BSc (Hons) Facilities and Built Asset Management (Senior/Head of Facilities Management Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Our dual award BSc (Hons) Facilities and Built Asset Management (Senior/Head of Facilities Management Degree Apprenticeship Route) 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 a solid understanding of the practical disciplines, principles and theories required to solve complex facilities management problems.

Facilities and Built Asset Management (Senior/Head of Facilities Management Degree Apprenticeship Route)

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 Senior/Head of Facilities Management was developed by a consortium of consultants, contractors and employers from across the sector. The University of Bolton’s programme has been fully mapped to the apprenticeship standard (ST0410) and offers an excellent combination of theory and practice. Study at the University complements learning in the workplace, supporting apprentices to gain the core knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to effectively and efficiently manage the building and environmental services and processes that support your organisation's core business.

This degree apprenticeship can support your organisation in attracting the best new talent and retaining valued staff through career progression. Leading to an internationally recognised qualification in facilities and built assets management, this structured training programme supports apprentices to achieve and satisfy the requirements for registration with the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) at Certified grade. By integrating study into the 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 property asset management, service management, compliance, management systems, procurement and contract management, finance, and business continuity. We’ll guide them to gain key skills in developing and managing strategy and policy, change and programme management and operational and technical leadership. With a focus on helping apprentices develop the behaviours required for occupational success, such as collaboration and influencing skills, leadership and a systematic approach, you can be assured that we’ll work hard to support your apprentices as they develop into senior facilities management professionals.

If you’re 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.

Highlights
  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will be eligible to apply for Certified grade with the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). They will also receive a degree apprenticeship certificate from the relevant awarding body and be awarded an academic degree – the BSc (Hons) Facilities and Built Assets Management from the University of Bolton.
  • 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.
Key Features
  • This part-time 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 approach to teaching and learning is student-centred’ so we’ll work with your apprentices individually, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • The programme design and curriculum benefits from consultation with our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) that includes representatives such as 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

The University of Bolton is an IWFM recognised centre. On successful completion of this programme and the end point assessment, graduating apprentices receive the IWFM’s Level 6 Extended Diploma in Facilities Management and the University's BSc (Hons) in Facilities and Built Asset Management.


  • Applicants must hold an appropriate Level 4 qualification such as an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment or have achieved MIWFM status (or equivalent) with an industry recognised professional body (for instance, the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)).
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English Language 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 attend the University one day per week (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) Facilities and Built Asset Management (Senior/Head of Facilities Management Degree Apprenticeship Route) programme is designed to meet the Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship Standard for Senior/Head of Facilities Management Apprenticeship Standard (Institute for Apprenticeships reference number ST0410). Developed by a consortium of employers, consultants and contractors, the standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that supports apprentices to achieve the technical knowledge required for a career as a senior facilities manager, head of facilities, head of estates or head of facilities management operations.

Successful apprentices will develop their understanding of best practice in delivering and developing a variety of integrated operational services across multiple sites or a portfolio of property assets and facilities management services. After graduation, apprentices will be ready to take responsibility for such diverse areas as building and grounds maintenance, catering and vending, cleaning, procurement and contract management, space management, health and safety, security, and utilities and communications infrastructure. Among their many skills, they’ll be able to coordinate and lead teams for service provision, keep staff safe, plan the best use of space and resources, project manage the work of contractors, and respond appropriately to emergencies or urgent issues.

In addition to subject-specific knowledge and skills, apprentices will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills that include problem-solving, analytical and research skills, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and commercial awareness.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate apprentices from this programme should be well prepared to progress their career in the facilities and asset management industry, and roles in the wider business, management, and financial sectors. BSc (Hons) Facilities and Built Asset Management graduates from the University of Bolton can expect to be employed by facilities management outsourcing companies or employers in sectors such as healthcare, education, manufacturing, retail and finance that have large estates with significant numbers of non-facilities management staff.

This degree apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of facilities and asset managers. On successful completion of the end point assessment, apprentices will be well prepared to take on demanding roles in this hugely varied field. Responsibilities will depend on the size and structure of the organisation but are likely to involve strategic planning and day-to-day operations.

Graduate apprentices may choose to continue their studies at the postgraduate level to build specialist knowledge in a particular area, such as building surveying, business management, security or retail.


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.


Facilities 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 become a Senior/Head of Facilities Management, with particular reference to your organisation and their place within it. Learning focuses on your workplace environment and builds the transferable body of knowledge and skills needed to meet the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) requirements at Certified grade 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 habits for lifelong learning. 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 the individual learning plan required to progress the apprentice’s professional body membership. An individual learner record (ILR) will need to be completed every month.

For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice’s individual performance through a strategic blend of practical work, exams, essays, presentations, laboratory write-ups and other assignments. 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.

  • Building and Environmental Technology
  • Work Related Project and Professional Practice
  • Sustainable Technology and Product Innovation
  • Interdisciplinary BIM Project
  • Governance and Risk Management
  • Compliance with Health and Safety
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 2
  • Maintenance and Asset Management
  • Asset Management and Property Law
  • Independent Research Project
  • Work-Based Portfolio and PDP 3
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 75%, Practical exams 8%, Written exams 17%
Level twoCoursework 50%, Practical exams 30%, Written exams 20%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%
Level twoGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%

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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