Quantity Surveying (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
5 years part-time
Start Date
September 2019
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 other professional qualifications?

On this 5-year BA (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 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.

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 have a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity 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 quantity surveyors and guest speakers
  • Develop skills and knowledge in facilities management, project management and building conservation, and fuse entrepreneurial skills and professional acumen
  • Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings
  • 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.

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.

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

  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
  • Applicants may be subject to interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.
  • 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

​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 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

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

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

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
  • Introduction to Building Measurement
  • 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 Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods for Property Studies

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

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

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Tender Documentation & Measurement
  • 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
  • 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 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

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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
  • 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.

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

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.

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