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Building Services and Sustainable Engineering BEng (Hons)

Building Services and Sustainable Engineering BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering

UCAS Code

KH22

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    KH22; Short form: BEng/BSE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Learn how to apply modern, sustainable and energy-efficient engineering systems in built environments on a course that’s well-respected by the building services industry in the UK and beyond. You’ll graduate with the ability to analyse, evaluate and ultimately solve problems associated with the built environment and building services engineering after studying areas including engineering services systems, controls and plant, energy efficiency and sustainable design, and project, resource and energy management.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 at A2 including Maths; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit  
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*(to include maths module).  
Pass Access Course: Distinction in 30 Level 3 credits including 15 credits in Maths Modules.  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P including grade HL5 in Maths.
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: Maths & English C or equivalent 

For Part-time the majority of applicants are admitted with advanced standing. For entry with advanced standing:-

  • HNC in Building Services or an appropriate technological subject with give APL for up to 3 modules (depending on the subject).
  • HND in Building Services or an appropriate technological subject with give APL for up to 6 modules (depending on the subject).

Mature students with relevant work and experiential learning will be considered by interview.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 at A2 including Maths; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*(to include maths module).
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points including 15 Level 3 Maths Modules.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P including grade HL5 in Maths.
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: Maths & English C or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Full-time - Compulsory modules:

  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1 (20 Credits)
  • Building Environmental Science (10 Credits)
  • Mathematics (10 Credits)
  • Introduction to Building Services and Design (20 Credits)
  • Construction Technology 1 (20 Credits)
  • Law & Management (20 Credits)

Optional/Elective* modules:

  • Electronic Engineering Practice (20 Credits)
  • Issues in Sustainability (20 Credits)
  • Informatics & CAD (20 Credits)

*Students with an HNC/HND qualification would normally receive Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) credit for one of these modules)

Year 2

Full-time - Compulsory modules:

  • Electrical Supply and Distribution (20 Credits)
  • Mechanical Services Design (20 Credits)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (20 Credits)
  • Computing (CAD) (20 Credits)
  • Design Project 2 (20 Credits)
  • Engineering Analysis 3 (10 Credits)
  • Lighting Installations and Design (10 Credits)

Year 3

Full-time - Compulsory modules:

  • Plant and Maintenance (20 credits)
  • Systems Design (20 credits)
  • Engineering Dissertation (20 credits)
  • Design Project 3 (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Project Management (20 credits)
  • Environmental and Safety Law (10 credits)
  • Intelligent Buildings (20 Credits)
  • Strategic Management in the Built Environment (10 Credits)
  • Alternative Energy Technology (20 Credits)
  • Engineering Analysis 4 (10 Credits)

Further Information

People spend the major part of their lives inside buildings which provide them with an environment that is liveable and comfortable. While the weather may fluctuate to the extreme limits of high and low climatic conditions, the building indoor, albeit at the expense of energy, is kept within comfortable thermal, aural and visual conditions.

It is estimated that 40% of a nation’s energy expenditure takes place in keeping the indoor condition healthy, comfortable, safe and productive.

In recent years the detection of global warming trend and the realisation that the fossil fuels, the traditional sources of energy, have been depleting at very fast rates, have posed mankind to the challenge of the era that the civilisation has to consider sustainability issues seriously. Traditionally, Building Services Engineers have been concerned with the design of healthy and comfortable indoor environment and issues of energy uses. The challenge of the era entails the Engineer to apply their knowledge to ensure that engineering solutions lead to a sustainable design.

Building Services and sustainable engineering students


The course is a good start for engineers wanting to continue their academic development by studying a higher degree and/or other professional qualifications.


Our Building services degree provides a useful overview of the whole sector. The Building Services and Sustainable Engineering programme leads to the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in Building Services and Sustainable Engineering. The level of education provided by the programme is appropriate to those students who will eventually hold senior positions with consultants or contractors engaged in the building services engineering and energy management or with technical departments of government and semi-government institutions where building energy management is a major concern. Throughout the programme emphasis will be placed on self-motivation, critical thinking and developing analytical depth. The BEng (Hons) course emphasises the application of modern, sustainable and energy efficient Engineering systems in the context of the Built Environment.


