Quantity Surveying (BSc Hons)

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Now recruiting for September 2021 start

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

This course is designed to develop a firm foundation of professional skills, with a broader understanding of the construction industries, whilst developing the business acumen to manage construction projects.

Through lectures, you’ll develop a broad knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the project life-cycle from inception, through design phase, construction to building completion and beyond.

Recurring themes throughout the course include the application of digital construction, sustainability, international challenges and globalisation. There is an especially strong focus on real client, real site and real issue project work and on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Our research and professional practice informed teaching will keep you informed and up to date on cutting edge technology, professional practice and industry developments.

In the First year of your course, explore modules such as Sustainable construction and Design, building surveying, Digital construction through Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital software. Interdisciplinary team projects with Architects, Urban planners, Landscape Architects and other disciplines, will help you understand other disciplines input within construction projects and an understanding of the building construction technology, professional disciplinary skills, managing finance, accounting, economics and construction project management where applied to other disciplines.

In the second and third year you’ll explore larger architectural technology and construction projects, investigate pre-contract procedures and optional modules in heritage building projects, or developing the role of a project manager via skills as an employer’s agents. You’ll explore contract operations, professional practice as a quantity surveyor and learn vital research methods before undertaking a dissertation topic that develops your future career direction.

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Study style

This course is aimed towards a professional / vocational career pathway in Quantity Surveying and this is reflected in the methods of taught delivery used on the course. Students study a broad range of subjects via lectures, seminars, field study visits, practical workshops and collaborative or individual projects.

We utilise a variety of assessment methods to help you develop your academic and professional skills, such as coursework, projects, reports, essays, exams, groupwork, seminars, presentations, practical workshops and portfolio’s. Precedent study field trips in the UK and abroad are essential part of our programmes.

There is an especially strong focus on real client, real site and real issue project work and interdisciplinary collaboration projects, where students on the quantity surveying course work with Architects, Urban planners, construction project managers and landscape architects on group projects which mimics professional practice working within multidisciplinary teams.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

112 tariff points

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeK240


  • Quantity surveyor
  • Property developer
  • Employers agent
  • Project manager
  • Construction law and claims specialist
  • BIM coordinator

Industry links

All of our existing programmes enjoy the benefit of links with local, national and international practices, business and organisations such as: Arup; Atkins; Cheltenham Borough Council; Evan Jones, Forest of Dean council, Gloucester City Council, Jacobs, Natural England, WSP.

Our strong industry links offer awards, intern positions, live challenges, visiting lectures and employability skills workshops that could result in your graduate career pathway.

Business school

A core focus on finance, management, design technology and sustainability

The course embeds finance, management, design, technology and sustainability within the core of its structure, challenging our students to be innovative, adaptable and responsible within our ‘real site, real client and real issue’ projects, adding value to a client’s proposal.

We believe that students should be exposed to the challenges faced by professional in their discipline from the word go, enabling them to graduate into their industry as confident aspiring professionals.

Students in studio

Work in studios which replicate the wider multi-disciplinary work environments of the industry

Unlike traditional quantity surveying courses, or built environment subject areas, our students work in studios which replicate the wider multi-disciplinary work environments, enabling students to learn from and collaborate with other disciplines from the start of their course.

This challenges the preconceived ideas of their discipline, exploring strategies for resilience futures, developing entrepreneurial business ideas and learning how to work with others prior to the world of work.

Design centre

Collaborate, design, innovate and learn from other disciplines

Students uniquely work on construction modules and design-related projects with students from architecture, urban planning and interior architecture course disciplines, so that they can collaborate, design, innovate and learn from each, as well as understand the challenges that other disciplines face when working in each other’s professional context.

This enables our students to develop a raft of transferable skills, become considerate professionals and good negotiators prior to joining their industry upon graduation.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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