Kingston University London - Historic Building Conservation FdSc and BSc (Hons) top-up

Kingston University London

Historic Building Conservation FdSc and BSc (Hons) top-up

The UK's historic built environment is rich and diverse, contributing to our national identity, our quality of life, and the country's economy and education. This course offers a unique blend of vocational and academic learning that will greatly enhance your employability within this challenging and rewarding field. The course content is specifically designed to address skill shortages within the conservation industry.

Professional Recognition

The foundation degree, when combined with the BSc (Hons) top-up, is recognized by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists. The Historic Building Conservation BSc (Hons) top-up is accredited by the 

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (


Reasons to choose Kingston

  • Supported by the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG), which includes English Heritage, the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, and CITB- Construction Skills, this course is taught by industry experts with access to current conservation projects.
  • Upon completion of the BSc (Hons) top-up, you can seek employment to support you in undertaking your Assessment of Professional Competence. This leads to chartered membership in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • This course also supports you in preparing to start the practice period required to become a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS tariff points:


    72 for FdSc
  • BSc (Hons) top-up:


    Successful completion of Foundation Degree in Historic Building Conservation.
  • IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Once you complete the course, you will have the specialist knowledge needed to work in historic building conservation for a specialist contractor, a local authority or consultancy, or a major national heritage organisation. Several graduates have chosen to progress to the MSc Historic Building Conservation, a specialist interdisciplinary postgraduate course in the Department of Architecture and Landscape.

The FdSc and BSc (Hons) top-up are recognised by the IHBC. You will also be able to start the practice period with a view to becoming a full member of the Institute. Following completion of the BSc (Hons) top-up, you will be eligible to seek employment which would support you in undertaking your Assessment of Professional Competence, leading to Chartered membership of the RICS.

Course Details

The program is made up of four Level 6 modules each worth 30 credit points. Typically a student upon entry must have completed 120 credits at each of Levels 4 and 5 on an appropriate program.

The BSc (Hons) top-up year is taught at Kingston University's Department of Architecture and Landscape at the Knights Park campus. You will be part of its exciting and vibrant atmosphere, and be supported by state-of-the-art workshops and resources, as well as have access to the library and workshop resources. The top-up can be taken part-time over two years or full-time in one year and includes academic and project-based modules.

You will develop important interdisciplinary skills and extend your knowledge of the historic built environment. Study visits are key to this program. You will learn to make presentations, work in teams, write reports, debate current topics, and apply IT. You will also learn how to initiate and execute simple research projects. The course culminates in an independent research project.

Year 1

Context of Conservation and the Built Environment
Development of Skills for the Historic Environment
Conservation Legislation and Regulation
Application of Skills in Conservation

Year 2

Applied Conservation Measurement and Analysis
Management of Conservation Projects
Traditional Building Construction and Repair
Elective Project

Year 3

The Existing Built Environment
Advanced Skills for the Building Conservation Surveyor
Adaptive Building Design and Application
Research Project

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

Are you ready to start building your future?

Contact our admission counseller and get a free consultation.