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


NEW! For anyone interested in getting a flavour of this course, our course leader Steve Houchin will be hosting an online class for current 2nd Year students, which you may join.

The course focuses on the conservation of the historic environment by exploring the craft of building and will cover Traditional Building Techniques & Applied Conservation Measurement & Analysis.. Fundamentally we believe that a thorough technical knowledge provides the bedrock for good conservation judgments.

The course is taught by experienced heritage professionals who have extensive practical knowledge built up through many years of varied and complex building conservation work.

By participating in the online-class you will have an insight as to the focus of the course and you will experience the creative learning environment which fosters a deep understanding of conservation.

Potential dates are: 26th February, 5th March or 12th March. To register your interest please email 

  • 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