Building Surveying (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc (Hons)

Overview

Do you want to earn a salary and get valuable on-the-job experience while you study for a building surveying degree and other professional qualifications?

On this 5-year chartered surveyor BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree apprenticeship, you'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. Degree apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've just finished school or college or you've already started your career.

You'll learn how to advise on the cost of new development proposals and assess the viability of repairs. And you'll develop knowledge in areas such as dispute resolution, planning law, project management, problem solving and property economics. You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company.

The skills and knowledge you get on this course will put you at the heart of decision-making in construction projects setting you up for successful career as a building surveyor.

What you'll experience

On this degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Learn from practising building surveyors and guest speakers
  • Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings
  • Develop the skills you need for a specialist career in building surveying, as well as abilities relevant to facilities management, project management and building conservation
  • Use laboratory and test house facilities where you’ll study material performance, surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques
  • Put theory to the test in your job and on field trips to locations such as the Passivhaus standard housing development, school refurbishment projects and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Study and work with students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines, complementing the experience you'll get at work
  • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor

You'll typically go to university one day a week for around 30 weeks every year to attend lectures, seminars and workshops. On the weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment. 

What you'll study

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Design and Sustainability
  • Professional Skills
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Soils and Materials 1

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Planning for Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)
  • Workplace Project

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Soils and Materials 1

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Planning Procedures and Practice
  • Procurement and Precontract Practice
  • Professional Studies and Applied Project

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Planning for Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management, and Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Environmental Management
  • Individual Major Project Evolution

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Planning Procedures and Practice

Year 5

Core modules in this year include:

  • Individual Major Project
  • Work Rotation Professional Competence (APC) Practice

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • computer-based tutorials
  • laboratories
  • workshops

You'll keep regular contact with your mentor, especially during your work-based learning project in the final year.

You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.

    How you're assessed

    You'll be assessed through:

    • closed and open book exams
    • problem-based coursework and professional style reports
    • computer-based portfolios
    • group presentations
    • major work-based project

    You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

    You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

    Careers and opportunities

    This degree gives you the professional knowledge and practical experience you need to advance your career in the building sector as a building surveyor. You'll be eligible to register as a Chartered Surveyor when you complete your apprenticeship.

    The skills and qualifications you gain on this course will also make you an ideal candidate for project and facilities management roles in your organisation and beyond.

    After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

    BSc (Hons) Award
    September Start
    Part-time, Block-release Study Mode
    5 years Duration

    Entry Requirements For This Course

    112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

    All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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