Is this course right for me?

Are you looking to advance your career in the construction industry? This course provides academic and practical training for people employed in a range of technical construction jobs. You will gain a recognised qualification and enhance your opportunities for career progression.

Module information

More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Fees

Visit the Financial Support and Finance page for more information.

Additional Costs

Additional costs may be associated with the following:

  • Materials for independent study, such as laptop or desktop computer
  • Textbooks that are considered essential reading
  • External visits such as construction sites, city centres, monuments, stadia, museums/galleries/exhibitions.
  • Software to be able to work from home
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), budget estimate £30 - £150
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Apps which are generally free but have costs for upgraded versions

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Start date

September

Entry requirements:

Academic Requirements:

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points, normally gaining a pass in at least one relevant A2 subject; or a BTEC National Award or above, or an AVCE, GNVQ, National Certificate/Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, in a relevant subject; or a pass in approved ACCESS 
  • Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable 
  • Entry onto Level 5 will be considered on an individual basis
  • Those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. 

Language requirements:

  • Good proficiency in Welsh/English, with equivalent GCSE grade C or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible above should have been taught and assessed in Welsh/English
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4: IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5: IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no sub-part less than 5.5).

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following: 

  • Lectures 
  • Workshops and practical work 
  • Tutorials 
  • Employment based modules 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Student centred learning 
  • Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)

Assessment:

The course is assessed through a blend of the following: 

  • Essays and reports 
  • Case studies 
  • Presentations 
  • Time-constrained assessments (open and closed book) 
  • Group presentations

Feedback

Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.

Progression:

After completing the course you may choose to progress onto Level 6 at Coleg Llandrillo and complete the full BSc (Hons) in Commercial Construction Management. Or you could choose from a wide range of Built Environment degrees at other universities and colleges. Other graduates may secure new jobs in the construction industry or gain additional responsibilities and increased status within their existing organisation.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work as Quantity Surveyors, Architectural and Engineering Technicians, Building Control Officers and Environmental Services Officers, among other roles in both the public and private sectors.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    The Foundation Degree in Construction is designed to prepare you for a range of technical, professional and management careers in construction. It gives you the knowledge, skills and qualification to work in a diverse range of organisations within this sector.

    The course provides a broad knowledge of the built environment sector, exploring the key concepts and principles of construction and surveying. You will learn about contemporary issues facing the construction industry and you will look at the relationships between construction and related disciplines. You will also focus on more specific areas of construction and you will gain the expertise required for a management career.

    You will explore the contexts of construction management, including the regulatory systems that affect it. You will also become familiar with the software that supports construction functions. As well as gaining knowledge of the industry, you will acquire analytical and vocational skills that benefit a range of organisations. You will be able to produce professional reports, understand legal and other documents and gather relevant information to present clear arguments.

    The course integrates academic and practical elements, providing you with knowledge and skills to help you meet the needs of local and national employers.

    Unit Information 

    The course consists of the following modules:

    Year 1 (Level 4)

    Construction Site Operations (20 credits, core):

    This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental aspects of developing and operating a construction site operation. (Report 75%, Presentation / proposal / poster 25%)

    Mathematics for the Built Environment (20 credits, core): 

    This module aims to provide students with confidence in numeracy and mathematics by reinforcing and revising basic numeracy and being able to transform and resolve equations algebraically and graphically. (Exam 40%, Exam 60%)

    Site Surveying (10 credits, compulsory): 

    This practical module is designed to provide the student with the ability to use modern surveying equipment and to undertake a range of site surveying procedures typical of today’s construction industry. (Report 50%, Exam 50%)

    Year 2 (Level 5)

    Building Services (10 credits, compulsory):

    This develops your understanding of the design, function and application of building services. You will be able to assess the performance of building services and calculate solutions to domestic and commercial requirements. (Report 40%, Report 60%)

    Construction Technology (20 credits, core):

    This module focuses on the materials used in construction and relates them to multi-storey, industrial and commercial buildings. You will also look at sustainable construction techniques and different systems of internal design layout (Portfolio 100%).