Building Surveying BSc (Hons) 2020/21 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 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Overview

The United Nations predicts a global population of 9.8 billion by 2050. Consequently, construction professionals are increasingly being called upon to create and maintain the social and commercial infrastructure needed to accommodate such large-scale growth.

Building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction, from overseeing huge commercial developments to planning domestic extensions, from maintaining heritage buildings to resolving planning disputes between landlords and tenants. Building surveying is a multidisciplinary subject, encompassing the fields of building pathology, construction technology, surveying techniques, design and specification, conservation and restoration, measurement of land and property, legal and regulatory compliance, contract administration, costing of construction works.

This professionally accredited course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to give expert advice on construction, maintenance, repair and refurbishment of buildings, always ensuring compliance with statutory regulations. What’s more, we will encourage you to develop the innovation and creativity required to tackle the complex problems now facing the industry around space, sustainability, cost and resilience, thanks to the growing instability of the world’s climate.

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), having been judged to meet the RICS Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications will have full academic exemption and can apply for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in order progress to Chartered Membership.

The APC requires a minimum of two years of work experience requiring the applicant to prepare a log book and keep a diary of relevant experience in accordance with RICS competencies before becoming eligible for a professional interview.

What our students 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

The course content has evolved over a number of years and in development with our industry partners we have developed a course structure to provide a mix of technical skills and digital/technological knowledge to equip you for working in this growing sector, and preparing you for future developments in this fast moving industry.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the common first year you will be introduced to the fundamental topics of construction technology, design and production processes, which are essential to practitioners in all construction professions. You will develop and understanding of the professional duties of a building surveyor working in a multi-disciplinary team setting to emulate industry practices.

Modules

  • Project Design Skills

  • Domestic Building Science and Services

  • Domestic Construction Technology

  • Construction Materials

  • Construction Industry Practice 1

  • Land and Building Surveying

  • Building Project 1

  • Group Project 1

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

The second year is where you explore the quantity surveying and commercial management professions in more detail and move from traditional industry practices into the more contemporary and digital practices of contemporary industry organisations. You will expand on the knowledge from Year 1 and discover new ways of working in a multi-disciplinary team in Group Project 2, which will also get you prepared for your industry placement year in year 3.

Modules

  • Law for Construction Professionals

  • Commercial Construction Technology

  • Construction Industry Practice 2

  • Commercial Building Science and Services

  • Building Adaptation

  • Building Pathology

  • Building Project 2

  • Group Project 2

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

The third year in a sandwich programme allows you to apply the theory from years 1 and 2, in a professional industrial placement setting either at home or abroad. The year-long placement provides valuable context to assist in final year completion as well as enhancing CVs to enable smoother progression into industry on completion of the final year (subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability).

Modules

  • Study abroad

  • Professional Training

Overview

In your final year you will focus on historic building, sustainability and innovation in construction and applied building surveying, applying your knowledge in ‘real life’ projects that will reflect the work that goes on in industry, thereby making your transition into work on graduating smoother.

You will complete a final year multi-disciplinary group project as well as a final year research topic of your choice, which will reflect the area of industry you wish to pursue on completion. The final year is designed to not only provide you with the higher level skills and knowledge you will need for contemporary practice, but also enable you to develop skills following completion to continue working in a fast moving and quickly developing industrial sector. It will also prepare you for moving on to higher level courses such as MSc should you choose that as a career path.

Modules

  • Applied Building Surveying

  • Historic Buildings

  • Sustainability and Innovation in Construction

  • Group Project 3

  • Research dissertations

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...

  • Apply for a full year work placement which can count towards your professional Chartered status. Further information about becoming chartered can be found on the RICS website.
  • 96% of building surveying students stated they were satisfied overall with the quality of the course in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.
  • A common first year makes it possible to transfer to our degrees in architectural technology, construction management or quantity surveying and commercial management in the second year if you wish.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad (subject to availability, additional costs and meeting visa requirements).
  • Full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a requirement on the path towards membership of the RICS.
  • Opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications as well as your degree (at no extra cost, application required) – an Autodesk certificate in Computer Aided Design (CAD), undergo a Building Research Establishment Energy Assessment Method (BREEAM) to become an Accredited Graduate (BREEAM AG) and Undergo the Building Information Modelling course and become an accredited graduate (BIM AG).
  • Study on shared modules alongside students on a wide range of other professional disciplines, such as, construction management, architectural technology, quantity surveying and Commercial Management , building services engineering and civil engineering, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of today’s construction industry.

Our main study themes are:

  • Building surveying: You will first be introduced to understand the processes and restrictions for adapting an existing commercial building into residential units. You will be using industry standard 3D software and plan layouts to analyse an existing concrete framed building with the view to adapting its layout and changing its use from an office to a residential tower block and also understand the principles of building defects, their analysis and diagnosis, and their required remedial action. As the course progresses, we will explore the fundamental principles of the range of professional skills needed by a Building Surveyor in practice e.g. Practical surveying skills, measurement of buildings, condition surveys, report writing to a professional standard, professional presentations, health and safety on site and environmental issues.
    We will also consider to study the influence of current legislative, contractual, cultural, scientific and technological changes in the construction industry and its impact on the process of construction design and management. Areas which may be considered include low carbon construction, corporate social and ethical responsibility, existing and proposed legislative changes, and changes to contractual arrangements, productivity issues, internationalisation, use and dissemination of best practice, BIM, Passive Design etc. This module will be research content lead and inspired by contemporary issues affecting the industry, and as such the content and delivery method will be altered and/or adjusted appropriately to reflect the above theme.
  • Construction technology: You will have the chance 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.
  • Multi-disciplinary working: Modern construction projects are carried out with high levels of collaboration between various elements of the design and construction team, as such throughout the course you will develop this multi-disciplinary ethos completing projects as part of a team at all levels. This will enable an understanding of practices by other members of the team as well as the skills needed to coordinate and negotiate within this environment.

