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Interested in developing your knowledge of the environment we build within a wider geographic and environmental context? This course gives you the technical skills, subject knowledge and experience necessary for you to progress onto a choice of undergraduate degrees.

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This hands-on course ensures you gain relevant academic knowledge and practical skills from the outset using our high-quality, current technology and on-site laboratories.

At Northumbria you will experience first hand knowledge of the built environment and the wider environmental context. The programme will focus on all the appropriate elements for the initial stages of developing you as a Northumbria Graduate and ultimately as an undergraduate degree student. The learning outcomes for the Built Environment programme and the modules have been mapped against the professional development requirements and the competencies required by this industry.

Northumbria foundation year students have a mature, intellectual curiosity through an examination and understanding of professional practice,current theories, policy and real-life practice. As a result, you will be able to develop and apply your academic knowledge and experience of research skills to your chosen degree programme.

You will be taught by a diverse group of built environment related professionals. Their background, knowledge and experience in both practice and academia, and the emphasis and support of a research rich learning environment, will allow you to develop a research rich, practice based experience and encourage you to carry on your studies in an undergraduate programme.

There is a set of modules to follow if you want to go onto further study in Built Environment.

Northumbria University is ranked top 20 in Building, Town & Country Planning in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

On successful completion of the foundation year, you can go on to study a range of courses including:

Course Information

UCAS Code
K441

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Book an Open Day / Experience Architecture and Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Architecture and Built Environment FY. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You’ll learn through a variety of methods including lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, professional speakers as well as guided and self-study. You’ll get the chance to work as an individual and learn with others in group situations.

Assessments are designed to help you develop both general and discipline specific knowledge as well as developing transferable skills including communication, research and team work that will prepare you for progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree.

You’ll be supported by the Foundation Year team to help you transition to university life and develop the skills you need to plan, manage and review your progress throughout your studies. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Architecture and Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Architecture. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your tutors are a diverse group of experts in the built and natural environment with a genuine passion for their subject. With backgrounds and experience in both academic teaching and practice, they bring real-life experience to your learning. 


Book an Open Day / Experience Architecture and Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Architecture and Built Environment FY. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Whatever direction your studies take you, you’ll find the latest technology to support you in dedicated laboratories and studios.

Survey, visualise and model your work with access to facilities including a modelling workshop, rapid prototyping room, building and materials laboratories and a virtual reality studio as well as group and individual study areas. Alternatively if Geography and the Environment is your interest, you will have access to state of the art laboratory facilities and a range of field equipment and specialist software, including a qualitative research suite and social spaces for our student community.

You’ll be encouraged to take your ideas out of the University and into the world around you on fieldtrips and site visits while remote access to course materials helps support assessment work and revision. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Architecture and Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Architecture and Built Environment FY. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your tutors and lecturers are drawn from a team of professionals and experts in built and natural environments. Their experience and background in research, industry and academic teaching will help you to develop your own research rich, practical experience to support you in further study on your chosen degree course.

Built Environment at Northumbria University is top 30 in research with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA16) while Geography is a top-30 research department based on research power with 55% of our research ranked as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014). 

Book an Open Day / Experience Architecture and Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Architecture and Built Environment FY. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is strongly influenced by professional and industry practice and will continue to evolve in line with developments in the various related industries.

Engaging with real world, practical examples related to the built and natural environment will help you develop the skills relevant to your chosen degree subject. You’ll also be able to demonstrate many other transferable skills including communication, research, independent and group working that will enhance your employment prospects and gain the knowledge to progress onto further study in relevant subjects as part of an undergraduate degree. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Architecture and Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Architecture and Built Environment FY. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

As a foundation student you’ll gain the intellectual and practical skills to place you in a great position to go forward to further study or employment.

By understanding current theories, policy and real-life professional practice, you’ll be able to develop and apply your academic knowledge and research skills to your chosen degree course.

The Faculty has a dedicated support team to help you gain placements in relevant industries and connect you to employers promoting graduate vacancies. You may go on to work in planning, surveying or careers in sustainability, greening business, environmental management, and conservation, and fields as diverse as housing, cartography, pollution control, urban regeneration, local government, overseas development and teaching. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Architecture and Built Environment Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Architecture and Built Environment FY. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA3000 -

The Context of the Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced here to the Built Environment as an industry and its context, both nationally and globally; its sectors and professional activity to give a good grounding in the industry, and one from which you can make an informed choice of career pathway. You will cover the structure and nature of the industry, commercial and financial aspects, business approaches, importance of business location and premises, culture, management and employment prospects. You will develop your ability to reflect and self assess.

