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Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2018



2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104)

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This course could help start your journey towards playing a role in the construction process as a quantity surveyor or commercial manager.

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UKDBIS, 2016) report claim that strong growth in private housing, commercial and industrial sectors has led to a national shortage of quantity surveyors, who play a critical role throughout the construction process advising on costs, quality, sustainability and client needs. the construction industry. Moreover, in a recent report the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS, 2016)  assert that Quantity surveying and commercial management discipline is facing its greatest skills crisis since 1998, – with 54% of firms reporting insufficient numbers of quantity surveyor professionals to meet the needs of the current rise in construction works.

Responding to these skills shortages, this degree aims to prepare you for a career as a quantity surveyor or commercial manager. It is accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction.

Ranked among the 13 best universities in the country for ‘Building’ in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, Coventry has been educating building professionals for over half a century, keeping in step with the changing needs of technological advancement and the growing importance of its social and environmental responsibilities. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The Chartered Institute of Building

An accredited course leading to membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

An accredited course leading to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our students say...

The course explores the subjects to a great depth and the staff are keen to offer support, making the whole learning process an enjoyable experience.

Brian Zindi

Course information

This course provides direct entry to the second year of an ‘honours degree’ programme, an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification. It is primarily designed for part-time students already working in the industry, who wish to build on an existing Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification or equivalent and are seeking to become a professional qualified engineer.

With feedback from our industry partners, the course content has evolved over many years and will continue to be updated to reflect the changing structure of the construction industry, so that we can help equip you with the skills and expertise needed to meet future challenges, as well as take advantage of current thinking and best practice.

We also look at the core principles and procedures of commercial and contract management related to the construction industry within the UK. You will be introduced to contract law, contract management, commercial management, finance and value management, as well as relevant health and safety legislation. You will be able to consider how these legal principles could be applied to legal problems that might arise during construction activities in all parts of the construction process or whole life cycle process of construction deliverables.


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Course specification
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In the common first year, you will be introduced to the fundamental topics of building design and the construction process, which are essential to practitioners in all construction professions, such as what constitutes good building design and what causes damage to buildings. You will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the professional duties and obligations of a practising quantity surveyor when undertaking the full range of survey activities, for example, preparation of bill of quantity, preparation of commercial report, and finance management matters.


  • Design Studies

  • Building Practice – (Quantity Surveying)

  • Construction Technology and Building Materials

  • Group Project 1

  • Academic and Professional Development Skills

  • Construction Technology and Building Science


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In the second year, you will have the opportunity to focus on the concepts, principles of and practices relevant to construction management and quantity surveying practice. Considering the methods and strategies available for construction procurement and tendering, we focus on preparation of pre- and post-tender estimating, together with post-contract cost management practices and procedures.

We will consider the role and responsibilities of construction project and cost managers in more detail, examining the challenges they face, such as project delay management, construction risk management, contract administration, estimating risk management and project planning challenges.


  • Law for Construction Professionals

  • Group Project 2

  • Academic and Professional Development in Practice

  • Construction Technology

  • Project and Cost Management

  • Project Administration

  • Quantity Surveying Practice


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Coventry University is committed to providing students with an international education and, following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.


  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Training


In your final year, you will have the opportunity to focus on topics such as contract management, value and commercial management and construction finance. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a ‘real-life’ project that will reflect the skills required in professional practice.

Past students have undertaken projects which require measured surveys, feasibility reports requiring drawing proposals with costs and a programme of works. Students have also been required to prepare specifications of work and undertake a professional presentation to demonstrate their proposals.

You will also perform a detailed research study with the help of an experienced supervisor. You can choose a topic to suit your interests or to assist your career aspirations; previous dissertation topics have covered, for example: ‘An Investigation into how Modern Construction Methods can be used to Enhance Quality of Affordable Housing in the United Kingdom Construction Industry’; ‘A Study of Waste Minimization in the use of Building Materials by Implementing Lean Principles’; ‘Exploration of BIM adoption in minimizing delays in Indian Post Disaster Reconstruction’; ‘A Critical Examination of how to Enhance Estimating Risk in Quantity Surveying Practice: using BIM’; and many others.


  • Group Project 3

  • Research Dissertation

  • Contract Management

  • Commercial Management

  • Construction Finance and Value Management

  • Research Practice and Communication


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Our Building and Town and Country Planning courses are ranked 13th by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Ranked 13th in the UK for ‘Building’ by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • Strong levels of student satisfaction – 90% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Students can apply for a full year work placement which can count towards their professional Chartered status.
  • Good employability prospects – 85% of our graduates were in work or continuing their studies after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad; this is subject to competitive application.
  • Full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a requirement on the path towards membership of the RICS.
  • Modules taught in year 1 are the same for all building courses; therefore, making it possible to transfer to our degrees in Architectural Technology, Construction Management or Building Surveying in the second year if you wish.
  • Study on shared modules alongside students on a wide range of other professional disciplines, such as, construction management, architectural technology, building surveying, building services engineering and civil engineering, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of today’s construction industry.

Expert visiting lecture series, which has previously featured a professional commercial manager, senior quantity surveyors, contract managers who delivered sessions in various modules.

  • Quantity surveying practice: You will first be introduced to fundamental construction economics, principles of measurement and simple building measurement. As the course progresses, we will explore the basic concepts, theories and principles relevant to quantity surveying, placing an emphasis on post-contract practices and procedures. We will also consider the measurement of construction works and the preparation of pre-tender documentation, including schedule of works, approximate quantities and bill of quantities.

