Quantity surveyors operate in all sectors of the construction industry around the world and are mainly responsible for the cost, legal and management delivery on construction and infrastructure projects. Quantity Surveyors work on projects that can range from buildings and infrastructure to residential developments, commercial projects to roads, airports and bridges. Projects can range from small schemes to multi-million pound projects. The range is diverse, and consequently no two days are the same.
This professionally accredited course, by both RICS and CIOB, will teach you how to blend traditional QS skills with modern technologies whilst ensuring you gain the knowledge necessary to become a construction professional in this rewarding discipline.
The course is offered as a three year full time, four year with industrial placement or five years for those already in employment.
What happens on the course?
You will begin studying:-
Construction Technology and Materials
Built Environment economics and finance
Measurement, site surveying and costing techniques
Key employability and academic skills and RICS/CIOB professional development
Construction legal procedures
You will move to study:
Construction and environment technology
Construction costing and procurement
Use of IT skills for data management including BIM both for Civil and building
Project Administration practices and procedures
Continuing development of employability skills e.g. client communication/ verbal/written/presentation
Finally you will study:
Contract Administration and dispute resolution
Commercial project management e.g. risk management/ financial control and reporting
Sustainability including building excellence key themes e.g. collaboration/ soft landings/ new procurement routes
Corporate social responsibilities
Exposure to QS specialist software packages e.g. REVIT/ CAD/ Costx/ QSPro
The BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Wolverhampton offers you:
Full accreditation by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Institute of Building
Opportunity to gain employment on course completion, graduates are often offered employment before the end of their final year
Opportunity to undertake a 40-week paid industrial work placement year within a quantity surveying practice or contracting organisation
There is a high level of support for students on this course. Our Business and Placement Unit will help you to identify potential employers, both in the UK and overseas (though overseas placements are less common), and will support you during your placement, with visits from your tutor to check on your progress.
Our 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 architecture, building and civil engineering, reflecting the modern interdisciplinary nature of construction projects;
Part-time day release option for those already in employment
We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.
Find out more about Springfield Campus.
We work closely with regional and national companies to identify the relevant professional and technical skills required in these specific industries. Employment is secured by graduates in a range of organisations both in the UK and overseas. Recent graduates are working with the following companies: Mott MacDonald, E C Harris, Bullock Construction, Carillion, Thomas Vale Construction and Kier Construction. A high number of graduates continue with us on our MSc programmes in order to further specialise their surveying skills. The programme will prepare you for a career as a quantity surveyor.
What skills will you gain?
The BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying enables you to:
improve your employability by offering practical experience of Quantity Surveying of the principles, roles and purposes of a Quantity Surveyor;
develop additional transferable skills in the terms of IT, team-building, independent learning skills, self-motivated academic enquiry and personal development
study for a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) to help you on your professional career path
Who accredits this course?
This course is accredited by both the RICS and CIOB as follows:
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world’s leading professional body for land, property and construction. We are in partnership with the RICS to deliver this course, which upon successful completion gives students exemption from the academic requirements of the RICS, and leads into the RICS’ Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), the precursor to professional membership (MRICS) and becoming a chartered surveyor.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), this course is assessed as meeting the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective CIOB members holding this degree has full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.