Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

This course provides a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level.

This course is ideal for you if you're already working as a technician in the construction industry. It is well respected locally and nationally as it develops many of the skills required by industry.

 

Course details

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

Course structure

Core modules

Building Technology

You gain the underpinning knowledge of construction technology. The materials and techniques used to achieve the basic principles of construction technology are constantly evolving to enable the construction industry to deliver better quality buildings. Scarcity of resources and the continuing demand of more sophisticated clients, end users and other stakeholder interests, are driving the construction industry to provide buildings which facilitate enhanced environmental and energy performance, and greater flexibility, in response to ever increasing financial, environmental, legal and economic constraints.

You are introduced to different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations when selecting the most suitable technological solution.

Civil Engineering Construction

You will begin to gain the knowledge and understanding you will need of the most common methods and resources used in major civil engineering construction activities.

Although there will be a strong theoretical underpinning to the module, there will also be considerable emphasis on making you aware of how to select appropriate methods and resources in a variety of realistic case studies.

Construction Practice and Management

You gain an overview of the industry’s size and operation of construction companies. Health and safety performance is considered and also how BIM has the potential to influence a range of construction processes and operations.

You develop an understanding of construction practice and management processes. You investigate and research the modern construction industry, both from the practical skills embedded within the industry through to its links with development on-site and the connection with construction management; including roles within the industry.

Construction Structural Mechanics

You are introduced to common types of structure used in engineering and assess the types of loads they must resist. You are provided with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure. Specific areas of study includes basic concept of force, stress and strain, properties of materials and sections, analysis of frames, beams and columns, equilibrium conditions and statically determinacy, beam bending moment, shear force and deflection. 

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.

Geotechnics and Site Surveying

You learn the importance of geological processes and the properties of soils and rocks in civil engineering. You perform laboratory practicals in soil and rock description and geological map interpretation.

You also explore the use of instrumentation and observation procedures used in modern engineering surveying practice. The measurement of large objects in three dimensional space using various techniques and equipment are practised and associated errors examined.

Individual Project

You apply the skills and knowledge that you 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. 

You develop your ability to identify, define, plan, develop and execute a successful project by working through a clear process. You develop a project brief, outlining a problem that requires a solution, as well as a project specification, the specific requirements of which the final outcome must meet.

You research the problem, undertaking a feasibility study, and consider a range of potential solutions using critical analysis and evaluation techniques to test, select and contextualise your preferred solution. You also provide a work and time management plan, keeping a diary of all activities, reflecting on their process and their learning throughout the 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.

 

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 learning with self-study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is by written assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.


Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia
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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 - this would normally include mathematics at QCF level 3. 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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Health conditions requiring adjustments
For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

 

Employability

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.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800
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Facilities

A tour of Teesside University engineering facilities and employer partnerships, enabling us to produce graduates ready for the world of work.

 

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Accommodation

Live in affordable accommodation right on-campus

 

Campus

Study in our town-centre campus with over £270m of recent investment

 

Industry ready

Benefit from work placements, live projects, accredited courses

 

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