  • Construction technology: You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of various aspects of the design and construction of sustainable and comfortable buildings, by incorporating the most appropriate construction technology and building materials. We will consider the design, construction and environmental performances of low-rise buildings, multi-storey and commercial framed structures, within the context of legislative influences on the layout and planning of buildings and the impact of energy conservation and climate change. We will also explore the range of building services which are installed to provide a suitable internal environment including acoustic, thermal, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

  • Design studies: Develops your skills in creating, refining and presenting construction documents in various drawn formats, embedding the arithmetic associated with scale and printed output of construction drawings. Through practical, activity-led studio and location based tutorial sessions, you will develop measuring and sketching skills and use this recorded information as a basis for creating a series of construction documents, using a variety of industry standard 2D and 3D software packages. The produced construction documents will aim to follow the industry standard drawing conventions on scale and notation and will form the basis for 3D model making.


This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed part-time by attending up to five modules each year as scheduled for full-time students. You can start in September.

With a focus on your future employability, you will have several opportunities to accelerate your professional development. In your first year, you have the option to undertake a Computer Aided Design (CAD) assessment and, if successful, will receive industry recognised Autodesk certification. Then, in Year Two, you will undertake a Building Research Establishment Energy Assessment Method (BREEAM), which enables you to become certified as an Accredited Graduate (BREEAM AG). BREAM is widely acknowledged as the leading environmental assessment method – which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. It has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of environmental performance.

The course is taught using lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, workshop and studio sessions, supervised by academic and technical support staff. In addition, whenever possible, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice. We try to provide you with as much real-life experience as possible and are fortunate that Coventry has such a rich medieval history, offering excellent examples of many period buildings within walking distance of the University’s main campus.

In the second year, you will be expected to undertake a professional quantity surveying practice with construction contractors, and consultants; where you will be required to undertake quantity survey and commercial management practice and prepare a professional report. You will then present to the company’s senior management team at their offices, much the same as you would on a regular basis once you start working as a professional quantity surveyor.

The highly practical nature of the course enables you to work with staff and students on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects develop the professional skills required including: problem analysis and design; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report and bench assessment; troubleshooting and more.

A number of staff who teach on the course are Chartered Quantity Surveyors and Chartered Builders, who can provide help and guidance in relation to the process of becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), specifically in relation to your post-degree assessment of professional competence, which comprises a written submission and professional interview carried out by the RICS regional training advisor.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and computer simulation.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 40%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Coursework, essays: 20%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters etc.: 10% 

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Science, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

40% assessed by exams

On completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Building technology and construction processes.
  • Management processes and systems associated with construction.
  • Building science with respect to materials, structure, services and internal environment.
  • The legal and regulatory framework within which buildings are constructed.
  • Economics of construction.
  • Design processes used in construction.
  • Current innovations relating to the construction of buildings.
  • Procurement and contract administration procedures.
  • How quality is achieved in construction processes and products.
  • Health and safety in building design and construction.


On completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse, interpolate and present information.
  • Analyse and solve construction problems of a technical and managerial nature.
  • Analyse data and information sources in construction.
  • Develop price estimates and cost budgets.
  • Analyse financial information and cost budgets.
  • Undertake procedures associated with project management.
  • Prepare pre-contractual documentation.
  • Prepare valuations and claims.
  • Assess stage payments.

In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching comprising:

  • Personal/small group teaching – 6 hours of  practical classes, tutorials and project work each week
  • Medium group teaching – 6 hours of tutorials, CAD or drawing studio each week
  • Large group teaching – 8 hours of lectures each week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which construction takes place, which gives an international perspective to your studies and future career as a building surveyor. Students will draw examples for many different parts of the world in order to compare and contrast some of the UK based theory that they will cover whilst on the course and within other modules, such as commercial management quantity surveying practice.

In the second year, we endeavour to organise an international fieldtrip to provide you with an opportunity to experience the built environment in another country. For example, in the last four years, QSCM students travelled to Malta where they were required to practice building measurement using Maltese standard of rule of measurement.The University usually subsidise and pay for this trip. However,  students may be asked to make little financial contribution for the trip.

Alternatively, you have the option of extending your degree by taking a sandwich year studying abroad; we will endeavour.


Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...


Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU025
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC. Excludes General Studies. DDM-DMM 30 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

The course explores the subjects to a great depth and the staff are keen to offer support, making the whole learning process an enjoyable experience.

Brian Zindi

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9250 (per year)


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September 2018

£9250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104) (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Warm waterproof clothing for site visits: £150

What our students say...

The course explores the subjects to a great depth and the staff are keen to offer support, making the whole learning process an enjoyable experience.

Brian Zindi

Career prospects

Quantity Surveyors and Commercial Managers play a pivotal role in the delivery of every construction project; career prospects can exist wherever new projects are being contemplated, or where facility are being refurbished or where building work requires professional control. With a shortage of suitably skilled individuals, employment prospects are excellent.

With its practical focus, the course is intended to prepare you to enter professional roles on graduation and you have the option to gain work experience by spending a year on professional placement. Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you find a suitable appointment. We also have direct placement agreements with National Grid UK and United Utility Plc, as well as fieldtrip opportunities.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have found employment in private practices, contracting organisations, commercial organisations and local/central government, regionally, nationally and internationally. They work with companies such as Balfour Beatty plc, Lain O’ Rourke, Barrett Home Ltd, Watts Construction Ltd, and BAM Construction. 


Our graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

I particularly enjoyed the course because of its international link, fieldtrips and passionate professional staff. Moreover, the taught subjects are consistent with Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) professional competent guidelines

Shrungi Bhatt BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, graduated with a First class honours in 2014

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.