About this course
Accreditations and partnerships:
- Entry year: 2013/14
- Course code: KN21
- Applications: Full-time: UCAS
- Level: Undergraduate
- Tariff points: 280
- Department: Construction and Property
- Campus: Frenchay
- Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich, five years part-time by day release
Part-time applicants please see 'How to Apply' section to download an application form.
- Delivery: Full-time, part-time day release, sandwich
- Programme leader: Jason Southan
The BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is designed to give you a sound academic base on which to develop a career managing the financial and legal aspects of construction projects. There are flexible course options for graduates and those working in the industry as well as students wanting to develop the knowledge and skills for a career in this field.
Recognising the needs of modern industry, the course has dual accreditation and meets the academic requirements for full membership to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). This industry relevance has also led to accreditation by the Board of Quantity Surveying Profession of Malaysia (BQSM).
On the course, 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 able to take advantage of opportunities created by structural changes in the construction, civil engineering and property industries on graduation.
Recognised for our innovative multi-disciplinary approach, students are encouraged to work in teams across professional areas. This reflects modern industry demands and provides a broader perspective.
Thanks to our partnerships with key employers such as Davis Langdon, Interserve, Wilmott-Dixon and Balfour Beatty, the course is influenced by industry. There are also opportunities to gain valuable experience through site visits, work placements and guest presentations from industry figures and alumni.
This structure is for the full-time course. For part-time students, the same modules will be studied but the structure will differ.
All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement.
In your first year you will develop an understanding of relevant legal, economic, management and technology principles.
- QS Practice and Procedures
- Law, Economics and Management
- Building Science
- Construction Technology and Services
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.
- QS Project
- Procurement and Contract Procedure
- Construction Technology and Building Services
- Development and Design Economics
- Inter-Professional 2 Issues
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.
- Strategic Cost Planning
- Workbased Research Project (studied during placement year)
- Commercial Management
- Inter-Professional 3 Development Project
- Cost Modelling
Teaching and learning
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.
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.
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.
Employers often recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised all over the world.
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.
Taking a placement during your course can count as one of your APC years. This means that you could become a member of the RICS after only one year of graduating. This increases your appeal to potential employers.
The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), and the Board of Quantity Surveying Profession of Malaysia (BQSM).
Employers favour graduates with work experience and we strongly recommend that you spend your third year on a work placement. You will get valuable experience and put theory into practice in a real business environment. This is while earning a salary.
The experience often helps students identify their preferred career path, which enriches and focuses final year studies. The placement can also count as one of your APC years so you could become an RICS member after only one year of graduating.
Our careers service offers help and guidance to help you find a placement. A tutor will also visit you and provide support throughout the year.
UWE student Carlos Carvalho meets the Prime Minister and talks about his placement on Europe's biggest construction project.
We have a structured schedule of field trips, site visits and industry meetings throughout the course to help you put learning into context. These include:
- Team-building field trip in the Forest of Dean.
- Site visits and industry field trips in and around Bristol.
- Berlin fieldtrip involving a construction site visit and presentation from local industry. This site information forms the basis of your final year site development project.
Students are expected to contribute towards the costs of field courses, which are subsidised by the Department.
A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies. Well-equipped computer suites provide industry standard tools and software for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Project Management (MS-Project) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
We have up-to-date, industry standard drawings and a three-dimensional 'fly through', which enables you to visualise two-dimensional drawings. You can also access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through Blackboard.
Our new 'Hive' has a state-of-the-art lounge and open computing area where you can study and collaborate with classmates. A range of materials and equipment is also available for individual and group assignments in the Project Room.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
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 range of specialist areas. These include: 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 Davis Langdon, Interserve, Wilmott-Dixon and Balfour Beatty. Others are working in the public sector, specifically with local authorities.
Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating - includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.
Key employer partnerships
Thanks to our Construction Consortium, major employers are involved throughout your degree. These contribute towards teaching resources, student sponsorship and placements, and are keen to employ students on graduation. They also ensure that the course is rooted in industry through providing input on programme development, visiting speakers, industry projects, site visits and module reviews.
Creating employable students
UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives that nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience. This leads them to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.
See great graduate prospects for further information.
Read about some of the key jobs in construction and property.
UWE career resources and downloads
The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.
- Tariff points: 280
- GCSE: Maths and English Language at grade C or above required.
- Specific subjects: None specified
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; achievement of level 2 credits in Maths and English Language. Please contact the Faculty Admissions Manager for advice.
Tuition fees for new Home/EU students studying this course full-time in 2013/14 will be £9000 per year.
For information on part-time and international fees as well as funding and scholarship opportunities see our fees and funding pages.
How to apply
Please see the general information about applications.
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.
Students with disabilities
We welcome applications from people with disabilities.
Following is a list of the types of activities that the course normally involves. We are committed to supporting students with disabilities, and wherever possible we will make reasonable adjustments to these activities to enable students with disabilities to successfully complete the course. We encourage applicants to disclose any disabilities or support needs in their application forms, so that we can offer information, advice and support. There is a Disability Service at UWE Bristol and a Disability Support Co-ordinator in the Faculty.
- Use a computer
- Visually inspect buildings and locations, including physical movement around and through buildings and locations
- Visually inspect construction sites, including physical movement around and through construction sites
- Participate in field courses or activities away from the University
- Measure distances and sizes of buildings, materials or sites
- Team working and negotiation
- Laboratory work involving observations and physical manipulation
- Take part in discussions and presentations
We run open days throughout the year, when you can meet lecturers and current students, see the facilities and resources that we offer, and visit the student accommodation. Please ask for details. For further information regarding the course, you are welcome to contact: Jason Southan (Programme Leader) Jason.Southan@uwe.ac.uk or the Admissions team.
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