Kingston University

Historic Building Conservation Kingston University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The UK's historic built environment is rich and diverse, contributing to national identity, our quality of life and the country's economy and education. Our Historic Building Conservation Foundation course offers a unique blend of vocational and academic learning that will greatly enhance your employability within this challenging and rewarding field. The course content is specifically designed to address skill shortages within the conservation industry.

The course is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists.

It is taught over two years at the Building Crafts College at Stratford in East London. The college provides a range of craft programmes, and opportunities exist for supplementary study on their evening programmes. Sited close to a major transport hub, it provides excellent access to all parts of the UK and Europe.

The foundation course combines academic elements and project work. It is particularly suited to those already working at a craft level within historic building conservation. Applicants from a non-craft-based level background are also welcome, and will develop conservation skills through the course. The final Elective Project offers the opportunity to undertake a practical project using craft skills.

Once the Foundation course is completed you have the opportunity to 'top-up' to a full degree by studying for the Historic Building Conservation BSc which is taught at Kingston School of Art, part of Kingston University.

Course details


Examples of modules:

Year 1

  • Context of Conservation and the Built Environment
  • Development of Skills for the Historic Environment
  • Conservation Legislation and Regulation
  • Application of Skills in Conservation

Year 2

  • Applied Conservation Measurement and Analysis
  • Management of Conservation Projects
  • Traditional Building Construction and Repair
  • Elective Project

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 code K250
Institution code K84
Campus name The Building Crafts College
Campus code 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Points: 72 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications.
General Studies and Key Skills not accepted in tariff

Plus GCSE (A*–C or comparable numeric scores under the newly reformed GCSE gradings): five subjects including English and Maths (Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Maths)

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Additional entry requirements


Interview will be conducted at the partner college - Building Crafts College in Stratford.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7,800 * Year 1
England £7,800 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,800 Year 1
Scotland £7,800 Year 1
Wales £7,800 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2020 and beyond. For foundation year and international fees, please visit: Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs

Provider information

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Kingston University
River House
53-57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames

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