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Building Surveying Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Understand all areas of building surveying and develop the practical skills needed to succeed with this BSc degree course at LJMU.

Traditionally, a building surveyor’s main area of expertise has been in property refurbishment and conservation, but nowadays they are also involved in building design, management, maintenance, and surveys – the whole lifecycle of a building, in fact.

As such, they work with a range of people, from building owners and occupiers to builders, planners, lawyers and service engineers, so not only do they need to be technically competent but practical as well, and capable of giving advice on subjects as diverse as repair diagnosis to building design to legal representation in court.

The course is built around the following four themes together with work experience and project tasks that simulate real working practices, giving you the knowledge and practical skills to launch your career as a building surveyor:

  • Technical knowledge, such as building construction, building defects, science and materials

  • Design practice, which covers cad, refurbishment projects, sustainability projects, building conservation

  • Management practice, including construction site management, facilities and maintenance management business management

  • Law, including construction law, property law, health and safety law

The course also offers a sandwich route which involves a paid placement where you can apply what you have learnt at LJMU out in the workplace. Such experience will enhance both your professional skills development and your CV, boosting your employment prospects after graduation.

Students not undertaking a placement year are registered on the non-Sandwich version of the programme and will have the opportunity of an additional study year abroad following Level 5, providing students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU.

Course details

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

During level 4, students gain basic knowledge and theory of the building surveying discipline. They gain an introduction to building surveying in practice, law and construction technology. They will study key themes around science and materials, design and specification, and get involved in exciting collaborative interdisciplinary activities. At level 4 students also become skilled in academic and digital literacy.

During level 5, students are exposed the application and integration of key building surveying themes. In particular, students learn about managing property assets, procurement and contracts, and a more focused legal perspective of property law and construction technology. Students' progress their practical building surveying skills through learning about pathology and inspection, and get involved in an exciting work based project. Students are also introduced to research methods skills and knowledge.

During level 6, students focus on key concepts around the management and strategic implications of the building surveying discipline. This includes learning about real estate and asset strategy, learning about professional practice, understanding how to provide productive workplaces, and the implications and management of project lifecycles. Students will again be involved in a work based project during a level 6 project, as well as completing a final year research project.

Finally, students have the opportunity to participate in an exciting international field visit during their final year of study.

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

All students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, reviews, etc), and presentations (individual and group).

Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing.

This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Professional bodies

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

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

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 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.

If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you! International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

​Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Building Surveying will be considered for direct entry into Level 2. Merit grades in all higher level units or 60% in all higher level units would be required respectively.
A level BBC Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Is general studies acceptable? Yes
Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Average A Level offer: BBC
Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to HE Diploma D: 24 credits
M: 12 credits
Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £16,100 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Full-time industrial placement year fee for home students: £1850 per annum. Full-time industrial placement year fee for international students: £3650 per annum. All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
Liverpool
L1 2UA


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Faculty of Engineering and Technology

0151 231 2777