Part-time students already working in the industry leave our course with a competitive edge and full membership of professional bodies. Full-time students go on to find careers in consultancy, design, contracting, project management and maintenance, team leading, and research and development with local authorities, manufacturers and equipment suppliers.


The application of sustainable Building Services Engineering is multi-disciplinary and it is envisaged that, as in the professional world, students will carry out project work, which will facilitate dialogue between the Engineer and other members of the design and management team. It is the development of novel technological and engineering solutions within the often contradictory constraints of sustainability, safety, economy and energy efficiency, and the law which pose the challenge in the course.

In the past, Building Services Engineering education often centred on practical engineering analysis and training, however this focus is now changing in the light of the requirements for sustainability and energy efficiency in all that we do. This course will promote the need to question accepted wisdom to provoke independent critical thought. In a time of rapid technological advances, when the international community is aware of and sensitive to a range of environmental issues, students will gain sufficient understanding of current developments and their underpinning technology to analyse and offer solutions to the problems faced by today’s engineers in the fields of Building Services and associated engineering disciplines.

As a result students will find that the programme is now characterised by parallel themes of design and management of project work, complemented throughout by the drive towards sustainability and energy efficiency of engineering solutions. The management theme will develop the student capabilities as a project manager, whilst the project modules will provide scope for integrative studies on practical engineering and design situations.


The course team supporting the teaching and learning consists of academically and professionally qualified engineers. As well as teaching and learning activities, they are engaged in Scholarly Activities, Knowledge Transfer and Academic Research.


 

Due to the nature of Building Services and Sustainable Engineering work the course has been designed to take advantage of the expertise of the staff in the School. The modules you will be taking reflect many years of development and reflect the current practice of Building Services and Sustainable Engineering in the UK. However, as far as SHAPE tutors are concerned, the well qualified and experienced tutors with their extensive local knowledge of the industry in Hong Kong will enhance the course which will reflect local practice and custom. Therefore it is expected that module delivery will be provided in the local Hong Kong context while at the same time meeting the learning outcomes of the programme and individual modules.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have links with Design Consultancies and local contractors as well as smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE ) and Energy Institute (EI)

Learning Environment and Assessment

Depending on the learning outcomes and the nature of the module the assessment strategies can be:

  • By completion of assignments and problem based examinations in the engineering and related modules throughout the programme.
  • By presentations, design based projects.
  • By student presentations, group work, design projects, dissertation, examination.

Part-time Study

Fit part-time study into your working life

Flexible delivery of this course allows you to study whilst in employment – our part-time teaching is delivered just one day per week.

Opportunities

As a full-time student you’ll be encouraged to spend an optional 48-week sandwich placement in the industry (between Year 2 and 3) in roles such as CAD operator or draughts-person. Using the optional placement year furthers your professional knowledge and increases your employability.

Our course is delivered and validated by UCLan at universities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Athens. Students may have the opportunity for overseas trips – in recent years we have taken students to Hong Kong for a week on exchange and also to the ASHRAE conference in the United States.

A concrete design experience as well as operation and maintenance, can boost your opportunities for career development, whichever qualification route is followed. With the arrival of the new sustainable building design concepts such as intelligent buildings, natural lighting design and renewables, new career opportunities can open up for alternative specialisms.

Progression

Progression routes within the Building services industry are relatively straight forward. If you work working for client or contractors, career progression is usually from a graduate engineer to project manager to project director. If you work in a design consultancy, career progression typically runs as graduate engineer to project engineer to associate partner to director or even senior partner or managing director.

Promotion depends largely upon gaining professional qualifications and appropriate experience, so it is advisable to gain relevant qualifications and become a member of the appropriate professional body as early as possible. Chartered engineer status accords recognition in the UK and overseas.

In order to progress in this fast-moving industry, it is important to keep up to date with developments and to maintain a combination of skills and relevant experience, together with a professional attitude.

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