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About your course
Completing the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a fully accredited professional with relevant industry experience and excellent earning potential.
- Study on a tailored part-time route, giving you an opportunity to progress your career and education at the same time
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
- £6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
Not only have I established a firm understanding of building surveying, but have also gained an invaluable amount of commercial awareness. This has undoubtedly come from the lecturers delivering the course and their ability to draw upon personal industry experience and deliver that to the students. I would recommend this course to any individual with even just a slight interest in surveying, as once you join the course you realise how broad of a discipline it really is and the vast amount of skills you will ascertain.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support
Studying on a part time basis can be challenging. We recognise this and ensure that throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice on course-related issues.
Understand all areas of building surveying and develop the practical skills needed to succeed with this BSc degree course at LJMU
Traditionally, a building surveyor’s main area of expertise has been in property refurbishment and conservation, but nowadays they are also involved in building design, management, maintenance, and surveys – the whole lifecycle of a building, in fact.
As such, they work with a range of people, from building owners and occupiers to builders, planners, lawyers and service engineers, so not only do they need to be technically competent but practical as well, and capable of giving advice on subjects as diverse as repair diagnosis to building design to legal representation in court.
The course is built around the following four themes together with work experience and project tasks that simulate real working practices, giving you the knowledge and practical skills to launch your career as a building surveyor:
- Technical knowledge, such as building construction, building defects, science and materials
- Design practice, which covers cad, refurbishment projects, sustainability projects, building conservation
- Management practice, including construction site management, facilities and maintenance management business management
- Law, including construction law, property law, health and safety law
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
During level 4, students gain basic knowledge and theory of the building surveying discipline. They gain an introduction to building surveying in practice, law and construction technology. They will study key themes around science and materials, design and specification, and get involved in exciting collaborative interdisciplinary activities. At level 4 students also become skilled in academic and digital literacy.
During level 5, students are exposed the application and integration of key building surveying themes. In particular, students learn about managing property assets, procurement and contracts, and a more focused legal perspective of property law and construction technology. Students' progress their practical building surveying skills through learning about pathology and inspection, and get involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities in an exciting project environment. Students are also introduced to research methods skills and knowledge.
During level 6, students focus on key concepts around the management and strategic implications of the building surveying discipline. This includes learning about real estate and asset strategy, learning about professional practice, understanding how to provide productive workplaces, and the implications and management of project lifecycles. Students will again be involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities during a level 6 project, as well as completing a final year research project.
Finally, students have the opportunity to participate in an exciting international field visit during their final year of study.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
You can expect to spend on average 8-10 hours in the classroom which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials and workshops, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 15 hours per week in private study.
In addition to the excellent facilities and learning resources, you'll get support on both sides of the learning experience, havng dedicated workplace based LJMU trained mentors and from university tutors to provide developmental and pastoral support.
Expert tuition and support
All the lecturers are professionally qualified and have experience in their specialist subject area. There is a large course team that teaches on building surveying and this uses professionals not only in building surveying, but also in architecture, building services engineering, facilities management and law.
They will pass on their practical knowledge of the industry to you. Your lecturers also carry internationally recognised research into various aspects of the discipline. Being at the forefront of research, your lecturers will help you to develop into the top Building Surveyors of the future.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose
All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, 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 in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
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Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you! International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points
Additional entry requirement information
Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Building Surveying will be considered for direct entry into Level 2. Merit overall or 60% in all higher level units would be required respectively.
Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interviewIELTS
6.0 (minimum 5.5 each component)Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your optionsIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Do you want a varied professional career with many challenges and good employment prospects? If so then becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor may be the career for you.
The most likely route to go down once you graduate is to become a building surveyor in commercial building management or housing and social building provision. Some of our graduates go on to run their own practices or become partners in established building surveying practices once they become professionally qualified.
Building Surveying is a varied profession operating in both the public and private sectors covering both residential and commercial clients. Chartered Building Surveyors offer expert advice on all aspects of land, property and construction for both private and public companies, including:
- inspecting and surveying existing buildings, proposing and managing refurbishment projects, appraising buildings for new uses, conserving listed buildings
- providing advice on building defects and failures, diagnosis of defects and specification of remedial work
- property legislation advice – party wall issues, building regulations and planning permission issues
- project management services, working with clients, preparing outline designs and specifications, refurbishment work carrying out building surveys and measured surveys
New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Professional accreditation / links
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes