Facilities Management

Facilities Management BSc (Hons)

How are our workplaces constructed and managed? How do legal and economic constraints impact on our built environment? Explore all this and more on this fascinating degree course. Facilities Managers co-ordinate all the services within a building, from its construction to ICT systems, workspaces and energy efficiency. Our degree has been restructured to keep pace with a changing and progressive industry, and to meet the new demands this places on the Facilities Manager as they take responsibility for a broader spectrum of sustainable facilities. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years; Sandwich: Four years (year 3 on industrial placement); Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Our placement tutors have close links with industry and can work with you to ensure that you get the skills and current knowledge that employers are looking for.
  • You will study alongside students on the construction project management, quantity surveying and building surveying degrees, allowing you to share knowledge and the opportunity to transfer if you wish to.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Construction Technology
  • Sustainable Environment
  • Professional Practice (A)
  • Professional Practice (B)
  • Introduction to Law & Procurement
  • Management & Economics

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Construction Technology 
  • Building Services
  • Health & Safety
  • Production Economics 
  • Construction Law 
  • Management & Project Planning 
  • Professional Practice - FM

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Facilities Management
  • Project Analysis & Appraisal
  • Maintenance Management
  • Construction Law
  • Dissertation/Project

Optional Modules

  • Project Management & BIM
  • Building Conservation
  • Health & Safety Management
  • Professional Practice - CPM

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 96 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit Merit Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 96 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 96 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

You’ll be able to undertake a week-long surveying workshop in the first year/second year if on Foundation entry. Most modules are lecture-based but computing facilities are made available when necessary to learn how to use AutoCAD and Microsoft Project.

Most modules are assessed by examinations/coursework; the final mark being the average of the two. Exceptions are modules best assessed by coursework only. This could be group projects, modelling exercises or time-controlled assignments.

The study of Facilities Management concerns the management and care of the built environment in which we live and work. Facilities managers work for hotel companies, retail chains, estates management offices, in the health service and other areas of business that own and maintain buildings. On this course, you will explore the way the buildings in which we work are constructed and managed, as well as investigating the legal and economic constraints that impact upon our built environment. You will also learn how the nature of built space and the efficient control of non-core facilities affect the productivity of enterprises and wellbeing of inhabitants.

Our honours degree in Facilities Management has been restructured to keep pace with a changing and progressive industry, and to meet the consequent demands this places on the Facilities Manager in today’s environment. The course reflects the changing role from the more traditional building managerial duties to the broader spectrum of sustainable facilities management. The general aims of the course are to provide a broad and rigorous programme of study appropriate to the award of a first degree in Facilities Management. You will study alongside students on the construction management, quantity surveying and building surveying degrees, allowing you to share knowledge across programmes and the opportunity to transfer if you wish to.

At Level One, you will concentrate on the development of learning skills and the acquisition of core knowledge to prepare you for the higher levels of the course. These skills are essential so that you are able to communicate effectively within the industry. You will be introduced to Computer Aided Design (CAD), a skill that will be developed and used throughout the course, along with AutoCAD and Microsoft Project.

You will study topics specific to Facilities Management which will lead you into a consideration of Corporate Environments and aspects of Built Environment whilst at the same time developing a knowledge of subjects such as Law, Building, Management and Project Planning. In the final year you will you will select a topic to investigate in depth for your dissertation.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. In achieving this commitment the Facilities Management programme is delivered in conjunction with the programmes in Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying.

This delivery model facilitates the subject experts, within this academic discipline, in sharing their knowledge and experience across the degree programmes, enhancing the student experience.

The professional knowledge and expertise of the staff delivering the programme are reflected in the coursework undertaken by students, which is often based upon real-life projects and case studies, using a problem solving approach in achieving the specific learning outcomes of the programme. Staff have active research interests in facilities management, workplace wellbeing and productivity, construction, project management, building information modelling, surveying, sustainability and construction law. These interests are incorporated into the delivery of the programme.

Our placement tutors have close links with industry and can work with you to ensure that you get the skills and current knowledge that employers are looking for.

Our graduates are sought after and will work as facilities management service providers, commercial organisations such as financial services companies, hotels, retail chains, airports and public sector organisations such as local authorities and the health service.

Open Access Study Area

Professional Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building, giving exemption from the Institute’s membership examinations. Chartered Builder status (MCIOB) can be expected within three years of suitable postgraduate experience.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Taking an RICS accredited degree is the first step to becoming a chartered surveyor. Studying on an accredited degree will be recognised by employers as the benchmark of quality.

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.