BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment

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Why only look to the future, when you can build it?


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NMITE's BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment programme is the first full degree from NMITE’s state-of -the-art Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) which reflects the transformative potential of timber to meet the challenges and opportunities for a more sustainable built environment.

Housed in a purpose-built campus in the heart of Hereford's Enterprise zone, this future-driven campus showcases the most advanced and sustainable design and construction methods available.

A more sustainable future starts with you...

The programme has been designed to help educate a new generation of construction professionals and enable them to create a more sustainable future. The course has been designed using NMITE's distinctive approach to education; rich challenge-led learning, and extensive industry and community engagement. NMITE is committed to sustainable development; It's a topic of global importance, and critical to current and future generations - we know it's important to you. 

Applications for our range of BSc (Hons) degrees is now open for September 2023. 

  • BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment - enabling you to lead a more sustainable future as a construction professional 
  • Real-world learning – hands-on experience from day one with real employers, solving real problems
  • No traditional exams – instead, you’ll have your own personal learning portfolio that will live on with you after graduation
  • Applications welcomed from a variety of backgrounds - no need for Maths or Physics at A level, we’ll teach you what you need to know! 
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BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment (3 years)*

Embodying NMITE’s commitment to sustainable development, our BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment degree will enable you to directly enter the work place as junior building and construction professionals in the building design and construction industry, or in consulting, local government, or NGOs. You may also wish to pursue further postgraduate qualifications, including various MSc pathways.

  • Sustainability is woven throughout the course as a central standpoint, included from Year 1 and in every year of study. You’ll get a solid understanding of sustainable development using state-of-the-art frameworks in this rapidly changing field 
  • You’ll come to understand the practical and conceptual reasons that lead to unsustainable practice in the built environment, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to make change happen across the construction lifecycle from culture to demolition and disposal 
  • You’ll be equipped to be a change agent in the mainstream built environment sector as well as having all the foundations to add value to sustainability-focussed organisations – you’ll be able to contextualise and apply timber knowledge within a wide range of both traditional and sustainable materials
  • Challenge led learning - hands on with real world problems that offer the opportunity to contrast and evaluate different materials choices and construction practices 
  • Practically learn to navigate and add value to contemporary building practice
  • Gain extensive knowledge through consistent industrial and community engagement 
  • Receive support, whenever needed - 1:1 support through your allocated Personal Tutor, access to the Academic Skills and Knowhow Centre, and Student Services. 
  • Course has been designed to be compliant with the undergraduate educational framework of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and we will be seeking accreditation at the appropriate time  


Fees: £9,000 PA
International Fees: £18,000 PA

Entry Criteria: 

GCSE Maths and English should be Grade 5 or above.
112-128 UCAS points or equivalent.
Students whose first language is not English evidence IELTS grade 7, with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an alternative acceptable qualification.
RPEL admission for applicants with prior experiential learning who demonstrate a strong probability of likely success.

*Subject to validation and NDAPs (New Degree Awarding Powers)

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Start your studies with our Foundation Year*

Our Foundation year, taken over the course of one full academic year, will see you develop the key transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge needed to continue into NMITE's BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment, without the need to reapply.

Unsure if you meet the requirements for entry via Foundation Year? The best thing to do, is to get in touch. 

  • BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment with Foundation Year (4 years study)


Fees: £9,000 PA
International Fees: £18,000 PA

Entry Criteria:

  • Either: Two A-Levels in any subject and at any pass grade (or equivalent qualifications such as a BTEC National Diploma or Level 3 Apprenticeship)
  • Or: Demonstrable experience, interest in and flair for your chosen subject.
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 or above.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age by the time the course begins.
  • Students whose first language is not English should evidence IELTS grade 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or an alternative acceptable qualification.

*Subject to validation and NDAPs (New Degree Awarding Powers)

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