60 years of expertise
The Building Service Engineering Site Management Apprenticeship includes a degree qualification in Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) and a qualification leading towards Incorporated Engineer status.
Did you know that more than half the graduates working in the building services engineering field in the UK have been educated at LSBU? With more than 60 years of expertise, our course will equip you with the technical and managerial know-how to be an effective leader in this specialist sector.
Site managers work on construction sites managing the installation of building services and ensuring that sites are managed safely and that construction is achieved on time, to budget and in line with the client’s quality expectations. There will also be some liaison with third parties such as design teams, clients and statutory authorities.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.
Why study Building Services Engineering at LSBU?
- 1st for graduate prospects amongst London competitors in Building (Sunday Times 2019).
- Heritage: we have been running courses for the building services engineering industry since 1947
- Professional accreditation: accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Institute of Energy (IoE) as meeting the academic requirements of Incorporated Engineer status as per the Engineering Council.
- We have one of the best laboratory–workshop complexes in London.
- Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for overall satisfaction in Building courses (National Student Survey 2018).
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|ModeApprenticeship||Duration3 to 4 years (including EPA)||Start dateSeptember||Application code4947||Application method Direct to LSBU|
London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.
Walk or bicycle
The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.
LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.
By train or tube
The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.
London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.
Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.
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You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.
Entry Level Requirements
Apprenticeship applicants will have:
- Level 4 Building Services Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
- Level 4 HNC in Building Services Engineering
- Cognate Level 4 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment
- GCSE Maths and English A-C or Equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
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The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.
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|Mode Apprenticeship||Duration 3 to 4 years (including EPA)||Start date September||Application code 4947||Application method Direct to LSBU|
An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
- You will need to find a job role related to the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, with an employer who is happy to support you. If you would like to find an employer to support your apprenticeship with LSBU, you can search which employers are currently advertising Apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Service website searching for ‘London South Bank University’ as keywords.
- If there are no search results, this means there are currently no vacancies. We update our vacancies regularly, so please do check back regularly.
- Many employers advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on their websites or via other portals. You could search for ‘find an apprenticeship’ online.
- When you’re ready to apply, see the government's advice on how to write a winning apprenticeship application and make your application.
Further information for apprentices
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
Further information for employers
Prepare to start
This apprenticeship will cover modules starting at level 5. We set lots of design projects to simulate a working environment and you can expect to use computer modelling techniques to optimise and refine your design proposals, as well as laboratory/workshop experiments.
- Advanced engineering mathematics
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Thermofluids engineering
This module provides you with a study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics exploring more theory to allow analysis of processes and extension into computer modelling. It also specifically covers the application of thermofluids to mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding gained in Engineering Principles and will enable you to design, explore and investigate. The fundamentals will be introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which will then be extended to the study of systems and design. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump engineering
This module covers specific mechanical services used in buildings. It expands and extends the understanding you will have gained in heating and ventilation systems and will enable you to design, explore and investigate refrigeration technology and air conditioning systems and heat pumps. The fundamentals are introduced by lectures and demonstrations to provide a basic knowledge of the principles of applied thermodynamics, which is then extended to the study of systems and design. A major emphasis will be placed on developing a practical ability and on understanding the environmental implications in the use of systems through carefully structured laboratory experiments. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Integrated building design
Working in small groups, you'll develop a fully integrated concept design for a building, starting from the briefing and masterplanning stage. Selected elements of the concept design will be developed to a detailed design stage. The work will be carried out within the framework of Level 2 BIM with appropriate information exchanges. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Project and business management
This module gives an overview of engineering management and covers topics such as financial principles, management of innovation, technology strategy, and project management. The focus of the module is on the development of individual skills and team work. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Electrical services in buildings
This module is divided into two major parts: the first part will deal with intermediate circuit theory and analysis, while the second part will study electrical installation and services in buildings. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Energy management and controls
This module examines the controls and processes that are necessary for efficient and effective operation of buildings and their engineering services. It provides an understanding of control elements and building energy management systems, and the way that information from these systems can be used to manage energy. The module also presents tools for financial analysis and reporting. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Passive building design
On completing this module, you'll be able to analyse a building and its world-wide location, and propose novel and effective passive methods to reduce energy consumption and improve occupant comfort. You'll understand the requirements of the wider design team and adapt and communicate your proposals appropriately. Assessment method: 100% exam.
