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University of Portsmouth

Building Surveying

UCAS Code: 7D71

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

Entry requirements


112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-54.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

112-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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

**Overview**

From advising on the specification of new development proposals to assessing the viability of repairs and renovations, building surveyors are at the heart of decision-making in construction projects.

This BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It gives you the technical skills and hands-on experience to perform this pivotal role and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Study and work alongside students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines, just like you will in your career

- Learn from practising building surveyors and guest speakers

- Develop the skills you need for a specialist career in building surveying, as well as abilities relevant to facilities management, project management and building conservation

- Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings

- Use laboratory and test house facilities, where you’ll study material performance, surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques

- Put theory to the test on field trips to locations such as the Passivhaus standard housing development, school refurbishment projects and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre

- Gain valuable experience with an optional salaried work placement at the end of your 2nd year

**Careers and opportunities**

As a RICS-accredited course, this degree is the first step to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor. You could also work in project and facilities management after the course.

What jobs can you do with a Building Surveying degree?

Roles you can go onto include:

- graduate or trainee building surveyor

- assistant building surveyor

- graduate project manager

- trainee facilities manager

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll give you advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate, to help you get the best start to your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- CAD and BIM
- Construction, Design and Sustainability
- Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
- Multidisciplinary Project
- Property Economics and Financial Accounting
- Soils and Materials 1

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Applied BIM
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Planning Procedures and Practice
- Procurement and Pre-contract Practice
- Professional Studies and Applied Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Heritage Property
- International Built Environment Fieldwork (additional costs apply)
- Institution-wide Language Programme
- Urban Regeneration

Placement year (optional) :
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Building Pathology
- Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
- Energy and Environmental Management
- Individual Major Project
- Professional Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written exams
web assessments
essays and reports
presentations
an individual project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
Year 2 students: 35% by written exams, 25% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
Year 3 students: 28% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 49% by coursework

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
£9,250
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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.

85%
high
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 surveying

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

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 surveying

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.

£27,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

85%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
4%
Engineering professionals
3%
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.

Building surveying

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

£21k

£21k

£29k

£29k

£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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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