BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

USW's Built Environment degrees are rated best in Wales (Building, Complete University Guide 2023)

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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
K232 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 5 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
K232 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 5 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:

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

This entry criteria details typical offers, however, USW has a Contextual Admissions Policy and considers eligible applicants on an individual basis.  Under the Policy we could make a personalised offer based on aspects of the UCAS application or have results considered individually when you receive them.  Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement. 

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. 

 

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points

Additional Requirements

 

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

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 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14000 

  • Part-time UK:  £720 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

Funding

Welsh Medium Scholarships

The University offers scholarships between £250 - £1000 to students studying part of their course through the medium of Welsh. The University is also part of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's scholarship scheme, which offer scholarships up to £3000. More information here: Welsh-Medium Scholarships | University of South Wales

UK students


Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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 and EU students


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

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

Part-time