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Quantity Surveying
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Quantity Surveying

International Scholarships available

Overview

Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of the construction industry. While studying for a recognised degree, you will learn how quantity surveyors organise, control and manage the costing of projects, including building economics, contracts and construction law, construction technology and project management.

You will undertake individual and group assessments and develop core skills. With your excellent analytical, arithmetic and IT abilities, we will help you develop as an innovative team player with the problem solving and transferable skills needed to succeed.

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.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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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.

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Our sandwich route includes a one year industry placement, enabling you to take advantage of the strong links we have with local authorities, commercial organisations and private quantity surveying practices - all of whom provide placement opportunities for our students.

Recent students have completed their placements in Boston and San Francisco. Our tutors have substantial and diverse experience having worked in the built environment as professional contractors and quantity surveyors.

We have industry standard facilities and software applications including QS Pro and we are constantly developing our Building Modelling Information capabilities to keep pace with the latest requirements from Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), government and industry. We also encourage you to become a member of RICS.

We arrange a number of site visits for our students. Recently, this has included visits to view the construction of the new Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Real-life projects
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
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.
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.

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.
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.
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More questions?
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Careers

Quantity Surveying

Careers

Teaching and learning

The modules on your course reflect the diverse and varied role of the quantity surveyor and have been tailored to give you as much industry experience as possible. You will take part in a range of activities, including self-directed research, hands-on practical surveying using industry-standard tools and major projects that will give you the opportunity to work closely with industry representatives. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

The aim of your first year of study is to provide you with a solid knowledge base to prepare you for the rest of the course. You will begin to develop academic thinking and approaches to problems as you discover the areas associated with the industry and acquire the basic skills required within the quantity surveying profession.
Overall workload
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200 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1000 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
47%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
24%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
29%
Core Modules

An introduction to law in relation to the built environment covering the torts and contract law in its simplest form. You will gain an understanding of the legal concepts associated with construction practices as well as those in the professional areas.

Discover the importance of recording, presenting, and manipulating data in a formal, standardised manner, as used and understood by all professionals in the construction industry.

An introduction to the construction methods, techniques and technical detailing involved in the construction of small-scale domestic buildings. You will also develop the ability to understand and interpret construction drawings.

Explore the concept of building design and how this is considered in cost management during the design process.

Measurement is the cornerstone of the quantity surveyor. Looking at best practice and current methods of measurement, this module will take you on a journey through all the elements of measurement.

Develop knowledge of the tender processes in construction contract for selection of a contractor. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the key processes of valuation and certification during the post-contract stage of the project life cycle.

The core modules you study in the second year will build on and extend what you have learned during your first. You will be expected to consider what you know and apply this to new situations where problems arise. You will start to experience the models and structures used in the workplace by working in professional groups with students from other courses. This will help you appreciate the way other professionals approach problems and will prepare you for your time in industry during your sandwich year.
Overall workload
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169 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1031 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
8%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
34%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
58%
Core Modules

Gain an understanding of the principles, techniques and processes involved in the design and construction of buildings (high-rise buildings and structures), especially at large, commercial and advanced scales. You will examine the behaviour of structural and non-structural elements and how they are assembled to comply with statutory and functional requirements.

Discover the concepts, philosophies, technologies and software applications supporting the processes and mechanisms employed in digital and collaborative working systems within the construction, built environment and allied industries.

Learn to understand, translate, and evaluate the project environment and recognise the potential to positively influence the successful development, delivery and final outcome of the project. You will develop important skills that will prepare you for industrial placement and your early and long-term career.

Examine the processes involved in the production of a take-off and bill of quantities. You will also look at alternative procurement methods for domestic housing.

Develop an understanding of the many different forms of construction contract that are in use around the world and the industry currently. You will address the main areas of cost, quality and time within a project and how these are dealt with under the terms of the contracts.

Experience a project-based environment that represents working practices common to professional practice. You will gain practical experience of performing in your own professional role within a team, and you will develop an understanding of your role within the process of team development.

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.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Your existing knowledge from your first and second years and your hands-on experience from your placement will all feed into your final year learning. Once again, you will join with students from different professional backgrounds to produce a significant piece of work based on a real-life situation.
Overall workload
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170 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1030 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
80%
Core Modules

Evaluate various issues that shape the built environment, including the implication of BIM technologies, ethical professional practice, sustainability, emerging procurement methods and management business failure.

Gain in-depth knowledge of economic and financial drivers of commercial management, control, and decision making within the organisation, and develop a critical awareness of the effects of the wider economy on the commercial decision making in construction organisations.

Working as part of a team, you will apply your knowledge, understanding and appreciation to a real-life construction project to analyse working designs, construction and managerial problems and develop logical, workable, cost-effective low-carbon solutions.

Examine the key legal issues that impact on construction contracts and procurement arrangements, including the legal difficulties that can arise in construction contracts, how they can be avoided, and how they might be resolved once they have materialised.

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.

You will reflect on your performance in the workplace, and prepare and present a case study as an oral presentation and written submission.

Akintola Akintoya
Professor Akintola Akintoye
Dean of School
Professor Akintola Akintoye is Dean of the School of Built Environment & Engineering. He has an international reputation for his research in risk management and procurement, construction estimating and modelling, and construction economics. Akintola brings an international perspective to his role having previously worked at higher education institutions in Thailand, Hong Kong and South Africa.
I'm thrilled to be able to use my experience of working in large and complex organisations to provide leadership to the School. We are committed to delivering high-quality teaching and research, working together with staff, students and our stakeholder community to make a real difference.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Protective footwear for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory 
    (Cost from £25)

Course-specific optional costs

  • If you wish to use your own computer you will need to make sure it meets the minimum specification requirements for the Autodesk Revit software program
  • Site visits
    (You will be required to make your own way to sites close to campus. The School will cover the costs of bus travel if the site is considered to be far from campus)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Protective footwear for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory 
    (Cost from £25)

Course-specific optional costs

  • If you wish to use your own computer you will need to make sure it meets the minimum specification requirements for the Autodesk Revit software program
  • Site visits
    (You will be required to make your own way to sites close to campus. The School will cover the costs of bus travel if the site is considered to be far from campus)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Location

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Our grade 2 listed buildings are located opposite the new Leeds Arena and overlooking Queen Square. Located close to Millennium Square this is a quiet leafy location, just a ten minute walk from the main train station. The square is also home to the Wellness Centre; our Osteopathy teaching clinic.

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