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About the course


Access to Built Environment is an intensive construction/civil engineering based course designed to provide an alternative route for non-traditional students into higher education.

It is a course for mature students who may include:

  • Those with experience in the built environment / construction industry who are looking for formal qualifications
  • Those who wish to change from their field of employment to the built environment industry
  • Those who have previously studied in further or higher education but whose studies did not constitute a suitable preparation for industry


Full-time (2 days a week for one year) or Part Time (1 day a week for 2 years) 9:30am to 3pm

*The department recognises that a large number of students have care or parental responsibilities and makes allowances to ensure these demands can continue to be met by learners.

Entry requirements

Maths and English at Grade 4 or C or above

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

Educational visits will you go on:

  • University Fairs
  • Net Zero Live
  • Local industry projects e.g Burnt Mill rebuild, Harlow Gilston Garden Town
  • Renewable Energy Centre

Ppractical things will you get up to in each module:

  • CAD design work
  • Undertaking external condition surveys
  • Practical measuring exercises
  • Site visits

Companies we have strong links with:

Bowmer & Kirland, Hill Group, Willmot Dixon

Where will this course take me?

Possible careers:

  1. Quantitative surveyor
  2. Building surveyor
  3. Project Manager
  4. Architect
  5. Town Planner

Core modules

Core HE Skills 1 – Research

Core HE Skills 2 – Presentation and Reflection

Core Engineering Maths – Algebra and Trigonometry

Core Engineering Maths – Statistics and Calculus

Optional modules

Critical Thinking and Communication

Materials Science

Construction Technology & Design

Research Project

Tendering and Estimating in Construction

Engineering Drawing CAD 2

Health and Safety in the Construction Industry

The Built Environment Industry

Sustainability in the Construction Industry

Applications of Structural and Mechanical Principles

Engineering Drawing CAD 1

How will I be assessed?

Reports, Essays, Presentations, Project Work, Portfolio work, Assessments, Exams.

Will I have to provide anything?

Safety equipment, calculator and textbook.

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.