This programme has been designed to enable people who are currently working in the construction industry, including those with significant experience, to gain a university degree and contribute to their professional body membership.
This degree is provided by Middlesex University which is an international leader in the field of professional practice and university level work-based learning. The principle of work-based learning is to build courses around the working and training practices of particular industries, sectors or employers, so that the learning that occurs every day as part of your normal training and practice, can be assessed and recognised in an academic framework without the need for unnecessary duplication. In this way, the programme makes it possible to gain an honours degree at the same time as completing the requirements for a higher apprenticeship and professional body membership.
The qualification is work-based and all candidates must be employed in the sector to complete the programme (to gain the higher apprenticeship, candidates must be employed as a degree apprentice). This work-based programme is designed to enable you to negotiate work activities and projects with your employer/workplace mentor, which will provide the focus and basis of your professional learning and count towards the achievement of your degree.
This is a one year top-up degree specifically designed to provide the opportunity for progression for those with from a Level 5 Foundation degree or HND in Construction who wish to progress to a construction site manager role. Alternatively, it is ideal for those who have at least five years' significant experience of working in the construction industry to progress their careers in the sector. It is also specifically designed for managers in the construction industry who wish to gain recognition for their professional learning experience towards a degree qualification. The academic requirements of the programmes are met through the completion of current projects that candidates undertake in the workplace.
This degree is specifically designed to develop the knowledge, and practical skills and competences you will need to operate as a construction site manager and achieve the higher apprenticeship Level 6 without the necessity of completing another qualification such as an NVQ.
What you do in your workplace will be assessed as part of the honours degree and the assignments you complete will be based on what you do at work.
As part of the course, you will complete three Specialist Project modules that are designed to enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and competency in the key areas of: Managing Cost Uncertainty and Risk; Managing Project Standards; and Managing Project Delivery.
The specific form of the required assessment for these modules will be negotiated and agreed with your employer/workplace mentor and tutor. Typically, assessment will include a Reflective Project Report and presentation or other relevant artefacts.
Compulsory This module is designed to prepare you for professional body membership and enable you to produce evidence of your professional competency and develop an in-depth understanding of your industry environment, with a need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct. Assessment will require a portfolio including a 'learning log' that evidences the achievement of professional competencies and a reflective account of your engagement with a professional network.
This module is designed to develop your awareness of the financial impact of your role as manager on budgets, costs, cash flow, profit and risk. This will include monitoring, interpreting and applying the results of analysis and modelling to support continuous improvement towards achieving the identified project objectives.
This module aims to develop your ability to manage and convert stakeholder expectations into project outcomes. You will demonstrate your management ability to run a site using teamwork and continuous improvement, demonstrating your knowledge of principles of design and construction and ability to communicate these to the wider team. This includes interpreting specs into safety, quality and performance standards. You will also be able to demonstrate the impact of various form of contract on outcomes.
This module will help you demonstrate your ability to manage change, develop and communicate short term plans, and to organise, coordinate and schedule tasks and activities. You will also be able to demonstrate briefing and preparing teams to meet targets, monitoring, controlling and supporting progress, and anticipating and adjusting in the short, medium and long term.
This module is designed to support the identification of a chosen area of site management practice that can be developed into your Construction Site Management Project. You will develop approaches and methods that enable you to ask intelligent questions about your chosen area of practice and to formulate a proposal and plan for the Final Project. You will need to discuss and agree your project proposal with both your employer/workplace mentor and module tutor.
This module builds on your project proposal to implement your project plan and apply chosen inquiry methods towards achieving your negotiated project objectives. You will develop your proposal to further define the management problem or area of inquiry including identifying project constraints. You will be required to apply in-depth knowledge, understanding, critical, practical and personal skills towards the development of creative and innovative solutions in a practical context. The form of assessment will be negotiated but is likely to include a project report, presentation and/or other relevant artefacts.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
This exciting new programme will enable you to study for an honours degree while you are undergoing professional training in construction site management.
A construction site manager works on a construction site carrying out site management, project management and environmental technologies. The job role includes planning, directing and coordinating construction projects, both residential and commercial. Construction site managers must be skilled at communicating with others, as they work closely with different types of people, such as property developers and construction labourers. The construction site manager may also be known as a site manager or a construction manager.