Chartered Surveyor Project Management Pathway

Overview

Chartered surveyors act on behalf of clients or employers in a professional capacity. The typical main duties and tasks of chartered surveyors are to:

  • Provide professional advice and recommendations to clients relating to land, property or construction
  • Manage client instructions from engagement to completion
  • Liaise with other professionals
  • Negotiate contracts and prices
  • Analyse data relating to land, buildings or construction
  • Follow due diligence in providing advice to clients
  • Undertake detailed inspections of buildings, land or construction
  • Analyse information from inspections or visits to buildings, land and construction sites.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) degree (RICS and CIOB accredited)
  • Structured workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification.

Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours is through a combination of workplace training provided by the employer and off-the job training provided by UCEM. The degree is delivered by fully supported online learning. In addition, further off-the-job training is provided through a series of face-to-face professional practice workshops.

The apprenticeship is assessed through on-programme and end-point assessment. See here for further details.

Why complete this apprenticeship?

  • Achieve a recognised professional qualification (MRICS)
  • Earn while you learn
  • Get an accredited degree without paying tuition fees or incurring student debt
  • Great career potential including good earning potential – £51,000 average MRICS qualified base salary (Source: 2019 RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey)

Occupation and Programme outline

Project managers occupy a central role in the development process driving successful completion of projects. Project management is a thriving professional discipline much in demand around the globe.

Consequently, these chartered professionals can choose from a variety of potential employers including clients and consultants from both the public and private sectors, with either commercial or not-for-profit aims. Typically, project managers will be appointed at the beginning of a project and will assist the client in developing the project brief and then selecting, appointing and co-ordinating the project team. He or she will then usually represent the client throughout the full development process managing the inputs from the client, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree (RICS, CIOB and CABE accredited)
  • Structured workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) following the Project Management pathway leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification

The modules included in the BSc (Hons) and the structure which they follow is available below:

Yr Autumn UK Spring UK
1 People and Organisational Management

Legal Studies

Economics

Building, Environment, Technology and Simple Construction

2 Financial and Resource Management

Measurement and Quantification of Construction Work

Building, Environment, Technology and Framed Structures

Economics of Property and Construction

3 Contract Procedures

Construction and Site Management

Building, Environment, Technology and Complex Projects

Building Structures

4 Integrated Management Project Construction Project Management
Construction Law or

Commercial Property Management or

Commercial Management in Construction

Maintenance Management or

International Construction

Project

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.

Students can choose to start in either semester.

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

Details of the APC requirements for this pathway are given in the RICS Project Management pathway guide.

The planned apprenticeship duration is 57 months. The actual duration is determined by when the employer and UCEM deem the apprentice to be ready to undertake the APC.

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its programme delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes. You can find more information about the Transform Project and how these changes will affect you on our Transform Project page.

You should also be aware that as part of UCEM’s rigorous quality assurance activities, the institution is required to revalidate its programmes regularly. Due to the work on this, there may be some changes to the programme information advertised. Information about any changes will be published in Spring 2020. Any changes will not affect programme accreditation or final awards.

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, for standard entry the following applies:

  • 96 UCAS tariff points (2017 UCAS Tariff) or an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS tariff
    or
  • To have 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 RICS Associate qualification
    and
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and maths or accepted current or prior equivalent maths and English qualifications
    or
  • Evidence via initial and diagnostic assessment that maths and English skills at Level 2 exist

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.

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.

Key information

Qualificationsaccordion-arrow

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Construction Management 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 Project Management Surveyor’. Please find our Undergraduate Assessment, Progression and Award regulations here.

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2019/20: Apply by 3 February to start 16 March 2020.

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.

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 then you will be able to use the Apprenticeship Levy to fund part/all of this apprenticeship pathway. See our Employing an Apprentice 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) Construction Management 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 voice-over PowerPoint presentations 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 face-to-face workshop sessions. Two sessions are delivered per workshop day. Workshop sessions are typically scheduled to take place at a time to avoid a clash with other off-the-job study requirements.

During the structured workplace training phase of the apprenticeship you will need to regularly record your competency evidence using the RICS Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) portal. You will also eventually apply and submit for APC via the ARC portal.