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University way

into the Industry

Not all Construction roles require a degree but some do. Foundation courses and degrees can also help you move up the career ladder. The truth is that it’s not compulsory to go to university to get a job in construction, although for some construction career paths employers will expect higher qualifications, such as Higher National Certificates (HNC’s) or a degree. Having a relevant degree means that you can go into a construction job that you could not access through other routes! 

Who is it for?

For aged 18 and older who…University is for anyone who has left school. You can apply onto a course once you have finished a college course or equivalent level 3 qualification. You can also apply at a later stage in your life if you want to pursue new interests or career change! 

Career changes can also be done through apprenticeships. Check it out! 

How long does it last?

Full-time undergraduate degrees can take 3-4 years to complete depending on if you choose a degree path that has a work placement of a year in industry. Postgraduate degrees generally take an additional year. 

What’s included in a undergraduate degree?

At university, you’ll focus on a specific subject and study with experts in your field. During a degree, you’ll spend time in lectures, seminars and on individual study completing assignments. There are plenty of degrees that will set you up for a career in the construction and built environment sector, from engineering to surveying, business management to finance and accounting, plus many more. 

Each year of your degree will consist of learning modules covering different topics. Most of these will be mandatory, but many courses also allow you to specialise and pick modules related to what you want to do in construction, such as sustainable building design, planning or project management.


Many university and college higher education (HE) courses provide opportunities to study abroad or gain work experience whilst studying, to increase your employability. Extra-curricular clubs and volunteering opportunities offer a chance to develop leadership and organisational skills, as well as meeting new people.

How do I get onto a undergraduate degree?

Generally, you will need to have a Level 3 qualification in order to apply for a university course or degree. University courses have different entry requirements, so it will be good to look specifically at the one you choose. It is good to see the variation of courses that Universities provide, as there are many more courses available. You may need a higher or degree-level qualification to work in:


  • Construction management

  • Surveying

  • Architecture or architectural technology

  • Engineering (such as civil or structural engineering)

  • Landscape architecture

  • Archaeology 

  • Town or urban planning

  • Ecology or environmental consultation

  • Sustainability

  • Heritage conservation

What happens once I complete my degree? 

Having a degree will help you apply for higher-level jobs after graduation. When you’ve finished an undergraduate degree, you can continue studying for a postgraduate qualification or start to look for a job.

Construction firms often advertise places on graduate training schemes, which are designed to fast-track new graduates into the world of work by providing mentoring, hands-on training and professional development. Many companies will also accept graduates from business or management degrees with transferable skills.

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