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 – £55,644 average MRICS salary (Source: 2017 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 structure of the UCEM BSc (Hons) Construction Management is given below.

Yr October Semester April Semester
1 Legal Studies
People and Organisational Management
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 Site Management
Building, Environment, Technology and Complex Projects
Building Structures
Work Based Learning Project (Part 01)
4  Integrated Management Project Commercial
Management in Construction
Construction Project Management
Elective modules (choose one from)

Maintenance Management

International Construction

Work Based Learning Project (Part 02)
 Core Modules
 Elective Modules
 Project Modules

You should also read the Programme Specification for the detailed information on the structure of the BSc (Hons) degree, the learning outcomes and details of assessment.

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.

This table indicates the modules included in the BSc and the structure which they follow.

Please note: Students can either start in October or April.
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, 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 mathematics or equivalent accepted Level 2 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 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

Qualifications:

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 dates:

2018/19: Apply by 06 August to start 01 October 2018.

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 costs:

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 requirements:

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 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 session 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.

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