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CH74 - Bachelor of Construction

Overview

At a glance

CQUniversity’s innovative Bachelor of Construction offers a seamless combination of university theory with the hands-on practical aspects of TAFE, providing you with a practical pathway to a career in the construction and building industry.

You will graduate with a solid grounding in construction as your studies combine the core units from within the Certificate III in Carpentry with theoretical units in construction, built environment, management and design, including residential, commercial and complex construction. As a student in this course, you will gain theoretical knowledge in building and construction and will be provided with opportunities to apply this knowledge throughout scheduled work placements and hands-on class activities.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Construction, along with the relevant work experience, you will be eligible to apply for an Open Class Builder’s Licence in Queensland with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). Alternatively, on completion of the first one-and-a-half years you can choose to exit with the Diploma of Construction and along with the required relevant industry experience, you may be eligible to apply for a Low Rise Building Licence recognised in Queensland by the QBCC.

The knowledge you gain within this degree, coupled with relevant experience, allows you to pursue a wide range of careers in the construction industry such as site supervisor, carpenter, project manager, facilities coordinator, contract administrator and construction manager.

Study modes On-Campus
Rank OP: 15 SR: 67 ATAR: 63.55
Courses/units 24/144
Availability MackayRockhampton
Duration 3 years full-time, 4.5 years part-time
Intake dates March
QTAC Code MKY: 841391, ROK: 851391

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from Term 1, 2017. Entry ranks are to be used as a guide only as they are subject to change each year.


Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Construction is an entry level pathway into the construction sector. Successful completion of this course provides a pathway to a range of careers. Careers include:

  • Carpentry/Building Apprentice
  • Construction Manager
  • Trade Representative
  • Site Supervisor
  • Facilities Manager
  • Project Supervisor

Career pathways

This course provides a number of pathways and career options in the construction industry. Depending on your level of experience you may be eligible for a number of different building licences such as low rise, medium rise or open building licences.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Construction and the required amount of relevant industry experience (two years of carpentry experience) you may be eligible to apply for an Open Class Builder’s Licence recognised in Queensland by the QBCC.

If, on completion of the first one-and-a-half years you choose to exit with the Diploma of Construction, and you have the required amount of relevant industry experience, you may be eligible to apply for a Low Rise Building Licence recognised in Queensland by the QBCC.

If, on completion of the first one-and-a-half years you choose to exit with the Diploma of Construction and do not have the required industry experience for a Low Rise or Open Class Builder’s Licence you may still be eligible to apply for other licences with QBCC such as a Site Supervisor’s Licence.

For licencing details and options including the required practical experience, visit the QBCC website - www.qbcc.qld.gov.au.

Study pathways

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Construction will also allow students to apply for entry into the built environment suite of higher education construction programs, including building surveying, building design and construction management. Credit transfers awarded from your Bachelor of Construction degree mean you will be able to fast track your completion of these courses.

Apprenticeship pathway

This course is not a carpentry apprenticeship, however does incorporate technical competencies from within the Certificate III in Carpentry. This course does not involve indenture of apprentices to an employer nor the relevant trade experience or the industry confirmation of competency required for an apprenticeship.

You may choose to use this qualification as a pathway to seek a carpentry apprenticeship. Completing the first one-and-a-half years will provide you with the core technical competencies from within the Certificate III in Construction and this will help you follow this pathway. You may then choose to exit with a Diploma of Construction and would then need to seek an apprenticeship position and work under supervision to receive industry confirmation of competency and appropriate trade experience.

STUDY OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Construction. Additional to your understanding of residential, commercial and complex construction, you will have gained the practical and theoretical knowledge of industry codes and practices, industry innovations as well as skills in management, communication and planning. Your academic record will also show that you have completed the core competencies of the Certificate III in Construction and are therefore equipped with the underlying knowledge and skills of this trade qualification. The Bachelor of Construction along with two years of industry experience will allow you to apply for an Open Class Builder’s Licence recognised in Queensland by the QBCC.

You may also choose to exit after completing the first one-and-a-half years of study and be awarded a Diploma of Construction. Provided you have successfully completed the scheduled work placements, your academic record will also show that you have completed the core competencies of the Certificate III in Construction and are therefore equipped with the underlying knowledge and skills of this trade qualification.

Details

Summary

This innovative degree with embedded competencies from the Certificate III in Carpentry provides the perfect balance between on campus and distance modes. The first one-and-a-half years of the degree is available on a full-time basis on campus in Mackay or Rockhampton. Once you have completed the first one-and-a-half years of your degree on campus you can then choose to study via distance education either full time or part time allowing you to seek work in your field while you study.

The new Bachelor of Construction will teach you about relevant legislation, Australian building codes and standards, building materials and usage for residential and commercial construction as well as business practices related to the construction sector.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Construction you will also have completed the theoretical competencies of a Certificate III in Carpentry. These qualifications along with two years demonstrated relevant industry experience will enable you to apply for an Open Class Builder's Licence.

Why Study at CQUniversity

Building and construction is a vital industry – it is responsible for the homes we live in and the commercial and industrial buildings in which we work and play. The Bachelor of Construction provides you with a gateway to enter this valuable and diverse industry.

Flexible study options

At CQUniversity, you can study when and how it suits you. The Bachelor of Construction is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed by industry and provides you with the flexibility to work in your field and gain experience while you study.

This innovative degree with embedded competencies from the Certificate III in Carpentry provides the perfect balance between on campus and distance modes and full-time and part-time study options. The first one-and-a-half years of the degree is available on a full-time basis on campus in Mackay or Rockhampton. Once you have completed the first one-and-a-half years of your degree on campus you can then choose to study via distance education either full time or part time.

Your course will be structured as follows:

Year 1

Term 1, 2 and 3

On campus, Monday to Thursday

Year 2

Term 1

Term 2 and 3

On campus, Monday to Thursday

Distance

Year 3 (and 4 if studying part time)

Term 1 and 2

Distance

Up-to-date and industry relevant

Our strong links with industry ensure that you gain practical understanding and knowledge in:

  • The latest industry innovations
  • Industry codes and practices
  • Interpretation of appropriate documentation and regulations
  • Materials selection and usage
  • Management, communication and planning

Work integrated learning

At CQUniversity, we’ve balanced theory with practical experience to ensure you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to widen your career options. This course incorporates an unpaid work placement of approximately 60 days, generally undertaken throughout the first and second year of the course. This work placement will be arranged by CQUniversity and will provide you with hands on and relevant experience. There are also practical workshop components throughout this course that you will undertake in the classroom guided by our expert teaching professionals.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 24 compulsory units.

Your course will be structured as follows:

Year 1

Term 1, 2 and 3

On campus, Monday to Thursday

Year 2

Term 1

Term 2 and 3

On campus, Monday to Thursday

Distance

Year 3 (and 4 if studying part time)

Term 1 and 2

Distance

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Construction course please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.

Work integrated Learning

At CQUniversity, we’ve balanced theory with practical experience to ensure you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to widen your career options. This course incorporates an unpaid work placement of approximately 60 days, generally undertaken throughout the first and second year of the course. This work placement will be arranged by CQUniversity and will provide you with hands on and relevant experience. There are also practical workshop components throughout this course that you will undertake in the classroom guided by our expert teaching professionals.

The Bachelor of Construction is designed that after the first one and a half years of your degree you are able to study via distance education, either part time or full time, allowing you to work in your field while you study.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Entry requirements

OP: 15 , SR: 67 , ATAR: 63.55

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our prospective students page.

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or program you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships

Fees

Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:

Scholarships

Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply

Applying

You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

  QLD NSW SA VIC WA Distance
Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Construction, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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