Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship (Quantity Surveying) BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
5 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022, September 2023
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Secure a professional quantity surveying qualification while you work. You’ll learn about construction topics such as measurements and tendering, Building Information Modelling (BIM), contract law and property economics. You’ll graduate with the confidence to tackle social, economic and technical issues around construction projects of all sizes. 

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 that 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
  • Put theory to the test in your job and on field trips
  • Learn from practising surveyors and guest speakers
  • Study surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques, using professional Revit software
  • 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 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.

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Accreditation

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

Entry requirements​

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

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or T level (Merit), or equivalent.
  • 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 are 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.
Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
    • A levels – ABB–BBC
    • T levels – Merit
    • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • 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 are 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.
Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Facilities and specialist software

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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.

Male engineering student using surveying equipment

Surveying Store

Get practical experience with all the equipment you'll need to develop your skills, including automatic levels, theodolites for measuring angles between designated points, computer-aided design and drafting software as well as a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers for surveying and marking land.

Learn more

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

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.

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

Modules

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5

Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Design and Sustainability – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Introduction to Construction Measurement – 20 credits
  • Professional Skills – 20 credits
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting – 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
Core modules in this year include:
  • Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM) – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Procurement and Pre-contract Practice – 20 credits
  • Professional Studies and Applied Project – 20 credits
  • Tender Documentation and Measurement – 20 credits

Core modules in this year include:

  • Application of IT in Measurement and Tender Documentation – 20 credits
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Individual Major Project Evolution – 0 credits

Core units in this year include:

  • Group Tutorials – 0 credits
  • Individual Major Project – 40 credits
  • Quantity Surveying Practice – 20 credits
  • Work Rotation and Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Practice – 20 credits

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

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • computer-based tutorials
  • fieldwork and site visits
  • 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
  • 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

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

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:

​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 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

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights 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.

Apply

The application deadline is .

Applications received after this date may not be considered.

  • 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 companiy's standard recruitment process for the job, while we assess your academic suitability for the course.

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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.