Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship – BSc (Hons) Route – Building Surveying Pathway

Overview

Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. Chartered building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions. This varied workload can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.

Whichever sector they work in, building surveyors’ knowledge and understanding of construction technology and building pathology means they are ideally equipped to provide a wide range of services including the following:

  • Managing design and construction
  • Undertaking building surveys and measured surveys
  • Analysing design and building defects
  • Preparing strategies for asset management and property maintenance
  • Preparing insurance valuations and claims
  • Preparing strategic property advice covering land ownership, lease conditions, boundaries, title matters (including easements, licences and covenants etc.), and landlord and tenant legislation
  • Project management and development monitoring
  • Miscellaneous services including accessibility and energy audits, specialist surveys (asbestos, damp etc.), conservation advice and sustainability advice

Source: RICS Building Surveying Pathway Guide (opens in PDF)

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • Workplace training and development to develop the required knowledge skills, behaviours for a successful career as a chartered surveyor
  • A UCEM BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree accredited by RICS, CIOB and CABE
  • Professional practice workshops delivered by UCEM
  • End-point assessment leading to chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification.

The end-point assessment is undertaken by RICS in accordance with the End-point assessment plan for Chartered Surveyor non-integrated degree apprenticeship standard (opens in PDF)

 

Already have a BSc (Hons) degree or equivalent?

You can also study this pathway on the Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship MSc route

 

Programme outline

Programme entry is available in Autumn or Spring each year.

The typical programme duration is:

  • Autumn entry: 56 months
  • Spring entry: 55 months

Applicants joining the programme with module exemptions will typically have an overall shorter duration.

The key programme elements and indicative timeline is available below.

Month
1-12 13-24 25-36 37-48 49-52/53 53/54 54/55-56/57
Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace End-point Assessment (EPA) Gateway Review End-point Assessment (EPA)

Online test, Case Study & Presentation

Production of Summary of Experience Portfolio covering required knowledge, skills and behaviours (must include 400 days of work experience). Typically starts from months 25-30 depending on your individual learning plan.
Professional Practice Workshops delivered by UCEM approximately every 3 months, beginning from approximately month 3 onwards
Completion of BSc (Hons) Building Surveying  

Degree conferral period

Semester 1

4 x 20 credit modules

Semester 2

4 x 20 credit modules

Semester 3

4 x 20 credit modules

+ 40 credit project module

Semester 4

4 x 20 credit modules

+ 40 credit project module

Completion of L2 maths/English qualifications (if required)

The modules included in the BSc (Hons) and the module delivery diet is available below:

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

2 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

2 1 Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

2 Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

3 1 Planning and Conservation

Project and Cost Control

Construction Technology 3

Design and Environmental Science

2 Construction Technology 3

Design and Environmental Science

Planning and Conservation

Project and Cost Control

4 1 Building Pathology

Workbased Research Project

Building Surveying Practice

Construction Project Management

Workbased Research Project

2 Building Surveying Practice

Construction Project Management

Workbased Research Project (continued)

Building Pathology

Workbased Research Project (continued)

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the Workbased Research Project module which is worth 40 credits.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification (open in new window), which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • Implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • Ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • Implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September).

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, meet Education and Skill Funding Agency residency status requirements, spend at least 50% of their working hours in England and be directly employed in a job role that will enable the requirements of the apprenticeship to be achieved.

In addition, you should have:

 

  • Obtained 96 UCAS tariff points (or an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS tariff*)

Or

  • Completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying** or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical* through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained, or an equivalent qualification

Or

  • A current Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Associate qualification (AssocRICS)

Or

  • Successfully completed the UCEM BSc Access module programme

 

And

 

  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) or above in English and Mathematics or accepted current or prior equivalent maths and English qualifications (open in PDF). You may also evidence that maths and English skills at Level 2 exist via initial and diagnostic assessment. Applicants that do not have accepted current or prior equivalent Level 2 maths and English qualifications on entry will be required to achieve these as part of the apprenticeship. These qualifications will need to be fully funded by the employer.

 

*             Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values. For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact: admissions@ucem.ac.uk.

