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Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship - BSc (Hons)

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Chartered Surveyor roles are of prime importance for the construction industry, and are key in the successful delivery of projects.     Our Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship will typically take five years to complete....

  • Level Apprenticeship
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2024
  • School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment

This course is:


Chartered Surveyor roles are of prime importance for the construction industry, and are key in the successful delivery of projects.    

Our Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship will typically take five years to complete. The apprenticeship includes a BSc (Hons) degree qualification and, upon passing an End Point Assessment (EPA), registration as a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

The Chartered Surveyor apprenticeships have been designed by employer working groups of varying sizes, representing four surveying pathways. The apprenticeship is applicable to any of the following roles:

  • Commercial Property Surveyors (Real Estate)
  • Consultant (Professional) Quantity Surveyors
  • Contracting Quantity Surveyors

You will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for chartered surveyors to work effectively within a range of working environments. We value the principles of learning by doing, drawing on a rich history of craft and manufacture in the city.  

The assessment process has been designed to:

  • Be relevant to the role of a chartered surveyor
  • Provide a professional qualification
  • Be widely recognised by the sector as a key route into the surveying profession

For more information, see the separate course specifications below:

Download the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying course specification

Download the BSc (Hons) Real Estate course specification

How to apply

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you would need to be employed in a suitable and relevant job and meet the entry requirements.  Apprenticeship job vacancies are often advertised here Find an apprenticeship - GOV.UK ( or via Employer websites.

Your employer would need to make contact with to nominate you. They will be provided with the relevant documents and paperwork required which will need to be completed and received back before 31 May 2024 for a September 2024 start. 

Employers advertise degree apprenticeships throughout the year and there is no application cycle like there is with university applications. The vacancy will state when the application deadline is, and when the apprenticeship is due to start. 

You cannot apply directly to the University for a degree apprenticeship.

This course is not open to International students.

Entry Requirements

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


112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Level 2 qualifications


GCSE English Language or English Literature and GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above. 

Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

Scottish National 5

English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade C or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.

Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) qualifications

A level and Advanced VCE

  • BBC / 112 UCAS points

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass with 60 credits, 45 of which should be at Level 3, remaining 15 from level 2 or 3. With a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at merit or distinction.
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2002 – 2010)
  • DMM / 112 UCAS points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 – 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate
    (2002 – 2010)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)

  • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)

  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)

  • BTEC Level 3 National Award
    (2002 - 2010)

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with two A-levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016) ESW/KS Combined component

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

  • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
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.

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.


What is a degree apprenticeship?

Higher and degree apprenticeships are an exciting new way to gain a recognised qualification while working full-time and gaining experience in the workplace. These courses are a high-quality alternative to a traditional university degree, combining a university education with workplace experience.

Degree Apprenticeships 

See details of the relevant Apprenticeship standard.

Employers: For more information on offering apprenticeships, please see our employer apprenticeship guidance.


Course fees for apprenticeships are covered by contributions employers pay to the government levy, or by co-investment for non-levy paying employers.

Since you cannot be asked to pay towards your education, employers should ensure that they are able to cover expenses related to:

  • IT (hardware and software)
  • Consumables for printing, model making, portfolios and PPE
  • Travel in relation to study visits associated directly with the programme

For further information please contact

Facilities & Staff

Our Facilities

The School of the Built Environment provides the best possible equipment and facilities for all students. Our gallery below showcases the Built Environment’s learning spaces, civil engineering lab and state of the art computer aided design labs.

The facilities on offer to our students reflect the work environment you will enter as you start your career. We ensure that you are equipped to participate fully and possessed with the equipment needed to support your studies.

The facility our students value most is not actually on campus, but is the location of the campus in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside opposite the new High Speed 2 station construction, and minutes from dozens of fascinating live projects within the city centre.

Birmingham as it changes constantly on our doorstep really is our ‘living lab’. By simply looking out the window of our classrooms you’ll be able to witness live projects as they’re happening around us. You’ll constantly be inspired by dozens of fascinating case studies just from walking from the station to the campus.


Recognising the rapidly evolving digital built environment we are constantly reviewing software to best fit with the professions of the future.

Autodesk Accredited Centre Status, we use the latest integrated building modelling software across undergraduate courses, seeing Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying students engaging in cross discipline information management projects modelling real life experience. Accredited Centre status allowing all students licence to download this software, and making available additional qualifications and certification to those demonstrating expertise and dedication to exploring their own and the limits of the Autodesk environment.

At course level, students engage with the latest and most appropriate software for their future professions. Real Estate students with CoStar, the leading industry database supporting valuations. Quantity Surveyors using Blue Beam, Revu and QS Pro, and along these Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers use Synchro and Navisworks for 4D and CostX for 5D work. For Building Surveying and Architectural Technology routes, visualisation is important where Enscape, V-Ray Lumion and Sketch-up are available.

Built Environment Space in Millennium Point

The Built Environment Space in Millennium Point is available to all students with a huge resource of software-equipped laptops for loan on campus. For off campus working, much of the software we use comes with free student licences and all students will have access to the Windows Virtual Desktop, allowing access to our range of software from anywhere where the internet is available.

The Studio Space that we've created in Millennium Point is an open workspace where students can work on their design projects. We have all student work and examples that will change every week or month depending on what stage of a project we're at. And it's an open space for working on projects.

This is where our Architectural Technology students and our Building Surveying students in particular, spend a lot of their time.

Concrete and Hydraulics Labs

Our dedicated Civil Engineering facilities include a Hydraulics & Structures lab Concrete & Geotechnics lab as well as a bending rig.

The swollen concrete lab and hydraulics lab are the heart of our Civil Engineering course, where we have a range of test equipment. This is where our students can carry out experimental work as part of their course, either as part modules or using those labs to work on their final year project.

Our staff

Dr Saeed Talebi

College of Built Environment Academic Lead for Teaching Excellence and the Student Experience

Dr Saeed Talebi is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Built Environment, Course Leader for Quantity Surveying and College of Built Environment Academic Lead for Teaching Excellence and the Student Experience  at Birmingham City University. He also holds the distinguished title of Visiting Fellow at the School of Engineering, Design and Built...

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Mr Timothy Lee

Associate Professor in Property Investment

Tim ran his own property firm on the Isle of Wight for over ten years and during that time completed his MSc Real Estate. Following that he secured funding for his PhD at Reading University where he explored the challenges of making energy efficiency improvements to the housing stock.

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