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Building Services Engineering

Building Services Engineering

Developed with the building services industry, the Building Services Engineering programme offers full-time and part-time study modes.

Accredited by the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the programme focuses on heating and air conditioning system design, building performance simulation and assessment, electrical systems and lighting design.

Students have the option of completing work placements abroad and the final year study can be sponsored by industry.

ACCREDITED BY:

  • CIBSE
  • Energy Institute

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:K242

Classification:BSc/BEng (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Construction and Property, Engineering

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirementsHigher BBBC
A Level: CCC
ILC: BBBC
IB Diploma: 24 points including Mathematics and Physics
Essential subjectsMathematics, Physics or Technological Studies (Higher/A Level/ ILC-H).
Recommended subjectsEnglish (Higher)

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:K242

Classification:BSc/BEng (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Construction and Property, Engineering

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirementsHigher BBBC
A Level: CCC
ILC: BBBC
IB Diploma: 24 points including Mathematics and Physics
Essential subjectsMathematics, Physics or Technological Studies (Higher/A Level/ ILC-H).
Recommended subjectsEnglish (Higher)

College Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:K242

Classification:BSc/BEng (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Construction and Property, Engineering

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
Contact us

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry requirementsRefer to our College Student's Guide for details

Programme description

This programme has been developed with the building services industry to ensure graduates are well equipped to enter the employment market in professional, well paid positions.

It offers students flexibility with a full-time option or a part-time option for engineers who are currently employed and want to improve their knowledge and skills.

The programme focuses on heating and air conditioning system design, building performance simulation and assessment, electrical systems and lighting design.

It is accredited by the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) so students can progress towards full Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Students have the option of completing work placements abroad. Study in the final year of the BEng may be sponsored by industry.

GCU was awarded the CIBSE Happold Brilliant Award 2011-2012 in recognition of the School of Engineering and Built Environment’s industry-relevant programmes and the high quality of teaching of building services engineering.

What you'll learn

Year 1: Subjects covering aspects of Industrial Operation and Application as well as Electricaland Computer Technologies will be added to the Science of Engineering and Mathematics to create a broadbase knowledge.

Year 2: Expands upon first year disciplines and introduces concepts related to Building Services Engineering and Building Technology to support case study work, applying theory to practice.

Year 3: Computer Aided Design will be introduced to complement learning in core Building Services Engineering design functions such as Air Conditioning Engineering and Heating Systems.

Professional accreditation

The BSc programme entitles graduates to Associate Membership of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). It can also provide direct entry to year 3 of the BEng (Hons) which is part accredited for full Chartered Engineer status by CIBSE.

Study tours

All second year, full-time students are given the opportunity to take part in our programme of week-long study tours. Tour destinations include: France, Finland, Spain and Canada.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Assessment Methods

The degree programme incorporates a varied range of traditional and more modern methods to assess students. These include exams, case studies, design projects, dissertations, laboratory reports, presentations, class tests and web-based online tests. For any given module, the assessment options most suited to the module content are used.

All modules in the degree programme are at least partly assessed by a coursework component and in some cases there is in addition an examination at the end of the semester. About half of the modules have an examination component and this normally accounts for 60% of the mark allocation for the module.

In the final year there is a Project module which has double the normal credit allocation. This is an opportunity for students to complete their own in-depth study of a design application of special interest to themselves. The student is allocated a project supervisor to assist them with any problems encountered and to facilitate the student’s progress.

Some modules incorporate group work. In the final year students complete a group design project in which the complete design of mechanical and electrical services for a building are produced. This work would be submitted as a group report and presentation. Students also are combined into groups to participate in a business competition in which groups manage virtual companies operating within the construction industry. Groups can also participate in an international competition in which they compete against students from other universities.

Teaching Methods

The programme has very close links with industry and has been developed to meet the needs of our industrial partners. This makes our graduates well equipped to enter the employment market in well-paid professional positions.

The degree structure is very flexible and permits students to study on the programme on either a full-time or part-time basis. The part-time mode is particularly valuable as it provides an opportunity for engineers who are currently employed within the building services industry to improve their knowledge and skills and to facilitate their progress within the industry.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory experiments and computer laboratory periods. All of these alternatives methods are used in the most appropriate way to match the content of each individual module.

The degree programme is also very fortunate to have almost full access to the building services installations and plant rooms within the extensive university campus. This includes use of the BMS control system which can be accessed from any of the computer labs on the campus. In addition to this, a purpose built viewing gallery has been built for observation and analysis of the new university combined heat and power (CHP) installation. All of these facilities are integrated within the teaching programme to allow students to study the operation of building services equipment in a ‘live’ setting.

Our students have the opportunity to learn abroad as part of the Erasmus International Exchange programme with our partner university, the Wroclaw Technical University in Poland.

Employment Details

Employment prospects for our graduates are excellent. A wide range of companies and institutions that employ graduates of this degree include mechanical, electrical and building services engineering design consultancies, building and building services contractors, facilities management companies and multinational engineering companies.

The links with industry are very strong because companies have been sponsoring there employees to study as part-time students on the degree ever since the programmes were first taught at the university over 40 years ago. Many leaders of the profession in the UK studied at GCU.

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you were resident before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.
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