Quantity Surveying - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
K240
For part-time please apply direct to the University.
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years), Part Time (5 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:

Places on this course are available through Clearing

220 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.
See the 'Entry Requirements' tab for more detail.

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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.

New for 2017/18

Quantity 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?

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

Why Choose Us?

  • We are fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), giving credibility to your studies. We are also a RICs approved Partnership Centre.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to study in the USA. Our exchange programme with Auburn University in Alabama gives you access to the latest industry advances and including Building Information Modelling – skills that UK employers are crying out for.
  • The average starting salary of a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying graduate from School of Engineering and the Built Environment is £26,400 (DHLE 2012/13).
  • Strong links with employers such as Willmott Dixon allow you to apply what you learn in a practical context through work placement opportunities. You’ll also have the chance to work on live projects for clients.
  • It’s an exciting time to study the built environment 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 redevelopments and opportunities.
  • You’ll use industry-standard equipment and benefit from regular site visits which give you a close-up view of professional practice, and build insight and industry perspective into your studies.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

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

  • Gleeds
  • Interserve
  • John Murray and Sons Ltd

And in jobs such as:

  • Graduate Quantity Surveyor
  • Assistant Commercial Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor

This course is accredited by:

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

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2016

220 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Call our Clearing hotline 0121 331 6777.

Alternative options

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

Typical UK QualificationRequirements 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.

Unconditional Offers 2015/16

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:

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

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

Typical EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 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.

Learn more about 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.

More about the new tariff

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.

More about unconditional offers

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.

Clearing

Places available to start in September 2016

If you would like to start this September, you can apply through Clearing.

0121 331 6777

International students can also apply to start this September through Clearing. More information for international students.

Want to start in September 2017?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2016.

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.

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

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

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.

Quantification
15 credits
Construction Technology
15 credits
Design and Construction Management
15 credits
Cost Estimation and Economics
15 credits
Professional Practice Project 1
15 credits

Year two

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
15 credits
Contract Law
15 credits
Tender Estimating
15 credits
Commercial Technology
15 credits
Production Information and Tender Evaluation
15 credits
Commercial Measurement and Cost
15 credits
Procurement
15 credits

Year three

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.

Inter-professional Project
15 credits
Construction Economics
15 credits
Contract Practice
15 credits
Civils Measurement and Costing
15 credits
Project Management
15 credits
Cost Management
15 credits
Honours Research Project
30 credits

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.

Teaching breakdown

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65 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

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Student stories

Moabi Nyanga

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.

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.

US Opportunities

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.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

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

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.

Student stories – James Funge

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.

Praise from external examiners

“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

Enhancing your employability skills

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.

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.”

Scholarships and Awards

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

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

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.

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

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our quantity surveying course is most popular with international students from:

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:

Computer Assisted Taking Off

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.

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.

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.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Layland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Susan Johnson

Senior Lecturer

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.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295