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Building Surveying (Degree Apprenticeship) University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview

Do you want to earn a salary and get valuable on-the-job experience while you study for a building surveying degree and other professional qualifications?

On this 5-year chartered surveyor BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree apprenticeship, you'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. Degree apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've just finished school or college or you've already started your career.

You'll learn how to advise on the cost of new development proposals and assess the viability of repairs. And you'll develop knowledge in areas such as dispute resolution, planning law, project management, problem solving and property economics. You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company.

The skills and knowledge you get on this course will put you at the heart of decision-making in construction projects setting you up for successful career as a building surveyor.

Accredited by

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) so what you learn on the course is relevant to the industry. At the end of the course, you'll have a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Surveying and be eligible to register as a Chartered Surveyor with RICS. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs in the future.

What you'll experience

On this degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Learn from practising building surveyors and guest speakers

  • Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings

  • 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

  • Use laboratory and test house facilities where you’ll study material performance, surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques

  • Put theory to the test in your job and on field trips to locations such as the Passivhaus standard housing development, school refurbishment projects and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre

  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union

  • Study and work with students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines, complementing the experience you'll get at work

  • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge

  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree

  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor

You'll typically go to university one day a week for around 30 weeks every year to attend lectures, seminars and workshops. On the weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment.

Careers and opportunities

This degree gives you the professional knowledge and practical experience you need to advance your career in the building sector as a building surveyor. You'll be eligible to register as a Chartered Surveyor when you complete your apprenticeship.

The skills and qualifications you gain on this course will also make you an ideal candidate for project and facilities management roles in your organisation and beyond.

After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course details

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Design and Sustainability
  • Professional Skills
  • 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:

  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Planning for Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)
  • Workplace Project

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Soils and Materials 1

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Planning Procedures and Practice
  • Procurement and Precontract Practice
  • Professional Studies and Applied Project

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Planning for Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management, and Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Environmental Management
  • Individual Major Project Evolution

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Planning Procedures and Practice

Year 5

Core modules in this year include:

  • Individual Major Project
  • Work Rotation Professional Competence (APC) Practice

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology

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:

  • closed and open book exams
  • problem-based coursework and professional style reports
  • computer-based portfolios
  • group presentations
  • major work-based 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.


How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

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 application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants may be subject to interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.
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.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

Portfolio

Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Please see http://www.port.ac.uk/degree-apprenticeships/ for further information.

Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
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Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
PO1 2UP


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