More information

KA3003 -

Building Pathology (Core,20 Credits)

This module is intended to introduce you to approaches to building surveys and appraisal through the investigation of structural defects in buildings. You will examine the role and function of the surveyor within the context of the built environment, and will explore the work practices of the surveyor at practical and professional level.

More information

KA3004 -

Building Use (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to develop a client brief on a real project and then progress a professional surveying assignment through to the production of a concluding report. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw students’ first year studies into a holistic project experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas studied at Level 3, in the context of the surveying profession. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to assess your own and others role, responsibilities and contribution via reflective practice.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

1.Property Portfolios & Estate Management
Buildings/Land/Other Assets; Commercial/Residential; Private sector/Public sector
2. The Role of Property
Property development and the UK planning system; Property investment, residential Buy-to-Let; Commercial property – Location & Use; Retail/Office/Industrial/Leisure - Occupation & Market Valuation
3. Property and Surveys
Plans & maps; Purpose & Methods of survey; Survey inspection; Property valuation techniques
4. Property Market and The Economy
Basic economic theory; The UK housing market; Finance, interest rates and inflation
5. The Property Profession
Role of the surveyor; Who does what? Key players and property professionals; The RICS and key property legislation
6. Managing the Property
Freehold/Leasehold; Landlord & Tenant Relationship;
On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your future discipline specific programme.

More information

KA3005 -

Sustainable Environments (Core,20 Credits)

Sustainable development involves a range of technical knowledge and skills that bring together an overview and understanding of the physical environment, the socio-economic context, together with project management, collaboration, communication and negotiation skills. There is an increasing need for built environment professionals to apply such skills and to be able to understand, evaluate and communicate the environmental impacts of their decision-making ranging from policy-making, consultancy advice to design and development options.
This is designed to be a practical module that reflects many of these real-world requirements. You will be asked to work collaboratively to produce a sustainability strategy for a project site within the Tyne and Wear metropolitan area, and to produce an individual design response to illustrate how the collaborative strategy could be developed in practice. You will learn a mix of theory, best-practice examples and modelling / evaluation tools and techniques that will support this work and provide direction for structured individual reading and research.
In this module you will;
• be introduced to the history of man-made climate change and complex systems;
• review different assessment frameworks that are used to define and measure sustainable development;
• explore the locally specific and creative aspects of sustainable lifestyles;
• consider different strategies for implementation and influencing change.
As part of the practical project you will;
• be introduced to theory and practical skills in energy modelling and water use calculations;
• explore digital mapping and site planning principles;
• experience collaborative group working and technical report writing;
• explore techniques for creative and graphic communication of your ideas.

More information

KA3006 -

Architectural Design and Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced here to the role and function of the architect and the architectural technologist within the built environment. You will look at the wide range of activities that go together to make up the busy world of design, , and construction and begin to consider your future position within the workplace. You will consider the practical application of a theoretical background that informs the way in which the built environment is designed and delivered. You will learn about the design process and fundamental construction technology and material solutions.

More information

KA3007 -

Quantity Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

You will apply basic mathematical skills to the mensuration of land and buildings and to the calculation of building costs. This module will complement other level 3 modules and will contribute to an integrated project. You will develop throughout this module numeracy skills relating to the use and evaluation of data relating to the measurement of buildings and land and the calculation of building costs. Topics include:

• Productivity rates
• Estimating building costs
• Scheduling of building work
• Mathematical and arithmetic operations
• Mensuration formulae and techniques
• Organisation of information using databases

The emphasis is on organising and communicating information relating to the costs of buildings through the use of relational databases.You will apply basic mathematical skills to the mensuration of land and buildings and to the calculation of building costs. This module will complement other level 3 modules and will contribute to an integrated project. You will develop throughout this module numeracy skills relating to the use and evaluation of data relating to the measurement of buildings and land and the calculation of building costs. Topics include:

• Productivity Rates
• Estimating building costs
• Scheduling of building work
• Mathematical and arithmetic operations
• Mensuration formulae and techniques
• Organisation of information using databases

The emphasis is on organising and communicating information relating to the costs of buildings through the use of relational databases.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA3000 -

The Context of the Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced here to the Built Environment as an industry and its context, both nationally and globally; its sectors and professional activity to give a good grounding in the industry, and one from which you can make an informed choice of career pathway. You will cover the structure and nature of the industry, commercial and financial aspects, business approaches, importance of business location and premises, culture, management and employment prospects. You will develop your ability to reflect and self assess.

