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This eight-week Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course  in Design Appreciation and Planning at Nottingham Trent University Online will help you to gain an appreciation of the influences of regulation on design and an understanding of how project design can affect project value, cost and time to completion. 
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Develop your appreciation of how project design is developed and the roles of contributors to design realisation. 

With links to construction companies worldwide, the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment is key to supporting your progress to senior management.

 Design Appreciation and Planning at Nottingham Trent University Online   will also introduce you to planning regulations and land acquisition and develop your knowledge of sustainable design and modern methods of construction (MMC). 

After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • provide evaluated solutions to complex problems relating to the value maximisation of construction works demonstrating a critical understanding of the relative merits of various approaches
  • critically evaluate a broad range of factors impacting on the context within which design of the built environment is developed
  • explore and analyse opportunities for rationalising construction systems and production methods
  • evaluate and analyse current use and application of materials, technology and specialist construction techniques within national, European and international environments.

At the end of the eight-week course, you will be awarded a CPD certificate

Passing the assessed element (an exam or coursework) can also contribute ten credits towards a postgraduate award. All candidates seeking credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to follow the credit route you must mention this on your application form.

Successful completion of this course does not mean automatic entry to the MSc Construction Project Management course (you will need to submit a new application).

How you're taught:

Our eight-week CPD construction classes are 100% online, giving you the flexibility and convenience to study around your work schedule and personal commitments.

You’ll learn through ‘Engage’, which is our powerful, easy-to-use Learning Management System. This brings the course material to life, while offering you access to the same challenging curriculum, award-winning lecturers and support services as our campus-based degrees.

Best of all, because online learning is truly global, it brings you into close contact with a community of like-minded learners from all corners of the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

This course will cover:

  • the influences of regulation on design and the influence of design on project value, project cost and time to completion
  •  the briefing process, design development and realisation through RIBA stages
  • sustainable design and green building materials
  • MMC and off-site design
  •  Site orientation, planning regulation and land acquisition.


English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You should have at least a 2:2 honours degree in a construction or industry-related subject. Alternatively, you should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.
  • The ideal candidate is likely to be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and co-ordinating projects.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    995 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 995 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
  • EU/EEA

    995 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 995 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
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