BSc (Hons) Construction Management (Construction Site Management Apprenticeship)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time; Day release

Overview

The construction industry is both varied and exciting. With the driving force of major projects in London, such as crossrail and LSBU's local area regeneration, the construction industry is experiencing a need for well-qualified personnel to be involved in all stages of such exciting developments.

The course seeks to provide students with the breadth of technical and managerial expertise in construction, and an up-to-date knowledge of legislation and regulations. The course intends to provide forefront education for our graduates to face exciting and demanding challenges as leaders of a multidisciplinary project team, and also provides the opportunity to use modern equipment within a well-resourced environment. The knowledge gained enables students to have the confidence to work with other professionals and to deliver in complex project or process environments.

The BSc (Hons) Commercial Management (Construction Site Management Apprenticeship) aims to:

  1. Produce graduates who are equipped to take up responsible professional employment as quantity surveyors and commercial managers in the construction industry.
  2. Maintain recognition and accreditation by the appropriate professional institution.
  3. Develop the intellectual and practical skills required to collect, analyse and interpret information, evaluate evidence and opinion, solve problems, reach sound judgements and communicate them effectively.
  4. Produce graduates who have knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, construction technology and the organisation and management of construction procurement.
  5. Develop understanding of the context within which graduates will work and the impact of changing social, economic, legal, cultural, environmental and technological frameworks on their working lives.
  6. Prepare students for work in a business-based and project-based, multidisciplinary industry.
  7. Develop specific skills and expertise relating to the procurement and financial management of construction work.
  8. Develop transferable skills that are required for study and employment and give students the confidence and ability to embrace change, engage in future study or research and career development.

Why Commercial Management (Quantity Surveying) at LSBU?

No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018)
History: we’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections.
Professional accreditation: we’re fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building.
Our subject-specific facilities include a Building Information Modelling (BIM Centre)

The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Employment Guidelines (PDF File 736 KB)
Apprenticeship Evidence Pack Guidance (PDF File 737 KB)

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
3 years + EPA
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

The course is delivered on a semester pattern at LSBU, each semester being 15 weeks in duration. Students study six modules at each level.

The course duration is three years, part-time, taught one day per week over six semesters with two or three modules being taught in each semester. Final completion of the apprenticeship is subject to successful completion of the End Point Assessment.

Level 5

  • Measurement 1 and documentation (QS)
    This module provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying the requirement to quantify and specify construction work. You'll establish the underlying principles required for the independent production of tender documents. The module will also provide the basic practical skills in measurement required for private practice, contracting and public service.
  • Construction contract law
    This module examines the various types of construction contracts, including families of standard construction contracts, and the common law and legislation and administrative procedures which govern them. It provides a working knowledge and understanding of construction contract legal problems, and related applicable law, such as non-contractual liabilities. It examines when a dispute arises in legal terms, and how dispute resolution methods may be employed to resolve problems and disputes.
  • Estimating and tendering process
    This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of the basic methods of procurement, the characteristics and operation of each method, and the skills to decide the most suitable method for various circumstances. In addition, you'll develop an understanding of the methods used for preparing an analytical tender and the choices available to the builder when submitting his bid to obtain a project.
  • Production management
    This module will introduce the concepts of site investigation, tender, pre-construction and construction planning. You'll receive basic knowledge in temporary works, choice of plant, erection systems for traditional and multi-storey steel and concrete structures. You'll learn about site layout planning, materials handling, build ability, method, work sequence and basic programming. Theory will be underpinned by application to practical problems.Health, safety, welfare and environmental systems, procedures, inspections, statutory records will be examined within the requirements for safe practice, environmental protection, economy and general welfare.
  • Construction planning
    This module focuses on the management of the production phase in the construction of buildings, and the need to complete the project within an agreed time span, to an appropriate quality and to an agreed cost using appropriate resources. A working knowledge of planning and programming techniques and the associated analytical skills will be developed so that strategies can be formulated to achieve a satisfactory product matching the needs of the client.  The module will emphasise analysis, decision making and team work, together with a good standard of presentation.
  • Management of organisation
    This module has two broad approaches. The first is an analytical approach to understanding organisations and managerial actions by considering the development of management theory, through the Classical Schools of thought up to the present day. This includes the nature of the roles of management, and the competencies required to manage organisations. The second approach introduces human resource management, the principles of personnel management and industrial relations, with particular reference to the construction industry. In parallel to the above broad areas of analysis and management practice, you'll spend time developing aspects of personal skills important in carrying out future management roles.

