University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Building Surveying

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Course summary

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Our industry-recognised BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course is designed to build your knowledge and skills in the physical care, repair, conservation and restoration and refurbishment of buildings. We are 1st in the UK for Building Surveying by overall student satisfaction. 100% of our students are satisfied with the quality of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course (National Student Survey 2019). Our course is fully accredited by the leading professional bodies recognised for surveyors: the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). This course will help you gain the problem-solving skills and technical knowledge necessary to survey buildings and identify defects. You will also participate in real-world group projects involving the refurbishment of existing, historic and listed buildings, as well as new-build, which will help you understand the surveyor’s role, the client’s requirements, and develop project management skills. You can also choose to undertake a one year paid industry work placement between the second and final year of the course. Our links with industry will help you find a placement. You will join a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working with students from other built environment courses, including architectural engineering, construction project management and quantity surveying. You will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, resources and equipment, including, a designated design studio space, specialist laboratories and workshops and Mac and PC suites. Read more about our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course here:

Course details


Year One • Fundamentals of Construction • Construction Materials and Site Surveying • Principles of Economics and Management • ICT for Architecture and Construction Projects • Building Physics • Built Environment Project 1 Year Two • Building Surveying Principles and Practice • Property Development and Refurbishment • Technology of Large and Innovative Buildings • Building Services Engineering • Contract Procedures • Built Environment Project 2 Year Three (optional Placement year) Take advantage of an optional year of paid professional training by undertaking an industry placement with a company in the UK or abroad. It will give you real hands-on experience and introduce you to exciting opportunities for your future employment. A successful completion of the placement year will lead you to an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice. Final Year • Building Surveying Professional Practice • Building and Property Law • Sustainable and Safe Construction • Built Environment Project 3 • Research Methods in the Built Environment • Dissertation Project The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

38% of assessment is by exam, 62% by coursework

Professional bodies

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

  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Building Engineers, Chartered Association of
  • Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in ( A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies accepted
A level BCC - BBC Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Preferably Engineering, Construction, Building and Construction, however will consider other subjects
Access to HE Diploma Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Construction, Engineering or Combined however will consider over subjects), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or distinction.
Scottish Higher In combination with Advanced Highers
AS Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 points including two Advanced Highers. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 - 27 points English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Extended Project Considered in combination
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 104-112 points with English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With 5.5 in all elements.

Full details of English Language requirements can be found on our website.

English Language Requirements

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 £13800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Building Surveying at University of Plymouth - UCAS