Building Surveying - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
K230
For part-time apply direct to the University.
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years), Part Time (5 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:

Become equipped to provide professional advice on property and construction with our Building Surveying course.

Having developed the key skills and professional attributes needed for surveying jobs, from technical skills to business awareness, our graduates are highly sought-after by industry, securing roles with companies such as Savills, Balfours and Prudential.

New for 2017/18

Building Surveying

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

Our professionally accredited course covers the key skills needed to work in building surveying. You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of the entire building process, from legal wrangles to planning solutions.

Using real-life case studies, project work and business management systems, you explore core areas of construction technology, building pathology and structural mechanics. An investigation of associated aspects of economics, law, management and business studies helps give a real-world business basis to your technical studies.

The course also gives you excellent understanding of environmental and planning procedures. Supported by experienced, professional staff, you'll gain in-depth insight into the professional skills required of a building surveyor.

Our content is always relevant to the latest industry practice and takes into consideration changes in law and planning regulations. You'll be assessed throughout your course through a mix of coursework, presentations and reports, as well as examinations.

On successful completion, and providing you undertake a further 24 months' suitable work experience, you can apply for the Assessment of Professional Competence to gain Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) membership.

You'll be based at our multi-million pound City Centre Campus, an inspirational place to study. Construction sites next to the campus present a wealth of opportunities for students to gain placements and experience, while making useful industry contacts. We also have a close partnership with Birmingham City Council's Urban Design team, which holds Student Awards for Excellence, recognising outstanding contributions.

Why Choose Us?

  • Full accreditation by the RICs and the Chartered Institution of Building ensures professional integrity and industry recognition.
  • We are a RICs approved Partnership Centre, helping with teaching on RICS Continuing Professional Development courses.
  • It's an exciting time to study all aspects of building and construction in Birmingham – the city is undergoing huge regeneration. The Big City Plan, a 20-year vision covering every aspect of the built environment, is creating innovative redevelopment and opportunities.
  • The average starting salary of a Built Environment graduate is £24,000 (DLHE 2012/13).
  • You'll benefit from industry-standard facilities.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Balfours
  • Prudential

And in jobs such as:

  • Assistance Building Surveyor
  • Building Manager

This course is accredited by:

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points - Highers
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 30 points
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

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From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

300 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above)
or
predicted DDM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 years £1,125 per 15 credit module
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is available part-time

Part time study

The first two years of all our undergraduate part-time routes are delivered as the HNC Construction. Once you achieve this interim qualification with a good merit profile, you then join the degree programme for a further three years. If you are considering part-time study, please first apply to the HNC Construction.

If you have already obtained a HNC qualification (or similar level of study), we may consider you for advanced entry onto the degree course and you should apply using the application form link below:

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Our first year provides an overall introduction to all aspects of building surveying, including design, environmental aspects, law, surveying skills and construction. You will undertake a professional practice project, helping you gain industry experience.

Part-time students are on the HNC route for two years and after successful completion, students will join the level 5 undergraduate programme.

Professions in Context
15 credits
Residential Construction 1
15 credits
Environmental and Materials Science
15 credits
Design and Surveying Skills 1
15 credits
Residential Construction 2
15 credits
Law for Designers
15 credits
Design and Surveying Skills 2
15 credits
Professional Practice Project 1
15 credits

Year two

You will look at areas such as commercial and industrial technology, residential surveying, contract procedures and design. Further professional practice projects will be taken, giving you the chance to develop more hands-on, industry experience.

Professional Practice Project 2
15 credits
Commercial and Industrial Technology 1
15 credits
Residential Surveying
15 credits
Advanced Design and Surveying Skills 1
15 credits
Commercial and Industrial Technology 2
15 credits
Pre and Post Contract Procedures
15 credits
Advanced Design and Surveying Skills 2
15 credits
Professional Practice Project 3
15 credits

Year three

You will look at areas such as commercial surveys and reporting, defect and structural appraisal, conservation issues, project management and building surveying practice.

The inter-professional project is a final year module in which you apply the skills you have developed over your course to a live project for an industry client. Our students' recommendations have informed council policy and the design of high-profile developments.

A final year honours research project enables you to look in-depth at an area of interest.

