Building Surveying BSc (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

K230

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Problem-solving on a grand scale; a Building Surveying degree can teach you to offer much sought-after advice on property and construction.

The world’s rising population has led to a massive shortfall in infrastructure with $57 trillion needed by 2030, according to global management consultancy McKinsey. With a growing demand for the specialist skills to undertake the full range of work from new build and refurbishment to defect analysis, adaptation and energy audits, building surveying is one of the most exciting areas of the property and construction industry.

Ranked as the 4th best university in the country for ‘Building and Town and Country Management’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020, 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.  

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction. On graduation, your degree will help you work towards full professional chartered status wherever in the world you choose.

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

Employability

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:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world's leading professional status in land, real estate, infrastructure and construction. Once you have completed your degree and started in professional practice, you can continue your training to become a Chartered Building Surveyor. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our alumni say...

The University has a strong emphasis toward industry experience, supporting me in securing a 12-month placement with a surveying firm specialising in property disputes. The industrial placement gave a huge insight into the infrastructure industry, allowing me to explore the various branches a surveyor can practice. Due to the legal nature of this work, combined with the expert teaching on law and contract modules, I obtained a first class and am now undertaking a training contract at an international law firm specialising in construction and engineering law.

Charlie Shephard, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.
Graduated in 2016, now future trainee solicitor at Pinsent Masons

Course information

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 provide you with the skills and expertise needed to meet future challenges, as well as take advantage of current thinking and best practice.

 

85%

of our students agree that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the 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 develop an understanding of the professional duties and obligations of a practising building surveyor when undertaking the full range of survey activities, for example, future home buyers survey reports, building surveys, dilapidations and party wall matters.

Modules

  • Design Studies (Building)

  • Building Practice - Building Surveying

  • Construction Technology and Building Materials

  • Group Project 1

  • Academic and Professional Development Skills

  • Construction Technology and Building Science

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

In the 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 develop an understanding of the professional duties and obligations of a practising building surveyor when undertaking the full range of survey activities, for example, future home buyers survey reports, building surveys, dilapidations and party wall matters.

Modules

  • Law for Construction Professionals

  • Group Project 2

  • Academic and Professional Development in Practice

  • Construction Technology

  • Building Surveying Practice – Pathology

  • Building Surveying Practice – Adaptation

  • Architectural Development and Planning

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

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.

Modules

  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad

Overview

In your final year, you will focus on topics such as contract management, historic buildings and applied building surveying practice, with 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, building defects, built environment legislation, construction issues, sustainable agenda issues and many others.

Modules

  • Contract Management

  • Group Project 3

  • Applied Building Surveying

  • Historic Buildings

  • Research Practice and Communication

  • Research Dissertation

Add+vantage

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

4th

We're ranked 4th in the UK for our Building and Town and Country Management courses in the Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Ranked 4th in the UK for ‘Building and Town and Country Management’ by the Guardian University Guide 2020..
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad.
  • Full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a requirement on the path towards membership of the RICS.
  • Expert visiting lecture series, which has previously featured a professional building pathologist, who delivered sessions on damp investigation and remediation.
  • Common first year makes it possible to transfer to Architectural Technology, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying or Commercial Management in the second year if you wish, only applicable if the first year pass-mark is met.
  • Study on shared modules alongside students on a wide range of other professional disciplines, such as, construction management, architectural technology, quantity surveying, building services engineering and civil engineering, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of today’s construction industry.
  • Included within your course fee, there is the opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications as well as your degree – an Autodesk certificate in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and undergo a Building Research Establishment Energy Assessment Method (BREEAM) to become an Accredited Graduate (BREEAM AG).

You can apply for a full year work placement which can count towards your professional Chartered status.

Our main study themes are:

  • Building practice: You will first be introduced to the practical and theoretical issues with regards to building surveying, the role of RICS and the Chartered Building Surveyor, including a solid understanding of the professional duties and obligations when undertaking various building surveys types. We will consider building pathology – the principles of building defects, their analysis, diagnosis and the required remedial action. We primarily focus on the construction of residential low rise dwellings, industrial and commercial buildings during the latter part of the 19th and 20th centuries, together with the likely defects which occur to such buildings.

  • Construction technology: You will 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 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.

In addition, 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. Examples include Georgian housing near Coventry Cathedral, St. Mary’s Guildhall, and Tudor housing on Spon Street.

In the second year, you will be expected to undertake a professional building survey, visiting a building identified by your ‘client’, which has previously been Severn Trent Water, undertaking the survey and preparing a professional building survey report. You will then present to the client’s asset management or property management team at their offices, much the same as you would on a regular basis once you start working as a professional building 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 Building Surveyors, 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.

