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Certificate/Foundation Degree Facilities Management

If you are already working in facilities management, this course allows you to increase your skills and abilities to help you operate at higher levels in your management specialism. The course is split into a certificate stage and a foundation degree stage.

Course length 14-18 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

This course is for managers or supervisors working in facilities management from backgrounds such as • facilities management service providers • private finance initiatives • local authorities • higher education • National Health Service • government • private organisations.

It is delivered in two stages. The first stage is the Certificate in Facilities Management which takes 18 months to complete and the second stage is this Foundation Degree in Facilities Management which takes 14 months. The certificate can be a qualification in its own right, the foundation stage builds from this first stage.

You increase your understanding and awareness of the functions of the organisation and facilities management, in their business environment. You also develop your professional skills and abilities to help you operate at higher levels in facilities management and your organisation.

The course combines academic and practical work.

You study topics at certificate stage that includes • reflective practice • organisation theory • service delivery • premises and the workplace • people management • project management.

At foundation stage you study • change management • communication and knowledge management • the business environment • risk management • financial management • business research and enquiry.

We encourage you to see your workplace as a resource for learning and development. The majority of your projects and assessments are based on your own workplace.

If you successfully complete this course, you may progress to our BA (Honours) Facilities Management.

Professional recognition

We are a recognised British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) centre. When you achieve the Foundation Degree Facilities Management, you also gain the respective level BIFM Diploma in Facilities Management as part of your course.

Successful completion of this course entitles you to the RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS) provided
• you are in relevant employment at graduation
• you have at least two years of relevant experience in total

To gain the AssocRICS qualification you must register with RICS and successfully complete the RICS online ethics module and text. RICS is a membership organisation and your Associate qualification is subject to paying RICS membership fees and subscriptions.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically one A level or experience of working in facilities management at a supervisory or management level.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Course structure


Certificate stage – typically 18 months
Foundation stage – typically 14 months

Please contact us for the course start date

You attend five teaching blocks per stage and complete independent study in-between. The teaching blocks are generally two to three months apart, and are typically two or three days attendance. Detailed advance timetables are available.

Typical modules may include

Stage one modules

Reflective management
This module runs parallel to all other modules to support you throughout your studies. You develop your practical and key skills through workshops, integrated with the development of facilities management knowledge.

The organisation and facilities management
You explore the nature of facilities management and its relationship with the wider organisation. You get an overview of it's development and the skills required by those in the facilities management field.

Service delivery
You learn about the relationship between service culture, service delivery procurement and procedures, and the resource implications and risks of delivering services.

Managing people
You develop an awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding managing people. You consider the formal human resource procedures and processes within organisations. You look at your own experiences, and the impact they have had on you and your own organisation.

Managing premises and the work environment
You study the place of business, and look at the traditional concerns of property and estate management. You also consider the impact of workspace occupation and use on the core business of the organisation.

Managing projects for facilities management
Facilities managers need to act as project managers for a range of projects, from small internal moves to major building works. You consider the project management process from beginning to end.

Stage two modules

Change management
You learn about the changing nature of organisations. You look at the impact change has on people, the impact of organisational culture, and the tools and techniques available for managing change.

Communication and knowledge management
You develop an understanding of information management, including communications, marketing, and FM data management tools. You also look at your own experiences of information management and communication and the affect these have had within your own workplace.

The business environment
You draw together much of the learning from other parts of your study, to help identify the key issues in contemporary facilities management. The workshop includes lectures by visiting specialists, and seminars designed to give you the opportunity to discuss the environmental issues affecting your workplace.

Risk management
This module increases your awareness of environmental risk issues and the impact facilities management can have on the working environment. You examine risk analysis and management techniques, and gain detailed knowledge of issues such as assurance, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business continuity.

Finance management
You look at the role of finance and financial management principles within the context of facilities management.

Work-based project
You research a facilities management issue relevant to you and an organisation you are familiar with.

  • essays
  • reports
  • reflective commentary
  • case studies
  • presentations


This course develops your skills, knowledge and professional ability. By developing in this way, you can help to improve your career and progress to roles with greater responsibility.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £5,100 per stage – this includes the British Institute of Facilities Management registration fee.

International student

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