A building surveying degree apprentice working

Mode of Study



5 years part-time

Start date

September 2023




Build your future with a professional degree that you study alongside your job. You’ll learn to handle the issues that inform decisions in building management, such as development costs, the viability of repairs, building law and property economics.

This is a degree apprenticeship course, so you’ll spend 1 day of your working week on your studies, with the other 4 in your current job. You’ll be able to put what you learn to work immediately, developing your career as you contribute to the success of your company. And your fees are covered by your employer, or the Government, so you won’t face any tuition costs. 

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 I can apply in the learning environment as well as confidence, which helps with assessments such as presentations.

Tom Colbeck, Degree Apprentice

Course highlights

  • Work toward Chartered Surveyor status, with the skills you'll need for registration embedded in your studies
  • Use laboratory and test house facilities where you’ll study material performance, surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques
  • Explore projects such as the Passivhaus standard housing development and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre
  • Apply practical surveying skills on site in real buildings, and learn from practising building surveyors and guest speakers
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Build a network of professional peers and fellow students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines
  • Study alongside your job, with support from a personal University tutor 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. 


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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


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

When you graduate, you'll have the academic and work-based experience that you need to register for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). Upon passing the APC, you will be a Chartered Surveyor.

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

I'm an employer interested in this degree apprenticeship for my staff

There's more information for you about degree apprenticeships on our information for employers page, or you can contact us directly. 

If you have an employee, or employees, in mind, that's great; if you are creating a new opening, we can help you shape and promote the role.

View employer information for degree apprenticeships

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying (Degree Apprenticeship) entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

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 cannot accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification, please get in touch.

Selection process
  • All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form.

  • All applicants are required to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.

You may need to have studied specific subjects.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

You and your employer

When you begin studying for your degree apprenticeship:

  • You need to be 18 or over
  • You should be able to satisfy government requirements on residency: 
    • you must be a citizen or have the right to live in the UK/EEA
    • you must have been a resident in the UK/EEA (not the Channel Islands or Isle of Man) for a minimum of 3 years
    • you must not need a Student Route visa, and must not have been on a Student Route visa within the past 3 years
  • You need to have the right to work in the UK, and to spend at least 50% of your working hours in England
  • Your job should meet the requirements of the apprenticeship standard relevant to this degree – we can advise you and your employer on this
  • Your employer needs to have registered an apprentice service account – we can help your employer with this if needed

If you aren't currently working in a relevant field, you can apply for a job and degree apprenticeship simultaneously. Read more about applying for this degree apprenticeship.

Your facilities

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Port-Eco House

Our Port-Eco House is a 3-bedroom property equipped with various monitoring systems, which measure everything from the efficiency of heating and insulation to dampness and exterior weather conditions.

Explore House

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Technology Facilities Day One - NOT FOR THIRD PARTY - CONSENT

Concrete laboratory

Design, mix and test different concrete mixes, and observe and record all stages of the concrete production process via a built-in camera system and live stream in this lab.

Explore Lab


Building Information Modelling (BIM) software

Use our suite of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, including our computer-aided design tools that use digital images to show physical and functional characteristics.

Careers and opportunities

When you successfully complete your apprenticeship, you'll be a registered Chartered Surveyor.

You'll also have gained the professional knowledge and practical experience you need to advance your career in the building sector as a building surveyor, and you'll be able to show the skills and qualifications you need to be an ideal candidate for project and facilities management roles in your organisation and beyond.

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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Futureproof your career

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


Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Design and Sustainability – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Professional Skills – 20 credits
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting – 20 credits
  • Soils and Materials 1 – 20 credits

Core modules in this year include:

  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles – 20 credits
  • Planning for Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) – 20 credits
  • Workplace Project – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM) – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Planning Procedures and Practice – 20 credits
  • Procurement and Pre-contract Practice – 20 credits
  • Professional Studies and Applied Project – 20 credits

Core modules in this year include:

  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution – 20 credits
  • Energy and Environmental Management – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Individual Major Project Evolution – 0 credits
  • Planning Procedures and Practice – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology

Core modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Individual Major Project – 40 credits
  • Work Rotation and APC Practice – 20 credits

Changes to course content

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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


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
    • 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.

    How you'll spend your time

    How you study for your degree will depend on your employer. You'll likely attend the University on day release for 1 day every other week during term time. You'll do follow-up work by yourself when away from the University with support from our Virtual Learning Environment: Moodle.

    Occasionally, we run customised versions of the course with specific employers, which aren't available to all applicants. This could involve study via distance learning with the support of Moodle or a combination of online study with block release (4-day periods of intense study on campus).

    Term dates

    The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

    See term dates

    Supporting your learning

    The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

    Types of support

    Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

    As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

    You'll get a workplace mentor who's there to support you during your apprenticeship. They'll understand your workplace responsibilities and help you to balance your workload in your workplace and in your studies

    You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

    They can help you:

    • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
    • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
    • solve computing problems relevant to your course
    • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
    • understand and use assignment feedback

    All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

    As well as support from faculty 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

    Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

    You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

    If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

    They'll help you to

    • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
    • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
    • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
    • liaise with external services

    Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

    The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

    The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

    If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

    Course costs and funding

    Tuition fees

    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.

    Tuition fees terms and conditions

    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 show your accommodation options and highlight 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.

    Employers must also appoint an RICS Counsellor to support and work with the Apprentice until the end of the Apprenticeship Programme. The Employer is responsible for all costs and expenses associated with this. 

    An RICS Counsellor is an RICS chartered professional (MRICS or FRICS) who agrees to act in accordance with MRICS Assessment Counsellor's Guide.


    When you apply for a degree apprenticeship, you'll apply in partnership with your employer.


    I'm applying with my current employer

    If you're already in full-time work, and your employer is interested in you studying this course, get them to contact us and we'll work out how to work together. 

    If your employer isn't interested yet, you might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

    Employer contact form  Information for employers



    I'm looking for a job with a Degree Apprenticeship role

    If you're not in full-time employment, or your current employer is not interested in degree apprenticeships, you'll need to find a role that does offer a degree apprenticeship. You can search the gov.uk list of open degree apprenticeship vacancies, or contact us with your details and we'll let you know when degree apprenticeship vacancies come up.

    When you apply for a role that includes one of our degree apprenticeships, you'll follow the company's standard recruitment process for the job, while we assess your academic suitability for the course.

    Search degree apprenticeship roles (gov.uk)  Contact us


    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.