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.

The delivery will be through a mix of structured lectures, seminars, tutorials, informal discussion, workshops and support, on line discussion and support, guided self-study and research.

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 the city of Coventry has such a rich medieval history, offering excellent examples of many period buildings within walking distance of the university’s main campus.

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.

There are group project modules at each stage of the course. They give you the opportunity to integrate content from across the course for application in realistic projects, often drawn from industry. They are primarily a mechanism for developing your non-technical skills and employability; for example group work, communication and project management, and also the building project modules deliberately designed to further develop your understanding and practice of the role of construction professionals within the building process in the UK and also in the global context, developing your skills of communication through drawing and model making which are vital to ensuring that ideas are understood and can be implemented.

Field trips and site visits will allow building surveying students, along with other students within the school, to participate in a wider range of field trips and study visits. These trips/visits will give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skills of the built environment and key building surveying issues on a local, regional, national and international basis. Field trips may be subject to additional costs, availability and meeting visa requirements.

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 vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, practical or project work, coursework, essays, phase test group work and presentations and 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. Much of the assessment on the Building Surveying course is summative, although formative assessment is used in numerous modules for example the level one and two practice modules and the level 3 applied building surveying module. As part of the level 5 building pathology module, building surveying students undertake a building survey and produce a report for a Client (over the last few years this has been Severn Trent Plc).

As part of the assessment they are required to present their findings to the Client’s Asset/Property Management team at their offices. This allows our students to have a very real experience of the types of things that they will be doing when they graduate.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

    • The key concepts, theories and principles used in construction, property and surveying. These will include legal principles; design, construction technology, performance of buildings; building defect identification and analysis; building adaptation; historic buildings and application of building surveying techniques.
    • Contemporary global issues facing the building surveying profession and driving change within it, for example, the sustainability/environmental agenda.
    • Professional ethics, their impact on the operation of the building surveying profession and their influence on the society; conflict avoidance/dispute resolution; communities and the stakeholders with whom they have contact.
    • Skills that promote safe working environments and safe buildings for habitation and use.
    • Select and use effectively a range of appropriate means of communication including information technology.

On successful completion, will be able to:

  • Work effectively with others within the context of a multidisciplinary team respecting the respective inputs from fellow professionals, client(s), and other stakeholders and reflecting on one's own performance and role within the team.
  • Present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in a form appropriate to the intended audience, including appropriate acknowledgement and referencing of sources.
  • Produce professional reports in accordance with published conventions and/or client expectations.
  • Analyse, interpolate and present information.
  • Analyse and solve construction problems of a technical and managerial nature.
  • Analyse data and information sources in construction.

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.

Intercultural and international engagement within the education strategy is closely aligned to the global strategy and we will provide an expanded understanding of global issues through learning. A mandatory international field trip is embedded into the building surveying course in your third year, which is part-funded by the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE). The School of Energy, Construction match-fund CGE’s amount, with the remaining costs borne by the student. International field trips are subject to additional fees and meeting via requirements.

As the construction industry and the built environment throughout the world is fast paced and constantly changing, there are trends in building type, location, geographic challenges, social challenges considered throughout the course. You will be provided the chance to access international mobility opportunities through the various advertising media that is provided throughout the university (student portal, social media etc).

In recent years, there have been opportunities for building surveying students to go on international exchange trips to Paris and Rennes which were advertised through the student portal. Alternatively, you have the option of extending your degree by taking a sandwich year studying abroad; we will endeavour to provide support in finding a suitable placement.

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU023
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB DDD-DDM 29 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents

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.

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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.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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!

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £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:

Course essentials – additional costs

Please note that international field trips, placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements (however funding may be provided by the university to subsidise some of the cost).

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.

Career prospects

Building Surveyors play a pivotal role in the construction industry. Building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction, from overseeing huge commercial developments to planning domestic extensions, from maintaining heritage buildings to resolving planning disputes between landlords and tenants.

Building surveying is a multidisciplinary subject, encompassing the fields of building pathology, construction technology, surveying techniques, design and specification, conservation and restoration, measurement of land and property, legal and regulatory compliance, contract administration, costing of construction works. Building surveyors add value to a project through their unique blend of construction knowledge, design flair and property expertise, they know about building defects, building regulations, the ins and outs of construction contracts, the hazards of dilapidations, every element of health and safety regulations, 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 faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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.

Where our graduates work

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

What our students say...

The course at Coventry University is ever changing, which is great for an ever changing industry. Some modules are very applicable to real life projects, which is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills and apply skills that have been gained through the placement year.

Ravi Patel, BSC (Hons) Building Surveying, graduated 2018
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.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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