Kingston University London

Course Introduction

The UK's historic built environment is rich and diverse, contributing to national identity, our quality of life and the country's economy and education. Our Historic Building Conservation Foundation 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.

The course is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists.

It is taught over two years at the Building Crafts College at Stratford in East London. The college provides a range of craft programmes, and opportunities exist for supplementary study on their evening programmes. Sited close to a major transport hub, it provides excellent access to all parts of the UK and Europe.

The foundation course combines academic elements and project work. It is particularly suited to those already working at a craft level within historic building conservation. Applicants from a non'craft'based level background are also welcome, and will develop conservation skills through the course. The final Elective Project offers the opportunity to undertake a practical project using craft skills.

Once the Foundation course is completed you have the opportunity to 'top'up' to a full degree by studying for the Historic Building Conservation BSc which is taught at Kingston School of Art, part of Kingston University.

Course Modules

Examples of modules:

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

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc Other Fees