Foundation Degree in Historic Building Conservation


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The foundation degree in Historic Building Conservation is delivered at the Building Crafts College.  The degree is offered in partnership with Kingston University, which is the validating institution.  This exciting qualification consists of 8 academic modules.  Much of the coursework is based around live projects at a number of conservation sites.  There is also the opportunity to develop hands-on practical experience in the workshops at the Building Crafts College.

Year 1

  • Development of Skills for the Historic Environment, including History of Architecture from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century and Graphical Realisation
  • Conservation Legislation and Regulation
  • Applications of Skills in Conservation, including specialist survey techniques for the historic environment
  • Context of Conservation and the Built Environment, including history of conservation and the development of building materials

Year 2

  • Elective Project.  Practical conservation project decided by the student and based their own interests.
  • Management of Conservation Projects, including further specialist survey and resourcing of conservation projects
  • Traditional Building Construction & Repair
  • Applied Conservation Measurement and Analysis considers how different survey techniques are applied to the planning and implementation of conservation projects

Please apply for this course via Kingston University and UCAS

  • FdSc Historic Building Conservation – Kingston University

Eligibility for the course is based on an enthusiasm for historic building conservation, traditional crafts skills and the dedication to complete the wide variety of study contained in the degree.  Acceptance onto the course will be based on initial interview at the Building Crafts College.

Typical entry is 75 points or equivalent to include English and Mathematics at least at Grade 4 GCSE. Appropriate entry courses might include BTEC, City & Guilds, NVQ, GNVQ or vocational A levels.

Mature students with relevant knowledge and experience but without formal entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.  It should be emphasised that the lack of previous formal qualifications should not be seen as a barrier.

It may be an advantage of applicants have practical craft experience but each prospective student will be interviewed and considered on an individual basis and having a background other than construction or conservation should not be a barrier.

  • 2 years
  • 5
  • BSc (Hons) Historic Building Conservation


  • For further information please see the Kingston University website and/or contact