Our Chartered Surveyor (Quantity Surveyor Pathway) Degree Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a full honours degree, whilst developing valuable industry-specific work experience and earning a wage. You'll also have the opportunity to gain a professional Chartered status too, through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Who is this route suitable for?
- School leavers looking to do an apprenticeship instead of the traditional study route.
- Existing employees within companies who do not have a degree but want to develop.
Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship - how does it differ from a part-time course?
- Through new government funding, your employer will be responsible for apprenticeship course fees, meaning that you will not pay University tuition fees.
- A Degree Apprenticeship is a three-way agreement by the University, your employer and you. As well as gaining a degree, you'll also benefit from on-the-job training, provided by your employer, opening up opportunities for career development and progression. Our part-time route doesn't require any involvement from your employer.
- You'll have the added advantage of years of relevant work experience, while making industry connections along the way. This could enhance your future employability and boost your career progression.
- To gain your Degree Apprenticeship you'll complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence, through which you'll be awarded Chartered status. Gaining Chartered status as part of your course is unique to our Apprenticeship route.
Find out more information about Degree Apprenticeships at NTU, including advice for both apprentices and employers.
This course is closely linked to our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree. NTU is one of the leading providers of construction education in the UK. We're ranked in the UK's Top 10 for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2020).
Our course is designed for those who want to be the centre of the management of construction procurement process. If you think logically, enjoy using your own initiative, are interested in financial matters, enjoy dealing with people and want to work in and out of the office, then this is the course for you.
Please note, you will need to be in employment with a relevant company to undertake our Degree Apprenticeship. Contact our Apprenticeship team for more information.
We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).
What you'll study
Linking an understanding of the construction process with key numerical and cost-management skills, you'll develop a cohesive understanding of the role of the quantity surveyor, alongside the relevant skills, knowledge and experience.
Fundamentals of Construction (40 credits)
- This module will introduce you to the domestic construction industry and the technology associated with it, looking at modern and sustainable forms of construction.
- You'll develop an understanding of building materials and their properties, studying a range of building components, elements and forms.
Introduction to Measurement and Cost (20 credits)
- This module will introduce and develop your understanding of measurement principles, and your ability to apply measurement skills.
- You'll develop an understanding of how construction costs occur, learn how to prepare estimates of these costs, and how to manage their occurrence during the construction process.
Practice in the Workplace (40 credits)
- This module will introduce you to some of the important roles carried out by professionals in order to create the built environment.
- Focus will be on the structure of the industry, the professions within the industry and where you will fit into it - forming construction teams, tendering for construction work, and health and safety within the industry.
Architectural Science and Building Engineering Services (20 credits)
- This module will introduce you to the methods of providing comfortable internal thermal, visual and acoustic environments – the ways in which buildings are appropriately heated, cooled, quietened and illuminated.
- You'll study the basic principles underlying the operation and function of building engineering services: how buildings are provided with water supplies and concentrated energy, such as gas and electricity, and how waste and refuse are removed.
Year Two and Year Three
Measurement (20 credits)
- The ability to measure quantities is very important and much sought-after skill for a quantity surveyor. This module will cover the measurement of building works, building engineering services, and civil engineering works.
Construction Technology (20 credits)
- This module will primarily focus on industrial and commercial buildings. The key aim is for you to understand modern and traditional building technologies.
- It will also consider international construction methods and materials. Sustainability is an intrinsic driver in all construction matters, and its consideration will be an overriding requirement in this module.
Law (20 credits)
- This module will introduce you to the English Legal System, to help you understand how law is made, administered and enforced. You will also study health and safety, negligence, occupier's liability, and other relevant construction-related legal topics.
- The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of legal duties and responsibilities. One particular theme is effective decision-making for construction professionals, and in particular manager's duties in employment and business law.
Contract Administration: Control and Finance (20 credits)
- Contract administration is the study of construction contracts and practice. Construction related contracts are widely used in the industry and play an important role in your working practices.
- This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of this area by studying key topics related to the administration of construction-related contracts, and applying the practices and procedures to industry-related scenarios.
- These topics are crucial to any construction-related project, and represent the fundamental building blocks of a relationship between a client and a contractor, and will form a daily part of a future professional career in construction.
Cost Planning and Estimating (20 credits)
- This module aims to develop your understanding of how construction costs occur, your ability to prepare estimates of cost and to manage the occurrence of cost during the construction process.
- The ability to produce residual valuations, life-cycle costing and cost plans is very important as a quantity surveyor. This module will cover most of the pre-tender stage estimating techniques.
Sustainable Technology (20 credits)
- In this module you will explore the techniques of sustainability used in building technology and environmental engineering.
