Design and construction manager

Design and construction manager

Level 6 degree apprenticeship

Further your career in architectural practice and design management with a recognised qualification that mixes theoretical and applied learning.

About the apprenticeship

Course length: 3 years, part-time

Start date: September 2024

Course level: Level 6

University award: BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Architectural Technology and Design Management

How much it costs: funded through the employer

Course summary

  • Develop a career-focused approach to project design and construction, working to real client briefs and following professional design procedures.
  • Study architectural design with a focus on technical skills and applying environmental principles.
  • Become an expert in digital design and building information modelling (BIM), with teaching to current industry standards.
  • Gain key management skills and apply them with principles of economics, legal and financial management in a commercial context.

The course meets the design and construction management apprenticeship standard.

How you learn

As well as academic theory, work-based learning, and practical application in the workplace, you’ll develop effective skills in teamwork, negotiating and problem solving.

You'll have an academic advisor and work-based learning coach to support you, and the modules you study will prepare you for your endpoint assessment and future career.

You’ll learn through:

  • blocks of study on campus throughout the year
  • online and face-to-face lectures and labs
  • online and class-based seminars
  • site visits and workshops
  • regular guest lectures from leading architects
  • applying your learning on live projects
  • academic and report writing.

You will progress through the course following successful completion of your assessmentss, which address the learning outcomes for each module.

Campus facilities

You'll learn in modern facilities in our Natural and Built Environment Department in our City Campus.

Entry requirements

Throughout the course, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours at university. They can be existing employees looking to develop their careers, or new applicants to the business.

Applicants must:

  • be over 18
  • not be in full time education
  • have the right to abode in the UK
  • meet the course entry requirements

GCSE (or equivalent)

GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4, or above

If you don't have this yet, you'll need to achieve this level before you take your end-point assessment.

Additional qualifications

You'll also need to have successfully completed one of the following Level 4 apprenticeship standards from an academic institution or registered training provider:

If you have not completed one of these apprenticeships, you must have an equivalent certificate of higher education (CertHE), higher national certificate (HNC)or higher national diploma (HND), or an equivalent qualification in a construction-related subject. 

You would normally have a minimum of an all Merit average (not including key or common skills).

Compensation for a pass in one unit with a distinction in another unit is permitted.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. 


Year one

  • Reflective skills for built environment professional apprentice performance
  • Contract administration for apprentices
  • Technical and digital design practice 1

Year two

  • Work based project for built environment apprentices
  • Reflective practice for apprenticeship epa preparation
  • Technical and digital design practice 2

Year three

  • Work based investigation for built environment apprentices
  • Technical and digital design practice 3

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change.

Next steps

If you are an applicant

To apply for this apprenticeship, you must first have a suitable employer who can support your application. We can support you to encourage your employer to offer an apprenticeship. You will then apply for the course through them.

If you don’t currently have a job, we can help you find an apprenticeship.

If you are an employer

If you want to offer an apprenticeship for an existing employee or a new recruit, get in touch.

If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

This course is delivered by Sheffield Hallam as part of the South Yorkshire Institute of Technology

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