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Built Environment Extended Degree Programme

Overview

Dream careers can be built

If you’re a mature student looking to progress your career, or don’t satisfy the requirements for entry onto a degree course; this preparation year is for you. This isn’t a freestanding degree. Think of it as the first year in a four-year period of studying that will lead you to a degree linked to one of the built environment professions: architecture, surveying and construction management. The experience you gain during the year, and your discussions with tutors, will help you choose the degree best suited to your interests and abilities.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

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Why study Built Environment at LSBU?

No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018)
Our subject-specific facilities include a Building Information Modelling (BIM Centre).
History: we’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections.
Flexible study: Study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Specialist staff with great industry contacts.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 Years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

    Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

    This £2.8million facility is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for renewable and intelligent energy solutions.

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Modules

You’ll start off looking at the subjects that you’ll face in your first year of degree studies, setting you up with the academic and technical grounding you need. For details on modules at degree level please look at the individual course entries of your chosen progression route.

This preparatory year is all about giving you the core grounding of knowledge to move on to a qualification that fits your future career ambitions. You don’t have to have it all worked out in advance, your tutors will be on hand to advise you. The results you achieve may restrict your subject choices.

  • Art and design
    This module will introduce you to visual design and seek to strengthen the understanding and appreciation of artistic design in all its many forms. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Constructing the built environment
    This module will seek to develop this context into an understanding of the use of traditional materials and construction technologies in domestic buildings of the past and the development of the modern technologies used today.The module focuses on the history of the built environment, domestic construction and the role of the institutions and regulatory authorities in the construction industry. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Construction mathematics
    This module focuses on the basic mathematical skills required from you, not assuming any level of previous knowledge. It focuses on areas applicable to your choice of future study. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Design concepts
    The module continues to introduce you to visual design and to develop your understanding and appreciation of design in its many forms. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Integrated project
    In this module, you'll work together in groups of 3 or 4 to form multi-disciplinary teams to propose and develop a specific idea for a large scale development. The objective requires the development of an idea through field and desktop research, together with its development into a cohesive design proposal by further research, testing and hands-on design, utilising each disciplinary skill within the team. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Practical skills for architecture
    This module provides an introduction to the workshop and drawing skills associated with students aspiring to a career in architecture. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Practical skills for construction
    This module is designed to introduce some of the basic skills required for those entering the construction/surveying field, by providing an overview of many of the concepts expected from the construction professional today. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Principles of construction science
    This module covers the principles of chemistry and physics, at a level between GCSE and A-level. It serves as a preparatory unit for students intending to undertake Built Environment undergraduate degree courses in the University, and introduces you to a range of skills required in both the chemical and physical sciences, as appropriate to your intended programme of study. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Study skills
    This module provides a foundation in study skills, methodology and presentation for the rest of your studies in the University. You'll develop your IT word processing and spreadsheet working skills. The unit involves group work and develops team-working skills and covers exam preparation, revision and question answering techniques. It will introduce you to your own Personal Development Planning process, which should grow and adapt with you throughout your course of study in the University and beyond. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Full-time and part-time modes:

Full-time students, subject to assessment, be considered for entry to all the degree programmes listed.

Part-time students undertake five units of study in the year and may then be considered for entry to the HNC Construction programme that may then be credited and counted towards a part-time degree. However, students wishing to study the BA (Hons) in Architecture are advised to study full-time in order to develop their portfolio to the required standard. In all cases, students will need to discuss their options and required grades with the Course Director for their choice of degree.

Employability

This year is your launch pad to further study with us. Complete it successfully and you can choose from a number of courses – take a look to see where the next few years could take you:

Take a look at some potential careers, including building surveyor / architect / quantity surveyor / project manager, on Prospects.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Facilities

Teaching and learning

An Extended Degree is a structured 4/5 year programme (when completed full-time), where the first year is designed to prepare you with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake a degree-level course. On successful completion of this preparatory year you'll naturally progress your studies with LSBU in any of the following branches of the built environment:

The experience that you gain during the initial year, and your discussions with tutors, will ensure that you choose the best degree suited to your interests and abilities. You can transfer from one course to another too. However if you're considering Architecture you'll need to decide by the Semester 2 of the Extended Degree Programme.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level EEE or
  • BTEC National Diploma - MPP or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 45 Passes or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

The Extended Degree is intended for either:

  • Candidates over 21 who may not have appropriate formal qualifications for direct entry. Such candidates will normally be required to attend for interview at which time they will be encouraged to demonstrate their suitability for and commitment to study at higher education level
  • Candidates under 21 who do have the requisite number and level of GCSE or BTEC passes, but in the wrong subjects for chosen degree (i.e. student wishing to study architecture, but with A-levels in science subjects).

How to apply

Apply now for a full-time course starting this September through Clearing.

Call 0800 923 8888 to speak to one of our dedicated Clearing advisors who’ll take you through your application.

You can also speak to us in person at one of our clearing application sessions.

If you’re applying for a health and social care course use our online application service.

For more information visit our Clearing page.

Part-time course

Please follow the instructions on the table below to apply for a part-time course.

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

2019 entry

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 Years
Start date
September
Application code
F890
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start date
September
Application code
3189
Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
F890
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 3188Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 3188Session code: 1FS02
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 3188Session code: 1FS01
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 3189Session code: 1PS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 3189Session code: 1PS02
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 3189Session code: 1PS01

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

    Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

    This £2.8million facility is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for renewable and intelligent energy solutions.

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Preparatory Reading List

  • Marion Temple (2004) Studying the Built Environment, Palgrave.
  • Mike Riley & Howard (2001), Construction Technology 1, House Construction.
  • Bird J.O and May A.J.C.(1987) Technician Mathematics, Levels 1 and 2, Longman.
  • GCSE Mathematics. The Revision Guide, Higher Level. CGP ISBN 1-84146-001
  • Lawson, B. (1990) How designers think, Butterworth Architecture, Oxford.
  • Banham, R. (1992) Guide to Modern architecture, Architectural Press.
  • Balcombe, G. (1985) History of Buildings, Batsford Academic and Educational, London.

 
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Tel: 0800 923 8888

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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