Start dates:

5 October 2020 or 6 April 2021

Duration:

3 years (full-time); 4 years (part-time)

Fees & funding:

£19,550 total programme fee Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next BSc (Hons) intake starts 6 April - Apply by 22 February 2021

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Programme overview

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

UCEM’s industry-recognised BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying is designed to prepare you for a successful career in quantity surveying. It provides the academic underpinning and skills necessary for practice as a quantity surveyor.

Accredited by internationally-recognised professional bodies RICS, CIOB and CABE, this programme is delivered by supported online learning and therefore offers great flexibility as it can be studied in any location at any time enabling you to earn while you learn.

The programme provides a rigorous understanding of the principles and practices involved in a quantity surveying role applicable to an international context up to Bachelor’s degree standard.

This BSc programme is designed primarily for those currently employed in a quantity surveying role, such as in a private QS practice, construction company, specialist subcontractor or government organisation. Such employment is not mandatory but is desirable.

Full-time route

If you want to study full-time and complete your studies within three years, then the full-time offer is for you.

  • Complete your studies faster than our part-time route
  • Focus completely on your studies
  • Be in demand in your profession even sooner
  • Flexibility to go part-time if you decide you want to slow down the pace or study alongside work
  • State-of-the-art tutor led Virtual Learning Environment to guide you through your studies

UCAS Applications

Applications by UK school leavers are made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can make an application by following this link (opens new link).

Part-time route

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.

  • Part-time study enables people to learn new skills or upskill while working
  • Get ahead in your industry while you study
  • Put your learning into practice within your industry

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

This degree programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252441). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this programme may lead.

Why study this programme?

  • Enrich your CV with a degree accredited by RICS, CIOB, CABE and ICES
  • Strengthen your skills in quantity surveying, cost consultancy, project management, estimating and facilities management
  • Study the leading programme in this subject area that allows you to combine work and study through supported distance learning

“Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying programme enables students to be part of an exciting and competitive industry by keeping pace with changes generally in the industry and associated with legislation and technology. This ensures that our graduates are equipped to face the challenges involved with working in a dynamic and competitive marketplace.”

Amanda Milambo

Programme leader BSc Quantity Surveying

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

“Studying with UCEM has allowed me to progress in my career. I have learnt a lot which I can now apply in my working environment. Studying with UCEM makes you very employable within quantity surveying and has opened the pathway towards professional membership of RICS which is my next goal.”

Jaco Willemse, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Quantity Surveyor, CES Africa (Pty) Ltd., Pretoria, South Africa

Career and study progression

Accreditation of the programme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and other related international professional bodies gives employers confidence that our graduates are of the highest quality. This therefore means that our graduates are highly employable after completing their studies and for those already working in the construction industry, our programmes help advance their career path. There is a broad range of career opportunities for graduates from the programme, which include but are not limited to working for the following; Private Practice Quantity Surveyors (PQS), Building and Civil Engineering contractors, Government organisations, private developers and engineering consultancy firms

“Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying programme enables students to be part of an exciting and competitive industry by keeping pace with changes generally in the industry and associated with legislation and technology. This ensures that our graduates are equipped to face the challenges involved with working in a dynamic and competitive marketplace.”

Amanda Milambo

Programme Leader BSc Quantity Surveying

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:

 

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

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**

Or

  • Successfully completed the UCEM BSc Access module programme

And

  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) or above in English and Mathematics or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England.

 

*           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: admissions@ucem.ac.uk.

**           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.

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.

English Language Requirements

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 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 Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong.

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.

Testimonials

Dean Knowland

“The method of learning is perfect for people such as myself who have worked in the industry for many years and never got a qualification. The VLE platform is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. The mixed use of learning resources from videos to case studies really helps those that don’t enjoy solely reading from a textbook.

The VLE is an excellent system. The resources available through the e-Library are a big benefit when researching for assignments. The Tutors are always on hand to provide guidance on some of the more difficult subjects and the point is made to always to get back to you within 48 hours.

I have been in quantity surveying since 1999 and worked myself up to Commercial Manager for national housebuilders in the UK such as Barratt looking after teams of quantity surveyors and buyers. I am now working in a project quantity surveying consultancy in Dubai on some of the largest and most iconic buildings in the world, including the new tallest building in the world. Without the degree, I most certainly would not have got a look in.

The flexibility of learning with UCEM is great and the cost of the programme is very reasonable.”

Dean Knowland
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Senior Quantity Surveyor
Omnium International, Dubai, UAE

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

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

Spring 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 22 February to start 6 April 2021

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per module x 17 modules (Students on the part-time route usually study 2 modules per semester and students on the full-time route usually study 3 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 £6,750 each academic year
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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.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-Library. Additional reference material and 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.

If you do not pass a module at the first attempt, you will normally be offered a resubmission free of charge. If you fail the resubmission, you will normally be required to pay the full module fee when you retake the module. If you suspend or defer a module you will be able to return to study that module at the next available opportunity free of charge (except for any project module where you will be charged 50% of the module fee). If you do not return to study the module at the next available opportunity, the full module fee will be charged when you do return.

Accreditationaccordion-arrow

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) and Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)

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Available routesaccordion-arrow

Part-time 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

Full-time route:

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Time commitment: 25-35 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study three modules per six-month semester

This route is equivalent to studying full-time and is not recommended for those who are in full time employment. You should consider how you would manage full time study alongside your work and family commitments. If you are interested in studying on the full-time route but are unsure if it is suitable for you please get in contact with us and we can give you more information about the demands of this route.

Apprentice route:

  • Duration: 4 years, plus external end point assessment (Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification)
  • 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

Click to see our Apprenticeship routes here (opens in new window)

To apply via the apprenticeship route please contact our Apprenticeship team at  apprenticeships@ucem.ac.uk (opens in new window).

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 including planning and writing coursework.

Part-time route:

  • The expected time commitment for the part-time route is around 15-20 hours per week (based upon studying two modules per six-month semester).

Full-time route:

  • The expected time commitment for the full-time route is around 25-35 hours per week (based upon studying three modules per six-month semester).

This route is equivalent to studying full-time and is not recommended for those who are in full time employment. You should consider how you would manage full time study alongside your work and family commitments. If you are interested in studying on the full-time route but are unsure if it is suitable for you please get in contact with us and we can give you more information about the demands of this route.

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.

Awardaccordion-arrow

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc Quantity Surveying from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. You will be entitled to denote Honours if applicable, i.e. BSc (Hons), which is a current requirement for Membership of RICS, CIOB and HKIS.

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