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HNC Construction Quantity Surveying Technician

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Why study Construction Quantity Surveying Technician at Liverpool John Moores University?


  • Advance your career while you work with this exciting study pathway
  • 6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities at Byrom Street Campus
  • Dedicated tutors and a supportive learning environment

This course is the academic qualification for the L4 Apprenticeship Construction Quantity Surveying Technician Standard (ST0049) and you need to be in employment with a company on an apprenticeship.

The course is aimed at apprentices who are working in construction and are looking to develop into a career as a Quantity Surveyor working for a variety of clients and project types.

About your course

This is a recognised HNC award that will allow you entry to a Degree programme at level 5 (subject to entry requirements). It also gives you a good grounding through the modules into the construction industry and entering the profession as a quantity surveyor.

The course is a 120 credit L4 award that is delivered over 2 years.  The modules are delivered over a day in University and with a supervisory team from both the programme and your employer that will manage your progress on the apprenticeship throughout your apprenticeship journey. The programme covers all the subjects needed at L4 to introduce you to the construction industry and being a Construction Quantity Surveying Technician.  There are also specific professional competencies and work based learning modules that will help support you to appreciate and understand what it is to be a professional in your field and to apply your Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) into the workplace and the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Degree Apprenticeships are funded courses, with learning costs being paid to the university by the employer, through the Degree Apprenticeship levy, if a large company, or with the help of the government’s co-investment model, if a smaller company.

If you aren’t already employed by a company that is willing to sponsor you through an apprenticeship, you’ll need to find one. You can do this by regularly checking the Government’s Find an apprenticeship website.

You can also approach an employer yourself to find out whether they would be interested in offering Degree Apprenticeships and ask them to contact us. Our team will be able to explain to them how they can access the correct funding and the next steps.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 4

Core modules

Measurement I
20 credits

This module establishes the principles and conventions for the quantification and costing of building works and considers their application by the Quantity Surveyor and the Estimator, as part of their key role in the economic and financial management of the construction process.

Quantity Surveyor in a Project Environment
20 credits

In this module you will develop a holistic understanding of a modern quantity surveyor's roles, interactions, collaborations, and value propositions throughout construction project lifecycle.

Construction Technology and Materials
20 credits

This module provides an overview and develops understanding of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials associated with the construction of low-rise domestic dwellings.


Design and Environmental Procedures
20 credits

This module develops your understanding of design and environmental considerations for low-rise building construction and refurbishment. It also helps to develop practical skills in producing simple building designs using appropriate software.


Law and Health & Safety for the Built Environment
20 credits

This module provides you with an appreciation of the basic principles of English law with particular reference to the built environment. It also helps develop an understanding of the principles of health & safety legislation with particular reference to the built environment.


Work Based Learning
20 credits

This module aims to provide the student with the ability to develop, demonstrate and reflect on the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required by their appropriate professional routeway i.e. CIOB, RICS, CIBSE, CIAT etc through their workplace.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We are fully face to face in the delivery of the academic timetable and we provide a wealth of online supporting material through our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, and systems like See My Tutor.  This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your academic tutors, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs through See My Tutor.  

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

There is a high level of support for students on this course and the needs of part-time students and degree apprentices are thought through.  You will be allocated an individual tutor that will support you in all aspects of your apprenticeship, being academic, pastoral and working with your employer mentor.  You will have regular tripartite meetings (4 a year) which will help support you through your apprenticeship journey and will discuss your academic and apprenticeship progress supporting your through the programme and to successful End Point Assessment (completion of the apprenticeship).


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

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

All students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, portfolios, etc), and presentations (individual and group).

Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Our expert academic team includes professionals with experience of working in a wide range of disciplines including quantity surveying, commercial management, construction project management, civil engineering, architecture and law.


What you can expect from your School

This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMUs City Campus. Here you'll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. You will also use the materials and environmental science laboratories and get to use industry standard software and equipment in workshop sessions.  The Avril Robarts Library is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Grades/points required from qualifications: 80

Qualification requirements

GCSEs and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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: 1

Is general studies acceptable? Yes

Average A Level offer: CDD

Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20


National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 80 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications

National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 80 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access awards

Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Further information: 80 UCAS tariff points from Access to HE Diploma

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional information: 80 UCAS Tariff points from IB Diploma

Irish awards

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Grades / subjects required: 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Welsh awards

Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

T levels

T Level requirements: 80 UCAS tariff points.

Additional requirements

  • Interview required

    Yes as part of the DA application process

Further information

  • DBS, Occupational Health requirements

    Is a DBS check required?


  • Reduced offer scheme

    As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU Degree Apprenticeship form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

If you aren’t already employed by a company that is willing to sponsor you through an apprenticeship, you’ll need to find one. You can do this by regularly checking the Government’s Find an apprenticeship website.  

You can also approach an employer yourself to find out whether they would be interested in offering Degree Apprenticeships and ask them to contact us. Our team will be able to explain to them how they can access the correct funding and the next steps.

Just like any other job application, you’ll go through a recruitment process with the employer. Check out our interview tips to help you prepare for your Degree Apprenticeship interview. You’ll also need to meet the entry requirements to attend Liverpool John Moores University just like any other student. To do this, find your course and make sure you meet the requirements of the particular course associated with your Degree Apprenticeship.

To apply for a Degree Apprenticeship course complete the online application form.

Once you have applied you are required to complete and return a skills scan document that is automatically sent to you upon receipt of your application.  The skills scan enables the programme team to carry out an initial assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) that you have acquired through your previous experience and study.

Following consideration of your skills scan, you and your employer contact will be invited to attend a meeting with the Programme Leader to further discuss the requirements of the apprenticeship, including the KSBs set out within the applicable Apprenticeship Standard.

If your application is successful, you’ll enter into an employment/apprenticeship contract with your employer which will set out the obligations of all parties involved in the apprenticeship.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.