Construction Project Management BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    BBB -BBC. A science or technical A Level preferred but not essential.
  • BTEC
    DDM (Construction and the Built Environment or Building Services Engineering preferred but not essential). Please see below for full details.
  • International Baccalaureate
    29 points and above with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied; 28 points and above with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects if a science or technical subject is studied.
  • Further requirements
    Maths Grade B/5 and English Grade C/4 and above. If a science or technical subject is studied at A level, the requirement is Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade c/4
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Key dates

  • Start date
    September

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Optional placement year

Opportunity to enter the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Assessment of Professional Competence training scheme

7th in the UK in the university subject tables (Complete University Guide 2018)

Course summary

The subjects covered in this degree will give you the necessary management skills and knowledge base for a career in construction project management. You could find yourself working for organisations such as building and project management consultants, quantity surveying firms, contractors, local government and in the service industries

Entry requirements

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code:
K221

 

Please note:

 

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade B/5 and English Grade C/4 and above. 

 

If the Level 3 qualification completed includes a preferred subject, the GCSE requirement is lowered to Maths Grade C/4 and English Grade C/4.

 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

 

Information on our Admissions policy.

 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

All applicants will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day.

 

Typical offer level:

 

A levels 

 

BBB-BBC. A science or technical subject is preferred but not essential

 

BTEC

 

Construction and the Built Environment or Building Services Engineering preferred but not essential

 

Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM

 

National Diploma and Diploma: DD plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B.

 

Foundation or 90 credits Diploma: DD plus 2 A-level at minimum grade B National

 

Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: D plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B

 

Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

 

29 points and above with 5, 5, 4 in higher level subjects if no science or technical subject studied

 

28 overall points with 5, 4, 4 in higher level subjects including a science or technical subject. 

 

Access to Higher Education

 

Access (science or technical subject preferred but not essential) with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3.

 

Non-standard qualifications

 

Degree: 

 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

 

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

 

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

 

 

 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications.

 

Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable.

 

For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Fees and Scholarships

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)                             
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

More on fees

Scholarships:

Building Birmingham Scholarship

The Building Birmingham Scholarship provides access to a wide range of education, employment and training opportunities for talented young people between 16 and 24 years of age wishing to pursue a career in the construction sector, including financial support for those aspiring to continue studies at higher education on relevant courses.

The scholarship offers a flexible ‘menu of support’ tailored to meet the needs of individual young people ranging from access to work placements, internships, apprenticeship and other employment opportunities and access to a bursary fund to help towards tuition fees for Birmingham residents attending a Birmingham university.

For more information, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/bbs

CRL Scholarship Award

Students on this programme are eligible to apply for the CRL Scholarship Award, designed to help high-performing students with some of the additional costs involved in studying, such as the cost of course materials, textbooks and living expenses.

Every year 10 successful applicants will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000.

 

Please click here to view scholarships provided by Aston.

Course outline

This course will provide you with the technical knowledge of materials and building processes, and an understanding of logistics and  planning. You'll also develop the skills necessary for a challenging career in the construction industry. These skills include anagement, economics, finance and decision-making skills, all of which are required by professional construction and project managers. Specialist modules in areas such as health, safety and environmental management will support your other areas of knowledge. 

This degree will also look at developing the necessary skills for those who would like to go on to be commercial managers and quantity surveyors, looking at finance, planning and the operation of major construction projects. After your first year, your studies will centre on finance, resource management and logistics, together with the necessary knowledge of the construction process. This breadth will give you a skills and knowledge base for a career in construction project management.

Subject guide and modules

Modules 

  • Introductory Accounting for Business 
  • Research and Employment Skills 
  • Construction Materials and Surveying 
  • BIM for Construction 
  • Construction Constract Management and Administration 1
  • Introduction to Business Management for Construction

Year 2

In the second year, the business, financial management, legal and planning aspects introduced in the first year are further developed, alongside the more technical construction subjects.

Modules 

  • Construction Quantification and Costing
  • Building Information and Digital Construction 
  • Health, Safety and Risk Management
  • Construction Contract Management and Administration 2 
  • Building Design and Construction Technology 2
  • Construction Project Management and Planning

Year 3 - Optional placement year 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year. One of the following modules:

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year

The final year besides further enhancing and consolidating your management and technical capabilities provides you with the opportunity to explore in depth a construction-related topic of your choice.

Modules

  • Final Year Research Project 
  • Construction Technology 3 
  • Leadership and Human Resource Management 
  • International Purchasing Principles  
  • Construction Design, Costing and Scheduling Project 
Learning, teaching & assessment

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning styles on this degree. We place particular emphasis on project based learning and hands on experience. Visiting lecturers from the construction industry bring real life experience to your learning. 

Assessment is through a combination of project work, case studies, practical reports and coursework (approximately 50%), and exams (approximately 50%). Your final degree classification is not only based on your final year studies, but also on your second, and if relevant, your sandwich year.

Course Director

Dr Kenny Park 
Dr Kenny Park is a Chartered Construction Manager who joined Aston University in 2009. After gaining his BSc in Architectural Engineering, he gained over twelve years of work experience in international construction and engineering companies. He then completed a PhD at the University of Reading. 

Kenny's research interests include construction and engineering economics, intergration of design and construction, process improvement and innovation, integrated procurement systems, project management, housing refurbishment, whole life performance and sustainability. 

Placement year

If you choose our four year sandwich programme, you'll spend your third year in a paid industrial placement that directly relates  to your studies. The value a placement adds is immense – you will grow in knowledge, experience, confidence and maturity, and gain organisational and time management skills.

Our experienced staff will help you find a suitable placement with companies such as Carillion, Balfour Beatty Construction, Interserve, Shepherd Construction, Mace, EC Harris and AYH.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Personal Development

Construction modules adopt the most appropriate approach in order to provide you with the best teaching for that particular subject. They are also designed so that you to develop your presentation, report writing, teamwork and decision making abilities – life skills that all employees demand. 

You can also obtain one-to-one support in all aspects of study and communication skills through the University’s Learning Development Centre.

Professional accreditation

Our programme is fully recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) through its partnership agreement with the University. Graduates are therefore eligible to enter the RICS’s Assessment of Professional Competence training scheme. The degree is also fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Industry Links

Aston University has developed strong partnerships with industry. Whether they are project or research based, Aston's Engineering Systems and Management group offers programmes which are tailored to suit the industrial environment. This focus allows our students to build skills which are essential to industry, moulding them into highly employable industry ready graduates. These partnerships also further the knowledge of the working environment allowing lecturers to adapt their teaching methods to compliment the frequently changing industrial environment. 

Our graduates work with leading companies across all major business sectors including:

Industry Links

Career prospects

There is always a demand for competent construction and project managers without whom the infrastructure, so necessary to today’s society, could not exist. 

When you graduate, you will have the necessary skills to work for civil engineering contractors, building and project management companies, local government and in the service industries. The management, transferable and technical skills developed during your studies will also be attractive to other professions. There is also significant potential for successful careers in such diverse fields as finance, logistics and general management.

Contact Us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3400

ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?

My lecturers were invaluable during my time at university. They were happy to help me, and their advice was key when trying to find placement and graduate roles.

Verity Kelly

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