Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Quantity Surveying (Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship)

School of the Built Environment

Full-time

Attendance

One year

Two year

Three year

Four year

Course

June 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

As a quantity surveyor, you will manage and control financial aspects of the construction process and may also specialise in construction contract law, insurance and procurement. You will work on behalf of contracting organisations or representatives of the client, aiming to maximise value and ensure that the project is completed within budget.

The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time.

As part of this programme you will work towards your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in order to be in a position to move onto the RICS Panel Exam following completion of the academic
 degree programme. In order for you to do this, your employer must be able to support you with this – this is a requirement of the apprenticeship, therefore we can only work with employers who are in a position to support this. Please see full requirements

You will:
  • Be taught how use to computing resources to financially manage the development, construction and long-term operation of buildings
  • Learn how to select, manage and coordinate the resources needed for the completion of a construction project

This is for you if...

1.

You have a hard-working approach

2.

You are creative and an original thinker

3.

You are willing to develop your technical skills

4.

You have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment

Course details

All about the course

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The University and employer work closely with each other to:

  1. Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace
  2. To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you
Year one

Technology 1

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.

QS Private and Commercial Practice 1

You will explore the role of the quantity surveyor in the contemporary construction industry. You will learn to quantify basic domestic building construction work, using industry measurement guidelines and principles. You will also learn to estimate and prepare bills for domestic building construction, understand the tendering processes and apply ICT to quantity surveying practice.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

QS Discipline Project 1

This project is an opportunity to develop investigation skills using case studies. You will develop an awareness of the key quantity surveying skills used in a real world/problem based scenario. The module will encourage you to develop self-discipline, personal planning/organisation and reflection, whilst also developing your communication and personal skills.

Intro to Law and Regulatory Frameworks

You will be introduced to English law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Economics and Management

You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.

Year two

Construction Process Management

You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of the construction process, at all stages, from inception to delivery. You will gain a practical understanding of the methods and techniques used in the planning and production stages of a construction project and competence in their application. This module will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of how effective planning and control of resources impacts on the control of a construction project and the supply chain. You will be able to understand and evaluate the concepts of risk and value and examine and apply techniques for their control and consider and review environmental impact, health & safety and other constraints on the construction process.

Technology 2

You will enhance your knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary construction techniques for medium to large buildings. You will learn to identify and critically review alternative construction technologies, and make informed decisions and recommendations.

Procurement and Administration

This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.

Construction Economics

You will build a theoretical and practical understanding of how construction costs can be controlled at the pre-contract and post contract stages. You will also learn how alternative design solution can impact on life cycle costs and the methods used to establish costs.

QS Private and Commercial Practice 2

You will understand advanced measurement and quantification relating to construction work by using measurement guidelines and principles. Using relevant ICT, you will develop detailed knowledge of estimating and cost management methods for construction projects and understand valuation methods during the construction stages.

Multi-Disciplinary Project

This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year three

Risk and Value Management

You will understand and learn to differentiate the processes, tools and techniques used to evaluate risk and value management of construction and property activities. The module content will also encourage you to explore and explain how risk and value management techniques can optimise whole life cost solutions for construction and property activities.

QS Private and Commercial Practice 1

You will explore the role of the quantity surveyor in the contemporary construction industry. You will learn to quantify basic domestic building construction work, using industry measurement guidelines and principles. You will also learn to estimate and prepare bills for domestic building construction, understand the tendering processes and apply ICT to quantity surveying practice.

Sustainable Design and Construction

You will develop comprehensive recognition of the principles of sustainable design and their application in the practice of construction. The module content aims to reinforce the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.

Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

You will expand your knowledge of construction law, raise your commercial awareness and learn to consider risk management from a commercial perspective. You will explore the nature and causes of disputes between contracting parties and stakeholders in the construction industry, and the mechanisms for dispute avoidance and resolution.

QS Discipline Project 2

You will work in a disciplinary team in the context of a complex refurbishment, design and construction project based environment. The project will highlight the working skills required by quantity surveyors and the real world/problem based scenario they face. The experience will help you to develop a personal development plan based on your learning needs, career aspirations or professional requirements. You will develop a broad knowledge of the principles of civil engineering construction and the measurement capability in accordance with the civil engineering standard method of measurement (CESMM4).

Discipline Research Project

You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.

Diary and log book

Work-based completion of diary and log book over degree duration - three monthly assessments of competence and six monthly counsellor led assessments.

Year four

Diary and log book

Work-based completion of diary and log book over degree duration - three monthly assessments of competence and six monthly counsellor led assessments.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment.

ASSESSMENT

Progress meetings will be held once every three months, where the University employer link tutor and employer supervisor will meet with you to review progress made. The end point assessment is the final assessment for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for the Quantity Surveying and Construction pathway.

School Overview

The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society whilst ensuring the wellbeing of future generations through the provision of better and more sustainable urban futures.

Studios and workshops

Based in the New Adelphi Building, our carefully designed open plan studio provides an inspiring environment for you to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have a number of workshops which house high spec equipment including laser cutters and 3D printers, allowing you to execute ideas and bring concepts to life.

Energy House 

The School of the Built Environment is home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full sized two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables throughout the house and chamber.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Quantity surveyors are in high demand, and graduates from this course are sought after by employers. Recent graduates are working in a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. These include construction companies, surveying consultancies, property developers, local authorities and government departments.

As well as cost management, quantity surveyors now provide an expanding range of services including:

  • Advice on development feasibility
  • Procurement routes
  • Cost planning and control
  • Financial accounting
  • Contractual management

A taste of what you could become

A Quantity surveyor

A Property developer

A Contracts manager

And more...

Requirements

What you need to know

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. You will need to be in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the programme. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

DELIVERY

The programme structure will be delivered to degree apprentices on a part-time, day release basis over a three, four or five year period, subject to agreement by the employer and the University. For instance apprentices can take advantage of enrolling on the University of Salford’s unique accelerated degree programme, completing their full degree within three years or they may decide with their employer to complete the degree on a part-time basis over five years.

Apprentices may start at any one of three points in the year – September, January and June with trimesters delivered on a rolling basis.

Which qualifications do I need?

You will need to have GCSE maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above. You will also need to have qualifications at Level 3 (A-level/BTEC) or equivalent. You will need the equivalent of 104 UCAS points (BCC) or relevant work experience that we can accredit. 

Application Deadlines

Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.

June 2019 – Tuesday 30th April 2019

September 2019 – Wednesday 31st July 2019

January 2020 – Friday 29 November 2019

Standard Entry Requirements

GCSE You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above

UCAS tariff points

104 points

GCE A level

BCC

BTEC National Diploma

National Diploma MMM

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5

Foundation Degree

Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5

Other Qualification

Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Unfortunately we are not able to recruit international students onto our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programmes. 

Alternative Entry Requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Apprenticeship Funding

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 90% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 10%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Chartered Surveyor standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band: 15
Funding band maximum: £27,000

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,000per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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