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Are you already in employment but wish to develop your skills and knowledge in building surveying? Are you looking to further your career through study, but do not want to have to give up your salary or pay tuition fees? Then the Northumbria Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship could be the answer.

The Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship programme has been developed by Northumbria University, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and industry providers, to address current skills gaps in the industry. It combines work experience and academic learning, vocational skills and cutting-edge knowledge. Supported by your employer, over five years, you will divide your time between work and study, earning a salary whilst you learn.

You will gain an understanding of the theory, legislation and practical elements of Building Surveying and you will be able to apply your academic knowledge and research skills to the real world surveying and property issues that you encounter in your daily work life.

Developing relevant technical, interpersonal and behavioural skills in both the workplace and at University you will graduate ready to progress further in your career and work towards being awarded chartered status post-graduation.

Admission to this programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University.  If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk.  An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Are you already in employment but wish to develop your skills and knowledge in building surveying? Are you looking to further your career through study, but do not want to have to give up your salary or pay tuition fees? Then the Northumbria Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship could be the answer.

The Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship programme has been developed by Northumbria University, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and industry providers, to address current skills gaps in the industry. It combines work experience and academic learning, vocational skills and cutting-edge knowledge. Supported by your employer, over five years, you will divide your time between work and study, earning a salary whilst you learn.

You will gain an understanding of the theory, legislation and practical elements of Building Surveying and you will be able to apply your academic knowledge and research skills to the real world surveying and property issues that you encounter in your daily work life.

Developing relevant technical, interpersonal and behavioural skills in both the workplace and at University you will graduate ready to progress further in your career and work towards being awarded chartered status post-graduation.

Admission to this programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University.  If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk.  An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
5 years part-time

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

Book An Open Day / Experience Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Building Surveying. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Developed in collaboration with industry and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), our apprenticeship seeks to:

  • Ensure accessibility for a range of talent into an exciting profession at a time of great change.
  • Bridge skills gaps by combining vocational skills and cutting-edge knowledge developed in the workplace with academic rigour, and research rich learning and teaching provided by Northumbria University.
  • Embed the broader commercial acumen and digital literacy required to succeed and drive the continual improvement of the profession. 

Apprentices study a diverse curriculum which embeds digital literacy and business and management leading to RICS accreditation and full chartered status within six months of completing their apprenticeship.

How does it work?

In partnership with Northumbria University, your organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time (for at least 30 hours a week) in your workplace, and will be supported through learning at work, training and study to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

The programme runs between four - five years and learning will take place on campus. Timely face-to-face contact will be essential and all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to all students remotely.

Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by university staff throughout the programme. This will include access to online support materials for line managers.

 

 

Fees and Funding

Apprentice Funding  

An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status.  Apprentices do not pay for training costs as these are covered by the employer, however please note apprentices are not entitled to apply for any Student Finance. 

Employers Funding 

Levy Payers:

Since April 2017 all employers with a payroll of over £3 million automatically pay an Apprenticeship Levy. The levy is set at a rate of 0.5% of the total pay bill minus a £15K allowance. Levy payments may be used by the employer within a 24-month period to cover apprenticeship training costs.

As a business paying the levy you will report to HMRC through the PAYE process. Once you have declared the levy to HMRC, you will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new apprenticeship service account. The online service account will give you the opportunity to select the apprenticeship programme, choose the training provider and advertise apprenticeship vacancies.

The Government will apply a 10% top‑up to the levy funds on apprenticeship training in England. The top-up monthly amount will be paid at the same time the funds enter your apprenticeship service account. That means for every £1 that enters your account to spend in England on apprenticeship training, you receive £1.10 in return.

Non‑levy Payers:

Employers with a salary bill of under £3m (such as many SMEs) are not subject to the levy and will be able to access funding to cover 90% (and in some cases 100%) of the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment. Northumbria University is pleased to announce that we have been awarded this government funding and so are able to offer places on all our programmes to non-levy paying employers, although these places may be limited in number.