Inter Professional Project
15 credits
Commercial Surveys and Reporting
15 credits
Defect and Structural Appraisal
15 credits
Conservation Issues in Practice
15 credits
Project and Maintenance Management
15 credits
Building Surveying Practice
15 credits
Honours Research Project
30 credits

Using industry-standard techniques and facilities, you'll gain skills in key areas and be assessed by a variety of methods. You'll have the chance to develop professional contacts and gain experience.

You'll learn through a mix of seminars, lectures, case studies and project work. There will also be opportunities to visit construction sites and put theory in context.

The course can also be studied on a part-time basis.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Student stories – Sam Towers

Sam gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Surveying from Birmingham City University in 2012. Upon graduating university, Sam joined Savills in June 2012 with the intention of becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the Autumn of 2014. His experience has been gained through a diverse client base including those from the public and private sectors.

Sam is based within the Birmingham commercial building consultancy team where he has gained a broad range of experience within the commercial property market through his building surveying role.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Our accreditations from these bodies show employers that you have the level of knowledge and skills they need when you graduate.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS is the world's leading professional body for setting standards in the surveying industry.

It has members all around the globe delivering knowledge and serving the public interest at a local level. In their work, they draw on RICS' ever-growing range of globally applicable and regionally specific standards and guidance.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

Our Building Surveying MSc postgraduate degree offers you the opportunity to further develop your specialism, linking theory to practice. The course is targeted at the next generation of professional building surveyors and is delivered by professionals with practical experience.

Trips and visits

Visits to construction sites will put theories into context and give you valuable insight. You’ll be able to take part in a week-long trip to Paris, taking in different buildings, both new and old, as well as construction site visits.

There are also walking tours around Birmingham itself to take in the city’s own diverse architecture.

Student stories

Craig Chatwin

The surveying course content was extremely beneficial in providing Craig with the necessary skills to put him on the path to become a chartered surveyor, and has provided him with a sound grounding for him to develop as a surveyor.

Enhancing your employability skills

Our graduates have a thorough skillset, understanding complex legal issues, building design, contract administrative procedures, building maintenance and business systems.

These skills are highly valued by employers. Recent research conducted by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) indicates that the UK's construction industry needs 36,000 new recruits each year to cope with increased demand. Our graduates have found roles within private practice, commercial organisations, local and central government.

Our innovative collaboration with Birmingham City Council's Urban Design team means you can gain work experience, work on key individual research projects, gain technical application skills, as well as win excellence awards and contribute to projects influencing future council policy.

With the advantage of a construction site right on our doorstep as the University grows, students and graduates have benefited from placements and hands-on experience. The opportunities with companies such as Birmingham-based Willmott Dixon, a leading independent construction and property company, have increased confidence, ability and skills.

You'll also develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills. And thanks to the unique nature of the course, you'll learn how to work effectively and efficiently either on your own or as part of a team.

Placements

Our students’ employability is greatly enhanced by visits to construction sites and work experience with major employers.

Opportunities to work on construction sites next to our current campus, have been described as a "godsend" by lecturers and provide our students with the chance to be part of a changing built environment.

Willmott Dixon placements

Building Surveying graduate Jessica Van Rensberg secured a placement with Willmott Dixon. “It was extremely rewarding, I gained lots of experience,” she said. “I learned how a commercial construction site is run and gained experience with sub contractors on how to engage with people on a day to day basis.”

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

With skills that are in demand in industry, our graduates have secured positions with prestigious firms such as Balfours and Prudential in roles such as assistant building surveyor and building manager.

The course put Craig Chatwin, who is now a graduate building surveyor for David Langdon, on the path to becoming a chartered surveyor. While Sam Towers joined Savills in June 2012 and is based within the Birmingham commercial building consultancy team.

Inter-professional project

The Inter-professional Project is a final year module in which you apply the skills you have developed over your course to a live project for an industry client. Our students’ recommendations have informed council policy and the design of high-profile developments.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Meet our staff

You'll reap the benefits from the experience of our professional staff.

Sue Hayhow

Senior Lecturer

Senior lecturer Sue Hayhow is a former associate partner of Lawrence and Wightman who moved into Social Housing, managing large regeneration projects in the West Midlands.

Sue is a member of RICS and has been training and assessing young surveyors since 1994. She's recently been a judge for the RICS regional awards.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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Email the applications team

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