Construction FdSc

Part-time undergraduate (3 years)


January 2018, September 2018

Teaching times

Semester 1: Wednesday 9:00 - 19:00 (September start).
Semester 2: Tuesday 9:00 - 19:00.


Are you looking to further your career in construction? Get an insight into building design, production, management and the technologies used in the industry with our part-time course.

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Full description


With your foundation degree you'll have career opportunities in areas such as construction management, building surveying or quantity surveying. You choose the focus of your learning during your course, so you’ll become skilled in the areas that you’re passionate about.

You might find that you enjoy studying so much that you’d like to continue rather than going straight out to work. Graduating from this course means you’d only have to do one more year with us to achieve a full honours degree.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Introduction to Civil Law and Legislation
    This module introduces surveying and real estate students to the structure and processes of the English legal system, to the sources of the law, and to those basic legal concepts and skills which you'll need to address more detailed legal issues in later modules. It's the essential foundation to the development of the legal skills necessary in the provision of sound advice to clients in your professional career. The module will focus in particular on the English Civil Law, as this is the branch of the law most relevant to you both in subsequent law modules and in professional careers after completing the surveying degree course. However, certain Criminal Law topics will be included where these are necessary to understand or draw a distinction between processes in the two branches of the law. The essential purpose of this module is to benefit you if you have not had the opportunity to study law previously. It will provide guidance to you on information, materials and sources to equip you with a basic understanding of the nature and structure of the English legal system, Parliament and law making, the court structure and precedent, legislation and case law, and legal terms and language. You'll be guided to legal sources and materials, and will be taught how to research law appropriate to your studies, using both published references and internet resources. A key aim of the module is to develop your research skills, specifically in the field of legal issues affecting your work, together with your ability to analyse research material, and to marshal material and facts into cogent advice and reports. Whilst this introductory module will focus on the English law, it will provide an insight into the growing importance of the European context affecting English law.
  • The Built Environment Work Sector
    Investigate the environments in which the work sector operates, its performance within these contexts and factors that influence the operation of organisations. You’ll focus on the role of the professions in the built environment sector and opportunities for employment and career progression. You’ll then examine people in the environment and their attempts to control the development of society politically, socially and economically through land use in both organic and planned terms from earliest civilisation to the present day. You’ll discuss multicultural perspectives and issues within built environment and the complications of the present day structure of the building and development industry.
  • An Introduction to Technology and Design
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture that have little or no prior knowledge of building construction, services and material properties. You’ll learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing, by considering each of the main elements of the buildings' structure. You’ll study the requirements of the internal environment, and build an understanding of how services installations contribute to user comfort. The personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology is illustrated to develop your learning. You’ll also gain an insight into the behaviour and properties for a variety of materials commonly used in the construction of buildings and civil engineering projects, including their basic scientific principles. You’ll get an appreciation of the role of the designer in the construction process and have an understanding of the design process. You’ll learn through weekly videos, and workbooks as well as formal lectures and group tutorials.
  • Construction Economics
    You'll also gain an understanding of basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles and how they impact on firms in the built environment. This allows you to develop an appreciation of the importance of the economy on the industry in which your career will be located. The learning experience combines formal lectures with workshops and tutorial discussion to provide a foundation of understanding. You'll also be expected to read not only text material but also web based source material to gain an appreciation of current issues and debates. You should be able to demonstrate in your assessment that you have undertaken your own research following guidance from the module leader.
  • Learning and Practical Skills Development (HE and Work)
    Foundation Degree students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. The module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You'll gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment. The module will enable you to gain experience in applying the elementary surveying techniques of levelling and linear measurement, both for detail acquisition and setting out. The relevant mathematical skills will be introduced and developed contextually. Final survey drawings will be produced and annotated. You will be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using a powerful set of tools. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. You'll develop and maintain a reflective learning log to support this module and their continuing studies, the reflective log to be used as the basis of your PDP submission.

