Chartered Surveyor Quantity Surveying Pathway


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 (open in PDF).

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

This occupational route is Quantity Surveying and Construction. Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction. They are initially involved with the capital expenditure phase of a building or facility, which is the feasibility, design and construction phases, but they can also be involved with the extension, refurbishment, maintenance and demolition of a facility. They must understand all aspects of construction over the whole life of a building or facility. They must have the ability to manage cost effectively, equating quality and value with individual client needs.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree (RICS, CIOB and CABE accredited)
  • Structured workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) following the Quantity Surveying and Construction 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 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

Measurement and Quantification of Construction Work

Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

2 Construction Technology 2

Economics for the Built Environment

Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Measurement and Quantification of Construction Work

3 1 Contract Administration and Practice

Estimating and Tendering

Construction Technology 3

Design Economics and Cost Planning

2 Construction Technology 3

Design Economics and Cost Planning

Contract Administration and Practice

Estimating and Tendering

4 1 Construction Law

Commercial Management in Construction


Professional Quantity Surveying Practice

Construction Project Management


2 Professional Quantity Surveying Practice

Construction Project Management

Project (continued)

Construction Law

Commercial Management in Construction

Project (continued)

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 (open in new window), which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

Details of the APC requirements for this route are given in the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction APC pathway guide (open in new window).

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.

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.

You should have:


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


  • 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


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


  • Successfully completed the UCEM BSc Access module programme




  • 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:

**           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.


Charlotte Hatt

“I chose to enrol on the apprenticeship programme because it offers the chance to get a degree and get chartered in four-and-a-half years – even quicker than the ‘traditional’ route of going to university full-time then studying for the APC afterwards. Also, the flexibility of studying online really appealed to me as it meant I wasn’t always out of the office on a certain day and can fit my studying around work and private life commitments.

The best thing about studying with UCEM is the flexibility. You can study when you want, where you want and how you want – be it at your desk at lunchtime, on the train to a meeting or even next to the pool on holiday (if you really have to!). Also, the student cohort is international which gives a great insight into the Built Environment in other countries through the discussion forums, adding a really valuable extra dimension to the study materials.

My studies have already led to me being nominated for ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards in 2018. I was so thankful to have been nominated and it has made me more excited for what’s to come in my career.”

Charlotte Hart
Trainee Quantity Surveyor, AECOM

Key information


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc (hons) Quantity 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 Quantity Surveyor’. Read our Undergraduate Assessment, Progression and Award regulations (open in new window).

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow



Intake 1 – October 2020

Application deadline – 24 August 2020

Programme start – 5 October 2020 (Induction will be on 29 September 2020)


Intake 2 –   February 2021

Application deadline – 18 December 2020

Programme start – 9 February 2021 (Induction will be on 2 February 2021)


Intake 3 – April 2021

Application deadline – 22 February 2021

Programme start – 5 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 will be held in Reading.
  • Apprentices starting in February 2021 will not commence the degree element of the apprenticeship until 5 April 2021. Off-the-job training will be delivered through interactive online sessions on 9 February 2021 and 9 March 2021. If you apply to join this cohort you must be available to study on both dates and be available to commence your degree studies week commencing 5 April 2021.

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 (open in new window) 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) Quantity 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 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 (open in new window). You will also eventually apply and submit for APC via the ARC portal.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

The types of assessments used on this programme 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.