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Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University is more than just a university – it’s an active part of the wider world. Through our global network of industry contacts and an innovative blend of specialised knowledge and real-world experience, we give our students the tools they need to forge their own success story.

Southampton Solent is located on the south coast of England in the county of Hampshire. The main campus of the University is situated on East Park Terrace which can be found near the centre of the city. The city is also home to the University of Southampton which creates a thriving student population in excess of 40,000 people. The city has therefore become a thriving hub of the area, providing an array of exciting opportunities and events tailored to both students and the wider community.

Time to explore

  • Southampton’s parks and 300 acre common make it one of the greenest cities in southern England.
  • Nearby Airport and Docks.
  • Sport football, major sailing events, and county and test match cricket.The Rose Bowl is home to Hampshire County Cricket Club, while Southampton Football Club play their matches at St Mary’s Stadium.
  • History and heritage. The Mayflower set sail from here for the New World in 1520. Medieval walls nestle among modern developments to create a unique waterfront environment.

 Courses

The university offers undergraduate and part time courses and their descriptions and course requirements are listed below.

BA (Hons) Architectural Technology

This course offers students an understanding of architectural design theories but is also complemented by an examination of the concepts surrounding construction technology, sustainability, material science, services and structures. Furthermore, the course is accompanied by the study of refurbishment and surveying, project management, contracts, and professional practice.

This course can be studied both part time and full time, The full time standard entry course is 3 years, whilst the part time course is five years in total. Although both courses consist of the same modules and account to the same degree, there are differences in the requirements.

To study the full time course, students must have 200 points with at least one 6-unit award at Grade D or above in an appropriate subject, or equivalent. It is to be noted that direct entry to Year 2 may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.

The part time course requires students to 120 points with at least one 6-unit award and five GCSE/GCE O Levels (Grade C or above) including Mathematics, English and science-based subject, or BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, or relevant Access course. The course welcomes applications from students who may be admitted on the basis of experience rather than standard qualifications.

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

This course is designed to offer a development of the students’ knowledge of the technology of building and the management of the process as well as an understanding of the economic aspects of a project and the legal framework within which the industry operates. The course has a vocational and practical emphasis which has been designed to develop a students’ professionalism and employability.

Similarly to the Architectural Technology course, Construction Management is offered at both full time and part time. The entry requirements for the full time course are the same as BA Architectural Technology and the basic grade requirement for the part time course is also the same. However, students may be offered a place if they display that they can benefit from the course and complete it satisfactorily. In addition, entry to level two of the course may be offered to candidates who have a suitable HND or HNC.

BSc Construction Management

This course is designed to offer a development of the students’ knowledge of the technology of building and the management of the process as well as an understanding of the economic aspects of a project and the legal framework within which the industry operates. The course has a vocational and practical emphasis which has been designed to develop a students’ professionalism and employability.

Similarly to the Architectural Technology course, Construction Management is offered at both full time and part time. The entry requirements for the full time course are the same as BA Architectural Technology and the basic grade requirement for the part time course is also the same. However, students may be offered a place if they display that they can benefit from the course and complete it satisfactorily. In addition, entry to level two of the course may be offered to candidates who have a suitable HND or HNC.

HNC Construction Management 

This is a vocational qualification that is two years in length which aims to provide the student with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the regulatory, technological, social, legal and economic context of construction management. The course will prepare students to work within a technician role in the management sector of the industry.

Those intending on studying this course are required to have a minimum of 40 points from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards plus four GCSE/GCE O Levels (Grade C or above) including Mathematics and English or, BTEC/Edexcel Advanced GNVQ or National Certificate/Diploma in a Building/Construction related discipline, or, relevant Access course; or other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent of the above. Students may also be admitted on the basis of relevant experience rather than standard qualifications.

HNC Quantity Surveying (Part Time)

This course will provide students with a nationally recognised vocational qualification that teaches them typical business tasks concerning quantity surveying with an understanding of the requirements that affect a construction professional. This course is taught through practical means in addition to standard academia which allows students the benefit of understanding the typical business environment concerning quantity surveyors in the construction industry.

The entry requirements for this course are the same as those for the HNC Construction Management (Part Time). Therefore, you are advised to look through the information provided for that course.

HNC Civil Engineering (Part Time)

The HNC Civil Engineering course at Southampton Solent University is a nationally recognised qualification which will prepare you for a higher technician role within the civil engineering sector of the construction industry. The course also provides a platform for further educational and professional qualifications.

In Year 1 you will be introduced to necessary underpinning knowledge and understanding in the fields of numeracy, materials, science, construction technology and health and safety. The integrated nature of the industry is embedded within these subjects. In Year 2, you’ll focus on the more specialised areas of land surveying, geotechnics and structural analysis and design as well as contributing to a group project. Some of these subjects will be supported by significant practical work and field exercises.

This HNC provides an academic platform to enter a number of post HNC courses, such as full or part-time degrees, and the course is approved by the Joint Board of Moderators through the Institution of Civil Engineers as meeting the educational requirements for the professional qualification of Engineering Technician.

 Facilities

The Construction Department at Southampton Solent boasts a dedicated studio for students which is equipped with CAD stations, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Google SketchUp, plotters, large-format scanners and digital cameras.

 Accreditation

The courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, Chartered Institute of Building and the Association of Building Engineers.

 Student Profile

If you have any questions or queries, feel free to contact the ConstructionChat team and we will help you as best as we can.

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