Built for property

The role of a Construction Quantity Surveying Technician is to provide support on the monitoring and controlling of costs and contracts. Their expertise, understanding and competencies provide a valuable contribution to the overall successful running of construction projects.

This apprenticeship includes the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to be a successful Construction Quantity Surveying Technician and achieve Technician status or the equivalent.


  1. Build a strong foundation of knowledge to further your career
  2. Demonstrate your capability of studying at university level
  3. Support the business needs of your company

About the apprenticeship

What can you expect?

You’ll spend your time on this apprenticeship learning through a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Your academic learning (off-the-job) is complimented by the wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours you’ll learn through practical experience provided by your employer. For example, one day in your studies you may be learning about the different types of procurement processes and negotiation requirements for a construction project, and then the next day you may be out on site, putting those skills into practice. The learning from your job will significantly support the success of this apprenticeship.

At the end of your academic learning, you’ll take the end point assessment (EPA) which will typically be representative of the review process required for professional registration (Technician status). This particular EPA is assessed via an online test, project and a professional discussion. The standard duration for this is 6 months after the completion of the academic programme.

UCEM is planning to seek accreditation for the following:

  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for TechCIOB of CIOB

This apprenticeship is for those

  • Wanting to learn the foundations of quantity surveying
  • Needing the academic requirements to progress onto a L6 apprenticeship
  • Keen to prove their worth to their employer

This apprenticeship introduces students to the dynamic construction industry, allowing them to explore key concepts and the role of a Construction Quantity Surveyor to enable them to develop as valuable contributors to the built environment."

Priti Lodhia
Programme Leader


Benefits for apprentices

Demonstrate your commitment to your career

Prove to your employer that you are committed to becoming a quantity surveyor and are ready to take the next step in your career.

Develop in demand quantity surveying skills

These skills are highly sought-after in the industry and will make you a valuable contributor and asset to your employer.

Improve your sustainability literacy

Understand the need for sustainable change and transformation and develop the literacy needed to become a voice for sustainability within your organisation.

Benefits for employers

Plan for your future

Investing in your employees is the best way to reduce turnover and improve retention. Show them they are valued and they will show you their value.

Suitable for training both new and existing employees

Apprenticeships are a great solution for training, whether that be a new recruit or a current member of staff.

Invest in sustainability champions

Sustainability cannot be achieved in silos – create a workforce who put sustainability at the heart of what they do.

Apprenticeship programme structure

On successful completion, students will be awarded:

  • Certificate of Higher Education Construction and Built Environment
  • Apprenticeship Completion Certificate

Delivery structure

This apprenticeship will be delivered online and include guided discussions and workshops as well as independent learning and reading.

Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours for all apprenticeships happens through a combination of workplace training provided by the employer and off-the job training provided by UCEM.

The apprenticeship is 120 credits, plus an End Point Assessment (EPA). The employer must be able to provide their apprentices with relevant workplace experience for the requirements of the EPA to be met.

Modules you will study

Autumn (UK) Entry
Year 1, Semester 1
INT4BE1 Introduction to the Built Environment 1
INT4SUS Introduction to Sustainability
Year 1, Semester 2
CON4TE1 Construction Technology 1
CON4COP Introduction to Construction Practice
Year 2, Semester 1
LAW4RBE Introduction to Regulatory and Built Environment Law
CON4PRO Procurement and Contracts
Spring (UK) Entry
Year 1, Semester 1
INT4BE1 Introduction to the Built Environment 1
INT4SUS Introduction to Sustainability
Year 1, Semester 2
LAW4RBE Introduction to Regulatory and Built Environment Law
CON4PRO Procurement and Contracts
Year 2, Semester 1
CON4TE1 Construction Technology 1
CON4COP Introduction to Construction Practice

If you require further information about programme content, please view the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying programme specifications which set out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

Why choose UCEM?

UCEM is a leading university for the built environment providing flexible and accessible supported online education to all. Our commitment to become the most sustainable university in the world has led us to change the way we teach, operate, and collaborate with others to ensure that sustainability is integrated into everything that we do.

Online learning

When choosing UCEM, students gain access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This specialised platform acts as a hub for studies, offering resources, schedules, and engaging learning activities. Apprentices also have access to the Apprentice Hub – a one-stop shop on the VLE including guidance on off the job diary and end point assessment.

Dedicated apprenticeship contact

Our apprenticeship outcomes officers are the main point of contact whilst on programme. Their pastoral role is all encompassing and includes providing apprentice and employer with regular progress reviews to support with academic and personal development goals.

“My Apprenticeship Outcomes Officer, has walked along with me throughout this journey and has been fantastic. She cares about her students and is always on the other end of the phone. I never thought I would have a strong relationship with someone I had never met in person until graduation day.”

Alumni apprentice, Sadaqat

Account manager

Our experienced Business Development team are on hand to guide you through the apprenticeship process from beginning of the sign-up to the end of your apprentices EPA.

Disability and welfare support

UCEM has a dedicated disability and welfare team who work to provide all students with the support and tools they need to succeed. Support is available to students with a range of disabilities, health conditions, and learning difficulties.

Support tutors

This team helps apprentices to navigate the world of online learning. The tutors support in a variety of ways, whether that be explaining how to use the VLE, the e-Library, submitting assessments, or managing workload.

Academic support

Our academic staff are experts in their fields and are here to make studying with UCEM stimulating and inspiring whilst offering vital support and guidance along the way.

Module team

Module leaders are assisted by a team of module lecturers who provide additional support via weekly discussion forums and webinars.

  • Rated 13th in the top 50 apprenticeship providers
  • 'Good' Ofsted rating
  • 87% of employers believe that UCEM provides the right training at the right time 
  • 94% of apprentices felt that UCEM supported them and their apprenticeship 
  • Apprentices receive consistent learning regardless of their location  
  • Apprentices and employers receive progress reviews every 12 weeks

Key information

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points or an equivalent qualification
English language requirements

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have: 

Maths requirement

Along with English, maths at a minimum of level 2 is a requirement for all apprenticeship programmes.

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above that has Mathematics in the title
  • An equivalent qualification that can be discussed with the admissions and enquiries team
Requirements of the apprentice
  • Apprentices must have the right to work in England and meet the Education and Skill Funding Agency (ESFA) residency status requirements
  • Spend at least 50% of their working hours in England
  • Be 18 years or over at the start of the programme and be directly employed in a job role that will enable the requirements of the apprenticeship to be achieved
  • Find out more about how apprenticeships work

Time commitment

For apprentices

15-20 hours of study a week

For employers

You will need to provide your apprentice with the equivalent of one day off a week to study and you will need to ensure that their job role enables them to fulfil the requirements of the apprenticeship.

Funding information

The programme meets the criteria of the Construction Quantity Surveying Technician standard. It also meets the requirements of the revised standard that is effective from March. Eligible organisations are able to use their levy fund for the £9,000 fees.

For more information, see Apprenticeship funding.

Application process

Prospective apprentices

If you are currently employed within the built environment in England, you will need your employer’s support as they will fund your apprenticeship. Speak to your them about your options. If they have questions, then our business development team will be happy to answer them.

If you are looking to do an apprenticeship but are not currently employed, you will need to search for an apprenticeship before applying. Search on the government website, or try reaching out to relevant employers to see if there are vacancies.


Get in touch with our Business Development Team who will be able to guide you through the application process and support with any queries.

Current students

If you are currently studying a non-apprenticeship programme but wish to switch over to this apprenticeship then please follow the process for prospective apprentices.