BSc (Hons) – degree apprenticeship

Chartered Surveyor

Work, learn and qualify through a practical day-release degree

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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.

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 email

If you are not in full-time employment

If you are not currently employed full time, you can search for degree apprentice vacancies on these websites: 

(Note that there are degree apprenticeships from providers other than the University of Portsmouth on these websites.)

We can also match you to employers who are taking on degree apprentices – email, including your full name and which degree apprenticeship(s) you are interested in.

To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.

Key Facts

Subject to approval

5 years part time (day release)
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
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

2017/18 entry

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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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

You will choose one of two pathways; Quantity Surveyor or Building Surveyor.

Quantity Surveying pathway

Core units on this pathway include:

Year 1

  • Construction Design and Sustainability 
  • Introduction to Building Measurement 
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment

Year 2

  • Professional Development 1 
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting 
  • Quantitative Methods for Property Studies

Year 3

  • Building Futures 
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) 
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles

Year 4

  • Tender Documentation & Measurement
  • Procurement and Pre-Contract Practice 
  • Professional Development 2
  • Research Methods and Individual Project

Year 5

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

Building Surveying Pathway

Core units on this pathway include:

Year 1

  • Construction Design and Sustainability 
  • Design Objectives 
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment

Year 2

  • Professional Development 1 
  • Property Economics and Financial Planning 
  • Soils and Materials 1

Year 3

  • Building Futures
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles

Year 4

  • Planning Law and Practice 
  • Procurement and Pre-Contract Practice 
  • Professional Development 2
  • Research Methods and Individual Project

Year 5

  • 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.

Read the full Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan for a chartered surveyor.

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
  • Dissertation
Emily Walsh

Tutor's View

Emily Walsh
Senior Lecturer

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.

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Guest speakers

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.

Field trips

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.

Port-eco House

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.

University Library

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.

Recommended texts:
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.

General costs:
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.

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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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