Level 5 modules

  • Environmental Services and Construction Technology
    You’ll gain an insight into the scientific basis of the environmental performance and construction of buildings and their services. The main focus is on the introduction of modelling tools that can be used to simulate a building's performance and its affect on the environment. The main approach adopted is a scientific one, focusing on the analysis of a problem or set of problems, followed by the synthesis of a solution. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building's thermal, visual and aural performance. A number of scientific methods are explored and there will be a limited amount of practical experiment based work. A number of technical solutions is explored for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building. The passive design features of a building are explored. This second level module is also designed to give you a broad understanding of the way we build our commercial and industrial buildings. It is intended to lead on from the study of domestic construction to considering the functional requirements of single-storey industrial sheds and multi-storey framed structures in concrete and steel. In addition, the affects on the construction process of the latest legislation in relation to fire and health & safety are examined. A great deal of guidance is give to you on skill development. Our module is delivered by blended learning via WebCT, so good access to the internet is essential. You’ll be assessed by a series of online multi choice questions and a number of reports on the performance of buildings.
  • Construction Resource Management
    In this module you'll learn the theories, skills and competencies needed to identify and manage the resources to operate a construction organisation and in particular the development process. You'll develop a number of key management skills which enable efficient project and organisational situations to be changed. We'll investigate how the macro-economic environment affects the way managers design micro-economic systems and from this manage resources, and use systems theory to help you understand how organisations function. You'll examine supply chain management in detail, with case studies from other industries used as a focus for improving approaches adopted in construction. The way in which financial resources are measured, administered and reconciled in a systematic fashion is studied. You'll also be given the opportunity to evaluate the significance of how the human resource is procured, retained and motivated.
  • Work-Related Learning in the Built Environment
    Negotiate a structured set of specific objectives related to the world of work and take additional responsibility for your own learning. This will allow you to explore knowledge or interest in a work related field of the built environment which are not covered in our standard set of modules.

Level 4 optional modules

  • Surveying Practice
    Gain an introduction to the roles and work of the three main surveying professions, Building Surveying (BS), Real Estate Management (REM) and Quantity Surveying (QS). Firstly, you’ll get an overview of the surveying professions and a general knowledge and understanding of the history and background of the surveying professions and the RICS, along with the types of organisations in which surveyors are employed. You’ll explore the roles of the surveyors, together with an outline of their main activities. You’ll then focus on your chosen discipline. You’ll research and explore general knowledge and skills for your area. For Building surveying students, you’ll assess the roles of building surveyors in construction and property markets or produce presentation and construction drawings for a minor alteration For Quantity Surveying students you’ll assess the roles of Quantity Surveyor within the construction industry in 2008. For Real Estate Management students you’ll assess the roles of estate surveyors in property market, conducting a market valuation for a house. You’ll then complete a practical timed assignment where you’ll demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills you’ve gained in your chosen surveying disciplines.

Building Surveying Pathway Core Modules

  • Site Management and Safety
    Examine health and safety issues within the construction industry and their integration throughout the processes of design, tender award and construction. You’ll explore the roles of all parties involved, from both moral and legal viewpoints, as well as past and current attitudes. You’ll consider the safety record within the construction industry and identify health and safety legislation aimed at reducing accident rates. You’ll also focus on the process of hazard identification and risk assessment and learn to produce method statements following on from risk assessments. Finally, you’ll identify safe systems of work and relate theory to practice.

