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Building Surveying

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Overview From advising on the specification of new development proposals to assessing the viability of repairs and renovations, building surveyors are at the heart of decision-making in construction projects. This BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It gives you the technical skills and hands-on experience to perform this pivotal role and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). What you'll experience On this degree course, you'll:

  • Study and work alongside students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines, just like you will in your career
  • Learn from practising building surveyors and guest speakers
  • Develop the skills you need for a specialist career in building surveying, as well as abilities relevant to facilities management, project management and building conservation
  • Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings
  • Use laboratory and test house facilities, where you’ll study material performance, surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques
  • Put theory to the test on field trips to locations such as the Passivhaus standard housing development, school refurbishment projects and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre
  • Gain valuable experience with an optional salaried work placement at the end of your 2nd year
Careers and opportunities As a RICS-accredited course, this degree is the first step to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor. You could also work in project and facilities management after the course. What jobs can you do with a Building Surveying degree? Roles you can go onto include:
  • graduate or trainee building surveyor
  • assistant building surveyor
  • graduate project manager
  • trainee facilities manager
When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll give you advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate, to help you get the best start to your career.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include: - CAD and BIM - Construction, Design and Sustainability - Introduction to Law for the Built Environment - Multidisciplinary Project - Property Economics and Financial Accounting - Soils and Materials 1 There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include: - Applied BIM - Introduction to Project Management Principles - Planning Procedures and Practice - Procurement and Pre-contract Practice - Professional Studies and Applied Project Optional modules in this year currently include: - Heritage Property - International Built Environment Fieldwork (additional costs apply) - Institution-wide Language Programme - Urban Regeneration Placement year (optional) : On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include: - Building Pathology - Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution - Energy and Environmental Management - Individual Major Project - Professional Practice There are no optional modules in this year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through: - written exams - web assessments - essays and reports - presentations - an individual project You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: - Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 49% by coursework - Year 2 students: 35% by written exams, 25% by practical exams and 40% by coursework - Year 3 students: 28% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 49% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
A level 112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM
Access to HE Diploma 112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112-120 Tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-50.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Building Surveying at University of Portsmouth - UCAS