Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship
This course is taught by a mixture of academic staff and industrial practitioners, bringing cutting edge research together with real world industry experience into the classroom.
This Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) is fully funded by the DfE, although places are limited. Applicants and their employers must demonstrate commitment, and ensure enough time is allocated, to attend and complete the course.
The HLA is a work / study programme so you will already be in employment, or have a firm offer of employment from a company in the construction sector which supports your application.
You will have a keen interest in BIM and digital construction. You may already have experience using BIM – hands on experience of BIM is not necessary for starting the course, but it can be useful.
The course’s primary focus is on project management using the building information modelling process, which will give you the chance to take your career forward.
We teach the principles of project management, while using building information modelling.
As a part time student, you study alongside the full-time cohort in a class of around 20. Our teaching starts in the afternoon as we know you will need to take time off work to attend classes.
You’ll have the beautiful new Graduate School at your disposal as well as a dedicated base room and computer lab in the Elmwood building.
What you'll get up to
The course is all about balancing theory and practice – a mixture of hands-on building, manipulation and management of models, as well as consideration of the higher level analytical and critical thinking skills that come with Masters Level education.
This course is subject to renewal approval by DfE.
Building Information Modelling Project Management Higher Level Apprenticeship Highlights
Applications for this course received after 30th June 2022 may not be accepted.
• This course is subject to renewal approval by DfE. The degree has gained accreditation from the CIOB
Learning and Teaching
We provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with industry experts, develop skills and perspectives that will equip them for life and work and work with innovative technology.
Who will be teaching you?
A small core of tutors with decades of academic and industrial experience.
The Programme Director is Dr Tara Brooks, a Chartered Architect with 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.
The Higher Level Apprenticeship is a part time programme, to enable students to learn on the programme, whilst consolidating their new skills and knowledge at work.
The programme is delivered 1 day per-week (Monday for the first year, Friday for the second year). Nine modules (including Dissertation) totalling 180 CATS points are included in the programme, with no optional modules available.
Lectures are delivered by industry orientated lecturers and external experts within the field of Project Management and Building Information Modelling. Assessment is undertaken through coursework and presentations.
The course content gives theoretical and practical coverage across a wide variety of topics:
Building Information Modelling in Practice (10 CATS)
This module is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the underlying principles of BIM implementation in practice, particularly in relation to the utilisation of intelligent 3D models. It explores the standards and processes that help to govern the huge range of information generated by the diverse teams who must collaborate to make BIM a success.
Emerging Digital Technology (20 CATS)
This module explores the new technologies which are emerging in the field of BIM and Digital Construction, examining the potential of technology to disrupt the construction industry.
Procurement Contract Administration and LAW (20 CATS)
Procurement, contract administration and the understanding of contract law is one of the 'keystone skills' for Project Management. This module provides an understanding of construction procurement and contract routes, and contract and tort law, and their application within the construction context.
Project Coordination, Planning and Control (10 CATS)
This module aims to enhance student awareness of developments in the field of construction project management coordination emphasising the wide range of demands made on construction professionals as managers and the skills required to programme, monitor and control various aspects of a construction project from inception to completion.
Research Methods for Managers (10 CATS)
The module deals with principles of BIM and construction management research from the formulation of research questions, hypothesis and objectives, through literature review, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, to presentation of data and report writing.
Project Planning for Sustainability (20 CATS)
The need for infrastructure to be sustainable is one of the driving factors behind project planning, design, construction and operation. This module aims to enhance student awareness of developments in the field of sustainable project development and construction including the need for a connected approach to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Technical BIM Implementation (30 CATS)
This module is designed to develop students’ comprehensive understanding of the detailed principles of BIM implementation using a suite of software packages, both architectural and engineering, in the development of intelligent 3D models.
Individual Research Project (Dissertation) (60 CATS)
Indicative Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
Each semester, there is approximately 72 hours of direct student contact with 144 hours of self-directed private study and coursework preparation required.
Individual Research Project
The final months of the programme are dedicated to an individual research project (60 CATS points). For Higher Level Apprentices, this research project will be connected with your workplace – investigating an issue, resolving a problem, or introducing a new process as agreed with your employer.
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Architecture, Engineering or Social Science, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by case-basis. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
Students wishing to apply for this Higher-Level Apprenticeship should also upload their CV and a letter of support from their employer (combined in one file). The employer’s letter of support must state that the employer supports their application, that they are prepared to release them from work for one day per week to attend the course, and that, if they are an existing employee, they need this qualification for a new role. The new role can be a change of title/role within the company.
This Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) is fully funded by the DfE therefore it is not open to international applicants. Further information on eligibility criteria for Higher Level Apprenticeships can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/higher-level-apprenticeships
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2023. However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.
Please note this course is subject to renewal of funding by the Department for the Economy and applicants must be working for a company with a base in Northern Ireland.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.
New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen’s student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.
If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.
Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.
2 years (Part Time)
Semesters 1-2: Mon 13.00 – 20:30 and Friday, 12.00 – 18.30; 12 weeks per semester. Will include team-working for coursework preparation outside of lecture times.
Entry Year: 2023
Post Course Info
Many Higher Level Apprentices take this course to aid their career progression. This course will equip you with the management skills you will need to advance your career to the next level.
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