Student demonstrating building surveying skills


Building Surveying (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Four years Full-time; Five years Sandwich
Full-time; Sandwich
Programme leader:
David Evans
Key fact:
Placement students to date have worked on conservation projects in Buckingham Palace, residential adaptations for disabled users and have produced designs for the renovation of listed buildings.

Page last updated 11 September 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Building Surveying?

As more buildings are created, existing ones need to be effectively managed. Working with a wide range of professionals and clients in the property and construction industry, building surveyors provide a varied portfolio of professional services. These can include project management, legal and technical advice, building surveys and reports, defect diagnosis and conservation issues, and design solutions for new build and refurbishment schemes.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons) Building Surveying is designed to give you the balance of academic and vocational knowledge employers seek.

Covering aspects of design, construction and management for residential and commercial buildings; we ensure you are up to date on the latest developments such as the advancements in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its importance in a changing industry. You will gain an appreciation of the planning and conservation issues surveyors must consider and understand the procurement, legal and health and safety issues thread through projects. Working with a wide range of professionals and clients in the property and construction industry, building surveyors provide a varied portfolio of professional services.

Our tutors are drawn from a diverse background, both academia and practice, enabling them to infuse their teaching with real life anecdotes; putting theory into context. Their strong research and knowledge exchange base has led to presentations to many seminars and  forums, including government committees. Additionally one of or tutors is a co-author  for  2 of the leading text books in the field of building surveying. They are passionate about this subject and dedicated to producing graduates who have the knowledge and skills employer's value; reflected in our high employment rates.

Real world experience

You will obtain insight into the Surveyors role within the construction and property industries through site visits, guest speakers and hands on activities. There is the opportunity to take a year's placement to enhance your employment prospects.

Where it can take you

Our graduates have consistently high employment rates and enter into a variety of careers at every stage of the building lifecycle in the private and public sectors including housing associations, property developers, construction companies, local authorities and heritage locations.

Watch Graduate Henry Thomas's video to see how his degree led to a job with Kendall Kingscott.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year 0 (Foundation Year)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Foundation Project
  • Society, Economy and Governance
  • Development and Place
  • Data Analysis and Design

You will study the Foundation Year alongside students from our other Surveying, Construction and Property courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation Year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year 0 modules before progressing to Year 1.

Year 1

On these modules, you will learn the basic principles and key foundation knowledge in Building Surveying.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Building Science
  • Construction Technology and Services
  • Design Processes

Year 2

As you progress, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt through real-life scenarios and situations.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Residential Refurbishment and Maintenance
  • Commercial Development
  • Procurement and Contract Law
  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment
  • Analysis of Building Defects
  • Building Surveys and Professional Consultancy

Optional placement year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement. Students who undertake a placement year will complete a work-based research project.

Final Year

In the final year, greater emphasis is put on scholarly activity and professional judgement. In addition to studying core modules, you will apply your learning either through a Work-based Research Project related to your placement, or through studying the Collaborative Practice module bringing together students of multiple disciplines.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Sustainable Strategies for Property Management
  • Commercial Refurbishment
  • Conserving Buildings and Places

Plus one of the following:

  • Work Based Learning (for placement students)
  • Collaborative Practice (for non-placement students)

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The team provide a friendly, collaborative environment for learning. Teaching methods vary according to modules, however most learning is through lectures and tutorials including computer lab sessions for developing your CAD skills. You will get hands on experience to gather survey information and use the results to draw up proposals using the latest Information Technology.

Modules often include guest lecturers from RICS professionals and people from the industry covering topical issues including cutting edge surveying techniques using IT, heritage issues, asbestos and component manufacturers.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. You will be expected to spend at least double this time (24 hours) in essential independent study.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do, but develop graduate attributes valued by employers.

Coursework may include essays, reports, portfolios of drawings or sketches, calculations, lab reports, presentations, projects, studios and, in the final year, a dissertation.

While most coursework involves individual submissions, some modules in each year require teamwork.  

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).


A placement can contribute to you performing better in your degree and can, in turn, improve your employability upon graduating.  It provides an opportunity for you to implement your learning into real life situations, whilst honing your professional skills and allowing you to work towards your APC. 

Students have secured placements in a range of organisations, including our construction partner employers, with many being offered employment upon completion of their studies. Placement students to date have worked on conservation projects in Buckingham Palace, residential adaptations for disabled users and have produced designs for the renovation of listed buildings.


We aim to enrich your studies with field trips to further enhance your knowledge whilst allowing you to see the concepts learnt in the classroom being put into practice. Site visits increase your familiarity with the variety of environments with which you may come into contact in your future careers.

Previous visits have included:

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities are available to help with your studies. You will:

  • Access specialist equipment, including a scale mock structure illustrating the essential components of a domestic building.
  • Test bricks and concrete in specialist laboratories for environmental physics, earth sciences, and surveying technology.
  • Develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), project management and building information modelling (BIM) on industry standard software.
  • Study and collaborate with classmates in our dedicated lounge and open computing area.
  • Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our construction partner employers get involved throughout your degree. They offer sponsorship and placements to students and are keen to employ graduates. They run a final year Job Bootcamp helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Best practice

We have strong relationships with local professional organisations such as the RICS. As a result, students have free access to their events and workshops promoting best practice.

We arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.


Careers / Further study

You can choose from a wide range of careers in a variety of roles at each stage of the building lifecycle on completing the course.

At the planning and construction stages, you might work as a design consultant, building services engineer or town planner. At the building management stage, opportunities include conservation officer and property manager. Potential employers range from property developers, construction companies and private practices, to housing associations, local authorities and heritage locations.

Thanks to our ongoing links with key employers such as Atkins, Kendall Kingscott and Parsons-Brinkerhoff, you will also get the chance to learn more about what employers want and what opportunities exist.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Construction and Property


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade D/4 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider applicants with a mixture of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Building Surveying course.

UWE Bristol's International College

International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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