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Building Surveying
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Building Surveying

Overview

This course will equip you with the skills you will need in design, law, management and technology to become a building surveyor. It will enable you to look at a building and see potential, create plans and consider practical aspects of its use and sustainability.

Building surveyors are interested not just in the design and construction of new buildings but the repair, refurbishment and management of existing structures. In order to gain hands-on practical experience you will have access to the University's properties - some of which are Grade II listed buildings.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Graduates are eligible for full membership of the RICS following an acceptable period of approved professional practice and a successful final assessment of professional competence by the RICS.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.
You will develop excellent collaborative working skills, study software applications and modelling tools, and learn about how the different aspects of the built environment work together.

We have strong relationships with companies in the region and you will be taught not only by building surveyors but visiting planners, architects, researchers and civil and structural engineers will also deliver guest lectures and share up-to-date experience of their work in the field.

If you are studying full-time we encourage you to undertake a placement year in industry to provide invaluable work experience. We also encourage you to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
  • 92.3% of students felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students (National Student Survey 2015-16).

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Level 5 or 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in the cognate subject of Building Surveying, the point of entry will be determined by the course team in line with the Professional Body requirements.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Level 5 or 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in the cognate subject of Building Surveying, the point of entry will be determined by the course team in line with the Professional Body requirements.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
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Careers

Chris Quaile

Careers

Chris Quaile
Graduate Building Surveyor Jones Lang LaSalle

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

“From building surveying and quantity surveying to project management, planning and law, my course gave me the diverse knowledge I require in my current role. My tutors inspired me to learn more about this industry and introduced me to AutoCAD software, which has been invaluable for my job. The hands-on experience I gained gave me that extra step up the career ladder to help me succeed.

Modules & learning

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Develop your knowledge and understanding of the economic and financial influences on commercial management, control and decision making.

You will learn how buildings are put together, and what the basic principles of construction, function and performance really are.

Using real-life situations to develop practical skills and achieve a sense of success - you learn how to do levelling, measure and draw up buildings and land, pricing quantities of material and labour.

This module introduces you to the essential legal aspects used by professionals in the built environment and is used as a foundation for modules in the following years.

Develop an understanding of materials used in the construction industry, their properties and how they are used within the industry.

An introduction to building physics and the building services systems found within dwellings, with a particular emphasis on low carbon buildings.

Working to a brief for a site in Leeds, you will explore the relationships between the property market and financial viability, and planning legislation and urban design.

Build your understanding of the principles, techniques and processes involved in the design and construction of non-domestic buildings.

What exactly do building surveyors get involved with? This module enables you to carry out practical exercises typical of a building surveyor's professional work. It includes guest lecturers from industry and the opportunity to survey a listed building.

As a building surveyor you will have to work with many other construction professionals - this module introduces you to them and will help influence the way in which you form professional relationships.

Building surveyors are often the key figure in keeping the right balance between client and contractor. You will learn the intimate workings of contracts to help facilitate this.

This is one of the main areas associated building surveying. It is described as the systematic treatment of building defects, their causes, their consequences and remedies.

Designed for part-time students who are employed in a related field, you will work individually collating and reflecting on evidence from your workplace. You will reflect on your experience and performance, identifying areas for improvement.

Learn to ensure all the different buildings and services of a company work as efficiently as possible. This is an area which combines a broad field of specialisms and can form a major part of a building surveyor's work.

Gain an understanding of the principles, techniques and processes involved in the adaptation, refurbishment and retrofit of existing buildings, including the conservation of historic buildings. You will examine the principles, techniques and challenges involved in refurbishing existing buildings to meet statutory, energy, economic and functional requirements.

You will not be working alone, but are likely to be an important member of a team, possibly of different professions. This problem-based module enables you to play to your own strengths and interests as your team find conceptual and detailed solutions.

An opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained by taking on a challenging brief to produce an environmentally sound, functional design that also addresses the issue of human behaviour in the event of a fire.

Part-time students will study this module in lieu of Inter-Professional Studies. You will reflect on your performance in the workplace and prepare and present a case study as an oral presentation and written submission.

This is your opportunity to research in detail a problem close to your heart and produce a piece of written work that may be worthy of publication.

Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
Head of Subject
Mark worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years and is still involved with small projects involving budgets of between £50,000 and £250,000. His experience extends from working on new build leisure projects to refurbishment works on listed buildings such as Leeds Town Hall. Mark is currently studying for a PhD which focuses on suspended ceilings in theatres, an issue which has become more significant since the collapse of the Apollo Theatre ceiling in December 2013.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

  • Northern Terrace
    Northern Terrace

    Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Map

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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