There are 8 units to take over the two years:
Most assessment is through written coursework although there are some class-based tests and one group project. A typical unit may include two coursework assignments and one class-based open-book test.
Progression opportunities will exist in HND and/or Degree level courses within Civil Engineering or Building Services Engineering.
The College does not have facilities to host students in-house. For guidance on finding accommodation please contact our Student Advisors.
Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer. Please also ensure you are familiar with our HE Terms and Conditions before you apply.
University, Higher Education study
To successfully complete this course you will be expected to spend a number of additional hours a week on assignments, project or field trips.
What do I need to get on to the course?
The two-year part-time course is primarily designed for candidates already employed in the Construction and Built Environment industries.
Appropriate previous qualifications include:
The interview process
All candidates are interviewed by the programme manager. Qualification certificates and an employer reference should be made available at interview.
All students must pay the full fee for HE courses. A student loan facility is available for Higher Education courses. Further information can be found below or at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance or www.slc.co.uk, along with how to apply, or you may contact the HE Information and Advice team on 020 7258 7221.
If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs.
These loans do not require repayment until you have finished your course and you are earning more than £21,000 per year, although you can start repaying them sooner if you wish.
The amount paid to the College will be the actual cost of your course for each year of study up to a maximum of £9000. You can apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
You’re charged interest on your loan from the time the first payment is made to the College until you pay your loan back in full. The amount of interest you’re charged varies (see table below). The actual interest rates depend on the rate of inflation.
|Your income per year||Interest rate on your loan|
|While you're studying||Rate of inflation plus 3%|
|£21,000 or less||Rate of inflation|
|£21,000 to £41,000||Varies between the rate of inflation and the rate of inflation plus 3% depending on your income|
|£41,000 or above||Rate of inflation plus 3%|
You can apply for a Maintenance Grant to help with your living costs. Maintenance Grants are available to students whose household income is £42,875 or less. Your household income is your parents’ or partner’s income and your own.
The maximum Maintenance Grant is £3,250 a year if your household income is under £25,000.
The amount paid to the College will be the actual cost of your course to a maximum of £6750 per year.
Your course needs to be at least 25% of a full-time course to qualify for a loan. Further information is available on the Student Finance England website.
For information about the finance package on offer for students from England starting higher education in 2013-14, please see the BIS student finance page www.bis.gov.uk/studentfinance
For further details please see www.direct.gov.uk/yourfuture which will help you understand the application process cycle.
Myth: I can’t afford to do an HE Course, it’s too expensive:
Not True: there are no upfront costs if you meet residential requirements and you don’t already have a degree.
Myth: all universities/colleges are charging £9,000:
Not true: some universities are charging less and many FE Colleges charge less than £6,000. Here at City of Westminster College HE fees start from only £3,900 per academic year. Financial help is also available through loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.
Myth: the loan repayments will be massive:
Not true: you only start repaying when you’re earning over £21,000 and if you earn less you don’t pay anything back.
Myth: student debt will stop me getting a mortgage:
Not true: student loans are unsecured loans from the government and are not like credit cards of commercial loans.
The fees for our HE courses depend on your particular course, as unlike Universities we don't charge a flat £9,000 per year. It's why studying with us is so affordable in comparision. Below is a graphic showing where your fees go.
Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20
If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn.
Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study. Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.
For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.
If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.
You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.
It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.
Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:
All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.Email firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.