School
Business
UCAS tariff points
48
Years of Entry
2025
Location
Leeds City Campus
Study Mode
Full-time (3 years)

Course overview

Do you want to develop the core skills and technical knowledge needed to pursue a successful career as a construction manager?

Are you interested in learning how building projects are completed safely and within agreed budgets and timescales?

This degree has been designed and developed with employers to prepare you for leading roles in the growing construction and the built environment industry. You’ll graduate with the industry-relevant knowledge, skills and experience needed to manage infrastructure projects and work efficiently within multidisciplinary teams.

This four-year course includes an initial full-time Foundation Year and offers an alternative route into university and gaining a degree.

This route is for you if you do not have the necessary qualifications or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study, or are returning to education and would like some support to get up to speed with learning in a university setting.

The Foundation Year in Business will allow you to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your subsequent years of undergraduate study.

Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Construction Management BSc (Hons) degree.

This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

The Student Contract

About this course

During your Foundation Year, you will undertake modules to enable you to enhance your academic skills and equip you with the tools you’ll need to study with confidence. You’ll carry out a personal project so you can study an area of interest related to your chosen future subject specialisation.

You’ll be introduced to the key principles of business operations and management and learn about starting a business and the fundamentals of marketing.

Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto the first year of our Construction Management BSc (Hons) degree.

On this course, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the principles of construction management. As well as building design and the sequential construction of building elements, you’ll learn about the efficient project management of domestic and non-domestic buildings, including skyscrapers and large-scale sports infrastructure facilities.

We’ll help you to develop the essential skills needed for effective onsite project management, covering aspects of planning, how to execute the construction process, budget management, project expenses and construction safety management.

You’ll consider the variety of factors that can delay a project and learn how to manage and mitigate them, including communicating with clients, negotiating delays, monitoring quality through improved workmanship on large-scale projects and management of contracting packages.

As your studies progress, you’ll explore broader agendas in the construction sector, e.g. sustainability concerning energy-efficient detailing and functional optimisation of the structural performance of buildings. You’ll also study law and economics for the built environment.

The theory you learn in lectures will be supported by practical experience and activities, including field trips and site visits so you can apply your learning to real-world settings.

In your final year, you’ll learn about the refurbishment of heritage buildings, including wide-scale regeneration of existing buildings, and carry out your own research and dissertation into an area of construction management you find of interest.

Why study with us?

  • Build your self-confidence, academic skills and core subject knowledge in preparation for progression onto degree-level study.
  • Gain construction management skills encompassing the full building production process and that consider the broader agendas in the current global construction environment.
  • Learn about the structural behaviour of buildings, properties of building materials and how to manage restoration projects involving listed and non-listed buildings or buildings of special interest in conservation areas as governed by Historic England (English Heritage).
  • Develop the professional skills and experience needed to launch your career in construction management.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Foundation Year

During your Foundation Year, you will study four core modules.

Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (Core)

We'll help you develop core academic skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note-taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations.

You'll learn to manage your time, prioritise tasks and manage stress, and become more confident in engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection.

Project (Core)

You’ll study an area of interest related to your chosen degree and work individually on your project.

It could be a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts.

You’ll learn through problem-solving and get formative feedback and support throughout, helping to develop your self-confidence.

Introduction to Business Operations and Management (Core)

We'll look at what a business is, the different types of businesses, their objectives and the modern business environment.

We'll draw on case studies and your own personal experiences to make the module as relatable as possible. You'll also be encouraged to raise business topics to discuss in class.

You'll learn about the supply chain from raw materials to consumers, and the logistics of getting the right goods in the right amount to the right place at the right time.

You'll study production and discover the difference between services and manufacturing, the principles of project management and quality control processes.

You'll also learn the principles of human resource management and leadership, as well as teamwork and team building.

 

Starting a Business and Fundamentals of Marketing (Core)

You'll examine the modern business environment and how start-up businesses grow as technology advances.

We'll look at sustainability and the opportunities or limitations small businesses face.

You'll get an overview of how businesses use social media and communications technology to reach an audience.

You'll also develop your own business and marketing plans and concepts in lectures, workshops, coursework and group work.

Year 1

During your first year, you'll study four core modules.

Construction Technology and Design 1 (Core)
Building Science and the Sustainable Environment (Core)

You’ll explore the relationship between low carbon detailing, precision engineering, specification of thermal elements, vapour control layers and improved thermal comfort. You’ll cover sustainability as it related to Building Regulations Part L Conservation of Fuel and Power including the Building Safety Act 2023 as well as the Global Conventions on Climate Change Act.

Consider the science of thermal conductivity, heat transfer, calculations and specification of materials with better U values, thermal resistance alongside methods of assembly and airtightness, the elimination of cold and thermal bridges all form part of the evaluation of the responses to conservation of buildings services.

Study offsite manufacturing and modular designs, as lean systems, also promote the low carbon agenda and are mandatory and technical core competencies required for passing APC and chartered status for RICS and CIOB.

Project Environment and Management Techniques (Core)

You’ll explore the techniques used by construction professionals to plan out the project delivery within the specified duration, addressing issues of the construction project environment and why planning is key to effect project management.

 

Understand the human limitations and the factors that contribute to a construction site being the most dangerous workplace.

 

You’ll look at the key important stages of a project and how they contribute to the overall success of a project.

