Building Surveying (degree apprenticeship)
Work, learn and qualify through a practical day-release degree
What is a degree apprenticeship?
Degree apprenticeships allow you to work while also studying for a full university honours degree.
The Government and your employer pay your tuition fees, so you will not need a student loan to fund your course. You will also earn a salary from your employer while you study.
Why take this course?
With this course, you will get experience in the workplace and can apply what you learn in your degree to real-life situations. You will also develop project management, problem solving and leadership abilities. The course includes a combination of online and University-based learning.
You will enjoy all the benefits of being a student at the University of Portsmouth, including complete access to library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union.
Because you will be working, you will earn a salary and you do not need to pay tuition fees because the Government and your employer cover the cost of your study.
Our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course offers the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, such as problem-solving and defect analysis, which are highly valued in the property profession. As a Building Surveying apprentice, you will study and work with other apprentices/students of other surveying and civil engineering courses in a multi-disciplinary approach which reflects working relationships in industry.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Gain a full honours degree while you are earning
- Gain full chartered membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Put what you learn into practice in the workplace
- Benefit from flexible study and a ‘blended’ approach to learning that involves both on-campus group work and online support
- Meet other like-minded professionals and immerse yourself in the student experience
What opportunities might it lead to?
A degree apprenticeship could mark the start of your new career. Or it could be part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), your career progression or an opportunity to specialise or acquire new skills.
As a degree apprentice you can:
- Grow your knowledge and experience
- Develop specialist skills
- Advance your career
- Progress to study at Master’s level and beyond
How to apply
To do a degree apprenticeship you need to be in full-time employment (more than 30 hours a week) in the UK.
If you are in full-time employment
If you are currently employed full time and want to do a degree apprenticeship, ask your manager or HR department to complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.
If you are not in full-time employment
If you are not currently employed full time, you can see vacancies on our degree apprenticeships page. You can also search for degree apprentice vacancies on these websites:
- Gov.uk find an apprenticeship (select Degree on the Apprentice level drop-down list)
- UCAS career finder
(Note that there are degree apprenticeships from providers other than the University of Portsmouth on these websites).
We can match you to employers who are taking on degree apprentices – complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.
To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.
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- Five years part time (day release)
- 2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
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.
Please note: the following tuition fee terms and conditions do not apply to this particular course.
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Structure & Teaching
Core units on BSc (Hons) Building Surveying (degree apprenticeship) include:
- Construction Design and Sustainability
- Design Objectives
- Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
- Professional Development 1
- Property Economics and Financial Planning
- Soils and Materials 1
- Building Futures
- Building Information Modelling
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Planning Law and Practice
- Procurement and Pre-Contract Practice
- Professional Development 2
- Research Methods and Individual Project
- Contract Administration, Claims Management, and Dispute Resolution
- Energy Resources and Infrastructure
- Integrating Interprofessional Project
- Surveys and Defects
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is delivered in a wide range of ways including large group lectures, seminars, computer-based tutorials, laboratories and workshops. Staff have expertise and often professional experience in a range of surveying disciplines, construction, economics, architecture, law and digital technologies.
How are you assessed?
Assessors use a variety of assessment methods to reflect the various skills necessary for a successful career as a surveyor. They will assess you individually and in groups. Assessments will be written and verbal, and will be both timed and untimed elements. Assessors give detailed feedback on all forms of assessment to aid your learning and development.
Assessment methods include:
- Closed and open book exams
- Problem-based coursework and professional style reports
- Computer-based portfolios
- Group presentations
The academic element of the degree apprenticeship in Surveying is designed to build on the strong links we enjoy with employers, enabling apprentices to enjoy a rounded, educational experience. Apprentices have the opportunity to use what they have learned at work in the seminars and workshops, and apply what they have learned on campus in their day-to-day work.
Facilities & Features
We coordinate a series of lectures delivered by specially invited professional practitioners. The series provides you with an opportunity for business updates and a first-hand perspective on both local and international property environments.
You will go on site visits and carry out fieldwork that will introduce you to the markets and environments in which you will eventually work. You can also go on overseas fieldtrips. Past destinations include Barcelona, Paris, Turkey, Dublin and the Netherlands.
This house, which is typical of many thousands found in the UK, is located on campus. In it we have installed environmental monitoring equipment and video cameras to enable in-situ studies of the building’s performance and the behaviour of its occupants. The data from these studies is used to enhance teaching and for individual projects. The building also serves as a case study for measured and defect surveys.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library includes 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
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 to develop.
Other costs to consider
We will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.
You will also be required to complete the assessment of professional competence (APC) to qualify as a chartered surveyor, but these costs are met by your employer. Please see http://www.rics.org/uk/join/student/.
The cost of End Point Assessment (EPA) is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.
Careers & Opportunities
Benefits to you
- Stay ahead of the competition by working in your job and gaining your degree at the same time
- Learn the theory of business and apply it to your workplace
- Gain job-specific training
- Have access to the support and resources at the University of Portsmouth
Benefits to your employer
- Grow their own staff, instilling their business culture from an early stage
- Get the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their business
- Support succession planning and enhance retention of a skilled workforce
- Work in partnership with the University to maximise effects of the programme
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