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Sheffield Hallam University

Building Surveying

UCAS Code: K230

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE in mathematics and English language or English Literature at grade C or grade 4 or above. We may accept GCSE equivalents.

Advanced entry - for direct entry to year two you would normally have a minimum of an all merit average on all units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one unit with a distinction in another unit is permitted.

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: •BBC at A Level. •DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Building surveying

**Course summary**

• Learn from industry-active academics, leading firms and successful alumni on this RICS-accredited course.
• Experience building surveying within real life schemes in the booming city of Sheffield.
• Have the opportunity to study abroad.
• Study in a friendly, supportive and flexible environment.

Discover and learn the breadth of the building surveying profession including building pathology, construction technology, building conservation, project management and design. Upon graduation you’ll have the qualifications and experience to progress on to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Assessment of Professional Competence to obtain Chartered status. Our course has an excellent reputation and engagement with employers nationwide.

**How you learn**

You will be taught by a well-established teaching team with comprehensive professional practice and applied research experience coupled with active participation within RICS and other professional bodies. You will cement theoretical concepts by applying them to real life scenarios.
You’ll be part of Sheffield Hallam’s ambitious developments at the heart of the city — and watch the progress unfold.

Throughout the course, you’ll work with industry figures on a range of exciting real-world projects, and you’ll usually undertake a placement year in a building surveying practice.
The course includes a UK residential field trip in the first year. You also have the opportunity to join relevant field trips to cities such as Edinburgh, and attend a project-based visit to a major European city.

You learn through
• lectures, including guest speakers from professional practice
• seminars and workshops
• practical activities
• laboratory-based experiments
• field trips
• real life development sites
• self-directed and collaborative project work

**Applied learning**

**Work placements**

In your third year you have the chance to put your professional skills to work with a placement at one of the major national or regional surveying practices, local authorities, housing associations or loss adjusters. Your placement year usually contributes 200 days towards the professional experience requirement for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Assessment of Professional Competence.

**Live projects**

We have excellent links with local professional and voluntary groups with large property portfolios. They provide various building stock for case studies and project work, which focus on actual buildings with real clients. You will inspect real life building assets at the University, including a Georgian terraced house which has been adapted to an interactive teaching space. You’ll also get to observe and participate in Sheffield Hallam’s £200 million estate development — which will transform the gateway to the city from the train station.
There are also a range of industry guests who will work with you on consultancy, simulations and other projects — posing real problems and practical solutions.

**Field trips**

This course makes the most out of real-world experience. There are regional, national and international field trips that allow you to apply your learning in diverse environments.

**Networking opportunities**

The course has strong links with employers and other stakeholders in the building surveying sector.
Guest lectures by practitioners and networking events bring an opportunity to see how your learning relates to the world of building surveying. Many of our alumni contribute to our annual careers day whereby all students, irrespective of their year of study, are encouraged to engage with professionals within our sector.

Our industry guests within our teaching programme often include successful Hallam graduates who are making an impact through their successful careers in the world of real estate.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Building Surveying Credits: 20.00
Module: Development Project Credits: 20.00
Module: Introduction To Building Surveying Practice Credits: 20.00
Module: Law And Economics For The Built Environment Credits: 20.00
Module: Material Science Credits: 20.00
Module: Understanding Building Technology Credits: 20.00

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Building Pathology Credits: 20.00
Module: Collaborative Project Credits: 20.00
Module: Contract Administration Credits: 20.00
Module: Evaluating Construction Technology Credits: 20.00
Module: Health And Safety At Work Credits: 20.00
Module: Surveying Of Commercial Buildings Credits: 20.00

Final year
Compulsory modules
Module: Advanced Building Surveying Credits: 20.00
Module: Building Conservation Practice Studies Credits: 20.00
Module: Building Surveying Professional Studies Credits: 20.00
Module: Dissertation Credits: 40.00
Module: Strategic Facilities Management Credits: 20.00

Additional fees may apply for any residential field visits on your course. There will normally be a UK residential field visit in the first year – this trip is included in your fees. In the second year, you will normally be offered an international residential field visit. The department contributes £200 to the cost of the trip and you will be asked to pay the remaining amount. In your final year, you may have the option of another international field course, but if you select this option you would pay the full field course fee.

Assessment methods

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Module Credits
Module: Building Surveying Credits: 20
Module: Development Project Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Building Surveying Practice Credits: 20
Module: Law And Economics For The Built Environment Credits: 20
Module: Material Science Credits: 20
Module: Understanding Building Technology Credits: 20
Year 2
Module Credits
Module: Building Pathology Credits: 20
Module: Collaborative Project Credits: 20
Module: Contract Administration Credits: 20
Module: Evaluating Construction Technology Credits: 20
Module: Health And Safety At Work Credits: 20
Module: Surveying Of Commercial Buildings Credits: 20
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Credits: -
Final year
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Building Surveying Credits: 20
Module: Building Conservation Practice Studies Credits: 20
Module: Building Surveying Professional Studies Credits: 20
Module: Dissertation Credits: 40
Module: Strategic Facilities Management Credits: 20

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Building surveying

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Building

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Building

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
19%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Production managers and directors

Want to take a degree that is definitely in demand? Try building! We're short of graduates in this area, so most graduates get jobs quickly. Building graduates make excellent surveyors, and that's currently one of the jobs that employers find hardest to fill, so there are great opportunities available of you want to try your hand at a surveying career. Building graduates also go into jobs in site and project management and other high skilled parts of the construction industry. There are jobs to be had in most parts of the country, so if you're technically-inclined and want to work somewhere specific, it might be worth considering this as an option. Building graduates are more likely than most to start their career with an employer who gave them work experience, so it’s particularly worth trying to secure links with industry if you take this degree.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architecture, building & planning

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£32k

£32k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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