Coventry University Quantity Surveying

By | 19th May 2017

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Coventry University Quantity Surveying

Coventry University Quantity Surveying

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18

Quantity surveyors have exciting and challenging roles. Their involvement in construction projects begins at the feasibility stage, continues through the detailed design and construction stages and often continues when the project is completed. Consequently no two days are the same.


The Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course will teach you how to blend traditional design skills with modern technologies whilst giving you the skills necessary to help you become a professional graduate in this very demanding but rewarding discipline.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • An accredited course leading to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB);
  • academic staff who are active researchers and consultants in their field and have professional industrial experience which they bring into their teaching;
  • studying with a wide range of other professional disciplines in an integrated Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building, reflecting the modern interdisciplinary nature of construction projects;
  • integrated project work, running through each year of the course, where theory is put into practice as soon as it is learned;
  • opportunities to apply for industrial placements with a range of local and regional companies where you can exercise your technical skills in a professional environment;
  • further study and specialisation is available by studying a PhD or one of our MSc courses*;
  • a course that achieved an overall satisfaction of 100% in the national Student Survey (NSS) 2014.




The Chartered Institute of Building - C I O B              BREEAM

The Chartered Institute of Building

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - RICS

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. See the RICS and CIOB websites for further information.


The course develops your core knowledge, intellectual and practical skills to enter professional roles in the construction industry.

The course themes include: construction technology, traditional quantity surveying skills – building and civil engineering measurement and documentation, construction contracts and procurement, construction cost management and commercial management.


You will find that your course is taught using lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, workshops and studio sessions. These will be supervised by academic and technical support staff. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


Our Building and Town and Country Planning courses are ranked 13th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 40%;
  • coursework, essays 20%;
  • practical or project work 20%;
  • group work 10%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, tutorials and project work (or later, individual project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials, CAD or drawing studio each week

Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time – including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: BBB – BBC (Excludes General Studies)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM – DMM

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points

Find out more about acceptable qualifications please here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management graduates have found employment in private practices, contracting organisations, commercial organisations and local/central government, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team,, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Initial set of safety boots and hard hat; Drawing equipment

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
  • Warm waterproof clothing for site visits: £150

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


The Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course attracts students from around the globe. This creates a vibrant atmosphere and helps in preparing you for a career in business. If you wish to study abroad for part of your studies, you can do this using our extensive Erasmus links for countries in the European Union. Links are also available for study in America and Asia.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.