Construction sites need seamless management to ensure the commercial success of the building project. A Construction Quantity Surveyor manages all costs relating to a construction project; being involved at every stage of the operation to review plans, contracts, materials and risks while liaising with various stakeholders.

This hands-on role focuses on managing subcontractors, maximising cash flow, and ensuring the project stays within budget. It suits those with strong communication and analytical skills who enjoy problem-solving.

If you are seeking more management experience, this Level 6 apprenticeship provides the right skills and knowledge for the next step in your career.


  1. Develop financial and project management skills
  2. Understand the impact of policy on project plans and on site
  3. Gain the sustainability expertise to analyse costs and benefits of projects

About the apprenticeship

What can you expect?

The academic learning is complimented by the wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours learnt through practical experience provided by employers. Whether it be understanding the environmental impact of construction activities on site, dispute resolution or putting in place a monitoring and evaluation plan, the learning from your job will significantly support the success of this apprenticeship.

This on-the-job training is vital for apprentices to pass the end point assessment (EPA) of this apprenticeship. This EPA is assessed via an online test, project and a professional discussion.

The final assessment process for this Apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.

*UCEM is currently seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

This apprenticeship is for those

  • Currently working on-site as a contractor and wanting to build on their existing experience
  • Eager to provide sustainable construction solutions within budget constraints
  • Looking to understand the legal requirements for construction projects
  • Seeking to build interpersonal skills

This apprenticeship provides students with a comprehensive exploration of the role and duties of a Construction Quantity Surveyor and equips them with the key skills required for working in an exciting and dynamic industry."

Priti Lodhia
Programme Leader


Benefits for apprentices

Provides a solid, practical start to a successful career as a professional Quantity Surveyor

This apprenticeship provides the underpinning necessary to understand the built environment as a whole and to see exactly where a Construction Quantity Surveyor fits in.

Opportunities for project-based travel around the UK and abroad

Wherever there are buildings, quantity surveyors are needed. Therefore, there are countless opportunities to work anywhere in the world once qualified.

Benefits for employers

A degree apprenticeship focused on the contractual side of construction

This apprenticeship has been built with contractors in mind and the modules reflect this. Apprentices will learn specifically about the contractual side of construction.

Develop current staff into qualified professionals

Invest in the talent already in your team and develop professional Quantity Surveyors equipped to manage and deliver projects on time and on budget.

Improve your company credibility

Professional qualified staff can bring value to your business and improve your competitiveness

Apprenticeship programme structure

On successful completion, students will be awarded:

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • 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 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
Level Construction Quantity Surveyor (CQS) pathway Apprentices
Year 1 Semester 1
5 CON5TE2 Construction Technology 2
5 QSP5MAC Measurement and Costing
Year 1 Semester 2
5 QSP5PRO Procurement and Tendering
5 QSP5DEC Design Economics and Cost Planning
Year 2 Semester 1
5 QSP5CPR Contract Administration and Practice
5 QSP5PPL Programming and Planning
Year 2 Semester 2
6 MAN6CMC Commercial Management in Construction
6 QSP6QSP Contemporary QS Practice
Year 3 Semester 1
6 QSP6CQS Post Contract Cost Control (CQS)
6 PRJ6WRA/S Workbased Research Project
Year 3 Semester 2
6 PMA6CPM Construction Project Management
6 PRJ6WRA/S Workbased Research Project
Spring (UK) Entry
Level Construction Quantity Surveyor (CQS) pathway Apprentices
Year 1 Semester 1
5 CON5TE2 Construction Technology 2
5 QSP5DEC Design Economics and Cost Planning
Year 1 Semester 2
5 QSP5CPR Contract Administration and Practice
5 QSP5MAC Measurement and Costing
Year 2 Semester 1
5 QSP5PRO Procurement and Tendering
5 QSP5PPL Programming and Planning
Year 2 Semester 2
6 MAN6CMC Commercial Management in Construction
6 QSP6QSP Contemporary QS Practice
Year 3 Semester 1
6 PMA6CPM Construction Project Management
6 PRJ6WRA/S Workbased Research Project
Year 3 Semester 2
6 QSP6CQS Post Contract Cost Control (CQS)
6 PRJ6WRA/S Workbased Research Project

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 ambition to be the most sustainable university in the world has led us to develop 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 assignments, 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:

  • To have completed the Level 4 Quantity Surveying Technician Standard or equivalent


  • HNC in Construction or other qualification that is accepted by UCEM as providing a 120-credit exemption against the UCEM Level 6 Quantity Surveyor Standard

If you do not meet the requirements for this programme then you may wish to take a look at our L4 Construction Quantity Surveying Technician Apprenticeship.

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 Surveyor (Degree) 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 £18,000 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.