Our degree apprenticeship courses
Who is this course for?
To be eligible for our apprenticeships, applicants must:
- be aged 16 or over
- be employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme
- meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria
Applicants must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course - see the entry requirements section below.
If you're an employer, we welcome enquiries about our courses. For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:
+44 (0) 207 911 5027
This degree apprenticeship provides a comprehensive and professionally-oriented study of the management and organisation of sustainable construction production over the building project life cycle.
|Duration||Start date||Location||Entry level|
|3 years part-time day release||September 2021||Marylebone Campus, central London||Level 5|
Starting at Level 5, equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree, apprentices gain a BSc Honours in Construction Management. Those with insufficient experience can study our Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship first.
Supported by their employer to ‘earn while they learn’ without paying course fees, apprentices will learn about the technologies of domestic, industrial and commercial building, construction processes, planning and programming, construction health and safety, and project life cycle assessment. Real-life case studies, problem- and work-based learning bring professional practice to the classroom, while apprentices apply their learning to workplace projects.
The University is ranked 14th in the UK for Building by The Times Good University Guide 2021, placing Westminster 2nd in London. Our central London location and numerous industry contacts, which include Great Portland Estates, Mace, Lendlease, The Portman Estate and The Crown Estate, provide buildings as case studies for coursework, learning materials (drawings, reports, client briefs etc.) and come into the University to give face-to-face formative feedback on students’ work.
This is a three-year course. Apprentices must be employed by a construction employer. Time spent on work and training is split 80/20, meaning the apprentices spend 20% of their time learning which can include time at the University and work-based training, linked to the apprenticeship, provided by the employer.
Year 1 develops the apprentice’s knowledge of construction technology, including building structures, and looks at the key skills and procedures involved with project and commercial management.
Subjects of study include:
- Construction Engineering Technology
- Environmental Science and Services
- Structural Principles (Technology 4)
- Project and Commercial Management (Management 5)
Year 2 enhances the apprentice’s knowledge and understanding of management theory and practice, covering site management, health and safety, project procurement, and innovations in construction technology.
Subjects of study include:
- Project Procurement, Management and Law (Management 3)
- Construction Project Based Learning (Management 4)
- Construction Technology and Innovation (Technology 6)
- Contract Administration and Practice (Management 11)
Level 5 and 6
Year 3 builds knowledge of project procurement, construction management and current issues in the built environment. At the end of year, following successful completion of the degree, apprentices take the end point assessment, comprising an online test, project and professional discussion.
Subjects of study include:
- Professional Practice (Management 7)
- Project Management (Management 9)
- Construction Management (Management 8)
- Current Issues in the Built Environment
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.
The Construction Management BSc Honours is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, which has granted Westminster Business School ‘Accredited Centre Status’. Construction Management graduates from Westminster can apply, with appropriate experience, for membership of CIOB and the designation MCIOB. The course is additionally accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), an internationally recognised awarding professional body for building engineering in the UK and overseas.
For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.
To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected].
Entry requirements and eligibility
To be eligible for our apprenticeships, applicants must be aged 16 or over, employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme and must meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria.
Applicants must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course:
- BTEC HND/HNC in Construction or Built Environment: Merit profile
In addition, applicants should have:
- GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4
If the applicant's first language is not English, they will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component
Employers who pay the levy are able to use their available levy funds to cover the training and assessment costs. Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with the government – this is called 'co-investment'. Non-levy paying employers will contribute 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training and the government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum.
This course complements and enhances workplace knowledge and experience, boosting the apprentice’s career prospects, on-the-job performance and satisfaction. It also demonstrates the employer’s commitment to staff development, enhancing their appeal to future employees.
Apprentices must be in full-time employment in a role associated with the management of construction projects, office or site based. Construction site managers ensure site safety, manage productivity, review environmental impact, manage interfaces between stakeholders and ensure adherence to specifications and quality standards.
Brian benefits from over 20 years of industry experience in a range of project roles in the construction and IT sectors, notably as a senior member of the estates team at University College London (UCL) and a team leader at Vangent Inc. He joined the University of Westminster in 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in construction studies and now teaches Strategic and Operational Project Management, Project Procurement, Project Management and Law, Current Issues in the Built Environment, and Commercial Management.
Teaching and assessment
This is how you can expect to be taught and assessed at the University of Westminster. Your apprenticeship will include additional requirements, agreed in partnership with your employer, designed to develop and evidence your skills in the workplace.
How you'll be taught
Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application.
Learning typically falls into two broad categories:
- Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
- Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
How you'll be assessed
Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.
Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:
- Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts
- Written exams: end of semester exams
- Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertations
Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses.
For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.
We are keen to establish new relationships with employers from a wide range of sectors and welcome enquiries. For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:
+44 (0) 207 911 5027