Start dates:

March 2020 and October 2020

Duration:

4 years

Fees & funding:

£19,125

Next BSc degree starts 16 March. Apply by 3 February 2020

BSc (Hons) Building Control

Programme overview

Industry-recognised qualification that provides academic preparation for a career as a Chartered Building Control Surveyor

Our BSc (Hons) Building Control is designed to prepare you for a successful career in building control.

The BSc (Hons) Building Control provides students with a rigorous understanding of the principles and practice involved in building control up to Bachelor’s degree standard. This programme is delivered by supported online learning and is therefore very flexible as it can be studied in any location at any time.

The programme provides the academic underpinning necessary to prepare students for a career as a Building Control Surveyor. Accreditation by RICS, CIOB and other professional bodies is currently being sought.

This programme is primarily designed for people with an interest in building technology, building standards, fire safety, inclusive environments and energy conservation, who wish to further their career with a degree. Many of our students often already work in, or are associated with, the built environment sector. Such employment is not mandatory but is desirable.

Are you aware you can get apprenticeship funding through your employer for this programme?

Why study this programme?

  • Gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of building control surveying and strengthen your skills
  • Progress your career as a building control surveyor
  • Competitively priced, allowing you to combine work with study
  • Learn from the largest provider of qualified built environment professionals to the industry, with an outstanding reputation

“Building Control Surveyors have a responsibility to maintain standards in the built environment; specifically regulations that keep people safe from harm, for example fire and falling objects, and allow everyone to access buildings and spaces regardless of ability. As such, oversight of other professionals in the construction industry is part of the job, which means detailed knowledge of current building legislation is required, along with the ability to communicate these needs to many different parties – planners, surveyors, local authorities, conservation groups. A UCEM degree will equip potential Building Control Surveyors with the specific skills needed to build a successful career in this field, in an accessible, flexible and cost-effective manner.”

Jonathan Hubert

Programme Leader BSc Building Control

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme, the assessment method for each module and the structure which they follow through the standard route is available below, according to your start date.

Module information and structure for your start date:

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

If you are granted module exemptions due to recognition of prior learning, then your route will look a little different. Your study route will be confirmed in your offer to study on the programme.

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 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)

 

 

Career & study progression

The following provide a range of the types of careers that students may pursue after completing this programme:

  • Local authority building control surveyor, working with architects, engineers and contractors to ensure building designs meet the required standards and ensuring these standards are adhered to during the course of construction
  • Private sector building control surveyor, working with architects, engineers and contractors to ensure building designs meet the required standards and ensuring these standards are adhered to during the course of construction
  • Advising on specific aspects of the building regulations, such as advice on energy conservation, fire safety management strategies or accessibility
  • Work in relation to safety of sports grounds, issuing safety certificates and liaison with police, fire and ambulance services
  • Similar work in respect of entertainment licences, safety at open air events, safety in cinemas and theatres, and other buildings and structures used for public events
  • Building control surveyors work in both the private and public sectors in many countries, administering the relevant legislation and building codes

Building Control Surveyors have a responsibility to maintain standards in the built environment; specifically regulations that keep people safe from harm, for example fire and falling objects, and allow everyone to access buildings and spaces regardless of ability. As such, oversight of other professionals in the construction industry is part of the job, which means detailed knowledge of current building legislation is required, along with the ability to communicate these needs to many different parties – planners, surveyors, local authorities, conservation groups. A UCEM degree will equip potential Building Control Surveyors with the specific skills needed to build a successful career in this field, in an accessible, flexible and cost-effective manner.”

Jonathan Hubert

Programme Leader Building Control

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Entry requirements

You should have

Tariff points:

  • 96 UCAS tariff points. National Certificates and National Diplomas will be considered but must have good merit and distinction profiles (excluding common skills)
  • Any HNCs and HNDs will be considered

Or

  • 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 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Associate qualification (AssocRICS) and be in relevant employment**

* 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.

** Relevant employment is employment in a job role that will support the applicant in developing the required skills, knowledge and behaviours.

And

  • Mathematics Grade C or above at GCSE or equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)

And one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.0 in the reading, writing and listening modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 79 or above in the Internet option, 213 or above in the computer-based option or 550 or above in the paper-based option, of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at A/S Level

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 certificates or statements. You should send photocopies that have been certified by a Member or Fellow of RICS, CIOB or HKIS. Please do not send original documents.

Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: HND/HNCs, 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.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Admissions Policy.

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Spring 2020 (2019/20 academic year):
Apply by 3 February to start 16 March 2020

Autumn 2020 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 7 September to start 5 October 2020

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2019/20 academic year:
£1,125 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £19,125

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £19,550

Student Loans:
This programme is designated for student finance and students in England and Wales may apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,165 each academic year.
Find out more here >

Student Bursary Scheme:
Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate need. It is open to new students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.
Find out more here >

Find out more about our payment options here 

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt.

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently

Accreditationaccordion-arrow

Accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and other related international bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) will be sought but is not guaranteed.

Available routesaccordion-arrow

Standard route:

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester, plus a project module in your final year

Apprentice route:

  • Duration: 54 months
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week – typically one working day per week will be allocated to off the job study
  • You will study 2 modules per semester, plus a Project in year 4

 

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

Each 20-credit 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.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

Assessment consists of a mix of coursework, computer marked assessments and examinations. The programme specification provides more details of the assessment method for each module.

Examinationsaccordion-arrow

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations. Find out more about our exam centres.

Awardaccordion-arrow

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc Building Control from the University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. If applicable, you will be entitled to denote Honours, i.e. BSc (Hons).

Related Programmes