The changing construction sector is a challenging environment which needs skilled quantity surveyors to meet demands.
Our professionally accredited Quantity Surveying course gives you a detailed understanding of the building industry and thorough preparation for a future career in surveying.
Learning practical skills relevant to current construction management gives you a clear advantage in the jobs market. You will also benefit from outstanding employer links which will help you make the contacts needed for your future career. Our graduates have gone on to work for prestigious firms such as Amec Civil Engineering, Laing O’Rourke, Gleeds, Interserve and John Murray and Sons Ltd.
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.
Quantity surveying is a leading professional role in the built environment specialising in the cost management and procurement of construction projects. Quantity surveyors operate in all sectors of the construction industry around the world.
With a vocational focus, this course equips you with excellent technical skills and relevant business awareness for this challenging career.
You’ll gain a detailed understanding of building production from concept to completion. The course covers all the key aspects of construction, commercial and domestic measurement, as well as project estimating and management.
Visits to construction sites will enable you to apply practical skills to theory and add colour and relevance to your studies.
You will use the latest CAD and GIS software as well as Google Sketckup, MS Project and BCIS.
Collaborations with companies such as Birmingham City Council and Willmott Dixon will enable you to work on live industry projects and undertake valuable work placements.
With the support of experienced staff who have worked for high profile companies you’ll use facilities that reflect the work environment you’ll enter after graduation. All students on this course also have the opportunity to be nominated by staff for the Faculty’s annual Prize Winners Ceremony, gaining recognition for excellent work, which helps you get noticed by employers.
This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice.
Our City Centre Campus location really is an inspirational place to learn. Birmingham’s Big City Plan, regenerating and developing the city, means there are plenty of opportunities within the built environment. And you’ll have the added advantage of being based next to construction sites where you can gain invaluable experience and contacts.
“The energy of the campus was always vibrant and with the close proximity and close relationship between the various construction disciplines, there was a competitive edge that provided a healthy environment to studying.” James Funge
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We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|Typical UK Qualification||Requirements 2016/17|
At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.
|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|
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.
If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, 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:
|Typical EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2015/16|
|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 have a serious interest in studying with us but cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
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.
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.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
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)
predicted DDM profile at BTEC level
You will also be required to attend an interview.
We’ve created a range of advice from experts and our students, including next steps if your exams don't go that well.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||FT||3 years||£9,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||SW||4 years||£9,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||PT||5 years||£1,125 per 15 credit module|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2017||SW||4 years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2017||PT||5 years||TBC|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||FT||3 years||£12,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 years||TBC||Apply via UCAS|
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.
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.
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.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
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.
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 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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
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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.
Your first year gives you a broad introduction to building services. You will look at core areas including quantification, construction technology, cost estimation, economics, and design data appreciation. You will look at the profession in context and will undertake your first professional practice project.
Part-time students are on the HNC route for two years and, after successful completion, students will join the second year of the undergraduate programme.
Design and Construction Management
Cost Estimation and Economics
Professional Practice Project 1
You will study programmes in contract law, tender estimating, commercial technology, product information and tender evaluation, commercial measurement and cost and procurement. Your skills and links with industry will be honed further with two professional practice projects, giving you the chance to apply theory to practice.
You will learn how to appreciate and identify technical problems within a complex legal, social and economic environment, and provide effective and appropriate solutions to a wide range of construction problems.
Professional Practice Project 2
Production Information and Tender Evaluation
Commercial Measurement and Cost
In your final year, you will also learn skills in construction economics, contract practice, civils measurement and costing, costs management and project management.
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, working on projects such Curzon Street Station with organisations like Birmingham City Council.
Civils Measurement and Costing
Honours Research Project
Our quantity surveying course is mainly assessed through coursework, reflecting the practical, vocational learning you undertake. There will also be exams and presentations.
The programme is available on a full-time, sandwich, or part-time basis, over three, four and five years respectively. Students may, in certain circumstances, move between full and part-time modes of attendance.
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Completing his studies at Birmingham City University means that Moabi, from Tutume, Botswana, was able to attain a quantity surveying degree that is accredited by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors.
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.
You’ll have the chance to study at a university in the USA and learn about emerging technologies which will help you stand out in the jobs market.
Quantity Surveying student Jack Linehan took the opportunity to fly stateside when he took part in our exchange programme with Auburn University in Alabama. Like Jack, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn new skills and you’ll also have the opportunity to compete against other US universities in industry competitions.
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 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.
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.
Students are encouraged to progress to postgraduate study within the school which provides a range of relevant Master’s programmes. Details can be found on the courses section of the website.
James Funge has built an international career in the construction and civil engineering sectors
He has worked in England, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and more recently Australia since completing a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree in 1994.
Starting out as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor for Anglian Water, then Project Quantity Surveyor for Amec Civil Engineering, he went on to work on a number of major building and infrastructure projects overseas including the Robertson Walk Development in Singapore's Clarke Quay, the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit System and the Dubai Metro System.
“The team make excellent use of project information from industry. They must also be commended in the range of software they use, such as Google Sketckup, MS Project and BCIS. The use of case studies and scenarios is also an area of distinctiveness.” External examiner, BSc Quantity Surveying
The course gives you a thorough understanding of the construction technology relating to a wide range of building and civil engineering projects.
You’ll also understand the time, cost and quality implications associated with project procurement, as well as the relevant legislation relating to industry.
As a student you will get access to the latest GIS, BIM and CAD software, surveying equipment and a computer-generated Virtual Building Site, allowing you to hone the professional skills any construction employer would value.
You’ll be a strong project manager and confident with business management systems. These skills are highly valued by employers.
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 meeting deadlines. 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.
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.
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.”
All students on this course have the opportunity to be nominated by staff for the Faculty's annual Prize Winners Ceremony. Students are put forward by their course teams based on merit, performance, achievements, dedication and commitment.
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.
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.
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.
We have an excellent track record when it comes to graduates securing successful futures.
93.9% of 2012/13 BSc Quantity Surveying graduates were in full-time work, or primarily in work but also studying, within six months of graduation. They have taken on roles such as graduate quantity surveyors and assistant commercial managers with companies such as Gleeds, Interserve and John Murray and Sons Ltd.
If you study with us, you may go on to achieve national success like Derek Owen, head of property and construction for Network Rail, who gained his RICS exams while working for Birmingham City Council. He has taken on a number of senior roles and is now playing a key role in the £550 million redevelopment of Birmingham New Street, which also incorporates a new John Lewis store.
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.
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:
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
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 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.
Our students come from around the world but our quantity surveying course is most popular with international students from:
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:
Here at Birmingham City University you will make use of commercial software as part of your assessment. Work is carried out in well-equipped and air-conditioned laboratories.
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.
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.
Senior lecturer Susan Johnson’s industry roles looking at cost control of new build and refurbishment projects worth up to £80m gives her valuable insight which assists students. She is passionate about sustainable design and green infrastructure issues.