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BSc (Hons)

Building Surveying

Paul Rattigan
Top
10
In the UK for Building and town and country planning
in The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • UCAS code(s): K231 / K230
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2020, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

Building surveyors are advisors for the property and construction industry, identifying defects and suggesting options for maintenance and repair. They work on the development of new buildings and the restoration of existing properties across residential, commercial, industrial, leisure and heritage projects.

On this course 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, discover how to supervise remediation and refurbishment projects, and how to apply health and safety regulations.

Why study this course?

  • Professional accreditation | Our course is triple accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). These represent your first step towards Chartered status.
  • NTU is renowned | We're ranked in the UK's Top 10 for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2020).
  • Live projects | Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course. Previous projects have been set by companies such as Faithful+Gould and Gleeds.
  • Study trips | Go on inspiring trips in the UK and abroad, designed to help you investigate and research aspects of building surveying. Recently, students visited Malta to experience industry on the continent. For mandatory trips, we offer free travel and accommodation.
  • Placement year | Acquire vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement on our sandwich route. Previously, students have spent their placements at companies such as Baily Garner, Paragon and Innes England.
  • Outstanding employability | 94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average graduate salary of £26,600 (latest DLHE survey 2016-2017). 

We also offer this course as a Degree Apprenticeship.

Accredited by:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors course accreditation logo
Chartered Institute of Building logo
Chartered Association of Building Engineers

What you'll study

You'll learn to diagnose, investigate, analyse and test all aspects of building performance and deterioration, enabling you to advise on relevant processes, including maintenance, refurbishment and restoration.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
  • Year Two

    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.

    Contract Administration and Procurement (20 credits)

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

    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.

    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.

    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 Three

    You will get the opportunity to spend a year working in industry.  This will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future employment. Many students return to their placement company after graduation.

    Recent placement destinations have included Faithful+Gould, Arcadis, Tower Surveys, Watts Group, and more. The majority of these roles come with a salary, with some students earning up to £20,000 for their year. Roles have included Building Surveyor, Trainee Technical Adviser, Assistant Project Officer, and many more.

    The majority of companies are RICS accredited, which means the year counts towards your RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and becoming a Chartered Surveyor.

  • Final Year

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    OR

    In place of the Research Project you can study:

    Professional Development and Research Project (20 credits)

    • This module requires you to undertake an applied research project based on relevant work experience gained prior to your final year.
    • You'll critically analyse existing literature and produce conclusions and recommendations for your chosen case study.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU is ranked in the UK's Top 10 for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2020)

How you’re taught

  • Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching, which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity.
  • Based on a 40 hour week during term time, approximately 12 to 15 hours is spent in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, seminars and tutorials, and field work that includes site visits, field trips and practical exercises.
  • You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent UK-based field trips have included:

  • London – as part of the Law module, students visited the Houses of Parliament and the High Court, and were given a lecture by a London-based lawyer
  • Savills – students visited their offices in the West End of London and were given a presentation on the current market and career development
  • Nottingham Regeneration Ltd – guest lecture on regeneration projects around Nottingham train station.

You'll also go on a week-long European field trip in Year Two, with travel and accommodation provided. This study visit is designed to help you investigate and research aspects of building surveying. Recently, our students visited Malta.

Building surveying students on trip to Malta

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Temporary course changes for academic year 2020/21 (September 2020 entry)

We have reviewed the course and module delivery and have made necessary adaptations to ensure that you receive the optimal NTU experience on your course.

The following module will now be delivered through interactive online teaching and learning activity:

  • Construction (Year One)

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises, and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations to your peers, and essays. You'll receive feedback throughout each module.

Year One Coursework 59% Written work 20% Practical work 21%
Year Two Coursework 83% Written work 17%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Coursework 100%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year One Lectures/seminars/workshops 31% Independent study 69%
Year Two Lectures/seminars/workshops 33% Independent study 67%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Lectures/seminars/workshops 28% Independent study 72%

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the property industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and regularly updated course content.

Where do Building Surveying graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong building surveying alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent BSc (Hons) Building Surveying graduate destinations have included:

  • EC Harris LLP (Arcadis)
  • Savills
  • Croudace Homes
  • Cubit Consulting
  • CBRE
  • NG Chartered Surveyors.

Graduate roles include graduate surveyor, building surveyor, and site manager.

Getting your full RICS membership

If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways.

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. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Property Management and Development students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing together our students with prospective employers.

Find out more about career options in the construction industry on the Chartered Institute of Building website.


Excellent placement opportunities

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement (minimum of 36 weeks in one or more organisations). This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment. Our sandwich route offers this year-long placement option, with a total course length of four years.

Where can I work?

Building Surveying students typically gain placements with consultancies, developers, real estate management companies and investors, as well as on the client side, looking after large retail and leisure estates.

Recent destinations have included: Baily Garner; Buckingham Palace; Cubit Consulting; Derbyshire County Council; Faithful+Gould; Great Ormond Street Hospital; Gleeds; Michael Dyson; Mitchells & Butlers; and Nottingham City Homes.

Typical job roles include: assistant building surveyor, trainee building surveyor, junior project manager, project assistant, and facility assessor.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies (latest DLHE survey 2016-2017)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 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.

Use our helpful UCAS tariff calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points, so you can find out if you meet the course requirements.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to complement any qualifications. All applicants still need to apply to us through UCAS.

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.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to complete a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our international students page and our application guide for international students, which includes advice on how to apply to the University and visa information.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. Tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU Applicant Portal if you're not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our international students pages and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that's why we're here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing or materials that they may require to support their studies.Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered). The substantive costs of this trip are provided (travel and accommodation, including breakfast) but you will need to cover other ancillary and subsistence costs. As a guide would suggest a figure of around £100.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that's why we're here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing or materials that they may require to support their studies. Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered). The substantive costs of this trip are provided (travel and accommodation, including breakfast) but you will need to cover other ancillary and subsistence costs. As a guide would suggest a figure of around £100.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418