BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Programme overview

UCEM’s BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying provides students with the academic underpinning necessary to prepare them for a career as a professional surveyor recognised by RICS, and/or other related international professional bodies.

The programme is delivered by supported online learning and therefore offers great flexibility as it can be studied in any location, at any time and you can earn while you learn.

Offering 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 programme is primarily designed for people 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.

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

These courses are 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 these courses may lead.

Why study this programme?

  • Enrich your CV with a degree accredited by RICS and CIOB
  • 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


Programme outline

You should also read the Programme Specification for the detailed information on the structure of your programme, the learning outcomes and details of assessment.

View the Programme Specification and Academic and General Regulations for this programme.

These are the modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow through the standard route.

Yr October Semester April Semester
1 Legal Studies
People & Organisational Management
Building, Environment, Technology & Simple Construction
2 Financial & Resource Management
Measurement & Quantification of Construction Work
Building, Environment, Technology & Framed Structures
Economics of Property & Construction
3 Contract Procedures
Estimating & Tendering
Building, Environment, Technology & Complex Projects
Building Economics
3/4 Work Based Learning Project* – This module is for apprenticeship students only. It spans years 3 & 4 and can be started in either the April or October semester.
4 Construction Law Contemporary QS Practice
Elective modules (choose one from):

Commercial Management in Construction
Commercial Property Management

Elective modules (choose one from):

International Construction
Maintenance Management
Construction Project Management

4.5 Project* – This module is for non-apprenticeship students only. It is a six month module which can be started in either the April or October semester.
 Core modules
 Elective modules

*A Project module is compulsory for all students, with the difference that Apprenticeship Scheme students study the ‘Work Based Learning Project’ module and non-apprenticeship students study the ‘Project’ module.

The duration of the programme is 4 years as part of an Apprenticeship programme.

The elective modules shown above are generally provided each year.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification and the module information sheet. The programme specification sets out aims and intended learning outcomes, while the module information sheet provides further detail of the content and assessment method for each module.

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 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

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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 Social Sciences academic module
  • 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 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 or CIOB. 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.


Ross Willan

“I am currently serving in the RAF and wanted to gain a qualification that would help me find employment after I leave the forces. I chose to study with The College of Estate Management (CEM) as they offer undergraduate supported online learning, which has enabled me to continue with my full time role in the RAF while studying for my BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying. CEM are also registered with the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme, which has allowed me to claim financial support for my studies through the MOD.

My job sees me moving around a great deal and CEM has always ensured that my examination centres have suited my needs wherever I have been located. I found the studies extremely well organised and flexible; for instance having all the study materials and assignments at the start of the year has meant that I could effectively use periods where I’ve had more spare time to get ahead. The ability to request extensions of time for assignments has also been useful to me in managing a busy workload.

Although I do not work in the construction industry, I found the pace and level of the studies initially enabled me to grasp the basics that I’m sure many who do work in the business take for granted. The Virtual Learning Environment and particularly the assignment discussion forums also enabled those with a greater level of knowledge and experience to share this with others.

My ambition is to achieve chartered status as a Quantity Surveyor. CEM’s accreditation with RICS has provided me with the first step to achieving this goal. I will also hold a degree from a recognised establishment within the construction sector which will hopefully help me find an employer and help me with the next steps.”

Ross Willan, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Weapon Systems Operator (Electronic Warfare), The Royal Air Force, UK

Key information

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.


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.

Application and start dates:

Apply by 5 March to start 03 April 2018

Apply by 3 September to start 1 October 2018
Apply by 4 March 2019 to start 1 April 2019

Available routes:

Standard route:

  • Duration: 4.5 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Apprentice route:

  • Duration: 4 years, plus external end point assessment
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum – typically one working day per week will be allocated to off the job study
  • You will study 2 modules per six month semester, plus a Work Based Learning Project over years 3 and 4

Accelerated route:

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Time commitment: 25-30 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study 3 modules per six-month semester
  • This route is recommended only for those who are not in full-time employment


Examinations will be held in August and February.

Expected workload and contact hours:

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.


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






How the programme will be assessed:

Assessment consists of a mix of assignments and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.


2017/18 academic year:
£1,015 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme £17,255

2018/19 academic year:
£1,100 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £18,700

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 £6,000 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.
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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. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

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

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