Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship (Quantity Surveying) BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
5 years part-time
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Do you want to earn a salary and get valuable on-the-job experience while you study for a quantity surveying degree and and gain a professional qualification?

On this 5-year chartered surveyor BSc (Hons) Quantity 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 about areas such as construction design and Building Information Modelling (BIM). And you'll develop knowledge in areas such as property economics, law and contracts, planning procedures and practice, project management, problem solving, valuation, procurement and contract administration

dispute resolution, planning law, project management, problem solving and property economics. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll be able to confidently tackle the social, economic and technical issues around construction projects of all sizes. You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job and contribute to the success of your company.

Accredited by

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) so what you learn on the course is relevant to the industry.

When you graduate, you'll have a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying and be eligible to register as a Chartered Surveyor with RICS.

This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs in the future.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Learn from practising surveyors and guest speakers
  • Develop skills and knowledge in facilities management, project management and building conservation, and fuse entrepreneurial skills and professional acumen
  • 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
  • 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 1 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.

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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 quantity 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.

I previously found it hard to balance college work during the day and part-time retail work in the evenings, so the degree apprenticeship is a perfect way to earn whilst I learn. My responsibilities at work have given me experience that I can apply in the learning environment as well as confidence which helps with assessments such as presentations.

Tom Colbeck, Degree Apprentice

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship Quantity Surveying degree

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Design and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Building Measurement
  • Professional Skills
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting

There are no optional modules in this year.

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Procurement and Pre-Contract Practice
  • Professional Studies and Applied Project
  • Tender Documentation and Measurement

Optional modules in this year include:

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Application of IT in Measurement and Tender Documentation
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
  • Individual Major Project Evolution
  • Quantity Surveying Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Contract Administration, Claims Management, and Dispute Resolution
  • Measurement, Tender Documentation, and Quantity Surveying Practice
  • Integrating Interprofessional Project
  • Project Management for Surveyors

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

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.

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (Degree Apprenticeship) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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.

See the other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £27,000 paid over five years.

Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page for further information.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

We will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.

Your employer will cover the cost of the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is separate from your course fees.

Apply

How you apply depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.

How to apply with your current employer

If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together. 

You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

How to apply with a new employer

If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.

You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.

We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.

You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.

If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us

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