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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)
Please note: this information relates to courses starting from September onwards in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Mode of Study: Three years full time, four years with sandwich year. Also available part time, day release.
Fast fact: Surveyors in the UK are the highest paid graduates with an average salary of £24K three years after leaving university (The Royal Bank of Scotland).
- Course in depth
- Entry requirements
- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
Thomas Jameson, Level 5 Quantity Surveying student”
Course at a glance
- High academic and professional standing with full Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors accreditation
- Some graduates offered employment before the end of their final year
- Opportunity to undertake a year’s paid work placement within a quantity surveying practice or contracting organisation
- Lectures from practising Quantity Surveyors plus site visits. Part-time day release option for those already in employment
Your tutors are not only highly qualified experts in their field; they are committed to helping you achieve your full potential in both your studies and your future career plans. The majority of staff that service the programme are themselves Chartered Surveyors and will support and direct you towards achieving your ambition to become a professional Quantity Surveyor.
This course focuses on the factors that affect the procurement and construction of a building or structure over its complete life cycle, with particular emphasis on the economic, legal, financial and managerial considerations of the construction process. Once you have developed the technical skills required of a quantity surveyor, you will apply them to projects that are based on ‘real’ construction scenarios. This way of working not only gives you invaluable hands-on practice, it also allows you to develop a variety of transferable skills that will give you a professional edge when you eventually start applying for your first quantity surveying job.
Strong links with industry mean that you will have opportunities to meet quantity surveyors and other professionals working in the construction industry through guest lectures and site visits. They also provide useful contacts should you decide to undertake a year’s industrial placement after your second year. In addition these professionals and others attend the Employers Event held annually by the school and provide you with additional networking opportunities that will help facilitate you obtaining work locally, nationally and internationally.
You can expect to spend on average 14-16 hours in the classroom which may be in the form of lectures (nine hours per week), tutorials (two hours) and workshops ( approximately three hours), combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 35 hours per week in private study, increasing this to 39 hours as the course progresses.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Construction Technology and Services 1
- Law and Procurement Systems
- Construction Economics and Management
- Measurement and Costing Studies 1
- Quantity Surveying Project 1
- Construction Technology and Practice
- Construction Contracts and Procurement
- Quantity Surveying Project 2
- Measurement and Costing Studies 2
- Property Economics and Management
- Year-long placement
Level 6 (fourth year for sandwich degree students)
- Quantity Surveying Technology Project
- Construction Law and Procurement Strategies
- Project Financial Management
- Measurement and Costing Studies 3
Assessment and feedback
All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods and up to three per module. Assessments include exams (open and closed book), coursework (essays, technical reports and reviews) and individual and group presentations. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Blackboard (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or as written comments. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
Projects that simulate the type of work you would be doing in a quantity surveying practice or in a contracting organisation are an important element of this degree course. However, the best way to put your skills and knowledge into practice is to undertake a year’s (48-week) paid work placement between Levels 5 and 6. We strongly recommend that you take up this opportunity, as professional work experience and references, together with your accredited degree, will significantly boost your career prospects. It is also an opportunity to develop your personal skills, take a year off from formal study and add real value to your CV.
Support and guidance
There is a high level of support for students on this course, particularly if you choose to undertake a work placement. The School’s Industry 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 occasional visits from a tutor to check on your progress. The Unit acts as a link between you and a large number of organisations that take part in our annual employers’ day and get involved in employer interest/support groups. Activities like these give you the best possible chance of securing a placement and making useful contacts for your future employment.
You will be appointed a Personal Tutor when you are inducted onto the course. They will be responsible for assisting you and providing guidance and care on academic and pastoral matters and also on the development of your Personal Development Plans (PDP’s) which form an integral part of your programme and development.
In addition each member of staff has surgery hours which allow you to “drop in” to discuss academic issues on a one to one basis.
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
"Every day I attend university confirms my belief that Quantity Surveying is the right choice for me. The lecturers' industry background allows me to gain a greater understanding of how theory can be applied in practice, and to benefit from their experience. The course allows me to study all aspects of business principles and industry requirements related to Quantity Surveying. As part of the course I am studying many new disciplines and skills. For example one day I could be on site looking at materials, then the next learning the theory and justification behind their procurement."
Matthew Ashton, Level 4 Quantity Surveying student
"I have a background in the construction industry, however once I started my Quantity Surveying degree at LJMU I have found the experience amazing and it has opened up so many areas in the industry I had no knowledge of, the best and so far rewarding challenge I have undertaken. The Quantity Surveying degree at LJMU has opened so many ideas and opportunities for my future, not just in the UK but across the world."
Current Quantity Surveying student
"Studying Quantity Surveying at LJMU has been amazing, the lecturers and resources are of the highest standard. At LJMU I was amazed at all the resources available, there is as much support as you need from the extensive libraries facilities to computer labs, free specialist study sessions and really supportive lecturers. Studying Quantity Surveying has been the best decision I have ever made, I have not only gained knowledge and skills that will give me a great career but I have made great friendships with both other student and lecturers."
Sarah Hesketh, Level 5 Quantity Surveying student
"The Quantity Surveying Honours degree has equipped me with the skills to hit the ground running in my summer commercial placement. The teaching can be applied directly to the working world. I started this degree with no knowledge of the construction industry. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in less than two years! I can now operate within a professional surveying environment as I have proven within my work placement. The course is both challenging and satisfying. If you put the effort in then the rewards are definitely there for the taking. At LJMU the resources at your disposal are fantastic; you just need to make use of them."
Thomas Jameson, Level 5 Quantity Surveying student
Professional accreditation / links
This degree has a very high standing both professionally and academically. It is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and, if you complete work experience, can count towards the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. In addition, our strong links with the industry ensure that this programme is tailored to meet the needs of employers, and that the latest developments in quantity surveying feed directly into the curriculum.
Your career prospects
Career prospects for quantity surveying graduates are good with many students securing their first professional position working for clients, contractors or professional practices either before or after graduation. If you decide not to go into the profession, however, you can still take advantage of your transferable skills and work experience to enter other careers.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||TOEFL (CBT)||TOEFL (IBT)|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||150||52|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: email@example.com
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
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