More information

KA3003 -

Building Pathology (Core,20 Credits)

This module is intended to introduce you to approaches to building surveys and appraisal through the investigation of structural defects in buildings. You will examine the role and function of the surveyor within the context of the built environment, and will explore the work practices of the surveyor at practical and professional level.

More information

KA3004 -

Building Use (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to develop a client brief on a real project and then progress a professional surveying assignment through to the production of a concluding report. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw students’ first year studies into a holistic project experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas studied at Level 3, in the context of the surveying profession. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to assess your own and others role, responsibilities and contribution via reflective practice.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

1.Property Portfolios & Estate Management
Buildings/Land/Other Assets; Commercial/Residential; Private sector/Public sector
2. The Role of Property
Property development and the UK planning system; Property investment, residential Buy-to-Let; Commercial property – Location & Use; Retail/Office/Industrial/Leisure - Occupation & Market Valuation
3. Property and Surveys
Plans & maps; Purpose & Methods of survey; Survey inspection; Property valuation techniques
4. Property Market and The Economy
Basic economic theory; The UK housing market; Finance, interest rates and inflation
5. The Property Profession
Role of the surveyor; Who does what? Key players and property professionals; The RICS and key property legislation
6. Managing the Property
Freehold/Leasehold; Landlord & Tenant Relationship;
On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your future discipline specific programme.

More information

KA3005 -

Sustainable Environments (Core,20 Credits)

Sustainable development involves a range of technical knowledge and skills that bring together an overview and understanding of the physical environment, the socio-economic context, together with project management, collaboration, communication and negotiation skills. There is an increasing need for built environment professionals to apply such skills and to be able to understand, evaluate and communicate the environmental impacts of their decision-making ranging from policy-making, consultancy advice to design and development options.
This is designed to be a practical module that reflects many of these real-world requirements. You will be asked to work collaboratively to produce a sustainability strategy for a project site within the Tyne and Wear metropolitan area, and to produce an individual design response to illustrate how the collaborative strategy could be developed in practice. You will learn a mix of theory, best-practice examples and modelling / evaluation tools and techniques that will support this work and provide direction for structured individual reading and research.
In this module you will;
• be introduced to the history of man-made climate change and complex systems;
• review different assessment frameworks that are used to define and measure sustainable development;
• explore the locally specific and creative aspects of sustainable lifestyles;
• consider different strategies for implementation and influencing change.
As part of the practical project you will;
• be introduced to theory and practical skills in energy modelling and water use calculations;
• explore digital mapping and site planning principles;
• experience collaborative group working and technical report writing;
• explore techniques for creative and graphic communication of your ideas.

More information

KA3006 -

Architectural Design and Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced here to the role and function of the architect and the architectural technologist within the built environment. You will look at the wide range of activities that go together to make up the busy world of design, , and construction and begin to consider your future position within the workplace. You will consider the practical application of a theoretical background that informs the way in which the built environment is designed and delivered. You will learn about the design process and fundamental construction technology and material solutions.

More information

KA3007 -

Quantity Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

You will apply basic mathematical skills to the mensuration of land and buildings and to the calculation of building costs. This module will complement other level 3 modules and will contribute to an integrated project. You will develop throughout this module numeracy skills relating to the use and evaluation of data relating to the measurement of buildings and land and the calculation of building costs. Topics include:

• Productivity rates
• Estimating building costs
• Scheduling of building work
• Mathematical and arithmetic operations
• Mensuration formulae and techniques
• Organisation of information using databases

The emphasis is on organising and communicating information relating to the costs of buildings through the use of relational databases.You will apply basic mathematical skills to the mensuration of land and buildings and to the calculation of building costs. This module will complement other level 3 modules and will contribute to an integrated project. You will develop throughout this module numeracy skills relating to the use and evaluation of data relating to the measurement of buildings and land and the calculation of building costs. Topics include:

• Productivity Rates
• Estimating building costs
• Scheduling of building work
• Mathematical and arithmetic operations
• Mensuration formulae and techniques
• Organisation of information using databases

The emphasis is on organising and communicating information relating to the costs of buildings through the use of relational databases.

More information

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