Building Surveying (Accelerated Degree)
BSc (Hons)

Alternative start dates available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply
Accelerated degree

3 good reasons to study Building Surveying (Accelerated Degree) at Salford

1.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

2.

Industrial placement year opportunity for full-time students

3.

Studying at an accelerated rate enables faster progression into a career or postgraduate opportunities.

Course Summary

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The benefits of studying an accelerated degree    

The School of the Built Environment now offers a new mode of study for many of its undergraduate courses; the Accelerated Degree. Whilst covering the same content as a traditional three year undergraduate degree, the accelerated degree is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, therefore allowing you to progress more quickly into work or further study.      

If you choose to study Building Surveying full-time as an accelerated degree, you will complete it in two years rather than three. If you choose the day-release option, you will complete your degree in three years rather than five. You still have the option to complete a placement with these modes of study, with the full-time accelerated degree with placement taking  three  years  to complete, and the day-release accelerated degree taking four years to complete. The traditional three year full-time and five year part-time options for this course are still available.

Study as a traditional degree

Course Information

Building surveyors are sought after professionals, and the work of a chartered building surveyor can be varied or involve high levels of specialism. A chartered building surveyor can be involved in a construction project from its inception, through design and procurement, to managing its fulfilment,  and  eventually overseeing the building in use.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), meaning that you will be educated to the highest industry standards. As this programme is the gateway to professional status, it will develop your professional and technical skills specific to building surveying, as well as your presentation,  communication  and collaboration skills, which are vital in everyday life in practice.

This course combines academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies and is taught through a combination of academic study and project work. You will work with students from other related courses, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approach of the modern construction  and  property  industry.

Course Details

Course Structure

Depending on whether you choose the full-time accelerated degree pathway, or the day-release accelerated degree option, the structure of this course will vary as follows:

Full-time accelerated

Year 1* 

Modules may include: 

  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework 
  • Technology 1 
  • Building Surveying Practice 1
  • Economics and Management
  • Environmental Science and Services 
  • Computer Aided Design  
  • Procurement and Administration 
  • Building Pathology 
  • Multi-Disciplinary Project 

Year 2*

Your second year introduces a number of subjects which are specific to this course as well as others which are in common with other courses. Subjects focus on your ability to perform in industry with the development of problem solving capacities embedded into the programme.

Modules may include: 

  • Technology 2 
  • Building Design Studies 
  • Property and Commercial Lease Law and Practice  
  • Property Studies 
  • Discipline Research Project 
  • Introduction to Urban Regeneration  
  • Building Surveying Project 
  • Conservation of the Historic Environment 
  • Building Surveying Practice 2 

Industrial placement year

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial year-out placement between years two and three. If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The university will help you to develop your employability skills and an academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within the placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with 'telephone visits', visits to your place of employment and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

Day-release accelerated

Year 1*

Modules may include: 

  • Technology 1 
  • Building Surveying Practice 1 
  • Environmental Science and Services 
  • CAD 
  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework 
  • Economics and Management 

Year 2*

Modules may include: 

  • Technology 2 
  • Property and Commercial Lease Law and Practice 
  • Building Pathology 
  • Procurement and Administration 
  • Multi-Disciplinary Project 
  • Building Surveying Design Studies 

Year 3*

Modules may include: 

  • Conservation of the Historic Environment 
  • Building Surveying Practice 2 
  • Property Studies 
  • Introduction to Urban Regeneration 
  • Building Surveying Project 
  • Discipline Research Project 

Industrial placement year

You also have the option to take a placement year after year 2 (Industrial Placement Module 40 credits). If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The university will help you to develop your employability skills. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

*Please note students who fail a module are allowed a maximum of 40 credits of concurrent study however the Student Loan Company will not fund the element relating to the repeating modules and therefore if the student wishes to study this concurrently they will have to fund the additional cost themselves.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level 104 points
International Baccalaureate 30 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE, O level (or equivalent). There are no specific A level topics required.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team-based approach to work. Therefore all our courses combine academic study with group project work, so it is essential that you are a good team player.

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.

Teaching

  • Coursework
  • Projects
  • Work with other students from Architectural Design and Technology, Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying, and Property Management Programmes
  • Exams at the end of each semester
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings, historic structures etc.

Assessment

The mix of assessment will be determined by its appropriateness to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve attainment of the module learning outcomes. Assessment methods include coursework, portfolio, presentation, examination and research project.

Employability

Career Prospects

With an extensive understanding of the industry, you will be well equipped to pursue roles in a variety of areas including: the design of new buildings, the specification and supervision of construction work, refurbishments alterations and extensions, acquisition and condition surveying and building defect diagnostics.

Graduates of this course have found employment with a number of organisations including: B&Q, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gleeds Construction Consultants, Manchester City Council, Mansell Construction Services, National Grid, Network Rail, Property Tectonics Ltd, STMC Building Control Ltd.

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

During the Multidisciplinary Projects module students have worked on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped design a new club-house for Salford City FC and worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time International£17,500 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Funding

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.

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