Student demonstrating building surveying skills

BSc(Hons)

Building Surveying (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K23F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
72
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years Full-time; Five years Sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; Sandwich
Programme leader:
David Evans
Key fact:
Get your career off to the best possible start with accreditation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study building surveying?

As we create new buildings, we also need to manage existing ones better.

Building surveyors provide a portfolio of professional services to a range of professionals and clients in the property and construction industry.

These include project management, legal and technical advice, building surveys and reports, defect diagnosis and conservation, as well as design solutions for new build and refurbishment schemes.

It's a varied and exciting career, with plenty of demand in the market for talented graduates.[FL2]

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Building Surveying is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS),Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Covering aspects of design, construction and facilities management for residential and commercial buildings, the course is designed to give you the balance of academic and vocational knowledge employers seek.

Stay up to date on the latest developments, such as advancements in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its importance in a changing industry.

Learn about the construction and technology of buildings past and present, as well as the planning and conservation issues surveyors must consider.

Explore the science behind the materials we use and the economic and legal framework that building surveyors and engineers operate in.

Get an insight into the surveyor's role within the construction and property industries. Learn through site visits, guest speakers and hands-on activities. Take a year's placement to enhance your employment prospects. 

Our tutors come from both academia and practice. They provide real-life examples and show you how to put theory into context. They're also dedicated to helping you become a highly skilled graduate that employers will value.

Where can it take me?

Our graduates have consistently high employment rates. We see them going into careers at every stage of the building lifecycle.

They find jobs in the private and public sectors; with housing associations, property developers, construction companies, local authorities and heritage locations.

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

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

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

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • 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.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

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

Plus one optional module from:

  • Workbased Research Project (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 but you'll mostly learn through lectures and tutorials. These include lab sessions for developing your computer-aided design (CAD) skills.

Get hands-on experience gathering survey information and using the results to draw up proposals.

Attend guest lectures from industry professionals who cover topics like surveying techniques using the latest IT techniques, heritage issues, asbestos and component manufacture.

Learn the basic principles and foundation knowledge of building surveying. Apply the knowledge and skills you learn to real-life scenarios and situations.

Test your learning through a work-based research project on your placement, or through studying the Collaborative Practice module that brings together students of multiple disciplines.

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual Plan and Make degree show.

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
027%73%0%100%
126%74%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Study time

Lectures, workshops, seminars, group project work and tutoring make up 12 hours of contact time each week. We expect you to spend at least another 24 hours studying independently.

Part-time study

You can also study this course on a part-time basis. You can attend all your lectures and tutorials in a single day, reducing the time you'll spend away from the work place.

A large proportion of our part-time students are supported by their employer. A benefit of studying part-time is that you can put your learning into practice and use work-related problems in projects.

To study part-time, you must have a higher national certificate (HNC) in Construction or a building-related discipline, which will exempt you from level 1 of the course.

Assessment

You should expect mix of coursework and exams, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Coursework may include essays, reports, skills portfolios, lab reports, presentations and projects. In your final year you'll complete a dissertation.

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

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

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

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
038%57%5%100%
138%56%6%100%
247%53%0%100%
325%72%3%100%

Features

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).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

Our students secure placements and sponsorships from a variety of organisations, including our construction partner employers. Many are offered jobs when they complete their studies.

Placement students have worked on conservation and renovation projects in Buckingham Palace and large scale refurbishment projects for commercial and residential properties.

Our partners also run a final year Job Bootcamp, helping you develop your CV and improve your presentation and interview skills.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Field trips enhance your knowledge and allow you to see concepts put into practice.

Site visits increase your familiarity with environments you could come across in your future career.

Past visits include:

  • Site and foundation examinations for luxury residential developments in Kensington
  • The ss Great Britain and Chepstow Castle to highlight conservation issues
  • Tours of new build residential sites by leading UK homebuilders
  • Non-traditional housing association refurbishment projects
  • Commercial office refurbishment projects.

Study facilities

Our links with key employers such as Atkins, Kendall Kingscott and WSP mean that you'll graduate with a clear understanding of what employers want and what opportunities exist.

This course sets you up for a variety of roles in a range of careers at each stage of the building lifecycle.

At the planning and construction stages, you might work as a project manager, building surveying consultant or contract admin.

At the building management stage, opportunities include conservation officer and facilities manager.

Potential employers range from property developers, construction companies and private practices, to housing associations, local authorities and heritage locations.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in construction and property

Careers

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

Fees

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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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