Cornwall College

FdSc Construction and the Built Environment

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORA144 Applied Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module provides learners with an understanding of analytical techniques and the mathematical skills needed to solve construction and engineering problems.

    • CORA145 Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module enables learners to gain an underpinning knowledge of design considerations and the design process. Learners will develop their ability to evaluate the planning and design phases and consider the environmental impact of construction projects. Learners will explore the roles and legal responsibilities of parties involved in construction projects. Learners will gain an understanding of how emerging technologies (BIM) affect the design and production phases of construction projects

    • CORA146 Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module introduces scientific principles relevant to the study of construction and civil engineering and provides students with a fundamental understanding of the properties and use of construction materials. It has been designed to enable students to explore scientific principles and the behaviour of materials used in the civil engineering and built environment sector.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORA147 Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module covers current health, safety and welfare legislation applicable to the construction and civil engineering sectors including the main requirements of an effective health and safety policy and its successful implementation in the workplace. Students will gain an understanding of how to identify and record hazards, assess risks and select appropriate control measures to prevent or mitigate ill health and injuries on site.

    • CORA148 An Applied Introduction to Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module develops an understanding of the principles of site surveying and cartographic detailing of construction works and the skills to use site surveying instruments, alongside an understanding of the software available.

    • CORA150 Introduction to Project Planning and Development for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module introduces learners to the principles and application of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines of construction. It is based on the principles of the Latham Report of 1994, which advocated non-adversarial, multi-disciplinary team-working. The module contextualizes the principles and application of management with respect to a learners own personal and professional practice within a group project scenario setting.

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • CORA233 Sustainable Design and Technology

      This module focuses on contemporary design and future developments and provides an in-depth critique of sustainable design and construction, from local self-build to internationally influential movements such as the passive house concept.

    • CORA234 Maintenance and Refurbishment (Contemporary & Historic)

      The construction industry devotes a large part of its resources to maintaining and refurbishing buildings. The student will learn how to ensure renovations meet sustainable energy targets in line with government policies and understand important appropriate conservation techniques. The module provides an introduction to traditional building technology, looking at how they influence the design factors of foundations, substructure, superstructure and finishes in traditional building design.

    • CORA236 Measurement and Cost Studies for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module provides students with an ability to apply the tendering processes and procedures used in construction and the built environment. Students will also gain skills to estimate for construction operations.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORA237 Procurement Contract and Legal studies for Construction and the Built Environment

      The module investigates methods of procurement in relation to standard forms of contract, dispute resolution, health and safety and the legislation currently subject to change within the industry.

    • CORA239 Project in the Construction Industry

      This module provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to devise and implement a project scope and scheme of work, and evaluate and present the project.

    Optional modules
    • CORA235 Advanced Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment

      This module provides students with the ability to undertake competent use of modern instruments and equipment safely and reliably to produce surveys. Introduction to GIS and its application to site surveying. The ability to evaluate and correct traverse data using mathematical techniques. Evaluate and analyse error correction techniques in survey work and perform volumetric calculations. Record topographical surveys and interpret the data using computer software and set out pre-defined designs.

    • CORA238 Advanced Project Planning & Development for Construction & the Built Environment

      This module equips the student with a range of techniques and methods for planning and controlling of medium to large construction projects. Students will develop competencies that will promote successful teamwork in a multidisciplinary project setting. They will develop the ability to evaluate existing methods and other approaches being explored for improving productivity of the construction Process (LEAN).

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

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