Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University

International Construction, Design and Sustainability (Top - Up)

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Course summary

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Working in construction? Ready to take the next step in your career? This top-up course - designed for international students who want to earn a university qualification here in the UK - will help you to turn your existing experience into a valuable bachelor’s degree. You’ll study a curriculum that is tailored to the needs of international students, improving your understanding of built environment roles and their application within the global construction industry. Core topics (including construction technology, design and project management) frame an in-depth study of sustainability and environmental impact. By working on industry projects and case-studies, you will have the opportunity to apply the things you’ve learned to real workplace scenarios. Additional training covers communication, resilience, self-awareness and teamwork; all of which are applicable to the professional construction environment. The course team come from a range of professional backgrounds, holding many years’ experience in both higher education and the construction industry. They are actively involved with their industry colleagues, working on academic research and holding committee positions at a range of professional bodies. Opportunities to shadow professionals in the workplace have been built into the curriculum As an overseas student, you will be well supported as you adapt to life in the UK. You’ll benefit from regular contact with both a student ‘buddy’ and an allocated course tutor. Your course tutor will assess your skills and knowledge, providing you with tailored support throughout the year. The course is part of a well-respected and recognised programme, endorsed by our large network of employers. Many of our past students have found work through this network, putting future graduates in a good position to confidently seek employment. Study under the guidance of an experienced teaching team. Learn about the increasingly important role sustainability plays in the success of modern construction projects. The construction programme here at Solent has been running for over 25 years. The course draws on a wide alumni network to improve relationships with employers. Many of our alumni are now employers themselves. Construction is a major source of employment both in the UK and abroad. There are opportunities for global travel and no two jobs are the same. Suitable roles for graduates include: Construction/project manager Site manager Quantity surveyor Building control surveyor Facilities manager This course is specifically designed to help international students to advance their career in construction. Applicants should have either: a foundation degree or HND in a relevant built environment subject area, a Chinese Associate/Ordinary Diploma with a suitable profile in key subjects, or a portfolio of equivalent qualifications. Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in the use of the English language.

Course details


YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES International Construction and Design Integrated Project Academic and Professional Practice Project Research Paper Sustainable Construction and Design YEAR 1 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Professional Practice and Communication Building Production

Assessment method

The majority of the course is assessed via coursework (83%). The remaining grade is made up of practical exams (17%). Coursework includes case studies, live briefs, access workshops and conference papers.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeID14
Institution code S30
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
HND (BTEC) M Merit profile or above

Applicants should have either: A foundation degree or HND in a relevant built environment subject area, a Chinese Associate/Ordinary Diploma iwth a suitable profile in key subjects or a portfolio of equivalent qualifications. Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in the use of the English language.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)8080 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13260 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

International Construction, Design and Sustainability (Top - Up) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS