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Diploma in Construction Management (Level 4)

Course Overview

Diploma in Construction Management

Construction managers play a central and pivotal role in the planning and execution of building projects of all sizes and spanning all sectors.  The professional construction manager assists with and oversees the planning, organising and ongoing supervision of both building construction projects and building maintenance. 

Construction Management Course

This Diploma in Construction Management represents the ideal course for those looking to join an incredibly dynamic and potentially lucrative industry, or perhaps take an existing position within the construction sector to new heights. The skills of the professional construction manager are highly-prized and sought-after across numerous core business sectors – particularly in an era when global property development is accelerating as its fastest ever pace.

On Diploma of Construction Management Online, candidates are introduced to the key principles of construction management and project supervision, incorporating sound planning and estimating, site organisation, management of equipment and materials, human resource management and a series of legal and contractual considerations.

Course Syllabus

Construction Management Course: Key Topics

Diploma in Construction Managementconsists of the following 13 units:

Unit 1 - Introduction to Construction Management

The first course unit provides candidates with an introduction to construction management and the role the professional construction manager plays in contemporary building projects.  Labour quality and productivity are explored, along with the various testing, inspection and supervisory responsibilities of the construction manager.

Unit 2 - Development and Organisation of Construction Projects

In the second unit, course content focuses primarily on the project life cycle and the general organisation and development of construction projects.  Candidates are introduced to the project initiation phrase, the design and planning phase, execution and control phases and general organisation of professional building projects.

Unit 3 - Importance of Estimation in Construction Work

Focus then shifts to the subject of construction work project estimation and its critical importance.  Candidates explore the ways and means by which accurate estimates can be produced in accordance with feasibility studies and intensive planning. Revision of project budgets is also introduced.

Unit 4 - Preliminary Investigations, Location and Site Selection

The concepts of site selection, location and a variety of other preliminary investigations are introduced in the fourth course unit, which guides candidates through various selection and evaluation criteria along with essential topographic considerations.

Unit 5 - Site Organisation

In the fifth unit, the central theme is that of sight organisation and an array of critically important considerations including site accommodation, material storage, equipment and tools storage, plant movements and general requirements, supply of electricity and water, site access and site fencing/boundary options.

Unit 6 - Planning for Equipment

Equipment-planning and selection forms the core focus of Unit 6, which provides candidates with an in-depth look at the evaluation process whereby equipment requirements are both carefully considered and workable plans produced accordingly.  Financing for site equipment is also introduced.

Unit 7 - Equipment Management

The management of all essential equipment represents the core focus of Unit 7. Candidates discover a wide variety of concepts/essentials including equipment maintenance and repair, replacement analysis, stock planning, spare parts inventory maintenance and the general organisation of on-site equipment.

Unit 8 - Material Management

Course content then moves on to material management, providing candidates with a broad overview of potential material purchase challenges, various issues related to material-handling and storage, the concept of integrated materials management and the role the professional construction manager plays in managing materials.

Unit 9 - Purchase and Storage Management

Storage management represents the primary theme of Unit 9, which is introduced alongside the crucial concept of purchase management.  Candidates investigate a variety of storage systems and procedures, warehousing basics, material purchasing systems and stored material preservation.

Unit 10 - Specialised Buying and Vendor Management

In the tenth unit, core focus turns to vendor management and specialised buying incorporating essential teachings on the learning cycle, process documentation, codification and ISO 9000.  The computerising of material management task/records is also explored.

Unit 11 - Quality Controlling During Construction

Course content in Unit 11 centres largely on quality control, incorporating an investigation into the economic impact of quality control and its importance.  Candidates investigate and explore various facets of quality control, including those with regard to contractors.  Achieving and promoting quality control in the field is also are explored.

Unit 12 - Human Resource Management

The role of the professional construction manager in organising, deploying and supervising all essential human resources forms the core focus of Unit 12.  Candidates are introduced to some of the most critically important people-management skills and theoretical teachings at the core of every successful business manager.

Unit 13 - Legal Aspects of Contract

In the closing course unit, a variety of common construction contract types are introduced and explored in-depth. Unit content includes an introduction to purchase orders, project insurance, subcontracts and contract definitions, along with a broad overview of project insurance, project disputes and related procedures including mediation and arbitration.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Installments: £560 (interest FREE Installments)

Deposit: £104

No of Installments: 12

Each Installment: £38

Pay in Full: (£100 Discount) £460


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Brentwood Open Learning College have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood Open Learning College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

What is ABC Awards?

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

This top-level construction management diploma paves the way for an incredible life-long career in a dynamic and rewarding industry. Career prospects include team leader positions, site management, quantity surveying, risk management, HR and many more besides. Newly-qualified construction managers generally take home around £25,000 while senior manager can earn in £50,000. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Construction workers in pursuit of promotion
  • Newcomers looking to start out at the highest possible level
  • Existing managers interested in improving their performance
  • Candidates interested in long-term job security
  • Entrepreneurs and those building their own businesses 

Related Links:

Certificate in Construction Management (Level 3)

International Diploma in Project Management (Level 4)

Certificate in Risk Management (Level 2)

Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
260 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

Start Date

  • Learn how to effectively manage challenging constructions projects
  • Study workforce and site management at a professional level
  • Explore equipment and material purchasing
  • Discover the role quality control plays in construction management
  • Master the art of delegation and team leadership 

Pay Online

Course Cost

£ 460

£ 560

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