Building Control Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Overview

The Building Control Surveyor degree apprenticeship is a Level 6 apprenticeship in England that includes a BSc (Hons) Building Control Surveyor 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.

This programme is subject to approval.

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 Surveyor 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 Surveyor 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:

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module 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 as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

You should also read the programme specification (which will be available shortly), which sets out aims and intended learning outcomes.

The planned apprenticeship duration is 54 months.

Please note: Students can either start in September or March. Where considered necessary to do so at any stage, UCEM may seek to make variations to programme con­tent, entry requirements and methods of delivery, and to discontinue, merge or combine programmes. This is subject to 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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, 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) Building Control Surveyor from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc (Hons). Please find our Undergraduate Assessment, Progression and Award regulations here.

In addition, you will receive an apprenticeship completion certificate.

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2019/20: Apply by 19 August to start 30 September 2019

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.

This programme is subject to approval. Please contact us if you would like further details.

Fees and costsaccordion-arrow

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 page for more information.

Changes from Autumn 2020: Transform Projectaccordion-arrow

From autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module 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 as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

The changes you can expect to see will include:

  • A simpler, more focused semester structure, where modules will be studied one at a time, in 9-week blocks
  • More down-time from study
  • A shift away from traditional methods of examination, towards online assessment in line with industry practice
  • Visibility of assessment results prior to starting the next module, and the availability of in-year re-sits
  • Improvements to how our modules are designed using the latest online learning approaches
  • Single start and re-registration dates across all our programmes, and automatic re-enrolment for continuing students

Exactly how you will be affected by the changes will depend on where you are in your studies by autumn 2020. As you progress through your programme, we will provide you with more information about how the changes will work for you and your particular situation, and how you will be supported during the transition to the new semester structure.

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 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.