Building Surveying (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc (Hons)

A building surveying degree apprentice working
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
5 years part-time
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019
Recognised
Yes

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 BA (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.

At the end of the course, you'll have a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Surveying and be eligible to register as a Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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. 

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.

Professional accreditations

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

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

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 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 5 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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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 provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.

You’ll need to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor. Your employer pays these costs.

The cost of your End-Point Assessment (EPA) – which your employer pays – is not included in your course fees.

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Contract Administration, Claims Management, and Dispute Resolution
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure
  • Integrating Interprofessional Project
  • Surveys and Defects

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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

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
    • dissertation

    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.

    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

    Apply

    How you apply for a degree apprenticeship 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

    Contact information
    • The degree apprenticeship team
    • +44 (0)23 9284 8599

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    Engineering
    Architecture and surveying
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