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FdSc Construction Management

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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West Suffolk College


Two years full-time.

Three years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.


Construction is changing at a fast pace with new innovations with robotics, BIM and offsite production techniques. New Procurement routes are being established and ways of addressing the skill shortages. This course is designed to prepare and develop construction management specialists for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in construction and the built environment. The emphasis is on participation and students are encouraged to carry out research activities, work with others as part of a team, demonstrate an ability to work independently without supervision, solve problems, and interact effectively in a work situation. It is suitable for both new candidates and those already in the sector wishing to upskill to advance their career prospects.

Out of the students who completed the internal student survey for 2018, 100% said that they were satisfied with the quality of the FdSc Construction Management course. 

As work-related learning is an important characteristic of these courses, work placements or relevant professional activity is an essential requirement for study. It is expected that most part-time students will be in appropriate professional situations. Many of the modules are delivered by practising professionals employed in the local construction industry and site visits are an important part of the course.

The FdSc and BSc (Hons) Construction Management courses continue to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the course was developed to match the professional institute and employers requirements.

We are proud to annouce that the FdSc in Construction Management is now accredited with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (cabe).

Further information about the University's relationship with the CIOB and cabe is available in the PSRB register.


Course modules

Throughout the course students are expected to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the sector in direct relation to their own employment or work placement.The Professional Practices modules focus on work-related activities and will involve agreement with employers or host companies on projects and assessed work.  For these courses modules are assessed in a number of ways such as coursework assignments, time controlled assignments, phase tests, group projects, presentations and case studies.

Applicants wishing to complete the BSc (Hons) (Progression Route) Construction Management (Progression Route) who hold an HNC will be required to first undertake modules from the FdSc Construction Management to meet the entry criteria or complete a 240-credit HND.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Construction Technology A (Requisite)

This module looks at building as a process and building as a product.  It considers technology to be a mix of materials and method and aims to enable an understanding of first principles of building.  The student will be able to demonstrate their understanding considered and appropriate technical solutions to given circumstances, and communicate this to others.

Surveying Practices (Requisite)

This module is intended to give the student the training and skills required to competently measure (in a variety of ways) land and buildings, and to record, check and use those measurements.  Assessment will be in three stages to assist with student engagement and knowledge development within the module. It will involve the student working both individually and as part of a small team to carry out practical activities and to produce a portfolio of results.

Resource Management (Requisite)

Being in charge of a construction project, where you have to produce a building on time and safely, while producing good quality within a budget, needs the application of skills and an understanding of the technological and management processes.

Information Technology and Study Skills (Requisite)

This module looks at IT Software Packages used within the Construction industry. Software packages include Microsoft Office; CAD; Project Management and others applied to specific activities of the learner.  The student will gain skills in the application of Information Technology within the Construction Industry.  The module will also provide an introduction to study skills that relate to the use of information technology for construction sector data sets and the on-line study skills support available via LearnUCS and tutor support available on campus.

Law of Professional Practice in Construction (Requisite)

The purpose of this module is to give students in construction a broad understanding of the theory and practice of law in relation to their professional obligations. This will enable them to reflect on the legal implications of their working environment and the obligations which arise there from the contracts they deal with and the civil and criminal consequences arising from how they go about their business.

Environmental and Sustainable Practices (Requisite)

This module focuses the learner on the ever growing importance of sustainability practices in all aspects relating to the construction and building industry. Learners will study Sustainable Environments and Communities, Sustainable Building - design and production and Sustainable Management and Business practices.

Construction Technology B (Requisite)

This module considers more complex buildings from the points of view of designer, constructor and maintainer and the boundaries in which they must work.  As part of this consideration the student is expected to bring to the module information concerning social, legal, environmental as well as technological issues. The assessments are to allow the student the opportunity to show their understanding of the various topics presented both in writing and graphically.

Planning and Building Control (Requisite)

This Module considers the practical application of the Planning Process and Building Control Process for students who are working directly in any of the construction disciplines (this module will give students grounding in the complexities of the regulations and the technical standard involved with complying with the regulations).

Contractual and Procurement Procedures (Requisite)

The module aims to introduce the contractual and procurement aspects of how buildings are designed, built, maintained, and marketed.  You will learn how the built environment works to create the buildings and surroundings we have today.

Measurement (Requisite)

This module provides the student with an appreciation of the basic tendering procedures, estimating techniques and methods of estimating.  The module aims to develop the students’ general commercial awareness of the construction and civil engineering industry.

The student will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the basic measurement and tendering processes in the construction environment.

Principles of Construction Management (Requisite)

This module will develop the application of management principles and techniques at site management level.  The module will provide students with knowledge of, the management of construction sites and will allow an appreciation of the interface between management, technology and productivity.  The importance of following safe working practices is considered throughout the module.

Professional Practice and Research Skills (Mandatory)

This module requires students to work independently to demonstrate their abilities as managers within the built environment professions.  Students are also introduced to research methods.  It will be assessed by group project and an individually negotiated research project. Interim seminar and stage point tutorials will ensure that students have guidance on their progress.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of these degrees should enhance employment and promotion prospects in the construction industry. Students working in the industry will be able to progress in a wide range of roles including building contracting, construction management, design, local authorities and building maintenance. Students who successfully completed the FdSc Construction Management can progress onto the BSc (Hons) Construction Management (Progression Route). 

Construction Management Graduate

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.


    Entry requirements

    Academic Requirements

    2019 entry: 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

    Plus three GCSEs grade C or above, including an appropriate science or technology subject.

    Applicants over the age of 21 will be subject to an interview to assess their suitability for the course if they do not meet the above entry requirements.

    Also see How to Apply.


    International Requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

    Also see International and EU.


    Transferring Credit

    If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


    Construction Management and Building Services Engineering Lecturer

    Construction Lecturer

    Course Lecturer in Law

    Construction Management Lecturer