Undergraduate study

Course overview

This course is for higher technicians in architecture or design, building management, building control, quantity surveying and building surveying.

It explores the construction of new properties and the adaptation and restoration of existing buildings. You are introduced to all aspects of construction including design, health and safety, and management.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered at a partnership college of your choice.

Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050 or enquire@darlington.ac.uk), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000 or enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk) and Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132 or info@cleveland.ac.uk).


Course details

You study eight units chosen covering the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

Course structure

Core modules

Construction Technology

This module provides you with an underpinning knowledge of construction technology needed to successfully complete the other modules of the programme. The module has been designed to enable you to understand, apply, analyse, investigate and evaluate the standard design forms, site evaluation methods and methods of construction used in the modern construction industry. You are given opportunities to analyse the ways in which various finishes and services are used in domestic construction.

Group Project

The Group Project module develops your ability to evaluate and resolve realistic practical problems and work as part of a team. The module aims to apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists and civil engineering technicians.

It is designed to bring small groups of students together into teams so that they can co-ordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow the you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team.

The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within given defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief. The module team assume the role of a construction client in order to provide guidance to you during meetings held in tutorials/ seminars.

Formative assessment will be through role play scenarios. The three summative in-course assignments are based upon the life cycle of a single project at selected stages of the construction process, namely; feasibility study, detailed design and the construction/ production phase.

Health, Safety and Welfare

You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to identify hazards in the workplace, assess the level of risk, make recommendations to control the risk and review the results. This must be considered along with relevant safety legislation.

This module is applicable to all students studying the Higher National courses, although the forms of risk assessment and their technical bases will be different for each course. The module will contribute to health and safety plans within project work and help you to formulate safety policy, the arrangements and carry out risk assessment in the workplace.

Management Principles and Application

You will be introduced to the principles and application of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines of construction, civil engineering or building services engineering.

The module is also founded on the principles of the ‘Latham’ report, which advocates non-adversarial multi-discipline team working. It enables a flexible approach to the delivery of the content that can take account of your prior knowledge at entry and your choice of discipline.

You will gain an understanding of management principles and their relevance to the processes of design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction, civil engineering or building services engineering installation activity through the application of recognised management techniques.


plus four specialist modules

Construction, Science and Materials

This module provides you with an introduction to the scientific principles and the properties of materials needed to successfully complete the other core and specialist modules. The module has been designed to enable you to analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles, and the properties and behaviour of materials, in construction-related situations.

Design Principles and Application

This module provides a fundamental understanding of the design process and of how the planning and design phases are co-ordinated and managed. It forms the design base for the study programme.

The module has been devised to enable those studying construction, civil engineering or building services engineering courses to demonstrate both knowledge and understanding of design considerations and the design process.

It is intended that this module will help you develop the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate the design in terms of the production and cost implications for construction projects. The content can be contextualised in terms of the discipline being followed to relate to a particular building, civil engineering or building services project.

Mathematics for Construction

This module develops your underpinning mathematical knowledge and techniques relevant to studies in construction and civil engineering. It has been designed to enable you to develop your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis and solution of realistic construction problems.

Medium and High-rise Construction

This module concentrates on how multi-storey structures are constructed and managed - consider the materials used, modern construction strategies and techniques, buildability and ways in which the useful life of a building can be extended by modern alteration and repair techniques. You learn about the importance of sustainable construction, and the processes and procedures involved in the safe demolition of buildings.

Project Management

You are introduced to the basic concepts of project management within a school setting and build on the role of the project manager in managing project risk, teams and organisational change, addressing project management from feasibility to post implementation.

Refurbishment and Innovation

You develop your knowledge and understanding of building conversion and adaptation work. You examine the feasibility of modifying existing buildings, the requirements of the design brief, and preparing design and specification to meet planning and building control requirement, current legislative requirements and also sustainable responsibilities. You prepare working drawings, specifications and produce construction plans to modify buildings.

Site Surveying and Setting Out

This module is designed to develop your ability to use modern surveying equipment to undertake a range of surveying and setting out procedures which are common in the construction industry.

Tendering and Estimating

This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of the principles of project administration and estimating within building services engineering. The accounting for money through the design, installation and maintenance of a building will be examined.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course is delivered using a combination of practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You are required to complement your college-based learning with self study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is by a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need an appropriate technician or craft qualification at Level 3 or similar, and a good standard of literacy and numeracy skills.

The most common eligible qualifications include A levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Diplomas and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We may also consider substantial work experience in a relevant area. If you have non-traditional qualifications, or wish to discuss your eligibility, please call our admissions enquiry telephone number or email.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies. Alternatively, you may seek further study to HND, degree level and beyond.



  • Not available full-time


2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week (days may vary by location)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050 or enquire@darlington.ac.uk), Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000 or enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk) and Redcar & Cleveland College (01642 473132 or info@cleveland.ac.uk)
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