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.
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%).