- You will also learn about providing internal environments within buildings using both active and passive control methods.
Year Four and Year Five
Quantity Surveying Project (40 credits)
- This module aims to integrate knowledge and skills derived from the study programme, through application to a specific project scenario. It draws on industry practice to provide an overview of the fundamental principles of the construction development and delivery process.
- You will further develop your analytical, problem-solving and creative-thinking skills, and your ability to work both independently and in teams, with minimal reliance on close supervision, preparing you for your role in the construction industry.
Contract Practice (20 credits)
- Construction-related contracts are used widely in the industry, and play an increasingly important role in your everyday working practice.
- This module will develop your existing knowledge so that you're able to undertake contract practice duties, and give reasoned professional advice on matters relating to construction contracts.
- By drawing on relevant statute, case law and research, the module aims to allow you to develop a critical, rounded knowledge base of the key issues.
Project and Financial Management (20 credits)
- This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the UK and international construction industry, and the strategies which can be adopted by clients to successfully procure and manage construction projects.
- You will develop the ability to interpret the particular needs of different client groups, to develop relevant procurement strategies, and to apply tools and techniques to support the implementation of those strategies - both procedural and financial.
Dissertation (40 credits)
- This module offers an opportunity to develop and utilise a range of research skills to produce a thesis based on a topic you have selected.
- Through intensive research and knowledge of appropriate theory, you'll develop an extended research dissertation, guided by your dissertation supervisor.
How you’re taught
How will I learn?
- The Degree Apprenticeship route is taught one day a week during term time, and, where possible, you'll be taught alongside full-time students on the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course.
- Your typical day will run from 9 am through to about 7.30 pm, and normally three different subject areas are taught on each day.
- The course is organised into structured modules and is delivered through lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminar groups, site visits, laboratory sessions, and individual and group projects.
- The delivery of the course is enhanced by the incorporation of guest lectures delivered by external practitioner experts, extensive use of case studies and projects (some set by real companies).
- The duration of your Degree Apprenticeship is based on you typically working a 30 hour week, with 20% of this time being used for 'off-the'job' training. If your weekly working hours are less than this, the apprenticeship may be extended.
Here's an example of what your 20% off-the-job training might look like:
How will I be assessed?
Your assessment is split into two strands: the University assessment to fulfil the requirements of your degree, and your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), to fulfil the requirements of RICS Chartered status.
Assessment by NTU
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.
Assessment by RICS
You can find out more about the APC assessment process by taking a look at our advice pages.
Earn while you learn, supported by a workplace mentor and an academic mentor
Careers and employability
This course is designed to supportand develop your work-based learning, enabling you to progress in your career, equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed.
During your Apprenticeship, you'll be allocated a work place mentor, and an academic mentor to coach you, bringing together the skills, knowledge and experience of your employer with the academic expertise of the University. We’ve previously worked in partnership with a wide range of employers including AECOM, Bowmer & Kirkland, VolkerFitzpatrick, Balfour Beatty and many more.
Recent graduate roles from our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course include quantity surveyor,project manager, contract manager and commercial management trainee.
Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Construction students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing together our students with prospective employers.
Take the next step in your career by graduating with an undergraduate honours degree, and be on the path to Chartered Surveyor status
NTU is ranked in the UK's Top 10 for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2020)
To undertake our Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship, you will need to be in employment with a relevant employer. For help and advice about sourcing employment opportunities, please get in touch with our Apprenticeship team.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices. Applicants for this course will need to meet the standard BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management FT/SW entry qualifications.
- A-levels – BBC; or
- BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
- 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
- GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.
Applicants applying without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.
All successful applicants must meet the criteria for Apprentices set by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. NTU will liaise with the employer to determine their requirements.
NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.
All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.
Getting in touch
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How to apply
How to apply
Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the Portal. Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.
Applications for the part-time course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.
Information for your employer
We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.
Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.
Fees and funding
How is an apprenticeship funded?
As an Apprentice, you're not required to pay tuition fees to the University – your employer will sponsor you instead. As of April 2017, there is allocated funding accessible for many UK employers, and depending on the size of the organisation, certain co-investment or full funding is also available from the government.
All this means that Apprentices are not entitled to student finance and do not acquire student debt. Instead, Apprentices will earn a full-time wage from their employer alongside their learning.
From April 2019, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have pledged an increase in funding of attendance grants and achievement grants (for companies whose apprentice successfully completes their training). This is an overall funding increase of over 30% (on existing rates) for each apprentice an employer takes on.
For further details about how an Apprenticeship is funded, please visit our Employer Fees and Funding page.
Find out more
We can guide you through the complexities of applying, employer commitments, and fees and funding. Contact our Apprenticeship team via email.