BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

TOP IN WALES FOR BUILT ENVIRONMENT COURSES National Student Survey 2020

Quantity surveyors understand all aspects of construction, are in high demand and earn attractive salaries. They are the financial managers of the construction industry and need to manage costs effectively whilst considering quality, sustainability and the needs of the client.

Throughout the lifetime of a construction project, quantity surveyors are heavily involved. This includes all stages of the design, construction and operation of property developments, including residential, commercial, industrial and retail, as well as infrastructure projects such as roads, railways and airports. By the time you graduate from the Quantity Surveying degree, you will have the skills and qualifications for a rewarding and well-paid career. 

On this course you will gain the skills to manage the range of tasks involved in a construction project, learning to develop commercial acumen, think independently, and practice sought after quantity surveying skills such as measurement. You'll be prepared to confidently tackle the social, economic, and technical issues associated with construction projects of all sizes.

With employability built-in throughout, the course aligns with the requirements of professional bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS, ensuring you are able to excel as a USW graduate. Studying this RICS-accredited Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree, you will learn skills and competencies that are directly relevant to industry practice and standards.

Our quantity surveying graduates are widely respected. They work in all sectors of construction from housing to major infrastructure projects throughout the UK and internationally.  

This course is also available through Network75, a combined work and study route.

 

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
K242 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 5 Years September Treforest A
K243 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
K242 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 5 Years September Treforest A
K243 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

The Quantity Surveyor is the financial and contractual expert of the Built Environment. On this course you will undertake measurement from drawings and feel confident producing quantities in order to effectively undertake the financial management of projects. You will develop an understanding of contractual obligations, the procurement process and dispute resolution.

Your studies will cover industrial initiatives such as lifecycle costing, strategic partnering and collaboration, target cost contracts, dispute resolution and open-book accounting. To help you work towards continuous professional development, you will also learn how to apply critical thinking to your experiences. Our Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course also includes projects delivered in partnership with employers and involves real-life case studies, which will help you develop key skills for the workplace.


Year One: Quantity Surveying Degree

  • Built Environment Law - 20 credits
  • Construction Technology 1 - 20 credits
  • QS Practice and Procedure - 20 credits
  • Project Management Practice and Procedure - 20 credits
  • Built Environment Economics  - 20 credits
  • Integrating Project 1 – 20 credits


Year Two: Quantity Surveying Degree

  • Contract Management - 20 credits
  • Measurement - 20 credits
  • Civil Engineering Measurement and Technology - 20 credits
  • Construction Technology 2 - 20 credits
  • BIM in Construction  - 20 credits
  • Design Economics - 20 credits

Year Three: Quantity Surveying Degree

  • Individual Project - 20 credits
  • Construction Cost Management - 20 credits
  • Project Management - 20 credits
  • Construction Law and ADR  - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Technology - 20 credits
  • Integrating Project 3 - 20 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits (optional for sandwich year only)

Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys | Welsh Module options are:

Blwyddyn Un

  • Economeg Amgylchedd Adeiledig
  • Cyfraith Amgylchedd Adeiledig

Blwyddyn Dau

  • Rheoli Cytundebau
  • Integreiddio Prosiect 2
  • Mesuraeth Peirianneg Sifil a Thechnoleg
  • Technoleg Adeiladu 2

Blwyddyn Tri

  • Technoleg Cynaliadwy
  • Cyfraith Adeiladu a Datrys Anghydfod Amgen [DAA]

Teaching

Full-time students spend 12-15 hours each week in lectures, seminars and tutorials, usually over two to three full days. You will spend time working on presentations, assignments, reading and problem-solving exercises.

Our Quantity Surverying and Commercial Management course 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. Plus you’ll have the chance to go on site visits to local companies.

Assessment

Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and examinations.

Accreditations

Our Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). When you graduate, you'll have the skills and qualifications for a successful career in quantity surveying and commercial management, and be able to work towards corporate membership of the RICS. The Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, giving you further recognition for the skills you will develop during your studies.

 

Placements

We recommend you spend a year working in the construction industry as part of your Quantity Surveying degree. During this ‘sandwich’ year, you’ll get hands-on experience that will make you a more attractive candidate to employers and will inform your studies in your final year.

Facilities

For added experience, you’ll use industry-standard facilities on campus. These include computing laboratories with engineering software such as Revit, AutoCAD, CostX, and Navisworks.

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. 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 the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 96 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. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £680 per 20 credits

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

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

This course is accredited by internationally-recognised professional bodies and is designed and delivered by a team of experienced professionals. You'll undertake a programme that is designed to embed employability and graduate attributes throughout, that directly aligns with professional body competencies, practices and standards.

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 management skills for a career managing finance in construction projects.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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