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BSc (Honours) Quantity Surveying

Prepare for your career in quantity surveying on a course with an excellent reputation with employers.

Course length 4 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS K240 Course code

Course description

What you study

Study the key areas of quantity surveying such as • financial management • contract administration and practice • conflict avoidance • cost planning • procurement and tendering • quantification of construction works • building information modelling.

As well as introducing key topics we give you the chance to apply these concepts in real life scenarios and collaborative assessment techniques.

How you learn

The course introduces key themes through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You are also taught using a variety of other techniques including • practical laboratory classes • IT workshops • fieldwork • site visits • self-directed project work.

Field trips

You are invited to go on field trips in your first and second year. During year one you go on a residential field trip, usually staying in a city centre hotel. In year two you have the option of visiting a European city to carry out activities linked to your studies. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Work placements

In the third year you have the opportunity to apply your learning on a paid work placement at a building organisation or professional practice. We have long standing relationships with leading companies, which will help you to gain a good placement. These include • BAM Construct UK • Bramall Construction Ltd • Balfour Beatty Construction • Frank Haslam Milan Building Consultants • E C Harris Built Asset Consultancy • Transport for London • Faithful+Gould.

This is a great opportunity to improve your career prospects and starting salary, and many students are offered jobs at the end of the placement. You normally return in year four to complete your studies and build on the knowledge and skills you have gained through your placement. However some students take up full-time employment and complete their studies part-time after the placement year.

Facilities

A core part of your learning is IT based, and some of your studies take place at our computer suites and learning centre. Here, you use specialist software for managing human and physical resources, assessing critical paths and monitoring project costs.

Teaching

Our teaching team includes experienced academics and quantity surveying lecturers who have practised within local government, private practice and in construction companies. To ensure you get the latest industry perspectives, we have visiting lecturers from consultancy companies and large contractors to speak on key aspects of current professional practice.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• foundation degree – advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a foundation degree in a related subject, with an average score of 60 % across the highest level modules

• advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a minimum of all merits on all H2 level units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one H2 unit with a distinction in another H2 unit is permitted.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all skills.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

2018 entry requirements

GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• foundation degree – advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a foundation degree in a related subject, with an average score of 60 % across the highest level modules

• advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a minimum of all merits on all H2 level units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one H2 unit with a distinction in another H2 unit is permitted.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all skills.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement)

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

Introduction to the built environment
In this module you are introduced to the professional framework governing careers in the built environment and develop key skills like report writing and excel for the quantity surveyor. The aim is to ensure you understand your chosen profession and the role it plays in the wider built environment, as well as move forward through your degree with key study skills. You begin to build knowledge of procurement and tendering processes which is developed in years two and three.

Introduction to measurement
Measurement is an essential skill for quantity surveyors and is required to meet the requirements of the RICS. This module provides you with an overview of the processes and procedures related to measurement, including the mathematics required for measurement.

Material science
This module provides grounding in the properties, source, use, sustainability and manufacture of the materials used in the construction industry. It is taught using a variety of delivery techniques, including laboratory sessions for material testing. This module complements your learning in the understanding construction technology module.

Law and economics for the built environment
The aim of this module is to provide you with a solid grounding in legal analysis to prepare you for employment in a wide range of built environment professional contexts. Key economic principles are introduced and their relevance to the built environment is explored. This module's introduction to both law and economics underpins your subsequent studies across the course.

Understanding construction technology
The purpose of this module is to provide you with broad underpinning knowledge and understanding of a variety of domestic and commercial methods and techniques. This understanding is enhanced by the materials science module.

Development project
This module explores the importance of effective management of information about the built environment, giving a hands on experience of manipulating information (CAD, BIM software etc) and then creating your own built environment information by visiting and interrogating a case study site and producing a professional report.

Year two modules

Evaluating construction technology
This module builds on the knowledge you gained through studying understanding construction technology in year one. By the end of this module you can analyse technology choices and apply reasoning and logic to specific case studies.

Health and safety at work
This module helps you understand the principles around the management of health and safety, within the context of the construction/property industry.

Collaborative project
This module involves group and individual work based around a real site which you visit during the module. Interdisciplinary groups consisting of building surveyors, quantity surveyors and construction project managers then work together to develop ideas and solutions for the site. The module builds cross discipline understanding and group working skills and also allows you to build your building information modelling skills through the use of software such as Revit.

Contractual procedures
Understanding the procurement and tendering process is essential for quantity surveyors. This module highlights current procurement and tendering practices, as well as providing an introduction to the contractual documents, contract administration and contractual issues which occur throughout the construction process.

Measurement of building works
This module builds on the core skills developed in the year one introduction to measurement module. By the end of this module you have an in-depth understanding of measuring building works across a broad cross section of construction elements.

Cost management
Costing is a core skill for quantity surveyors and this module provides you with knowledge and skills required to apply construction costing techniques within the design and construction stages of a project, including estimating, cost planning, cost modelling and costing risk.

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year modules

Advanced measurement
This module builds on previous measurement modules to include measurement software and measurement for civil engineering projects.

Dissertation

This module offers you a chance to explore an area of particular interest. Key skills surrounding research, analysis and writing are developed through independent study. You are guided through the process through taught sessions and allocated a member of staff to offer on-going support and encouragement throughout the dissertation process, as well as lectures and IT sessions around key areas of the process.

Quantity surveying professional studies
You reflect upon key thematic issues encountered within your placement (managing conflicts, ethics, communication etc) by drawing on both your own placement experiences and those of your peers. You focus on cost studies, one of the key professional skills for quantity surveyors which builds on the year two cost management module and incorporates the cost of refurbishment projects.

Quantity surveying practice and contract management
This module builds on contractual procedures from year two to enable you to evaluate contractual liabilities and complex contractual issues.

Strategic facilities management

The aim of this module is to develop your ability to integrate facilities management services solutions that support and improve the effectiveness of the client organisation. It incorporates the theory of maintenance management.

Assessment
  • continuous assessment
  • written assignments
  • examinations
  • project work
  • presentations

Employability

Our graduates have excellent career prospects due to the practical nature of the course and the industrial experience you gain. They have found careers in • professional practices • building and civil engineering contractors • local authorities • government agencies.

We have an impressive employment record with our graduates going to work for companies such as • BAM Construct UK • Bramall Construction Ltd • Balfour Beatty Construction • Tolent Construction Ltd • Mace • Turner Facilities Management • Faithful+Gould • Frank Haslam Milan Building Consultants.

There is also a growing number of career opportunities in Europe, Australia and the USA with employers such as • Gleeds UK Ltd • E C Harris Built Asset Consultancy • Balfour Beatty Construction • Faithful+Gould.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

2018/19 academic year

£12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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