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Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction & Surveying

Start (w/c): 07/09/2020 Day/time and duration: To Be Confirmed Nantgarw

Course Information

The construction industry requires a skilled technical and managerial team to deliver new projects and manage existing property portfolios. This course gives you the technical skills you need to work as a higher level technician in the construction and property industries and enables you to progress to other higher education programmes. This programme of study has been developed in conjunction with the University of South Wales. It enables learners who do not have the opportunity to study via traditional day-release programmes to further their qualifications by studying for a Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction and Surveying on an evening only attendance basis or part-time day and evening mode (subject to demand). The course offers a range of modules designed to equip industrial practitioners with both the academic knowledge and the practical skills required by professionals and technicians in the construction industry.

The overall aim of the programme is to develop the intellectual, practical and personal skills of the student to the best of his/her ability and to prepare them for a career working in the Built Environment in a variety of roles. The aim is achieved by providing a sound educational base in the theoretical and practical aspects of the construction and property industries and other complementary topics. Case Studies of our Learners - Read Sean Barlow's Case Study here:

What Will I Learn?

You will be taught through a blended learning format to include lectures, seminars, tutorials and site visits. You will also be involved in directed learning, presentations, assignments, tutorial preparation and problem-solving exercises. You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams. The course involves two years of part-time study, and one of work based learning, you will attend the college for one full day or two evenings a week.

The overall qualification is drawn from a range of level 4 and level 5 modules totaling 240 credits. The Work based learning module is a mandatory requirement for the Foundation Degree.

Level 4 Modules • Conceptual Modeling and Sustainable Design • Site Practice, Planning and Measurement 1 • Site Practice, Planning and Measurement 2 • Surveying • Construction Materials 1 • Building Law • Building Economics • Building Technology • Sustainable Buildings

Level 5 Modules • Group Project/Modeling/BIM • Building Project • Contract Administration • Tendering and Estimating • Construction Technology 2 • Independent Studies • Work Based Learning

Entry Requirements

Learners should be at least 18 years of age and normally possess the following: A minimum of 1 A level and 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language Other qualifications that will also be considered include: a BTEC National Certificate/ Diploma/Advanced GNVQ/AVCE in Building Studies (or similar) Alternatively: Mature learners without the necessary academic qualifications but with relevant experience in the construction industry may be considered, subject to interview.


This takes the form of in-course assignments and end tests/examinations as appropriate to each module. Successful completion of the award is determined by the achievement of the required academic credits in appropriate modules leading to the Foundation Degree.


Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the information on this website is accurate at time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.

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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.


Purchase of steel toe capped boots, overalls and a course text book is required for this course. Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied. No applications from overseas non-EU students

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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress onto the BSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management and BSc Project Management (Construction). Completion of the Foundation Degree will allow entry to Year 2 (full-time) of the BSc courses or Year 4 (part-time) of the BSc courses. On successful completion of this course you will be receive a University of South Wales award.


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