Fees: 

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship or to explore signing an agreement with the university please contact our Business Development team who will be happy to discuss options further with you

Email:degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk 

Tel: 0191 227 3251

 

Recruitment process

You will have complete control over whom you choose to support on the apprenticeship programme, assuming the candidates meet the academic entry requirements. Full details on the entry requirements for the Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship can be found below. 

We can support your recruitment process and we also understand that you may have employees currently working within your organisation with relevant experience and potential and the Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeships can be a great way of developing and retaining this talent. Therefore, we also offer a non-standard entry route for people who do not meet the standard qualification requirements, but who have relevant, sufficient work experience.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss our Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship further please contact our Business Development team who will be happy to help.

Email: degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk 

Tel: 0191 227 3251

 

 

As a degree apprentice you will divide your time between work and study. You will attend Northumbria University on a part-time day release basis. Study modules include Digital Built Environment, Construction Law, Construction Technology, Construction Economics, Project Management and Contract Administration and Procedure. Teaching methods are varied because they are designed to get the best out of each module. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you might take part in laboratory work, meet professional speakers, and undertake guided study sessions or self-directed independent learning.

Our assessment methods take the form of exams, research projects, reports, presentations, individual tasks, group work and project work.  During the final year, you will draw on the skills, knowledge and expertise you have developed over the last five years to complete a dissertation.

Book An Open Day / Experience Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Building Surveying. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will learn from a diverse team of professionals, both at University and in the workplace. Your teaching team comprises surveyors, project managers, solicitors, and other construction professionals. Their experience in the industry gives them a substantial amount of practical, as well as theoretical knowledge, to draw on in their teaching.

By combining work and study you can apply what you have learnt in the classroom to real life situations in the workplace and gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of the building surveyor. 

 

Book An Open Day / Experience Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Building Surveying. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Even though you will only be studying at Northumbria part-time, you will still be able to access the latest technologies housed in our specialist laboratories and studios. From specialist workshops and a materials laboratory, to the virtual reality suite you will have access to a wide range of industry related facilities. Dedicated project space and study areas for group and individual work will also be available.

Our virtual learning environment has been designed to help you stay in touch wherever you are.  Northumbria’s technology enhanced learning (TEL) facilities provides remote access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

Architecture and Built Environment Facilities / First class teaching in a world class environment.

You will have access the latest technologies housed in our specialist laboratories and studios.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book An Open Day / Experience Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Building Surveying. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practicing researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant at both an academic and a practical level.

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16) and the department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact. This means we are well placed to support you to develop your own research skills.

You will develop a range of research methods and approaches that can be related to the demands of your workplace. You will learn theoretical and practical research skills as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills.

Research

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16) and the department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact.

Book An Open Day / Experience Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Becoming a degree apprentice can give your career a significant boost. You will graduate with a full degree whilst also having accumulated five years of experience in the workplace. The Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship has been co-designed by property professionals and the University to ensure that you gain the specific skills and relevant experience that employers are looking for, including time management, communication, research, evaluation, and team-working.

The course has been developed to meet the professional requirements of RICS. On completion of the BSc you will be eligible for graduate membership, the first step to becoming a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

Northumbria has a long and successful history of providing highly employable Building Surveying graduates worldwide.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book An Open Day / Experience Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Building Surveying. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4015 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of how construction and structural technologies can be employed to address key principles of building, and to satisfy performance and regulatory requirements. You will also be introduced to the aesthetic, environmental, economic and legislative factors that influence the choice of technologies in the construction industry. In particular, you will develop an understanding of the following aspects of technologies for small-scale buildings:

- the construction team and their specific roles in technological decisions
- structural principles
- foundations and groundworks
- principles of enclosure
- principles of environmental control
- building envelope as a climatic modifier
- daylight and lighting need; room conditions and sound transfer
- air transfer mechanisms
- alternative sources of energy
-principles of heat loss
- material properties and choices
- external wall construction methods
- internal walls floors and stairs
- fixtures, fittings and furniture
- principles of sustainability and the impact of construction on the built and natural environments
- health and safety in the construction and use of buildings
- building regulations and associated legislation
- communications and graphical standards in construction technology

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KA4026 -

Property Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed as part of a package of first year modules to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to embark on a programme of study leading to professional qualification as a chartered surveyor. The module will draw on and supplement the module on Construction Technology.

