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Chartered Surveyor (Quantity Surveying) Degree Apprenticeship

BSc (Hons) Quantity 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

Quantity surveyors manage and control financial aspects of the construction process and may also specialise in construction contract law, insurance and procurement. They work on behalf of contracting organisations or representatives of the client, aiming to maximise value and ensure that the project  is  completed  within budget.

As quantity surveyors often act as project managers, you will learn how to select, manage and coordinate the resources needed for the completion of a construction project. You will be taught how use to computing resources to financially manage the development, construction and long-term operation of  buildings.

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.

"I really wanted to get the experience of working in industry alongside my university degree and the fact that this route offered me the chance to become RICS accredited and get a full degree in three years was a no brainer!"

Jack Hook, Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Met-Excel

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 QS Private & Commercial 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 QS Discipline Project 1
3 Intro to Law & Regulatory Frameworks Economics & Management
(Level 5)  
1 Construction Process Management Technology 2
2 Procurement & Administration Construction Economics
3 QS Private & Commercial Practice 2 Multi-Disciplinary Project
(Level 6)
1 Risk & Value Management QS Private & Commercial Practice 3
2 Sustainable Design & Construction Construction Law & Dispute Resolution
3 QS Discipline Project 2 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 QS Private and Commercial Practice 1
2  QS Discipline Project 1
(Level 5) 
1 Technology 2 Construction Process Management
3  Procurement & Administration Construction Economics
(Level 5/6)
1L5 QS Private and Commercial Practice 2Risk and Value Management 
2L5 Multi-disciplinary ProjectL6 Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
(Level 6)
1L6 QS Private and Commercial Practice 3QS Discipline Project 2
2Sustainable Design and ConstructionDiscipline 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
  • Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 1
  • Economics and Management
  • Environmental Science and Services
  • Quantity Surveying Discipline Project 1


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 quantity surveyor.


  • Technology 2
  • Construction Process Management
  • Procurement and Administration
  • Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 2
  • Construction Economics
  • 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.


  • Quantity Surveying Discipline Project 2
  • Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 3
  • Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Risk and Value Management
  • Discipline Research Project
  • Sustainable Design and Construction

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

Quantity surveyors are in high demand, and graduates from this course are sought after by employers. Recent graduates are working in a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. These include construction companies, surveying consultancies, property developers, local authorities and government departments.

As well as cost management, quantity surveyors now provide an expanding range of services including:

  • Advice on development feasibility
  • Procurement routes
  • Cost planning and control
  • Financial accounting
  • Contractual management

Individual quantity surveyors can channel their careers into specialised roles such as project management, facilities management, contract consultancy and arbitration.


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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