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Interested in developing your knowledge of the environment we build within a wider geographic and environmental context? This course gives you the technical skills, subject knowledge and experience necessary for you to progress onto a choice of undergraduate degrees.

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This hands-on course ensures you gain relevant academic knowledge and practical skills from the outset using our high-quality, current technology and on-site laboratories.

At Northumbria you will experience first hand knowledge of the built environment and the wider environmental context. The programme will focus on all the appropriate elements for the initial stages of developing you as a Northumbria Graduate and ultimately as an undergraduate degree student. The learning outcomes for the Built Environment programme and the modules have been mapped against the professional development requirements and the competencies required by this industry.

Northumbria foundation year students have a mature, intellectual curiosity through an examination and understanding of professional practice,current theories, policy and real-life practice. As a result, you will be able to develop and apply your academic knowledge and experience of research skills to your chosen degree programme.

You will be taught by a diverse group of built environment related professionals. Their background, knowledge and experience in both practice and academia, and the emphasis and support of a research rich learning environment, will allow you to develop a research rich, practice based experience and encourage you to carry on your studies in an undergraduate programme.

There is a set of modules to follow if you want to go onto further study in Built Environment.

You can go on to study a range of courses including:

Interested in developing your knowledge of the environment we build within a wider geographic and environmental context? This course gives you the technical skills, subject knowledge and experience necessary for you to progress onto a choice of undergraduate degrees.

Northumbria University Engineering & Environment Foundation Year Course from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

This hands-on course ensures you gain relevant academic knowledge and practical skills from the outset using our high-quality, current technology and on-site laboratories.

At Northumbria you will experience first hand knowledge of the built environment and the wider environmental context. The programme will focus on all the appropriate elements for the initial stages of developing you as a Northumbria Graduate and ultimately as an undergraduate degree student. The learning outcomes for the Built Environment programme and the modules have been mapped against the professional development requirements and the competencies required by this industry.

Northumbria foundation year students have a mature, intellectual curiosity through an examination and understanding of professional practice,current theories, policy and real-life practice. As a result, you will be able to develop and apply your academic knowledge and experience of research skills to your chosen degree programme.

You will be taught by a diverse group of built environment related professionals. Their background, knowledge and experience in both practice and academia, and the emphasis and support of a research rich learning environment, will allow you to develop a research rich, practice based experience and encourage you to carry on your studies in an undergraduate programme.

There is a set of modules to follow if you want to go onto further study in Built Environment.

You can go on to study a range of courses including:

Course Information

UCAS Code
K441

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

Book an Open Day / Experience Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Built Environment. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You’ll learn through a variety of methods including lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, professional speakers as well as guided and self-study. You’ll get the chance to work as an individual and learn with others in group situations.

Assessments are designed to help you develop both general and discipline specific knowledge as well as developing transferable skills including communication, research and team work that will prepare you for progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree.

You’ll be supported by the Foundation Year team to help you transition to university life and develop the skills you need to plan, manage and review your progress throughout your studies. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Built Environment. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your tutors are a diverse group of experts in the built and natural environment with a genuine passion for their subject. With backgrounds and experience in both academic teaching and practice, they bring real-life experience to your learning. 


Book an Open Day / Experience Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Built Environment. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Whatever direction your studies take you, you’ll find the latest technology to support you in dedicated laboratories and studios.

Survey, visualise and model your work with access to facilities including a modelling workshop, rapid prototyping room, building and materials laboratories and a virtual reality studio as well as group and individual study areas. Alternatively if Geography and the Environment is your interest, you will have access to state of the art laboratory facilities and a range of field equipment and specialist software, including a qualitative research suite and social spaces for our student community.

You’ll be encouraged to take your ideas out of the University and into the world around you on fieldtrips and site visits while remote access to course materials helps support assessment work and revision. 

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Book an Open Day / Experience Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Built Environment. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your tutors and lecturers are drawn from a team of professionals and experts in built and natural environments. Their experience and background in research, industry and academic teaching will help you to develop your own research rich, practical experience to support you in further study on your chosen degree course.

Built Environment at Northumbria University is top 30 in research with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA16) while Geography is a top-30 research department based on research power with 55% of our research ranked as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014). 

Research / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and the Built Environment is an essential part of the modern world. Our research combines pioneering technology and unique industry partnerships while addressing issues with international impact.

Book an Open Day / Experience Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Built Environment. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is strongly influenced by professional and industry practice and will continue to evolve in line with developments in the various related industries.