The module will be introduced by exercises to identify the characteristics of property matching them to occupier demands. You will learn and experience land and building surveying and measurement, instructed in the use of surveying equipment and be able to apply these techniques in real building surveys. In addition you will learn how to analyse building defects and specify and supervise their remediation, in the context of the contractual obligations imposed in property purchase and leasing transactions.

It is essential that the property professions make a contribution in combating climate change and as such you will be taught a range of low carbon design and construction philosophies and the application of renewable energy technologies. Property refurbishment and enhancement can also make a substantial contribution to minimising the environmental impact of property occupation, you will apply the techniques taught to the refurbishment of a range properties.

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KA4029 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your initial first year on the programme in order to promote good professional and personal development. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw on your first year studies into an ongoing portfolio of work related knowledge and experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas you will study at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. Within this module you will learn the relevance of key surveying skills such as measurement and inspection of property, together with what is expected of you in the role of the surveyor in the workplace in terms of professional ethics and work standards. The academic content and skills set acquired within the module will assist in personal development in terms of your current and future career aspirations. In this respect, the programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will give you the opportunity to apply core knowledge of the RICS Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship in preparation for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) should you wish to do so.

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KA4014 -

Development and Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

The demand for construction and property is generated from the global, national and regional economy. In this module you will learn how the surveyor works within the economic environment to provide the good and services demanded by society. You will learn about the basic and fundamental economic concepts such as demand and supply theory, market mechanism and macroeconomic objectives in order to develop an understanding of economic theory as applied to the construction industry and property. These fundamentals will be developed to help you understand money supply, the concept of risk and return and investment finance. Practical exercises will help you understand the components of value in property, property development and the construction process. You will learn about the role, key activities and the basic skills of the surveying and construction professions in different stages of the development and construction process with introductions to the key functions, professional practice techniques and concepts that are commonly deployed within the built environment such as property valuation, cost estimating and property procurement methods.

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KA4016 -

Law for Surveyors (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession, and also start to develop professional skills. Topics include:

• Introduction to the English Legal System and how the law affects the work of surveyors
• Sources of law, reviewing a case, interpreting legislation, legal research and problem solving techniques
• Contract Law
• Land law; land ownership, land registration, public and private rights affecting land and adverse possession.
• The sale of land; overview of the conveyancing process, different methods of sale including auctions and tenders.
• Tort : Negligence, Professional Negligence, Occupiers' liability, nuisance and Trespass.
• Landlord and Tenant Law; reading a lease, key lease obligations and remedies for breach of covenant.

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KA4030 -

Digital Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module will develop your digital communications skills and understanding. You will be introduced to cutting-edge digital communication tools and will establish an advanced knowledge of these tools and their usage in built environment sector. In doing so, you will enrich your ability to choose and apply appropriate communication techniques within a project cycle. You will also be able to demonstrate your new skills in the design, specification and communication of projects within future learning and professional practice.

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KA5024 -

Sustainable Building Technologies (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the ways in which buildings impact on the local and global environment through the choice of construction materials, energy and carbon emissions. This module builds on and develops what you will have learned about construction technology from the previous level. You will discover the importance of energy efficiency and how the performance of buildings can be improved through sustainable design of both new build and refurbishment works. Topics include:

• Global environmental problems and climate change.
• How heat transfers through materials, how to assess heat loss and energy efficiency in buildings.
• Legislation and regulations relating to the environmental performance of buildings.
• The construction technology of older buildings and how this affects sustainability.
• Principles of sustainable building design.
• Sustainable refurbishment and adaptation of buildings.
• The environmental impact of building services including renewable energy options.
• Carbon footprinting and the environmental impact of building materials.

