level 4 modules). Alternatively, applicants should have achieved Technician status (or equivalent) with an industry recognised professional body (for instance, TCIAT Architectural Technician).
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
  • We’re happy to consider applicants with non-traditional entry qualifications provided they can demonstrate relevant experience or a suitable portfolio of work that is deemed a reasonable substitute for the above qualifications. We'll consider such applications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures, as appropriate.
  • Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the degree apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to spend 20% of their time in off-the-job training, including attending the University (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.
  • If an applicant doesn’t possess GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t the applicant's first language they will also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (Design and Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship) is designed to meet the Level 6 Design and Construction Management (ST0044) degree apprenticeship standard. Developed by employers, the standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that educates future specialists ready to lead, manage and coordinate the design and construction process on building and infrastructure projects. Successful apprentices will be well qualified to take on roles such as architectural technologist, design manager, building information modelling (BIM) manager and construction design manager.

Upon successfully completing the degree apprenticeship, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills needed to perform as independent, highly competent design and construction management professionals. Employers can expect them to possess a wide range of transferable skills, such as the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to stakeholders and their needs. They will be adept at planning and time management, rational decision-making, critical thinking, and have excellent communication skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of design and construction management professionals with high-level knowledge of construction project management. Graduate apprentices will be well prepared to take on roles that encompass overseeing internal and external design consultants, controlling the design concept's development and translating this into the final building or installation. They will be able to develop design proposals that meet the project brief's requirements, manage the design information, and translate it to construction teams on site.

Graduate apprentices who have completed the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (Design and Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship) will be able to work for consultancy practices, contractors, sub-contractors or other specialist companies in the supply chain. They could be involved at the earliest stages of construction projects, manage the development of project briefs and designs for clients, and undertake tasks such as bid management, estimating, pre-construction management, project planning, and programming. Alternatively, they could work during the construction phase where their role is more information focused, maintaining and coordinating the flow of design information to enable construction work to proceed efficiently and facilitating cost control and the buildability review processes.

They will also be well prepared to consider higher-level study towards a master’s degree.


Course fees

Apprentices will need to be employed by your organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Your organisation will also need to commit to sponsoring apprentices to complete this qualification.

For further information on how your organisation can access funds to support apprentices, please e-mail connected@bolton.ac.uk.

Whether you’re an employer, employee or school leaver, please visit our Apprenticeship web page for support and advice regarding apprenticeships.

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Useful information

Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. If your organisation has a wage bill of more than £3 million per annum, then it may be able to fund this Degree Apprenticeship through its Apprenticeship Levy contributions. If your organisation does not pay the levy, it may be eligible for government support to fund apprenticeships. This support, called co-investment, covers 95% of the apprenticeship’s tuition fees with your organisation funding the remaining 5% of the fees.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Please contact the programme leader for details of the application procedure. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Programme Contacts section of this page.

For support and advice regarding apprenticeships, please visit our Apprenticeship web page.

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


Construction project management is a diverse and multi-faceted discipline, so we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness, and behaviours essential to becoming a design and construction management professional, with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it. Learning focuses on your workplace environment and builds towards the transferable body of knowledge and skills needed to achieve membership of the Chartered Institute of Building or the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists*, and apply this expertise within your organisation. Your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and university learning.

As well as attending timetabled lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions and tutorials, apprentices will also be expected to allocate significant time to independent and self-directed studies. For example, background reading, revisiting practical work, attending lectures and technical meetings provided by professional bodies, preparing for seminars, working on assignments and revising for exams will support their timetabled learning and develop good lifelong learning habits. Our friendly and supportive tutors will be here to guide them and will gladly help them devise an independent study regime focused on their individual development needs. Learning will also be supported by the University's virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Your organisation will need to provide each apprentice with a workplace mentor to support their development. They will also benefit from regular visits from a University tutor. The workplace mentor, University tutor and apprentice will work together to create an individual learning plan. An individual learner record (ILR) will be completed on a monthly basis.

For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice’s individual performance through a strategic blend of written coursework, examinations, oral presentations, time-constrained activities, practical work and portfolios. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors. In addition to the assessments associated with the degree programme, apprentices will undertake the end point assessment at the end of the apprenticeship period.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Project Planning
  • Project Finance
  • Building and Environmental Technology
  • Contract Procedures and Procurement
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice
  • Civil Engineering Surveying and Technology
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Project Management and Law
  • Dissertation
  • Construction Management
  • Interdisciplinary Project
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 2
  • Work-Based Portfolio and PDP 3
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 60%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 25%
Level twoCoursework 85%, Written exams 15%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Peter Farrell
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

P.Farrell@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903426

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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