Level 5 optional modules

  • Measurement
    This module introduces an understanding and appreciation of quantification and measurement through the various stages of the development process of a building project. You'll develop skills in interpreting drawn and written information and of presenting that material in appropriate quantified descriptive form to facilitate the analytical processes necessary for accurately assessing the cost of construction works. You'll cover the knowledge, skills and competences necessary to quantify a range of construction and civil engineering work in accordance with the relevant standard forms of measurement from project initiation through to design completion. You'll be expected to interpret and apply the principles and rules contained within the appropriate measurement rules and demonstrate an understanding of the need to quantify work at the various stages of design development.
  • Analysis and Control of Production Costs
    In this module you’ll develop an understanding and appreciation of the production of costs associated with a range of construction operations and projects. You’ll study the principles and methodology in the computation of construction costs throughout a project’s lifecycle, including relevant commercial factors and risk. This will involve identifying and assessing all direct and indirect costs related to construction works as well as understanding of the factors required to be considered at tender adjudication. You’ll also gain an understanding of the measurement and pricing of maintenance and repair work involved in the running and upkeep of buildings using relevant measurement rules and recognised good practice.
  • Project Administration
    Learn how to manage and administer a building contract from a legal and economic standpoint. You’ll learn how contracts are constructed, interpret their contents and manage the more routine legal and financial aspects through the completion of a contract and its final account. Learn through problem solving and case study activity that simulates a live project and the likely circumstances that arise. We ensure what you learn has direct application to practice and will give you valuable employability skills.
  • Continuing Personal and Professional Development
    This module will enable you to understand your own need for continuous personal and professional development and understand and apply principles of evaluation, quality assurance and quality improvement leading to the evaluation and improvement of your own wider professional practice. You’ll also prepare a personal strategy for self-development. This will include identifying individual personal characteristics as a basis for a self-development programme that should include ideas about career development. A range of learning and teaching strategies are used which include workshops, seminars and tutorials. This module will enable you to focus on your individual development needs.
  • Surveying Practice 2
    Develop your awareness of the administrative and legal framework within which land use planning operates. As a manager there’s a need to advise clients in both the private and public sectors of potential development and redevelopment opportunities, and you’ll need to gain an understanding of the social and economic forces behind the local authority plan making and development control functions. You’ll explore the different roles of the modern day planner from strategic planning at national and regional level to development control issues at local level. You’ll look at the stages of the present planning system from application to determination by planning officers or planning committees and gain an understanding of the current planning appeals system to the Planning Inspectorate if there is a refusal to grant planning consent. And you’ll gain insight into land use decision-making and public participation within this process and the involvement of the real estate manager. Finally, you’ll study the evaluation of planning strategy and the evaluation techniques employed, as well as modern planning practice together with an examination of latest government initiatives proposed to create a more effective and faster planning process. You’ll take part in a variety of teaching strategies including formal group lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials and role-play exercises. Throughout the module you’ll gain confidence in communication skills, presentation skills, team work and planning.

Building Surveying Pathway Optional Modules

  • Construction Planning and Programming
    Examine the process of production planning for construction works, analyse the use of production planning techniques and how they may aid the construction process. We'll investigate production planning techniques such as programming of the works using bar charts, method statements and resource scheduling. You'll also prepare cash flow forecasts based on your production programmes and the effect that such forecasts may have on the project. This module is project based and of a practical nature, giving you the practical experience of using the above project planning techniques in a 'live situation'. You'll be given the opportunity to react to simulated events during the project life cycle such as delays and disruptions to the works.
  • Site Surveying for Engineers
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You’ll also gain hands on experience using total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You’ll also gain an understanding of how remote surveying by extra-terrestrial systems has evolved and of how a variety of control systems relate to the Ordnance Survey National Grid. Finally, you’ll learn how to process survey data to produce and your final survey drawings using AutoCAD and present them in a style appropriate to industry.
  • Work-Based Learning (B) in Built Environment
    Build on the work you covered in Work Based Learning A in Built Environment and continue to explore how work and learning interact. You’ll further analyse and evaluate industrial structures, industrial roles and functions, and industrial self-awareness. You’ll identify your likes, dislikes, successes, failures, strengths and weaknesses and review the opportunities and threats of professional membership. Following on from this, you’ll produce an action plan including an assessment of potential professional membership routes which will enable you to plan how and over what timescale you intend to improve your identified areas for development. You’ll make use of RAPID/PDP systems (knowledge and skills base) in providing evidence, which will be organised within a portfolio.

Quantity Surveying Pathway Core Module and Building Surveying Pathway Optional Module

  • Surveying Practice 3
    Develop the skills to complete a typical condition survey, such as an RICS Home Buyer Report. You’ll focus on property inspection, recognition of defects in residential property and related matters such as non traditional construction, assessing age of buildings, asbestos awareness and damage by trees to buildings. You’ll explore current health and safety legislation and how this affects the surveying of buildings together with an examination of data protection legislation and guidelines. You’ll also gain a grounding in undertaking modern condition surveys and recognising defects in low rise residential buildings. By assessing a range of residential buildings of traditional construction and preparing a condition survey in similar format to that required under the RICS Home Buyer Report, you’ll demonstrates a sound underpinning knowledge of time management, health and safety, communication and research analysis. You’ll benefit from a mixture of teaching strategies from formal group lectures, group and individual tutorials and practical condition survey workshops.

Depending on module choice, you could progress to our BSc Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying or Construction Management. More information about module pathways is available under Entry Requirements.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, you’ll be assessed on your project work, case studies, reports, workplace assessments, presentations and role-plays.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time)


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Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs 

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Additional costs for Constructionarium

You will be asked to make a contribution of £250 towards the cost of food and accommodation. You will also be asked to provide your own safety shoes or boots and warm outdoor clothing. Other personal protective equipment will be provided.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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