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KA5026 -

Contract Administration and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will gain an understanding and examine the role of the Building Surveyor in managing property, construction contracts and the design process. You will learn to identify and analyse the key theories and procedures within construction projects including procurement, tendering and contract selection. You will understand how these are integrated within the roles and duties of the contract administrator and health and safety practice. Design principles and practice along with specification writing learnt will further enhance your practical skills and compliment the theoretical knowledge learnt.

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KA5027 -

Inspections, Survey and Appraisal (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the professional role of the Building Surveyor in the appraisal of buildings and property. You will discover the range of surveys and inspections that are carried out in practice and develop skills in using a variety of surveying instruments and methods. Topics include:
• Building, condition and measured surveys
• Appraising buildings in relation to energy efficiency and access for the disabled
• Legislation and procedures relating to dilapidations, rights to light, asbestos, invasive plants and the Party Wall Act
• Modern methods and technologies for surveying and providing information for BIM (Building Information Modelling) of existing buildings
• Professional ethics for Building Surveyors

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KA5028 -

Building Performance And Pathology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about existing building technologies and infrastructure, the reasons for using these technologies and how these technologies perform throughout a building life cycle. From this, you will gain an understanding of the mechanism of degradation for these various technologies, developing your skills in identifying the defects coupled with underlying diagnostic skills to accurately analyse the defect cause. You will learn remediation techniques specific to the mechanism of degradation or failure and have an ability to carry out straightforward calculations in support of changes in existing building infrastructure.

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KA5025 -

Planning and Building Legislation (Core,20 Credits)

You will examine the inter-relationship between the planning and development control systems. You will also examine the agencies, policies and programmes involved in planning, development frameworks and their role in the current development control system, urban regeneration, and conservation and development site briefs.

The module focuses on legislation relating to the enforcement of planning and building controls. This will involve studying the liaison between planning and building control, fire and environmental health legislation.

The administration of both public sector and private sector building control bodies is also studied to give an indication of how the building control “industry” operates in the UK by explaining the duties and responsibilities of building control surveyors.

Aspects of the practical implication of these controls are addressed through an illustrative introduction to the elements of the Equality Act relating to disabled access, and the Control of Asbestos Regulations.

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KA5042 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills.

It will give you the opportunity to apply appropriate sections of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Initially you will be look at the RICS Mandatory Competencies. In the second part of the module you will be required to select three of the RICS Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen and reflect on the experience you have.

You will be assessed by way of a portfolio.

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KA6009 -

Building Surveying - Work Based Learning (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning will be centred on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for building surveying. This requires an understanding of the key skills that form the cornerstone of surveying practice and will include assessing, planning and implementing technical competencies and carrying out self-reflection on the process. You will work individually and as part of a group to produce a portfolio of evidence focussed on identified competencies; your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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KA6031 -

Heritage And Conservation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principles of protecting, maintaining and conserving buildings of value and significance. You will develop an appreciation of the importance of historic buildings as part of our cultural heritage and of the legislation that has been enacted to protect them. You will gain specialist knowledge that will enable you to work with historic buildings, designing appropriate alterations, repairs and conservation work enhancing your employability. Topics covered include:

• Methods for surveying and recording historic buildings.
• Philosophy of conservation including the use of appropriate materials and repair techniques in accordance with Historic England Principles of Repair.
• Adaptation and re-use of redundant historic buildings.
• Historic property management.
• Legislation, guidance and dealing with heritage at risk.

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KA6030 -

Design And Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the management theories and systems used throughout the design, construction and operational phases of a building. This will include the implications of design decisions and construction processes and the impact such decisions have on construction and operational costs, including life cycle costing, cost planning and value engineering. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team to carry out building surveys and produce feasibility reports for real commercial projects. On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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KA6032 -

Surveying Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:

• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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KA6033 -

Facilities and Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to identify and appraise the key management stages in the maintenance and operation of property, compare and appraise techniques. Categorise and analyse strategic, tactical and operational dimensions of facilities and asset management. Explore the options for managing the non-core business of an organisation in support of business aims. Management theory as applied to the broad scope of the facilities and asset manager in practice will be taught. Promotion of ethically correct and environmentally sound management of people, premises, resources, services and the working environment. There will be opportunities for you to have hands on experience of some of the software packages that are being used within industry to give you practical experience

