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Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction & Surveying

Coleg y Cymoedd

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree

  • Location

    Nantgarw Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Course Information

This is a three-year course that aims to give you the technical skills needed to work as a higher-level technician within the construction and property industry. There are three main pathways: production and management; quantity surveying; and building surveying. 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 course is delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales (USW). The goal is for you to progress (with further study) to an Honours Degree at USW and subsequently become Full Members of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Association of Building Engineers (ABE); Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT); etc. dependent upon industrial experience and vocational bias.

What Will I Learn?

In year 1 you will gain an understanding of the underlying principles and practice of construction and design for low and medium rise buildings and structures. In addition, you will gain experience in the use of CAD software and the financial aspects of the construction industry.

In year 2 you will extend your knowledge into site practice and commercial projects including building law and an introduction to site surveying.

In year 3 you will apply your knowledge in the workplace and demonstrate your contribution to a significant project. In addition, you will undertake an in-depth research investigation related to the construction industry.


You be required to complete a range of assignments and examinations appropriate to each module. 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.

Career Progression

Completion of the USW Foundation degree will allow entry onto Year 4 of their 5-year part-time BSc courses. • BSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management • BSc Project Management (Construction) • BSc Building surveying Alternatively, it is possible to apply for associate membership of the RICS.

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Learners should be at least 18 years of age and normally possess the one of the following: A minimum of 1 A level and 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above to include Mathematics and English Language; A BTEC National Certificate/ Diploma/Advanced GNVQ/AVCE in Building Studies (or similar).


University information

Coleg y Cymoedd

  • Campus address

    Coleg y Cymoedd, Twyn Road, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, CF82 7XR, Wales

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