BSc (Hons) Digital Construction and Surveying with foundation year

The future of construction has arrived. Our BSc (Hons) Digital Construction and Surveying with foundation year degree offers you a comprehensive blend of skills and knowledge in core traditional technologies and methods, alongside training in emerging and future digital innovations. You can become a flexible, agile and adaptable professional with the skills to succeed at the cutting-edge of the built environment industry.

Digital Construction and Surveying with foundation year

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

K271

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

Digital technology is revolutionising construction and professionals in the industry are racing to keep up with the changes. Innovations such as drones, laser scanners and 3D software packages are revealing skills shortages and creating new job opportunities across a wide spectrum of the industry. The University of Bolton’s ground-breaking BSc (Hons) Digital Construction and Surveying with foundation year degree offers you the knowledge and skills to take advantage of these new opportunities, while ensuring you possess a solid grounding in the traditional technologies, principles and methods that underpin modern construction.

Our dedicated and experienced staff will guide you to develop a strong understanding and practical know-how in essential areas of construction and surveying. The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of these areas alongside study skills development. It’s designed to prepare you for degree-level study.

At degree level, we’ll cover areas such as construction technology, including site investigations, materials, specifications and plans, along with areas such as contract procedures and procurement, measurement, legal and regulatory frameworks, construction project management, project finance, and sustainable construction, so that you can gain in-depth knowledge of the core elements essential for a career in the industry. We’ll also focus on integrating digital technologies such as building information modelling (BIM) into the planning, building and maintenance of structures, exploring how these enable smarter working, increase productivity and enhance outcomes for clients.

In the coming years, we expect the industry will be transformed by new and emerging technologies. Therefore, we’ll support you to gain vital academic and lifelong learning skills so that you are well prepared to research these innovations, apply your knowledge in new ways, and keep abreast of inventions and enhancements in construction and surveying throughout your career. Overall, we aim to prepare you for a long and successful career in this exciting worldwide industry.

Highlights
  • Developed in consultation with our Industry Advisory Board (IAB), this programme is designed to respond directly to the current and predicted future needs of the industry. Our IAB brings together a diverse range of professionals and organisations from a wide variety of construction and surveying related specialisms.
  • Coupling learning in key traditional areas such as construction management, architectural technology, building surveying and quantity surveying with the chance to gain expertise in current and emerging digital technologies, this unique course seeks to prepare you to start your career immediately after graduation while future-proofing your skills and knowledge so that you’re ready to adapt as the industry evolves.
  • We’ll cover recent innovations such as 3D laser scanning for reality capture and drone photogrammetry for surveying, and consider probable further developments in building design and management software, and building information modelling (BIM). Software and new technologies have the potential to offer powerful solutions that will further enhance the future management and maintenance of building projects, as well as areas such as the monitoring of wellbeing of users of the structures. Change is coming and we aim to prepare you for it!
  • We’re committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You’ll be encouraged to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry, and contribute to your professional development.
Key Features
  • Our dedicated staff team have a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offering you a variety of perspectives and broadening your horizons.
  • By designing the course assignments and projects so that they mimic industry pipelines and standards, we aim to give you an industry relevant education that prepares you for a career in construction and surveying.
  • We have strong relationships with many organisations in the industry, allowing us to offer you a work placement over the summer period of level 2 (HE5) of the course. This industrial experience can prove very valuable in improving your CV and helping you make personal contacts with potential employers. It’s not unusual for graduates to gain excellent references from their placement providers, or even gain employment with that company.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small, so that you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • Our well-established links with the construction industry mean we can continually monitor and update the course to make sure the content is industry-relevant, introducing you to the latest thinking, technologies and innovations.
Professional recognition


  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll 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.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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) Digital Construction and Surveying with foundation year programme aims to prepare you for a career in a number of possible sectors in the civil engineering and construction industry. Construction has long supply chains, including clients, consultant designers, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. There is increasing emphasis on the need for these supply chains to collaborate with each other, and digital techniques are key tools to support successful outcomes.

You’ll have the skills and knowledge to coordinate and lead teams, keep staff safe, plan the best use of resources, project manage the work of contractors, and respond appropriately to emergencies or urgent issues. In addition to subject-specific knowledge and skills, you’ll possess abilities in problem-solving, analysis and research, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, as well as commercial awareness.

What can I do with this qualification?

On successful completion of the course, you’ll have a sound understanding of best practice in the design and delivery of both smaller and flagship infrastructure schemes. After graduation, you’ll be ready to take on technical and management roles on diverse schemes such as commercial buildings and office blocks, industrial facilities and factories, and housing and multi-storey flats.

You'll be able to work for large multi-national companies, but also any of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industry. There are many opportunities in construction to work in international locations (for example, in the Middle-East or Australia) as well as huge demand for digital skills in the North West and elsewhere in the UK.

You may also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level with a master's degree or PhD.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience or postgraduate study may be required. Potential roles include:

  • Quantity surveying
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Logistics
  • Operation management
  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Procurement, purchasing and buying
  • Supply chain management
  • Technical sales and consultancy
  • Construction project management
  • Estate agency

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
2020£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600

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.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2022/2023.

For 2022/2023 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2022/2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


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

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Digital construction and surveying is a diverse and multi-faceted discipline, so we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. We have a sophisticated range of land surveying equipment and computer hardware/software. There is a blended approach to our delivery. We provide traditional timetabled lectures, seminars, computer workshops, practical sessions and tutorials. We'll support this with on-line learning material on the University's virtual learning environment called ‘Moodle’, so that you may learn at a time to suit yourself.

Our friendly and supportive tutors will be here to guide you. You'll have direct one-to-one access to them. They will know your first name and invite you for individual support sessions as you may feel necessary. Tutors will gladly help you to devise an independent study regime focused on your individual development needs.

You’ll be expected to devote significant time to independent and self-directed study. 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 your timetabled learning and help develop good habits for lifelong learning.

Assessment will involve a strategic blend of practical work, exams, essays, presentations, laboratory write-ups and other assignments. Some assessments will contribute to your final module marks, while others are designed to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and where you need to seek extra support from course tutors.

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.

  • Construction Core Skills
  • Built Environment Sector Perspectives
  • Digital Design Studio 1
  • Building Environment
  • Geospatial Engineering and Intelligent Construction
  • Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Building and Environmental Technology
  • Digital Design Studio 2
  • Contract Procedures and Procurement
  • Project Management and Finance
  • GNSS Applications and Geomapping
  • Work Related Project and Professional Practice
  • Digital Design Studio 3
  • Reality Capture and Drone Photogrammetry
  • Sustainable Technology and Product Innovation
  • Interdisciplinary BIM Project
  • Dissertation
  • Foundation Principles 1
  • Foundation Principles 2
  • Engineering Study Skills
  • Engineering Technology
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 75%, Practical exams 8%, Written exams 17%
Level twoCoursework 67%, Practical exams 8%, Written exams 25%
Level threeCoursework 50%, Practical exams 20%, Written exams 30%
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%
Level threeGuided 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

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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