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Building Services & Sustainability Foundation Degree (FdSc) Level 5 (part-time)

This course will equip you with the up-to-date skills and knowledge required for the buildings of tomorrow. The course provides career development or a route into professional employment in the construction industry.

Valided by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire


I originally trained to be a plumber but then decided to carry on with my studies and take this Foundation Degree as I actually quite enjoyed the academic side of construction.

One of the best things about the course was the fact that I was part of a small, close-knit group.  I also really enjoyed learning u-value calculations, which involved thermal engineering, and studying a variety of subjects from heavy maths to contract management, which gave us a good breadth of knowledge.

The lecturers were great, very involved and they really cared about our success. We also built up a strong network through the tutors and the other students on the course.  In fact, I ended up getting a job through a fellow student and was able to work my way up to senior quantity surveyor using the knowledge and skills I had gained during my Foundation Degree.

It’s definitely a worthwhile course, with people from a wide range of roles in construction studying together including site managers, quantity surveyors and contract managers.  Most of the students in my group were quite senior in the industry and I feel the specialist skills I learnt have helped me to stand apart in the competitive job market.

Alex - Building Services & Sustainability Foundation Degree

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
  • 48 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification OR
  • Building Services, Civil Engineering or Construction BTEC Level 3 Diploma or NVQ OR
  • Relevant industry experience.

We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

During the course you will study the following units:

Level 1

  • Energy in Buildings
  • Fundamental Mathematics for Constructions
  • Introduction to Health, Safety & Environment
  • PPAD
  • Heating & Power Systems
  • Introduction to Building Services
  • Waste Management Systems
  • Work-based Learning 1
  • Applications of Principles.

Level 2

  • Building Science 2
  • Carbon Neutral Buildings
  • Fundamentals of Building Regulations
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Internal Environmental Control (double unit)
  • Work-based Learning 2
  • Practice & Innovation in Construction (double unit).

Specialist modules at Level 2 will enable you to decide which pathway you take, depending on your experience and future skills requirements.

Assessment methods

The course utilises a variety of assessment methods depending upon the module being studied. These include exams, assignments, and practical assignments used largely, but not exclusively, in the work-based learning modules.

Further study and career options

You can progress straight on to the third year of a course delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a full Bachelor’s degree. Typical career progression includes design, design consultancy, production management, implementation, commissioning, cyclic maintenance management, or senior management.

Additional information

This course can be delivered on a full-time basis over two years, or part-time over three years. If studied on a part-time basis the course requires one day or evening per week attendance (release from employment) for the duration of the course. Candidates are expected to carry out substantial research and assignment work outside of the course hours.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
3 years 24/09/2018 Mon 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £4624 Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre C1039 Apply

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Additional Learning Support
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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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