BSc (Hons)

Level 6 Chartered Surveyor (Building Surveyor Pathway) Degree Apprenticeship

Aggie Vernon-Smith
  • Level(s) of study: Practitioner / Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Five years

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Our Chartered Surveyor (Building Surveyor pathway) Degree Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a full honours degree, whilst developing valuable industry-specific work experience and earning a wage*.

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.
  • 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.

Course details

You will be completing our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree. NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We're ranked 2nd in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2019).

Our course offers a balance of vocational and theoretical content. You'll develop a detailed understanding of architectural styles and influences, the history of buildings and building techniques, the evaluation of building elements, and the performance of building materials. You’ll learn to test and analyse all aspects of building performance, advise on alternative uses of existing buildings, supervise remediation and refurbishment projects, and to apply health and safety legislation.

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 about sourcing relevant Degree Apprenticeship opportunities.

What you'll study

The course focuses on developing the knowledge and professional skills required to ensure that construction projects meet their objectives in terms of cost, quality and delivery – with added value in satisfying the design vision. You'll learn about the development of new buildings, alongside the refurbishment and restoration of existing properties.

  • Year One

    Professional, Academic and Business Skills (20 credits)

    • This module provides you with an introduction to academic study, to the built environment professions, and to the nature of the work carried out by surveyors.

    Construction (20 credits)

    • This module introduces you to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the construction of a range of traditional and nontraditional buildings.
    • It provides a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings and introduces the concept of building pathology, which examines why buildings fail.

    Economics and Valuation (20 credits)

    • This module introduces property economics and the links between the economy and the property market, as well as giving you a overview of property valuation.
    • By the end of the module, you will be able to use economic concepts and the theory of supply and demand to explain activities in the construction and property market.

    Law (20 credits)

    • This module introduces you to the English legal system and its relationship with European Union law.
    • You will gain an understanding of how law is made, applied and developed, and how it impacts professional activities within the development and property professions.
  • Year Two and Year Three

    Year Two

    Surveying Skills (20 credits)

    • This module will provide you with an introduction to practice and surveying skills that will be developed throughout the course of your degree and in the workplace.

    Planning and Land Use (20 credits)

    • This module introduces the concepts and principles of the planning system.
    • The content of the module is underpinned by the concept of sustainable development. and it considers the impact of climate change on how cities will evolve and adapt in the future.

    Property Development: Principles and Practice (20 credits)

    • This module introduces you to the development process and the commercial drivers behind them.
    • You will examine the roles of various participants in the development process and how they affect its end product.

    Contract Administration and Procurement (20 credits)

    • In this module you will analyse the procurement process involved in appointing consultants and contractors for building projects.

    Year Three

    Building Design Project (40 credits)

    • During this module you will work in the studio to explore options in the selection of building materials, construction methods, and environmental services.
    • You will develop your proficiency at carrying out a range of surveys associated with land and buildings.

    Structural Appraisal (20 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge of the performance of buildings and their component parts.
    • You will gain an understanding of the modes of failure and different construction materials, and be introduced to basic structural design, disrepair, and methods of remediation.

    Employability and Commercial Awareness (20 credits)

    • This module provides guidance for gaining, and preparing for, employment within the property sector.
    • You will be introduced to the requirements for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and the principles of employment law, Health and Safety at Work regulations, and related procedures.
  • Year Four

    Building Pathology (40 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge of building pathology so that you can diagnose, assess and classify defects in low-rise buildings in a practical setting.
    • The aim is that you will be able to apply your knowledge to practical situations and specify the use of appropriate methods of diagnosis to deal with hidden defects and sensitive locations.

    Heritage and Conservation (20 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge and skills in relation to architectural history and conservation, and heritage philosophy and practice.
    • You will learn how to identify different architectural styles, appraise culturally significant buildings, and manage proposed uses and interventions in line with current legal, technical and procedural considerations.

    Research Project (Proposal) 

    • This is a project proposal detailing your intentions for your Research Project to be undertaken in your final year. You'll outline your interests and topic of choice
  • Final year

    Building Surveying Practice (40 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge of the performance of buildings and their component parts.
    • It will provide an understanding of the current best practice in terms of building management and maintenance. You will be taught how to identify and diagnose complex defects in existing buildings and suggest methods of remediation.
    • You will also look at the drawing up of schedules of planned and programmed maintenance work, gaining an understanding of budgetary control.

    Research Project (20 credits)

    • This module requires you to investigate a topic of your choice in an extended project.
    • You will critically analyse existing literature, recommend and apply suitable research methods, analyse data, and produce conclusions and recommendations.

Earn while you learn, supported by your both a work place and an academic mentor.

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) Building Surveying course.
  • Your typical day will run from 9 am through to about 6 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), and field trips.
  • 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:

An example of your off-the-job training

Careers and employability

Your future

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.


Recent graduate roles from our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course include graduate surveyor, building surveyor, project manager, and site manager.

Employability team

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. Find out more about the service. 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.

Entry requirements

To undertake our Chartered Surveyor (Building Surveyor Pathway) 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.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices in terms of employment and eligibility. Applicants for this course will need to meet the standard BSc (Hons) Building Surveying FT/SW entry qualifications.

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

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.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email apprenticeships@ntu.ac.uk or call on +44 (0)115 848 2589.

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.

Application deadline

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.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Apprenticeship Team
+44 (0)115 848 2589