The Professional Practice course is intended as a vocational qualification within the construction industry. It satisfies the educational base for becoming a Licentiate Member of the Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate.
In addition, it provides a progression route onto further professionally accredited courses within the School including the BSc (Hons) degrees of Building Surveying, Construction Management, Commercial Management & Quantity Surveying and Quantity Surveying.
The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry, employing circa 2.35 million people and accounting for typically 8% of UK GDP. The construction industry is responsible for the design, management and construction of spanning the following areas;
• Infrastructure – roads, rail, airports, power stations
• Residential - public and private housing, including repair and maintenance
• Non-domestic buildings - schools, colleges, hospitals, offices, retail, factories, warehouses.
The aim of this course is to develop students/learners with a technical understanding of the Built Environment and associated sector disciplines including the application of proven techniques and theories for the solution of real life problems. Thus the course will;
· address industry’s demand for technicians who can integrate the principles and applications of construction, and apply them to construction projects, in a technical context.
· enable students/ learners to advance their existing careers in construction to a higher level which requires the exercise of technical professional judgement, and the ability to make decisions that reflect an accountable and ethical outlook.
· equip students/learners with a technical understanding of the fundamentals of construction technology, construction law, construction procurement and contracts, environmental and sustainable issues, modern methods of construction and construction project management.