BSc (Hons) Building Surveying (Including Foundation Year)

BUILT ENVIRONMENT AT USW IS TOP IN WALES FOR STUDENT SATISFACTION NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY 2020

Building Surveyors are required to advise on and manage all aspects of the ever growing Built Environment.  As we utilise our buildings more efficiently and demand more from our urban spaces, the role of the building surveyor is becoming increasingly important. 

You will learn how to advise on a range of topics from building control, building conservation, building defects, the planning system and the construction process.   You’ll be able to take responsibility for delivering buildings that are sustainable and designed to comply with all the necessary legal and regulatory requirements.

This course has been developed specifically to provide students with the skills required to fill an identified shortage in the Built Environment sector.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
K233 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Building Surveyors will study construction technology which is fundamental to the role. This knowledge is then developed through the legal and regulatory framework, such as building regulations, health and safety requirements and conservation issues. Sustainability and the efficient use of buildings is explored, alongside learning about the role of public and private housing providers and the wider provision of Welsh Housing Quality Standards.

You will develop core building surveying skills such identifying building defects, advising on suitable remedies, advising on planning applications and home purchases. Undertaking stock condition surveys, facilities management, developing maintenance schedules and dealing with conservation enquires.

Key modules:

• Management of Buildings
• Building Surveying
• Building Control
• Building Conservation
• Construction Technology

Teaching

The Building Surveying degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will also get chance to participate in numerous site visits to local companies allowing you to see how the theory is applied in a professional setting. In addition to this, you will work independently to prepare for classes and complete project work.

Your studies here won’t confine you to a classroom. We don’t believe you can learn vital skills like analytical decision making and problem solving by just reading about them. That’s why we offer practical activities that help you understand and apply the theory you learn in lectures.

Assessment

Your assessments will involve examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.

There are various employment opportunities in this field, nationally and internationally. You could work in private practice, property departments, construction and development companies, or with government organisations. You will also have the technical, legal, economic and construction skills to work in a variety of professional Built Environment roles.

Facilities

Built Environment students have access to a range of facilities across the University and School of Engineering. These include computer labs, the Learning Resourses Centre and a dedicated Built Environment Project Room.

Lecturers

The Built Environment subject offers an Open Door policy, whereby students have access to staff at all times. We also offer a Personal Academic Coach for each of our students for the duration of their studies.

Students can expect to be taught by some of the below academic staff:

Typical A-Level Offer

EE

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

N/A

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

There are various employment opportunities in this field, nationally and internationally. You could work in private practice, property departments, construction and development companies, or with government organisations. You will also have the technical, legal, economic and construction skills to work in a variety of professional Built Environment roles.

Some possible career options for graduates include:

  • Building Surveyor
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Building Inspector

Full-time