Building Control Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship


The Building Control Surveyor degree apprenticeship is a Level 6 apprenticeship in England that includes a BSc (Hons) Building Control degree. The apprenticeship develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for a career as a building control surveyor. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and/or the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) having met the academic requirements for membership. You will also need to meet any additional requirements set out by the CIOB and / or the IFE at the time of application.

Building Control Surveyors provide an impartial, independent and accountable third party service certificating that building work achieves compliance with minimum standards, namely those set out in the building regulations. Building Control differs from other surveying roles in that Building Control Surveyors perform what is essentially an enforcement function, ensuring building regulations compliance. Building Control Surveyors act on behalf of clients or employers in a professional capacity. The typical main duties:

  • Ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable built environment in compliance with legislation, through the delivery of a customer focussed, efficient service
  • Evaluate plans, drawings, specifications and other documents submitted for building regulation approval for all types of building work
  • Be able to inspect all types of building work to ensure compliance with the building regulations and keep appropriate records of the visits made to sites
  • Issue completion/final certificates when the work has been carried out satisfactorily
  • Liaise and communicate with members of the public, construction professionals and statutory bodies and undertakers, e.g. Fire & Rescue Service, highways, water companies, planning and environmental health departments and local authorities to ensure minimum standards and legal requirements are achieved
  • Keep up-to-date with current regulations and legislation
  • Enforce regulatory compliance including legal action as and when necessary in relation to defective construction work on site
  • Enforce regulatory compliance including legal action as and when necessary in relation to demolitions and dangerous structures to ensure public safety

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) Building Control degree
  • Professional practice sessions
  • A workplace training and development programme to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours

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 professional practice sessions, delivered through an online classroom environment.

Why complete this apprenticeship?

Occupation and Programme outline

Building Control Surveyors provide an impartial, independent and accountable third party service inspecting and certificating for compliance with minimum standards, namely those set out in the building regulations. In addition to construction technology knowledge, a Building Control Surveyor requires a full working knowledge of building regulations and associated legislation in force at the time work has been carried out in relation to areas such as structural, thermal, fire, acoustics, ventilation and inclusive design. Building Control Surveyors must be excellent communicators as this is a highly customer-facing role. It requires diplomacy and assertiveness and the ability to remain impartial. Where non-compliance is identified, Building Control Surveyors take enforcement action including prosecution where appropriate.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) Building Control degree
  • Professional practice sessions
  • A workplace training and development programme to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours

The modules included in this programme, and the structure which they follow through the standard route is shown below.

Module information and structure for your start date:

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.

The planned apprenticeship duration is 54 months.

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 (open in new window).

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 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
  • 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
  • An equivalent qualification
  • A current RICS Associate qualification
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and maths or accepted current or prior equivalent maths and English qualifications (open in PDF)
  • 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 (open in new window) 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


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Building Control from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc (Hons). Read our Undergraduate Assessment, Progression and Award regulations (open in new window).

In addition, you will receive an apprenticeship completion certificate.

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2020/21: Apply by 24 August 2020 to start 5 October 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.

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Apprentices do not pay course fees. All off-the-job training learning resources required are provided as part of the programme.

If you are an employer and you pay the apprenticeship levy, then you will be able to use your levy funds to pay for this apprenticeship. If you are a non-levy paying employer, you will be required to make a 5% contribution to the total apprenticeship cost. See our Employing an Apprentice (open in new window) page for more information.

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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 Control Surveyor 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 participate in online professional practice sessions. These sessions are delivered at approximately 3 month intervals. Each session is 1.5 hours.