Teaching methods include:<br> lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, workshop and studio sessions, supervised by academic and technical support staff.

Meet our staff

Gary O'Neill

Gary O'Neill is a Senior Lecturer teaching aspects of the Building Surveying BSc course.

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This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, practical or project work, coursework, essays, group work, presentations, posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding 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; the surveying of existing buildings; the management of property; the pathology and maintenance of existing buildings; facilities management; urban regeneration  
  • Identify the aims and objectives of research.
  • Analyse, interpolate and present information.
  • Analyse and solve construction problems of a technical and managerial nature.
  • Reflect on the interdisciplinary and team working nature of the construction industry in order to undertake and manage construction design and the construction process.
  • Analyse data and information sources in construction.
  • Apply techniques used for the analysis and surveying of existing buildings.
  • Apply CAD and manual drawing techniques, and other tools to construction design…
  • Undertake full-measured, dilapidation and condition surveys.
  • Write different types of property survey reports.

In a typical week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, tutorials and project work (or later, individual project supervision) 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, e.g. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

Construction is a global industry with the demand for building professionals overseas set to rise dramatically. The United Nations has identified nine countries, which will account for half the world’s population growth between now and 2050: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the US, Indonesia and Uganda.

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.  This will further be developed during the international field trip each year and within other modules, such as historic buildings and building surveying practice.

In the second year, we will endeavour to organise an optional international fieldtrip to provide you with an opportunity to experience the built environment in another country. Last year, students travelled to Rome in Italy, where they were required to sketch and identify building defects in buildings of historical importance.  

Alternatively, you have the option of extending your degree by taking a sandwich year studying abroad; we will provide support in finding a suitable placement and currently have links with universities in Europe, America and Asia.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

global programmes

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

What our alumni say...

The University has a strong emphasis toward industry experience, supporting me in securing a 12-month placement with a surveying firm specialising in property disputes. The industrial placement gave a huge insight into the infrastructure industry, allowing me to explore the various branches a surveyor can practice. Due to the legal nature of this work, combined with the expert teaching on law and contract modules, I obtained a first class and am now undertaking a training contract at an international law firm specialising in construction and engineering law.

Charlie Shephard, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.
Graduated in 2016, now future trainee solicitor at Pinsent Masons

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU023
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB - BBC. Excludes General Studies. DDM - DMM 29 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths

A-Levels

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.

English as a Foreign Language 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 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.

More detail

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 Coventry 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.

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 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 also the opportunity to apply to 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 2019.

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What our alumni say...

The University has a strong emphasis toward industry experience, supporting me in securing a 12-month placement with a surveying firm specialising in property disputes. The industrial placement gave a huge insight into the infrastructure industry, allowing me to explore the various branches a surveyor can practice. Due to the legal nature of this work, combined with the expert teaching on law and contract modules, I obtained a first class and am now undertaking a training contract at an international law firm specialising in construction and engineering law.

Charlie Shephard, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.
Graduated in 2016, now future trainee solicitor at Pinsent Masons

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our alumni say...

The University has a strong emphasis toward industry experience, supporting me in securing a 12-month placement with a surveying firm specialising in property disputes. The industrial placement gave a huge insight into the infrastructure industry, allowing me to explore the various branches a surveyor can practice. Due to the legal nature of this work, combined with the expert teaching on law and contract modules, I obtained a first class and am now undertaking a training contract at an international law firm specialising in construction and engineering law.

Charlie Shephard, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.
Graduated in 2016, now future trainee solicitor at Pinsent Masons

Career prospects

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

Most of our graduates are intent on pursuing careers in a building surveying role and gaining chartered status, however, building surveyors benefit from transferrable skills suitable for roles such as a facilities manager, project manager or building conservationist.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016

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.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have found employment with companies such as Malcolm Hollis Partnership, Watts, Bailey Garner, Davis Langdon and BAM Construction.

What our alumni say...

The University has a strong emphasis toward industry experience, supporting me in securing a 12-month placement with a surveying firm specialising in property disputes. The industrial placement gave a huge insight into the infrastructure industry, allowing me to explore the various branches a surveyor can practice. Due to the legal nature of this work, combined with the expert teaching on law and contract modules, I obtained a first class and am now undertaking a training contract at an international law firm specialising in construction and engineering law.

Charlie Shephard, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.
Graduated in 2016, now future trainee solicitor at Pinsent Masons
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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