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Tel: 020 7815 7815
The Building Services Design Engineering 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.
Building services engineering covers the design, installation, operation and maintenance of all the things that make a building safe, comfortable, energy efficient and functional. It’s always in demand and set to grow as buildings’ designs evolve to become more sustainable.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.
First, we’ll teach you the fundamental scientific principles that support mechanical and electrical building services. Following this, you’ll explore in more depth how to operate and control heating, ventilation and air conditioning. In the final year, we’ll focus on sustainability: the dynamic thermal performance of buildings, energy resources, combined heat and power, wind power generation and lighting and electrical systems.
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.
Plus two modules from either the electrical or mechanical route:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|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 studying the apprenticeship route, you gain real world work experience combined with a better understanding and analysis of your daily tasks, building skills and contacts, giving youthe edge on graduation.
A building services design engineer manages a team of engineers and technicians, collaborating with other construction professionals to design the various services found in buildings and infrastructure projects. The work typically includes systems such as renewable and emerging technologies, energy management, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, drainage, lighting, power, water services, building management systems, life-safety systems, communications and building transportation (e.g. lifts). Buildings and infrastructure take on many forms, from newly built facilities to the refurbishment of premises for every sector of industry.
As a building services design engineer, you could be working as a contractor, for a design consultancy, or within a manufacturing company. You’ll provide design solutions aimed at enhancing the quality of environment and community, employing current and emerging technology to undertake the technical and commercial management of projects. As well as this, you’ll ensure that business, client and end user needs are taken into account and work within Ònancial and safety constraints.
Building service engineers help buildings to deliver on their potential. They work with architects and construction engineers to produce buildings that offer the functionality and comfort we expect, with the minimum impact on our environment. They design the lighting appropriate for the space, the heating, cooling, ventilation and all systems that ensure comfort, health and safety in all types of buildings, residential, commercial and industrial.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 typical duration for this apprenticeship is 66 months: 60 months to complete the degree and another 6 months to move towards the gateway and End Point Assessment (EPA), but this is dependent on the apprentice’s previous experience.
Advanced entry requirements can be consulted with academic and administrative staff.
Part time day release: apprentices attend university once a week for two semesters. Semester 1 runs from September to January and Semester 2 from January to June.
Assessment of the academic element of this apprenticeship will consist of coursework, exams and timed assessments. There will be formal lectures, study guides, course notes, directed reading, class tutorials, assignments, small group projects, workshops and laboratories.
Before undertaking the End Point Assessment, you will provide evidence of satisfactory completion of all aspects of the apprenticeship programme: accredited civil engineering degree, employer agreed formal training plan and CPD records; level 2 Maths and English; employer confirmation and request for end point assessment.
The End Point Assessment 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).
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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 online 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:
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.
Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.
There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.
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.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.
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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