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Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (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:
Jason Southan
Key fact:
Study full or part-time and develop valuable industry collaboration skills on projects with students from related disciplines

Page last updated 11 September 2017


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?

BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management recognises the needs of modern industry. It is 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 which reflects industry. You will learn about different careers and approaches on day trips and field trips. You can 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:



Year 0 (Foundation Year)

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.

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

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

Year 1

In your first year you will develop an understanding of relevant measurement, 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 next 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
  • Research Skills

Placement year (Optional)

All students are encouraged to spend the year before their final year at University on placement. The curriculum in the preceding academic year includes support finding this placement and the industry recognises the value this placement year is to your career.

Final Year

In the final year, you will apply your skills and knowledge through real projects and problem-solving scenarios. You will 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 Cost Management
  • Advanced Quantity Surveying
  • Collaborative Practice

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • 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 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.

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 combination of coursework, unseen and seen examinations. As well as assessing your knowledge and skills, these develop graduate attributes valued by employers. These attributes 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.

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

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

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

We are currently seeking accreditation from the Board of Quantity Surveying Profession of Malaysia (BQSM).


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 Bristol 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.


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 arrange residential field trips, which are subsidised by the Department.

During the early part of your course we arrange two site visits. In recent years these have included a visit to Slimbridge to consider options for a new visitors centre, together with 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 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 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

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.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Property and Construction


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) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management 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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