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Built Environment Extended Degree Programme

Overview

Not to be confused with a Foundation degree, this course is designed primarily for the mature applicant who does not satisfy the requirements for entry to Year 1 of a degree course. The first year is a preparatory year which allows you to go on a study a full degree. 

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Academic progression: 1st preparatory year leads on to a range of LSBU degrees.
Alternative route: Offers alternative entry route to a degree for those without traditional qualifications.
Flexible study: Study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Great resources: No. 1 London Uni for Learning Resources - Building.

This course covers...

This course allows you to go on to study one of our BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) courses in a range of built environment subjects, subject to satisfactory results. The course material will vary depending on which pathway of the three built environment pathways you choose:

Architecture Pathway

Construction Management Pathway

Surveying Pathway

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

The following modules detail the preparatory element (the first year) of the overall Extended Degree programme. For details on modules at degree level please look at the individual course entries of your chosen progression route.

  • 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

LSBU Employability Service

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

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

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. It's possible to 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

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

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – 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 Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 3188Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 3188Session code: 1FS02
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 3188Session code: 1FS01
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8333.33
AOS/LSBU code: 3189Session code: 1PS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8333.33
AOS/LSBU code: 3189Session code: 1PS02
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £8333.33
AOS/LSBU code: 3189Session code: 1PS01

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

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. 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 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

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.

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: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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