Year 1 begins with modules covering construction basics and a study of traditional building techniques, together with an overview of the development of the different styles of building craft and styles in the UK and the various classifications of architecture. There will also be a significant AutoCAD element. Work-based learning modules will focus on the controls and processes necessary for a working site and you will also develop your teamwork capabilities.
Year 2 will look at modern methods associated with the repair and stabilization of building fabric together with building surveying techniques. You will also study health and safety legislation. In addition, you will have the opportunity to focus on a particular topic in which you are interested by way of a project-based module.
Work-based modules will build upon those undertaken at Year 1. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake site-based activities at a number of historic conservation projects such as the White Tower Restoration Programme (Historic Royal Palaces), Woolwich Military Academy, Canterbury Cathedral and Abbey Mills Pumping Station.
Study trips both in the UK and overseas are also included.
OPTIONAL 'TOP-UP' TO BSc(HONS)
You can 'top-up' the foundation degree to a BSc(Hons) Historic Building Conservation degree via a final academic year (or two years part-time). This includes the in-depth study of building heritage, building design and historic building materials. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a workbased project tailored to your specific background and experience.
Applications for the top-up are also welcomed from those who already possess a qualification equivalent to the Foundation Degree in Historic Building Conservation.
Applications will be considered on an individual basis.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including in-course assignments (reports, computer exercises, laboratory tests, essays) and examinations. Your work-based assignments will be assessed both by a personal portfolio showing competence achieved, as well as by direct observation of your practical work.
You are taught through lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Workshop-based classes are major elements of our programme and we offer a huge range of hi-tech, specialist engineering equipment to help you apply theory to practice.
Individual and group projects will also encourage the development of valuable research, teamwork and project management skills.
Course attendance is for one full day per
week (9am - 8pm) for two years. This covers the academic modules. In addition, students will be required to record evidence from a working environment to complete the workbased modules.
The top-up can be undertaken on either a
full-time or part-time basis.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS /
The foundation degree combines academic study with work-based learning. Many of the students on the course will already be working for companies specialising in historic building conservation. Consequently, the entry requirements are less formal than for our honours programme. As a guide, however, we would look for a minimum of 120 points from two 12-unit awards or equivalent. Successful entry to the course will also be subject to interview.
Following successful completion of the course you will be excellently placed to continue your career within the specialist area of historic building conservation.
In addition to the BSc there is also an MSc Historic Building Conservation run by Kingston University for more details please follow the link below.
• Historic Buildings Bridging Module
• IT and Graphical Visualization
• History of British Craft and Architecture
• Conservation and the Construction Industry
• Health, Safety and Welfare
Conservation project work-based modules*
• Assess Work Methods
• Supervise Site Resources
• Implement Health and Safety Systems
• Remedial Works
• Measurement and Analysis of Condition
• Management Skills
• Study of Traditional Techniques
• Elective Project
Conservation project work-based modules*
• Site Control
• Working with People
• Monitor Team Performance
YEAR 3 ('Top-up' to BSc(Hons))
• Building Heritage
• Building Design
• Work-based Project
• Historic Building Materials
• Building Control
• Critical Practice Project
These are a sample of modules and should not be regarded as full or definitive.
*The conservation project-based modules are built around the Level 4 NVQ in Building Site Management (Conservation). It will be possible to achieve the full NVQ if sufficient work-based evidence is produced.
A student achieving the full NVQ in Building Site Management (Conservation) can apply for incorporated membership of the Chartered Institute of Building.