Construction Economics (Core)

You’ll focus on providing a description of the construction sector and an economic explanation of markets, industries as well as some of the major features of construction products.

Analyse the critical principles of the relationship between economic theory and that of the construction industry.

You’ll learn the fundamental concepts and theories of economics to underpin commercial management and QS functions.

Understand economic principles as you assume more responsibility for management within a construction environment.

 

Year 2

During your second year, you'll study four core modules.

Construction Technology and Design 2 (Core)

Explore the characteristics of non-domestic buildings and the preparatory activities for below-ground level structures including stabilisation techniques, deep retaining wall construction for basements and piling foundations and composite framing for larger more complex skyscrapers.

 

You’ll study the theoretical design of structural and non-structural elements as rooted in case study tall buildings around the world. You’ll be introduced to design concepts applicable to tall buildings including building safety concerning fire safety.

 

Consideration will also be given to the restoration challenges for listed and non-listed heritage assets – concerning economic value contribution of Historic England and the value placed on extensive restoration, conservation and recycling of some rare heritage assets.

 

Study the conflict between Building Regulations, the Building Safety Act of 2022 and the Global conventions under the Climate Change Act 2008.

Project Planning Ethics and Safety Control (Core)

Study the design challenges and environmental and human factors in establishing why the construction industry is considered the most dangerous despite the heavy legal and financial penalties for those who breach the law.

Understand the classification of construction activity will reveal patterns in the anatomy of site accidents and the combative safety legislation, its application and how it is enforced.

You’ll consider the relationship between safety, design and the early involvement of project managers which reinforces the legacy of the EU Safety Directives and the 2015 CDM regulations.

You’ll look at case studies of site accidents, HSE concerning training, inspectorate obligations and the benefits of adopting 4D construction planning and simulation packages that allow construction and project managers to do some planning at the preconstruction stages.

Construction Law (Core)

Develop knowledge of the UK construction industry’s legal landscape where you’ll look at construction contacts and the nature of professional contractual agreements.

You’ll look at the roles and relationships relating to professional service agreements and how duty holders are compelled to comply with different levels of compliance.

Gain knowledge of the basics of general contracting, case law as well as understanding standard building forms of contracts will receive greater attention including an array of negotiated contracts such as lump sum contracts, time and materials, labour and materials and design and build.

Discover the  tools used to manage contracts including financial remedies for breach of contract, relating to quality and standard of workmanship, defective building materials, suspension and the termination of contracts.

Procurement and Contract Administration (Core)

You’ll be introduced to the key elements of procurement and contract administration including the management of the documents once they have been submitted by various parties and the level of scrutiny given to them which will give you grounding knowledge of pre-contract management.

 

In your studies, you’ll contrast and compare procedures the contractor follows to those of the client and subcontractor. You’ll also cover the post-contract procedure for the clients and contrast such activities to those of the contractor.

Year 3

During your final year, you'll study three core modules.

Collaborative and Interprofessional Practice (Core)

Prepare for your career as you explore the critical attributes you’ll need after you graduate.

 

You’ll be given a selection of tasks to complete where you will take on the relative industry role that applies, deliver solutions all whilst being judged on the industry standards.

 

You’ll be inspired with collaboration, creativity skills, critical thinking and team working skills and gain knowledge on how to benefit from professional development as they evolve throughout their careers.

Conservation, Refurbishment and Retrofitting of Buildings (Core)

Study the anatomy of buildings, structural behaviour and failure of buildings.

 

Examine how interventional activities are knowledge-led and influenced by understanding the agencies that accelerate the biodeterioration of building materials as well as the failure patterns in the way buildings function.

 

You’ll consider the interrelationship between design-assemble methods on traditional building techniques and embrace building pathology.

Develop your knowledge of philosophical theories of decay, damage and degree of structural failure which dictate the scale of the activities defined within conservational care, from routine repair and maintenance to comprehensive renovation or adaption to full restorative work.

Research Methods and Dissertation (Core)

You’ll conduct your own independent research project where you’ll demonstrate a critical review of existing primary and secondary data from established sources such as BRE, ONS, CIOB and RICS.

Professional work placements

Experience matters. That's why we embed professional work placements within our standard undergraduate degrees.

How does it work?

Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.

During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.

You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in developing and delivering various construction projects working with employers across the construction and the built environment sector, including public and private sector contractors and construction companies.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Professional Work Placements

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Programme delivery

Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.

Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:

  1. Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
  2.  Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
  3. Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.

Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.

Entry requirements for this course:
QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff48
GCSE requirementsGCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 or above

Fees and finance

Funding

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2024/2025.

Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Tuition fees for 2025/26 entry will be set in summer 2024.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our webpage for international students.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

Applications are not yet open for courses starting in September 2025. You can register and start your application for 2025 from 14 May 2024, although you cannot submit it until later in the year. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2025 is 29 January 2025.

As part of your application, you will need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a personal statement guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

Graduate opportunities

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.

You’ll graduate with the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career in construction management roles working for large, medium or small contracting organisations, project management consultancies or client-side organisations. Potential career routes may include planner for construction clients; construction manager delivering site-based management roles; site manager; or health and safety consultant advising clients as principal designers.

As you progress in your career you could take up middle to senior management roles, managing a variety of public/private sector projects including fit-out refurbishment or repair and maintenance projects in the real estate and property sector.

This degree also provides excellent preparation for postgraduate study in construction and the built environment.

After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Careers

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