Construction and Surveying - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying Part Time

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: £6,935 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Five years part time

About your course

The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University is tailored to meet the needs of employers and offers exciting paid placement opportunities where you can gain invaluable 'hands' on experience.

  • 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 minimum 40-week paid industrial 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

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.

Matthew Ashton, former student

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, graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

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 (minimum 40 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

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

There is a high level of support for students on this course, particularly if you choose to undertake a work placement. The Built Environment 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.

Course details

This BSc Quantity Surveying 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.

Industry links also provide useful contacts should you decide to undertake a 40-week 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.

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 quantity surveying discipline. They gain an introduction to quantity surveying in practice, law and measurement. They will study key themes around construction technology, law and management, and get involved in exciting collaborative interdisciplinary activities. At level 4 students also become skilled in academic and digital literacy.

The following modules are all core modules at Level 4:

  • Construction Technology 1 (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 1 (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Law (20 credits)
  • Construction and Property Economics (20 credits)
  • Academic and Digital Literacy (10 credits)
  • Management Theory and Practice (20 credits)
  • Measurement and Costing (20 credits)

During level 5, students are exposed to the application and integration of key quantity surveying themes. In particular, students learn about managing construction projects, procurement and construction technology and a more focused legal perspective of building contracts and advanced measurement and administration. Students' progress their practical quantity surveying skills through learning about Building Information Technologies (BIM) technologies, and get involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities in an exciting project environment. Students are also introduced to research methods skills and knowledge management.

The following modules are all core modules at Level 5:
  • Construction Technology 2 (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 2 (10 credits)
  • Construction Contract Law (20 credits)
  • Construction Procurement (20 credits)
  • Construction Project Management (20 credits)
  • Advanced Measurement and Contract Administration (20 credits)

During level 6, students focus on key concepts around the management and strategic implications of the quantity surveying discipline. This includes learning about procurement strategies and management and entrepreneurships strategies. You will also be exposed to financial management during the project lifecycle and engineering measurement. Students will again be involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities during a level 6 project, as well as completing a final year research project.
Finally, you may have the opportunity to participate in an exciting international field visit during their final year of study.

The following modules are all core modules at Level 6:

  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 3 (10 credits)
  • Contract and Procurement Strategies (20 credits)
  • Engineering Measurement (20 credits)
  • Project Economics and Management (20 credits)
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

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.

Programme specification document (PDF)

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.  

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

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.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

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.

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications

112

Application and selection

Not applicable

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

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: None
  • 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 qualifications

  • 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: Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment for further information

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: Applicants should be studying at least three subjects at Higher Level

Additional entry requirement information

Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Construction or Quantity Surveying will be considered for direct entry into Level 2. An HND with Merit grades in all higher level (H2) units or Foundation Degree with 60% in all higher level (H2) units would be required

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

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.

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 be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

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 bursary

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.

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.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

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 over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply 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

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students 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 over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

Career prospects for quantity surveying graduates are excellent, 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.

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. It also grants full exemption from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers exams.

The programme is accredited by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM)

International Scholarships

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

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