**           Completion of this apprenticeship will need to be evidenced through a verified copy of the apprenticeship completion certificate as issued by the apprenticeship certification body.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.

 

Did you know you can also study this pathway on the Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship MSc route?

The MSc route would suite you if you have a Bachelor’s degree (or a level 5 or professional qualification and over 5 years’ relevant experience).

Testimonials

Daniel Nixon

“Upon starting with the UCEM, I was assigned an Apprenticeship Outcomes Officer who is my pastoral contact within the UCEM and works intricately with my manager and myself to ensure that I reach my absolute potential whilst also ensuring that my wellbeing is the best it can be. This personalised, tailored support mixed with self-determination and working for a dynamic company can only equal success.

Tutor support is impeccable, constant and valued. An incredibly high number of tutors are Chartered Surveyors themselves which allows for an array of practical advice and support – this mixed with their academic expertise makes them a very unique tutor. They are also champions of distance learning and a number studied via distance learning to achieve their degree – therefore, they appreciate that students are balancing work, life and study and appreciate the demands of this.

The VLE is mammoth – an almost endless library of resources meticulously selected by leading academics and professional sources that cover all aspects of property and the built environment. I use the VLE on a daily basis not only to support and further my University Coursework, but also to advance and support my advice on projects that I assist with and manage within the workplace – it helps me stand out, be independent and create a dynamic piece of work.”

Daniel Nixon
Surveying Assistant, Malcolm Hollis

Key information

Qualificationsaccordion-arrow

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc (Hons). In addition, you will gain the MRICS professional qualification and will be entitled to use the designation ‘Chartered Building Surveyor’. You will also receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2020/21:

Intake 1 – April 2021

Application deadline – 22 February 2021

Programme start – 6 April 2021 (Induction will be on 30 March 2021)

Please note:

You will only be invited to apply once suitable employment conditions have been confirmed. For this to happen, your employer will need to provide advance employment information to UCEM.

Your enrolment must be completed prior to the programme start date. To enable this both you and your employer will need to complete, sign and return all required documentation.

Attendance at an induction event is mandatory. Inductions are normally held in Reading but due to Covid-19 are currently being delivered online. This situation is under regular review.

Fees and costsaccordion-arrow

Apprentices do not pay course fees. All learning resources required are provided as part of programme.

If you are an employer that pays the Apprenticeship Levy, then you will be able to use you levy funds to fund part/all of this apprenticeship. In you are a non-levy-paying employer you will be required to contribute 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship. See our Employing an Apprentice (open in new window) page for more information.

Workload and study requirementsaccordion-arrow

An apprenticeship is a full-time job. Employers are required to release an apprentice from their normal paid working hours to undertake off-the-job training. Typically, this is an average of one day per week.

The BSc (Hons) Building Surveying element of the apprenticeship requires 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum – this means that in addition to the release time that your employer gives, you will need to study for several hours per week in your own time.

Each 20-credit BSc module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

  • Directed online learning (50%)
  • Self-directed reading (17%)
  • Assessment (33%)

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

In addition to the BSc (Hons) element of the programme you will be required to attend professional practice workshops. The professional practice workshops are delivered at 3-6 monthly intervals depending upon the individual’s learning plan. The professional practice workshops are usually delivered face-to-face; however, they are currently being delivered online due to Covid-19 restrictions and will continue to be delivered online until at least December 2020. UCEM is currently reviewing the longer-term delivery arrangements of these workshops and will update students of any changes.

As part of producing your Summary of Experience Portfolio you will need to regularly record your competency evidence and CPD activity using the RICS Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) portal (open in new window). You will also eventually apply and submit for end-point assessment via the ARC portal.

You are required to maintain an off-the-job training diary using a template provided by UCEM. This only requires 10-15 minutes per week. The off-the-job training diary is a mandatory requirement to be eligible for apprenticeship funding.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

The types of assessments used for the BSc (Hons) will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer based assessments, and computer marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.

The end-point assessment is undertaken by RICS in accordance with the End-point assessment plan for Chartered Surveyor non-integrated degree apprenticeship standard (opens in PDF)