Engaging with real world, practical examples related to the built and natural environment will help you develop the skills relevant to your chosen degree subject. You’ll also be able to demonstrate many other transferable skills including communication, research, independent and group working that will enhance your employment prospects and gain the knowledge to progress onto further study in relevant subjects as part of an undergraduate degree. 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Built Environment. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

As a foundation student you’ll gain the intellectual and practical skills to place you in a great position to go forward to further study or employment.

By understanding current theories, policy and real-life professional practice, you’ll be able to develop and apply your academic knowledge and research skills to your chosen degree course.

The Faculty has a dedicated support team to help you gain placements in relevant industries and connect you to employers promoting graduate vacancies. You may go on to work in planning, surveying or careers in sustainability, greening business, environmental management, and conservation, and fields as diverse as housing, cartography, pollution control, urban regeneration, local government, overseas development and teaching. 

Book an Open Day / Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Built Environment. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one This programme will equip you with the essential technical skills, subject knowledge and transferable skills that will be required for your entry onto the course of your choice. You will be made aware of what each course entails so you can make an informed decision.

Who would this Course suit?

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of the built and natural environment, and gives you the experience to make an informed decision about further studies.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Merit Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA3000 -

The Context of the Built Environment (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be introduced here to the Built Environment as an industry and its context, both nationally and globally; its sectors and professional activity to give a good grounding in the industry, and one from which you can make an informed choice of career pathway. You will cover the structure and nature of the industry, commercial and financial aspects, business approaches, importance of business location and premises, culture, management and employment prospects. You will develop your ability to reflect and self assess.

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KA3001 -

Mathematical Principles and Application (Core, 20 Credits)

You will apply basic mathematical skills to the mensuration of land and buildings and to the calculation of building costs. This module will complement other level 3 modules and will contribute to an integrated project. You will develop throughout this module numeracy skills relating to the use and evaluation of data relating to the measurement of buildings and land and the calculation of building costs. Topics include:

• Number types
• Algebra
• Trigonometry
• Indices
• Mathematical and arithmetic operations
• Mensuration formulae and techniques
• Productivity Rates
• Estimating building costs
• Building elements
• Elemental cost plans

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KA3002 -

Design and Construction (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be introduced here to the role and function of the architectural technologist and the construction manager as professionals within the built environment. You will look at the wide range of activities that go together to make up the busy world of design, development, and building and begin to consider your future position within the workplace. You will consider the practical application of a theoretical background that informs the way in which buildings are designed and delivered. You will learn about the design process and fundamental building technology and material solutions.

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KA3003 -

Building Pathology (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is intended to introduce you to approaches to building surveys and appraisal through the investigation of structural defects in buildings. You will examine the role and fuction of the surveyor within the context of the built environment, and will explore the work practices of the surveyor at practical and professional level.

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KA3004 -

Building Use (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn how to develop a client brief on a real project and then progress a professional surveying assignment through to the production of a concluding report. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw students’ first year studies into a holistic project experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas studied at Level 3, in the context of the surveying profession. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to assess your own and others role, responsibilities and contribution via reflective practice.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

1.Property Portfolios & Estate Management
Buildings/Land/Other Assets; Commercial/Residential; Private sector/Public sector
2. The Role of Property
Property development and the UK planning system; Property investment, residential Buy-to-Let; Commercial property – Location & Use; Retail/Office/Industrial/Leisure - Occupation & Market Valuation
3. Property and Surveys
Plans & maps; Purpose & Methods of survey; Survey inspection; Property valuation techniques
4. Property Market and The Economy
Basic economic theory; The UK housing market; Finance, interest rates and inflation
5. The Property Profession
Role of the surveyor; Who does what? Key players and property professionals; The RICS and key property legislation
6. Managing The Property
Freehold/Leasehold; Landlord & Tenant Relationship;
On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your future discipline specific programme.

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KE3000 -

Sustainable Development (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, extensive group based projects, practical case studies, workshops, fieldwork and directed independent learning. In the first seven weeks a series of lectures and practical case studies will introduce you to the concept of sustainable development, the process of planning and development control and how development can impact on the environment: air, water, land, biodiversity and people.

You will then learn how these ideas work in practice by applying them to two extensive practical case studies, each study will run for seven+ weeks. You will be introduced to a range of tools and techniques for surveying sites and consider how development can be more sustainable, working as a team you will lean how to collect data, review options and produce justified proposals. Formative feedback will be provided in regular case study workshops and via project group meetings.

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Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Applicants Contact Details:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

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