Sustainable Construction FD

Course description

A builder’s ability to construct sustainable buildings is an increasingly important factor in a company or individual’s decision to employ them. This course is designed to provide career development, or a professional route into the construction industry.

It gives you knowledge of construction, how best to utilise land or space, and ways to make buildings more energy efficient: inspect, operate and get hands-on experience with alternative fuel systems, including solar domestic hot water heating, ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic systems.

Whether you choose to study full-time, or part-time to fit around your employment (one day or evening per week for the duration of the course), your knowledge of a building’s structure and the sustainable systems inside it will impress prospective employers and give you confidence as a building engineer of tomorrow.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn problem solving, evaluation and analytical skills relevant to the construction industry, as you combine theoretical study with practical experience
  • Study in excellent facilities with modern technologies, including the most modern alternative fuel systems available, covering topics including: sustainable building techniques; land-efficient designs; solar domestic hot water heating systems; ground source heat pumps; photovoltaic systems; climate change issues
  • Develop new skills required for management roles through study of management practice
  • Gain improved career opportunities and earning potential
  • Explore the most up-to-date skills and technical knowledge required to construct the buildings of tomorrow
  • Benefit from a course that allows you to progress to a BSc (Hons) Sustainable Construction and career opportunities in building design and construction; consulting engineering sectors of the construction engineering industry and maintenance and facilities management

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

The programme aims are to equip you with the combination of technical skills, academic knowledge and transferable skills that employers are increasingly demanding. This is in conjunction with providing you with other employment based skills through Work Based Learning (WBL) and projects.

Level 1
  • Building Physics and Energy Utilisation
  • Fundamental Mathematics for Construction and Personal Development
  • Introduction to Health, Safety and the Environment
  • Heating, Cooling and Power Systems
  • Waste Management Systems
  • Work-based Learning A The Application of Principles
Level 2
  • Building Science 2
  • Materials and Carbon Neutral Buildings
  • Fundamentals of Building Regulations
  • Land Utilisation and Building Design for the Future
  • Work-based Learning B – Research Practice and Innovation

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

  • UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.
  • As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.
  • Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don’t have traditional academic qualifications.
  • We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.
  • Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500


For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator


International qualifications

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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