BSc(Hons)

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

About this course

Entry year:
2016/17
Course code:
KN21
Applications:
Full-time: UCAS
Part-time: University
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
280
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time, four years sandwich, five years part-time by day release
Delivery:
Full-time, part-time day release, sandwich
Programme leader:
Jason Southan
Key fact:
Study full or part-time on this dual-accredited course and develop valuable industry collaboration skills on projects with students from related disciplines.

Introduction

Why BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management?

The effective management of finance and costs is vital throughout the building lifecycle from inception to completion. This requires a good understanding of the commercial aspects of development and construction, and the environment in which these operate. With new developments being built and existing ones requiring management, demand has increased for professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage this process.

Why study our course?

Recognising the needs of modern industry, this course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). It is also available on a part-time basis so you can boost your career prospects if you are already working in the industry.

You will develop the wide range of skills and knowledge required for quantity surveying and commercial management. Through placing these in a wider business context you will be equipped to take advantage of new opportunities in the construction, civil engineering and property industries upon graduation.

Real world experience

Our construction partner employers are involved throughout the course providing industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice. You will get to work in teams across professional disciplines in a way that reflects industry. You will learn about different careers and approaches on day trips and field trips. You can also apply your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can go into a choice of careers. These include: professional quantity surveying, commercial management; project and facilities management; value and risk management; procurement management; arbitration and dispute resolution; capital allowances and tax consultancy; property development; construction manufacturing; and supply.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Year 1

In your first year you will develop an understanding of relevant legal, economic, management and technology principles.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Quantity Surveying Practice and Procedure
  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Building Science
  • Construction Technology and Services

Year 2

The second year focuses on enhancing your understanding of the commercial aspects of development and construction. You will learn how to measure and evaluate the costs associated with construction projects. Other areas covered include construction law and contract administration, development and design economics, construction procurement and business organisation.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Quantity Surveying Project
  • Procurement and Contract Practice
  • Construction Technology and Building Services
  • Development and Design Economics
  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment Professional

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, you will apply your skills and knowledge through real projects and problem-solving scenarios. You will also be encouraged to question and critique UK practice and procedures and to make comparisons with European and international practice.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Cost Planning
  • Commercial Management
  • Advanced Quantity Surveying
  • Dissertation

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Work-Based Research Project (studied during placement year)

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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

Our tutors provide a friendly, collaborative environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice so you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities, which include tutor led and face-to-face learning, student led and independent study, online study, group projects and students supporting one another's learning. Practical skills are developed through role-plays and employer visits.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks but feedback will help improve your performance. Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

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

Study time

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

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, unseen and seen examinations. As well as assessing your knowledge and skills, these develop graduate attributes valued by employers. These include communication, presentation, negotiation, IT and numeracy, team working, project and time management skills. Also, the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and satisfies the academic requirements for full membership. On successful completion, you will need to spend at least two years in practice and pass an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to gain full membership. Your placement may qualify as one year of your APC. This means that you will only need to complete one to two years after graduation to become a member of the RICS.

The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), and the Board of Quantity Surveying Profession of Malaysia (BQSM).

Placements

Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Our students secure placements in a range of organisations as well as with construction partner employers. Students in previous years have worked on placements with some of the top 10 construction contractors and cost consultancy firms in the UK. The majority have been offered a position with their placement employer on graduation.

Read how Joe developed professional skills while applying knowledge learnt at UWE during his placement year at global giant Lafarge.

Watch Carlos's YouTube video. He meets the Prime Minister and talks about his placement on Europe's biggest construction project.

Fieldwork

We arrange regular site visits and industry field trips in and around Bristol throughout the course so you can consider construction related topics in the field. We also arrange residential field trips, which are subsidised by the Department.

  • In Year 1, we arrange two site visits. One involves visiting Slimbridge, where we consider options for their new visitors centre. The second is a team-building trip such as go-karting or outward-bound activities.
  • In your final year, we arrange an international field trip, usually to Berlin, where you can visit a construction site and hear presentations from local industry.

All field trips are optional.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies.

  • Study and collaborate with classmates in our new 'Hive' lounge and open computing area.
  • Develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), project management and building information modelling (BIM) on industry standard software.
  • Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.
  • Visualise two-dimensional drawings using modern industry standard drawings and a three-dimensional 'fly through'.

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. These offer sponsorship and placements to students and are keen to employ graduates. They also run a final year Job Bootcamp helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

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

Showcase your ideas

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

Careers / Further study

Employment and career opportunities for graduates are varied.  There are currently insufficient professionals with this combination of knowledge and skills to meet high employer demand.

On graduation, you can go into a choice of careers. These include: professional quantity surveying; commercial management; project and facilities management; value and risk management; procurement management; arbitration and dispute resolution; capital allowances and tax consultancy; property development; construction manufacturing; and supply.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for construction partners including Aecom, Interserve, Wilmott-Dixon and Balfour Beatty.  Others are working in the public sector, specifically with local authorities.

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.

Be inspired

Read about some of the key jobs in construction and property.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Property and Construction

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1125

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee7875
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee3000
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1125
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee7875
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years450
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement450
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

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.

The honours degree is 360 credits in total. Part-time students generally study between 60 (15 credits x 4) and 90 (15 credits x 6) each year and will pay annually for credits taken in that year. As a part-time UK or EU student you may be entitled to a fees loan from the Government.

Find more information on our part time UK students funding pages.

There are also several sponsorship options for employers.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 280
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language and 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 two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: None specified
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DMM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit; Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 25 points

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

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.

How to apply

Applications and enquiries for part-time day-release study are made directly to Admissions on the telephone number or e-mail address below. Applicants should expect to be invited to UWE for an informal discussion.

Please see the general information about applications.

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2016. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

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