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We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.
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.
- Study on a tailored part-time route, giving you an opportunity to progress your career and education at the same time
- £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.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience
There is no sandwich option with this programme, however, the programme is highly related to the work environment and develops the necessary skills base required by industry.
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.
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 8-10 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 15 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.
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 grades in all higher level units or 60% in all higher level units would be required respectively
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs 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.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.
Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).
LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.
The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.
You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.
You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
- UK field trips and other educational visits
- student exchanges
- DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
*Based on 2017 entry.
** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Living expenses (maintenance) loan
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.
The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Paying back your student loans
You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*
*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
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.
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