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Quantity Surveying

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

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

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 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.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

112-128 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points.

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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Quantity surveying

**Overview**
Be a leading figure in the next generation of innovative construction projects.

Designed and delivered by a team of experienced professionals, this BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree will prepare you for a successful career calculating and managing costs relating to the built environment. You'll learn to think like an entrepreneur, develop professional business acumen and learn sought after quantity surveying skills. 

Become a financial and contractual expert in cost and value management, contract law and risk assessment. When you graduate, you'll be prepared to address the social, economic and technical aspects of construction projects of all sizes, anywhere in the world.

**Course highlights**

* Learn commercial and business methods to shape and develop construction projects

* Discover the latest industry developments, with teaching informed by the University's Construction Management and Surveying (CMS) Research Group

* Get industry insights and contribute to current debates in lectures led by visiting guest speakers

* See theory in action and get a taste of your future workplace on field trips to construction projects in the UK and Europe

* Develop solutions to industry projects – a previous student supported the development of our University Estate Masterplan before rising to a senior position in a major surveying and project management consultancy

**Careers and opportunities**

Due to the high costs and risks associated with construction projects, your skills as a quantity surveyor will always be in high demand.

As a graduate apprentice starting your career, you could earn up to £28,000. And once you've gained more experience in industry, salaries can go up as high as £55,000, or £80,000 if you're aiming for a management role.

**Graduate destinations**

Our graduates have worked for national and global companies such as:

* Sir Robert McAlpine

* Skanska

* R&W Civil Engineering

* Severn Water

* Diamond Build PLC

Roles you could go onto include:

* quantity surveyor

* commercial specialist

* project manager

* dispute resolution specialist

Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.

**Placement year opportunities**

Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation (our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements) or set up your own business, giving you the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV.

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Previous students have been successful in placement roles such as:

* assistant quantity surveyor

* assistant cost manager

* construction trainee

* intern and commercial assistant

* industrial placement student

They've worked at exciting companies, including:

* Keltbray

* Beard Construction

* Osborne

* Alinea Consultants LLP

* Kier Group

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- Construction Design and Sustainability
- Introduction to Building Measurement
- Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
- Multidisciplinary Project
- Property Economics and Financial Accounting

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Applied Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Procurement and Pre-contract Practice
- Professional Studies and Applied Project
- Tender Documentation and Measurement

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Heritage property
- International Built Environment Fieldwork
- Institution-wide Language Program

Placement year (optional)
To give yourself an edge when it comes to starting your career, you can do an optional work placement year between your second and final year.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that gets you closer to your dream job. We’ll also provide you with mentoring and support throughout your placement year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:
- Application of IT in Measurement and Tender Documentation
- Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
- Individual Major Project
- Professional Practice
- Quantity Surveying 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
- project presentations
- a dissertation

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: 37% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 46% by coursework
Year 3 students: 30% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 62% 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
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

68%
med
Quantity 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

60%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
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

74%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
A

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.

£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.

Architecture, building and 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.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

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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Higher entry requirements
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