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Quantity Surveying (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Full-time accelerated: K243, Day-release accelerated:K244

Start Date(s): January; June; September

Duration:

2 years full-time; 3 years full-time with placement

3 years day-release; 4 years day-release with placement

Full-time start: September
Day-release starts: September, January and June

Fees:

UK - £9,250 per year

International - £17,910 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)
  • Studying at an accelerated rate enables faster progression into a career or postgraduate opportunities.
  • There is the opportunity to complete a professional placement year, applying your knowledge to the real world, and boosting your employability
  • Accelerated two-year degree option available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is accredited by several professional institutions including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), ensuring that you will be educated to the highest industry standards.

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.

New way to study

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 Quantity 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 year if you choose the full-time accelerated pathway with the full-time accelerated degree  with  placement  year  taking  three years to complete. The traditional three year full-time and five year part-time options for this course are still available.

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Awards and Accreditation

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    

You will be introduced to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.      
You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills  to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.      
You will explore the role of the quantity surveyor in the contemporary construction industry. You will learn to quantify basic domestic building construction work, using industry measurement guidelines and principles. You will also learn to estimate and prepare bills for domestic building construction, understand the tendering processes and apply ICT to quantity surveying practice.      
You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.      
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will also develop the ability to appraise and critically analyse the choices available to engineers when selecting systems to meet specifications.      
This project is an opportunity to develop investigation skills using case studies. You will develop an awareness of the key quantity surveying skills used in a real world/problem based scenario. The module will encourage you to develop self-discipline, personal planning/organisation and reflection, whilst also developing your communication and personal skills.      
This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.
You will explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK. You will also gain an understanding of the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.      
You will build a theoretical and practical understanding of how construction costs can be controlled at the pre-contract and post contract stages. You will also learn how alternative design solution can impact on life cycle costs and the methods used to establish costs.

Year 2  

You will gain a critical awareness of the construction process, from inception to delivery. You will learn the methods used in the stages of a construction project and build competence in understanding their application. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of how effective planning and control of resources impacts on the control of a construction project and the supply chain. You will also explore the concepts of risk and value, and examine and apply techniques for their control.
You will work in a disciplinary team in the context of a complex refurbishment, design and construction project based environment. The project will highlight the working skills required by quantity surveyors and the real world/problem based scenario they face. The experience will help you to develop  a  personal development plan based on your learning needs, career aspirations or professional requirements. You will develop a broad knowledge of the principles of civil engineering construction and the measurement capability in accordance with the civil engineering standard method of measurement (CESMM4).      
You will gain advanced measurement and quantification skills relating to construction work by using industry measurement guidelines and principles. You will develop detailed knowledge of estimating and cost management methods for construction projects. The module will help you to understand valuation methods during construction, and the management of change throughout a project. You will learn to apply advanced ICT technologies used by construction industry professionals.      
You will expand your knowledge of construction law, raise your commercial awareness and learn to consider risk management from a commercial perspective. You will explore the nature and causes of disputes between contracting parties and stakeholders in the construction industry, and the mechanisms for  dispute avoidance and resolution.      
You will understand and learn to differentiate the processes, tools and techniques used to evaluate risk and value management of construction and property activities. The module content will also encourage you to explore and explain how risk and value management techniques can optimise whole life cost solutions for construction and property activities.      
You will develop comprehensive recognition of the principles of sustainable design and their application in the practice of construction. The module content aims to reinforce the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.      
You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.
You will enhance your knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary construction techniques for medium to large buildings. You will learn to identify and critically review alternative construction technologies, and make informed decisions and recommendations.
You will understand advanced measurement and quantification relating to construction work by using measurement guidelines and principles. Using relevant ICT, you will develop detailed knowledge of estimating and cost management methods for construction projects and understand valuation methods during the construction stages.

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*

  • Technology 1  
  • QS Private and Commercial Practice 1  
  • Environmental Science and Services  
  • QS Discipline Project 1  
  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework  
  • Economics and Management  

Year 2*

  • Construction Process Management  
  • Technology 2  
  • Procurement and Administration  
  • Construction Economics  
  • QS Private and Commercial Practice 2  
  • Multi-Disciplinary Project  

Year 3*

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

Industrial placement year

You also have the option to take a placement year after year two. 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 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
GCSE
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level 104 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 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.

Study this programme as a Degree Apprenticeship  

This programme is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship. In order to apply for the apprenticeship route, please email us at apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk or alternatively, complete our online enquiry form here. Please do not apply through UCAS for this mode of study as this is not the correct route to apply for a Degree Apprenticeship programme.  For more information on all of our apprenticeship programmes, please visit our website.

In order to do a degree apprenticeship, you must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to sponsor you. If you are not currently employed, you can find apprenticeship vacancies on the gov.uk portal here.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £17,910 per year

Additional costs

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

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Directed study
  • Projects
  • Guest lectures
  • Visits to construction sites, completed buildings

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework, projects, exams and a dissertation.

Employability

If you choose to study an accelerated degree you will benefit from faster progression into a career, giving you a competitive advantage over your peers. Additionally, as a graduate of this mode of study, you will have completed a more intensive training programme, which is better aligned to the realities of the workplace.

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.

Companies that have previously employed our graduates include: 

  • Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd, 
  • Birse Civil, 
  • Bramhall Construction, 
  • BWS Abu Dhabi, 
  • Casey Group, 
  • Clarke Telecom Ltd, 
  • Cruden Properties Service Ltd, 
  • Daniel Contractors Ltd, 
  • Deacon & Jones, Frasc, 
  • G&J Seddon, 
  • Gardiner & Theobald, 
  • Gleeds Construction Consultants, 
  • Glencroft Civil Engineering, 
  • Kier North West, 
  • Laing O'Rourke, 
  • Lloyds TSB, 
  • Mace Ltd, 
  • Stuart Milner Contractors, 
  • Turner & Townsend, 
  • Wates Group Ltd.

Furthermore, the annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

Links with Industry

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

In addition, we have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • Birse Civil
  • Balfour Beatty Construction Limited
  • BAM Construction
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • RICS
  • CIOB

This provides our students with a number of benefits such as site visits, guest speakers and placements.

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