BSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship Construction and Built Environment (Quantity Surveying)

The Degree Apprenticeship course gives employers the opportunity to recruit new talent and support them through the Apprenticeship or to upskill current employees.

The purpose of the BSc (Hons) Construction and the Built Environment (Quantity Surveying) Degree Apprenticeship course is to produce graduates with the relevant skills and knowledge to work in the highly diverse and challenging building and civil engineering sectors in the UK and overseas.

The Apprenticeship equips apprentices with the theory and practical skills to be able to manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects from the initial calculations to the final accounts. It is developed in partnership with industry so you will be up to date with the latest technologies in the field. As an apprentice you will develop technical, legal, analytical and evaluation skills in contractual frameworks, costing a project and enhancing value for money, while still achieving the required client expectations, standards and quality. Glasgow Caledonian University's common good values and principles are embedded in the Apprenticeship, which aims to produce graduates with a broad awareness of the various legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of a quantity surveyor.

There is a current shortage of quantity surveyors in today's construction industry. The Degree Apprenticeship course gives employers the opportunity to recruit new talent and support them through the Apprenticeship or to upskill current employees. Most employers use both models to increase their skills pipeline within the business.

Degree Apprenticeship courses are supported by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Employers should check their eligibility for funding before supporting an apprentice’s application. The skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of current employees will all be used to inform at which level of the course candidates will commence their education.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

BSc (Hons)
Blended Learning
3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU London
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All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Standard entry

For new employees applying directly from school:

A levels BBC and four GCSEs at grade C including Maths & English, or an Access to HE qualification with 96 UCAS tariff points. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications, there is a possibility to be considered through the University’s flexible entry system through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This process allows prospective graduate apprentices to claim credit(s) against previously assessed and certificated learning, including informal learning, to be considered and recognised for academic purposes and credit within their course.

Advanced entry may also be granted through RPL. Skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience will all be used to inform which year of the degree you will enter into.

Applicants who hold a relevant HNC/D may be eligible to claim credits for this and enter the programme at an advanced level. Only candidates holding an HND Built Environment (Quantity Surveying specialism) at minimum grade ‘C’ in graded unit 1 and grade ‘A’ in graded unit 2 will be considered for year three entry. 

Additional requirements

Candidates must be employed in the same field as the course of study and must supply a supporting letter from their employer as part of the admissions process.

This Apprenticeship will prepare candidates for working in an industry which is a key driver for the economy. As a quantity surveyor you can expect to work in different environments that range widely in terms of what each role offers as a day to day job.

Graduates may embark on a range of career pathways including working in the commercial sector on landmark development projects such as offices, hotels and apartments, transport and infrastructure schemes working on high profile rail, road and water projects, office-based position for a consultancy, on-site roles within a contractor’s organisation. There are multiple directions in which you can take your career as a quantity surveyor. As you gain more experience you can move into other careers within the construction industry such as project management or client-led development management.

The course has a typical duration of three years to Honours award for first year entrants, or less for those granted advanced standing.

The course is delivered via blended learning (online and face to face at GCU London). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) GCU Learn. Through a one password access logon for the VLE, students also access the University’s library.

Attendance breaks down into:

Trimester A

Five days’ attendance  (mid-September to mid-December) 

Trimester B

Four days’ attendance (mid-January to mid-April)

Trimester C

Attendance (May to August) will be negotiated between the employer, employee and the academic team.

Year 1 

Exit award: NQF 4

Consumer Behaviour, Essentials of Managing Human Resources, Ethics in Business and Society, Financial Management for Decision Makers, Management Issues and Concepts, Project Management and Risk

 

Year 2

Exit award: NQF 5

Managing People and Diversity at Work, Brand Management, Digital Business and Marketing, Marketing Planning and Strategy, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Research Methods in the Workplace

 

Level 3

Exit award: NQF 6

Leading Organisations in a Changing Context, Management of Innovation and Creativity, Managing Sustainable Business Excellence, Work-Based Honours Project, International Business Strategy

 

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

Degree Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.

Degree Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.

A Degree Apprenticeship is a work based degree course, where learning is applied and assessed in the workplace. You will be responsible for your own learning and assessment but supported by workplace mentors.

The course is delivered via blended learning, (online and face to face). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located online in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), GCU Learn. You will also have access to the University’s award-winning library.

In the final year of the course, you will work with your mentor and employer to identify a suitable work based project which will form part of the assessment for honours level study.