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BSc (Honours) Professional Practice in Construction Quantity Surveying

Degree apprenticeship

Male wearing hard hat and hi-vis operating quantity surveying equipment on a bare construction site.Start or continue a professional career as a construction quantity surveyor in the construction industry. Gain a degree while developing your technical knowledge, initiative and interpersonal skills required of the profession.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Construction Quantity Surveyor standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay. 

The course normally takes 3 years part-time – then you'll complete an endpoint assessment within a further 6 months.


1. Course summary

  • Gain understanding of building technology, measurement, contracts and cost management.
  • Apply your learning in your working environment, on site visits and in practical projects.
  • Develop your potential and utilise your existing knowledge in the workplace.
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)

This course is suitable if you're new to the industry or you'd like a degree qualification and professional recognition of your experience. As construction job openings are expected to reach more than 42,000 in Yorkshire and the Humber by 2022 (Emsi, 2016), degree apprentices in quantity surveying are now needed more than ever.

2. How you learn

As well as academic theory, work-based learning and practical application in the workplace, you’ll develop effective skills in teamwork, negotiating and problem solving. You'll have an Academic Advisor and Work Based Learning Coach to support you, and the modules you study will prepare you for your endpoint assessment – which is the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence.

You learn through

  • part-time day-release study at Sheffield Hallam
  • lectures and class-based seminars
  • site visits and workshops
  • work-based learning
  • practical application
  • a third year development project
  • a final year dissertation

3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities in our Natural and Built Environment Department in our City Campus, led by our extensively experienced teaching staff.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

You'll need GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English at Grade C, 4 or above.

You'll also need to have successfully completed one of the following Level 4 apprenticeship standards from an academic institution or registered training provider:


An equivalent Cert HE or HNC or equivalent qualification in an construction-related subject. You would normally have a minimum of an all merit average (not including key or common skills). Compensation for a pass in one unit with a distinction in another unit is permitted.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. 
Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

5. Modules

Year 1 • reflective skills for built environment professional apprentice performance • contractual procedures • measurement of building works • cost management •
Year 2 • work-based project • strategic facilities management • quantity surveying practice •
Year 3 • work-based investigation • reflective practice • advanced measurement and cost management •

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