Building Surveying

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Looking to become a Building Surveyor? This course is founded on the core competencies of the Building Surveying profession, preparing you to pursue your journey to full professional chartership. Much of your learning will be hands-on, you’ll carry out survey work using a range of equipment and you will also be provided with the latest CAD software. What's covered in the course? Our Building Surveying course matches the needs of industry, based on real-life building practice, building pathology, construction technology, and the legal framework for industry, risk management and building surveying practice. The course not only encompasses the conservation, re-purposing and adaptation of the existing built environment, but also embraces innovation, preparing you to contribute to the success of the profession and supporting the development of a sustainable society for the twenty-first century and beyond. During this course, you will develop a range of academic and technical skills relevant to the building surveying profession. As in industry itself, this course demands a broad range of technical and creative skills. Our course is fundamentally based upon the core competencies which are outlined by our accrediting partners, RICS and CIOB, which gives you a good foundation for your future career. We focus on the core technical knowledge, such as building pathology, construction technology and sustainability, as well as the legal framework knowledge required for a career in building surveying. We also believe that as the industry changes and adopts new approaches, we also, working with our industry partners, should give our students the opportunity to learn about the innovative changes which are impacting the industry today. The BSc Building Surveying degree aims to produce building surveyors with a well-rounded ability to mix technical, creative and business skills, ready to join an equally fast-moving built environment. You will therefore be industry-ready and can look forward to a fulfilling and enjoyable career as a building surveyor. Why Choose Us?

  • Our alignment with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) ensures our course remains fresh and relevant, as well as providing key industry links and insight.
  • There will be regular site visits to enhance your learning experience, and talks from industry leaders will help explain how to gain employment within the built environment world.
  • You’ll learn the analytical and problem-solving skills you’ll need to meet the demands of the broad range of built environment industry roles.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits, 45 of which should be at Level 3, remaining 15 from level 2 or 3. With a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at merit or distinction.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers.
AS 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Extended Project 12 UCAS points Only in combination with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1)
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 112 UCAS points Only in combination with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable equivalent:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2
HNC (BTEC) P Pass and complete with an average 50% pass. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) P For Year 1 entry pass the HND with 2 merits and an overall grade of a Pass. For Year 2 pass the HND with an overall grade of at least a Merit. Must be in a related pathway. May be considered for advanced entry. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Building Surveying at Birmingham City University - UCAS