- Major project
This module is a culmination of the course, where the knowledge and skills gained are applied to a specific investigation, either design or research-based. You should be able to analyse the technical performance, environmental impact and economic feasibility of the project. The results should be in a form comparable to industrial standards, based on current guidelines or regulations. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
Plus two modules from either the electrical or mechanical route:
- Electrical power systems and distribution
This module focuses on 11kV high voltage electrical power system and Low-Voltage Distribution and equipment, focussing on their application on electrical building services. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Lighting and electrical systems
The module is designed to equip you with up-to-date knowledge and skills to enable you to work in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of lighting and electrical systems in building services industries. Lighting will be covered as far as required to undertake design calculations and appreciate what is assumed in the use of proprietary design software packages. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Heat and mass transfer applications
This module provides an advanced study of heat and mass transfer, the design of heat transfer equipment, the application of heat transfer within a building envelope and the development of the CIBSE Admittance Method used for the assessment of cooling and heating loads. It also deals with the calculation of cooling loads using commercial software, and the strategies for the reduction of energy used for cooling including thermal mass, natural ventilation, night time cooling, evaporative cooling. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Thermal energy systems
In relation to sustainable engineering, you'll develop a deep understanding of the principles that govern building services thermal energy systems and renewable and Low or Zero Carbon technologies. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
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|SEMESTER 1||SEMESTER 2||SEMESTER 1||SEMESTER 2||SEMESTER 1||SEMESTER 2|
|Engineering Mathematics &. Modelling||Advanced Math. & Modelling||Energy Control & Mang.||Innovation & Enterprise||Major Project|
Design Applications 5|
|Design and Practice||Electrical Installation Distribution and Lighting||Option||Energy Resources|
|Mechanical Services for Buildings||Thermo-fluids, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration||Options|
By completing the apprenticeship route, you’ll have the advantage of having real-world work experience, working in a role related to your area of study. This will give you a competitive edge among other graduates when you complete your apprenticeship standard.
During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, who can help you develop your skills through the Careers Gym workshops and presentations. Our JobShop advisers support students and graduates with finding the right job for them.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
We aim to develop the apprentice in accordance with the requirements of a Chartered Engineer; the emphasis being on developing skills appropriate to a multidisciplinary, integrated building services, sustainability and energy engineering environment.
Chartered engineers will be expected to have good technical and management competence, with critical self-awareness and confidence in applying appropriate design solutions. They will be good planners and able to make independent decisions based on professional judgement.
The course is specifically relevant to those wishing to join the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and/or the Energy Institute (EI).
The on-the-job element of your apprenticeship will give the opportunity to work and network with other professionals in the industry.
We have been running courses for the building services engineering industry since 1947. In that time we’ve built up a lot of industry contacts. Our close links with industry ensure that our course is up-to-date with their needs – and this means our graduates are in demand.
BSEIAB (Building Services Engineering Industrial Advisory Board)
Our partners help our academic staff to maintain a balance between academic requirements and up-to-date industrial practice with regular meetings and visits to their companies.
In-sync with industry
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council, who represent the engineering profession. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute.
Teaching and Assessment
As a BEng programme, this course encourages you to acquire a deeper understanding of the essential concepts, theories and principles of building services engineering and the science and mathematics which underpin it. Many recruiters will look favourably on BEng graduates for this reason.
The Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of on-the-job learning, as well as both structured and self-directed study.
The duration of the apprenticeship will typically be three to four years for new entrants. The Endpoint Assessment (EPA) will be in two stages and typically undertaken in the last three months of the apprenticeship:
The apprentice will demonstrate their progress through achievement of a BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering degree and employer sponsored industry certificates in Site Safety Plus Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme and Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme. The maintenance of an online or paper-based portfolio is recommended. These should be supervised by in-company mentors or training providers and tested by external assessors.
End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final stage of your apprenticeship programme. During the EPA you will demonstrate your acquired competence and skills during your professional career whilst undertaking your degree. This is the reason for the EPA being a professional assessment rather than an academic one.
It is comprised of: a written report (4500 to 5000 words), prior to a presentation and structured interview supported by a written exam (3 questions related to industry knowledge relevant to the apprenticeship standard).