Level 6

  • Contract practice and administration (non QS)
    This module provides the knowledge necessary for the execution of the contractual duties of the quantity surveyor and commercial manager in contracting and development companies, consultancy practice, public service and private corporations. It's designed to build on and apply knowledge obtained from a study of construction law. The module is an introduction to the period of professional training necessary to qualify as a professional and covers key areas of practice.
  • Corporate management and finance
    This module will provide an introduction to financial and corporate management through an outline of the types of firm, their sources of finance, and the requirement to keep accounts and develop corporate strategy to match the firm's specific objectives. The module will explore the changing nature of financial and business markets, the need to budget and to plan in uncertain environments, and will provide an understanding of corporate governance and business ethics. The development of an understanding of finance and accounts supplemented by an understanding of markets, of opportunities and threats, will lead to the wider issues of corporate and strategic planning.
  • Research project
    This module applies research method skills on a project-based, applied research topic chosen by you, which includes two main phases: an initial research project proposal submitted for approval and the preparation of the full research project at the end of the module.
  • Project management
    In recent years the specialism of construction project management has been developed by construction professionals working within construction companies, construction consultancies and the public sector. This specialism is required to achieve effective and efficient management of the whole construction process from inception to completion. This module seeks to support this response by introducing the theory underlying project management and applying this to practical issues and problems in the construction industry.
  • Sustainable construction and the environment
    This module looks at the increasing important role of energy and environmental factors that are increasingly impacting on buildings, their use, and their occupants.
  • Construction Management Project
    This module will require you to prepare a case study based on a site of your choice, for the evaluation and development of that site for a beneficial and viable purpose. It will include a large amount of field work, and you'll work away from the classroom. It will focus on using your own initiative and entrepreneurial skills to develop and satisfy certain criteria. The aim of this module is to draw upon a significant pool of knowledge from other units of study and to demand advanced understanding of the whole construction process.

Employability

On successful completion, students would be eligible (subject to grades) to progress onto a range of postgraduate courses within the Division.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve full member or chartered status with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.

Staff teaching on the course have a vast array of experience coming from a variety of academic and industry related backgrounds with many having close links with the professional bodies associated with these subject areas.

Chartered Institute of Builders logo
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the professional body representing the building industry. It focuses on those entering and already in a management career in construction and it delivers qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry.

Teaching and learning

The course will be a mixture of lecture, tutorials and practical based exercises and will be assessed by a wide variety of methods including, written coursework, presentations, projects and multiple choice examinations.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who they will normally meet with once per semester. As an apprentice they will also be allocated a Skills Assessor who will be ensuring that regular progress reviews take place and that they are on track for completion of the apprenticeship.

Staff

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications.

  • HNC in related subject with merit grade or;
  • Level 4 Apprenticeship in relevant subject or equivalent level 4 qualification
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent

On application we will also ask applicants to complete a skills scan against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the apprenticeship standard to assess eligibility for funding.

How to apply

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
3 years + EPA
Start date
September
Application code
4950
Application method

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:

  • 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 using our online application system.

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

If you’re an employer, you can find information about the employer commitments and further related information on the related pages for business.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 298 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 448 KB).

Prepare to start

There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the Enrolment section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.

Fees and funding

Funding

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.

Bands

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.

Incentives

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.

Cost

You can find out the funding band for an Apprenticeship Standard on the Government website. To find out how much we are charging, please get in touch with us at apprenticeships@lsbu.ac.uk

Field trips

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.