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About your course
Join one of LJMU's newest and exiting undergraduate degree programmes. The facilities management sector employs around 10 per cent of the UK working population and is estimated to be worth £111 billion a year to the UK economy.
- £6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Work in a dynamic, fast changing multi-billion pound industry that is growing every year
- Facilities management is a globally recognised profession meaning you could have a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
- Work in many different types of facilities, ranging from offices to football stadiums to hospitals
- Facilities managers are needed to look after and care for all types of organisations and their associated facilities
Facilities management is a recognised global profession, offering you exciting career opportunities nationally and internationally.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support
Throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice on course-related issues.
If you decide to take up a third year work placement, there is plenty of support available from the Faculty placement team, both in finding and securing the placement, and during the year when one of your tutors will visit you in your workplace to check on your progress.
Facilities management graduates are primarily concerned with operational use of buildings and premises, aligned to the core business activities of the organisations utilising these spaces.
Facilities Management professionals are primarily concerned with operational use of buildings and premises, aligned to the core business activities of the organisations utilising these spaces.
Facilities Managers need to be able to integrate and align the non-core services, including those relating to premises, required to operate and maintain a business to fully support the core objectives of the organisation. Facilities Managers need to have specialist knowledge relating to the management of workplaces, assets, maintenance, and support services.
They need to have the appropriate business skills to understand how businesses work and operate, in order to ensure they function to the best of their ability whilst adhering to all applicable legal issues and policies.
The course also offers a sandwich route which involves a paid placement where you can apply what you have learnt at LJMU out in the workplace. Such experience will enhance both your professional skills development and your CV, boosting your employment prospects after graduation.
Students not undertaking a placement year are registered on the non-Sandwich version of the programme and will have the opportunity of an additional study year abroad following Level 5, providing students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
During level 4, students gain basic knowledge and theory of the facilities management discipline. They gain an introduction to facilities management, law and construction technology. They will study key themes around construction and property economics, the workplace environment, and get involved in exciting collaborative interdisciplinary activities. At level 4 students also become skilled in academic and digital literacy.
During level 5, students are exposed the application and integration of key facilities management themes. In particular, students learn about managing facilities management assets, estates, and spaces, the management and administration of procurement and contracts, and a more focused legal perspective of property law. Students' progress their involvement in collaborative interdisciplinary activities in level 5 in an exciting project environment, and are also introduced to research methods skills and knowledge.
During level 6, students focus on key concepts around the management and strategic implications of the facilities management discipline. This includes learning about real estate and asset strategy, being able to plan strategically within facilities management, understanding how to manage facilities services, and the implications and management of project lifecycles. Students will again be involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities during a level 6 project, as well as completing a final year research project.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
You can expect to spend on average 14-16 hours in the classroom which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials and workshops, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 35 hours per week in private study.
Expert tuition and support
All of your lecturers are dedicated to providing you with the best opportunities to develop your skills in Facilities Management. Your lecturers come from a variety of backgrounds, most with several years' experience within the Facilities Management Industry. They will pass on their practical knowledge of the industry to you. Your lecturers also carry internationally recognised research into various aspects of the discipline. Being at the forefront of research, your lecturers will help you to develop into the top Facilities Managers of the future.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose
All students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, reviews, etc), and presentations (individual and group).
Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing.
This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
In addition to the excellent facilities and learning resources, you'll get support on both sides of the learning experience, havng dedicated workplace based LJMU trained mentors and from university tutors to provide developmental and pastoral support.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you! International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional entry requirement information
Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Building Surveying will be considered for direct entry into Level 2. Merit overall or 60% in all higher level units would be required respectively
Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interviewIELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your optionsIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Do you want a varied professional career with many challenges and good employment prospects? If so, becoming a facilities management may be the career for you.
The Department of Built Environment has an excellent employability rate. One of the main motivators for studying Facilities Management (FM) is the global nature of the discipline, to which FM is an internationally recognised profession. Moreover, the discipline is required in almost every industry, with the need to outsource specialist facilities services growing every year. Moreover, the industry has an increasingly aging population and is in need of a younger innovative generation to sustain and grow the industry.
Demand for newly qualified, innovative professionals is also increasing to help sustain and advance the industry.
New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
Integrated dual award available from British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Level 4 Diploma.
Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes