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Chartered Surveyor (Building Surveying) Degree Apprenticeship

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

Fees/Funding: The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the Government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.

Start Dates(s): January; September


You can study for this apprenticeship via two routes: 

Full-time accelerated route - 3 years (study three trimesters per year)

Part-time standard route - 5 years (study two trimesters per year)

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).
  • The Degree Apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minmum of 3 years work experience upon graduation.
  • With the Degree Apprenticeship, your employer and/or the Government will pay your tuition fees and you will be earning a salary.
  • Part-time study option

Course Summary

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 fulfillment,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.

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components.

Course Details

Apprentices will study between one and two modules per trimester depending on the number of years taken to complete the degree.

Course Structure

Full-time accelerated route (3 year day-release)

Year             Trimester       Modules            
(Level 4)
1 Technology 1 Building Surveying Practice 1 Work-based Completion
of diary and log book over
degree duration 3 monthly
assessments of competence
and 6 monthly Counsellor led assessments
2 Environmental Science & Services Computer Aided Design
3 Intro to Law & Regulatory Frameworks Economics & Management
(Level 5)  
1 Technology 2 Prop and Comm Lease Law and Practice
2 Procurement & Administration Building Pathology
3 Multi-Disciplinary Project BS Design Studies
(Level 6)
1 Property Studies Building Surveying Practice 2
2 Conservation of the Historic Environment Intro to Urban Regeneration
3 Building Surveying Project Discipline Research Project
Work-based Completion of diary and log book over degree duration
3 monthly assessments of competence and 6 monthly Counsellor led assessments

Part-time traditional route (5 year day-release)

Year             Trimester    Modules          
(Level 4)   
1  Introduction to Law & Regulatory
  Work-based Completion of
diary and log book over
degree duration 3 monthly assessments of competence
and 6 monthly Counsellor led assessments
2 Environmental Science & Services Economics & Management
(Level 4)  
1Technology 1 Building Surveying Practice 1
2Computer Aided Design  
(Level 5) 
1 Technology 2 Prop and Comm, Lease and Law Practice 
3  Procurement & Administration Building Pathology
(Level 5/6)
1BS Design StudiesBuilding Surveying Project 
2Multi-disciplinary ProjectConservation of the Historic Environment
(Level 6)
1Building Surveying Practice 2Property Studies
2Intro to Urban RegenerationDiscipline Research Project
End Point Assessment by RICS


Year one of this course has modules in common with other related courses within the school, meaning that you will benefit from collaborative learning with students from other disciplines, gaining an understanding of essential foundation subjects.


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


Year 2 introduces a number of subjects specific to this course focussing on your ability to perform in industry with the development of problem solving capacities embedded into the programme. Additionally, you will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project in order to further develop your experience of collaborative working, which is common practice in the career of a building surveyor.


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


In your final year, you will be required to complete a number of modules as well as a research project on a built environment subject of your choice under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.


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

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level BCC
BTEC National Diploma National Diploma MMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
Foundation Degree Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
Other Qualification Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

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

Unfortunately we are not able to recruit international students onto our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programmes.

Applicant profile

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


There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The university – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The university and employer work closely with each other to:

(1) Assure that knowledge gained on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace.

(2) To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by the apprentice.


Progress meetings will be held once every three months, where the university employer link tutor and employer supervisor will meet with the apprentice to review progress made and assess the evidence contained in the apprentice’s learning log book and CPD diary.

Each module will be assessed continuously using a range of methods, for example examination, essay and presentation. The end point assessment is the final assessment for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for the Quantity Surveying and Construction pathway. The APC comprises a presentation and interview, a substantial summary of the apprentices experience, a case study and the CPD diary of activities undertaken across the entire degree apprenticeship programme.


In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see

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.


The programme structure will be delivered to degree apprentices on a part-time, day release basis over a 3, 4 or 5 year period, subject to agreement by the employer and the university. For instance apprentices can take advantage of enrolling on the University of Salford’s unique accelerated degree programme, completing their full degree within three years or they may decide with their employer to complete the degree on a part-time basis over five years.

Apprentices may start at any one of three points in the year – September, January and June with trimesters delivered on a rolling basis.

Appreticeship Funding 

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 90% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 10%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Chartered Surveyor standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band: 15
Funding band maximum: £27,000

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