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4015 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of how construction and structural technologies can be employed to address key principles of building, and to satisfy performance and regulatory requirements. You will also be introduced to the aesthetic, environmental, economic and legislative factors that influence the choice of technologies in the construction industry. In particular, you will develop an understanding of the following aspects of technologies for small-scale buildings:

- the construction team and their specific roles in technological decisions
- structural principles
- foundations and groundworks
- principles of enclosure
- principles of environmental control
- building envelope as a climatic modifier
- daylight and lighting need; room conditions and sound transfer
- air transfer mechanisms
- alternative sources of energy
-principles of heat loss
- material properties and choices
- external wall construction methods
- internal walls floors and stairs
- fixtures, fittings and furniture
- principles of sustainability and the impact of construction on the built and natural environments
- health and safety in the construction and use of buildings
- building regulations and associated legislation
- communications and graphical standards in construction technology

More information

KA4026 -

Property Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed as part of a package of first year modules to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to embark on a programme of study leading to professional qualification as a chartered surveyor. The module will draw on and supplement the module on Construction Technology.

The module will be introduced by exercises to identify the characteristics of property matching them to occupier demands. You will learn and experience land and building surveying and measurement, instructed in the use of surveying equipment and be able to apply these techniques in real building surveys. In addition you will learn how to analyse building defects and specify and supervise their remediation, in the context of the contractual obligations imposed in property purchase and leasing transactions.

It is essential that the property professions make a contribution in combating climate change and as such you will be taught a range of low carbon design and construction philosophies and the application of renewable energy technologies. Property refurbishment and enhancement can also make a substantial contribution to minimising the environmental impact of property occupation, you will apply the techniques taught to the refurbishment of a range properties.

More information

KA4029 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your initial first year on the programme in order to promote good professional and personal development. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw on your first year studies into an ongoing portfolio of work related knowledge and experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas you will study at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. Within this module you will learn the relevance of key surveying skills such as measurement and inspection of property, together with what is expected of you in the role of the surveyor in the workplace in terms of professional ethics and work standards. The academic content and skills set acquired within the module will assist in personal development in terms of your current and future career aspirations. In this respect, the programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will give you the opportunity to apply core knowledge of the RICS Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship in preparation for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) should you wish to do so.

More information

KA4014 -

Development and Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

The demand for construction and property is generated from the global, national and regional economy. In this module you will learn how the surveyor works within the economic environment to provide the good and services demanded by society. You will learn about the basic and fundamental economic concepts such as demand and supply theory, market mechanism and macroeconomic objectives in order to develop an understanding of economic theory as applied to the construction industry and property. These fundamentals will be developed to help you understand money supply, the concept of risk and return and investment finance. Practical exercises will help you understand the components of value in property, property development and the construction process. You will learn about the role, key activities and the basic skills of the surveying and construction professions in different stages of the development and construction process with introductions to the key functions, professional practice techniques and concepts that are commonly deployed within the built environment such as property valuation, cost estimating and property procurement methods.

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KA4016 -

Law for Surveyors (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession, and also start to develop professional skills. Topics include:

• Introduction to the English Legal System and how the law affects the work of surveyors
• Sources of law, reviewing a case, interpreting legislation, legal research and problem solving techniques
• Contract Law
• Land law; land ownership, land registration, public and private rights affecting land and adverse possession.
• The sale of land; overview of the conveyancing process, different methods of sale including auctions and tenders.
• Tort : Negligence, Professional Negligence, Occupiers' liability, nuisance and Trespass.
• Landlord and Tenant Law; reading a lease, key lease obligations and remedies for breach of covenant.

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KA4030 -

Digital Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module will develop your digital communications skills and understanding. You will be introduced to cutting-edge digital communication tools and will establish an advanced knowledge of these tools and their usage in built environment sector. In doing so, you will enrich your ability to choose and apply appropriate communication techniques within a project cycle. You will also be able to demonstrate your new skills in the design, specification and communication of projects within future learning and professional practice.

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KA5024 -

Sustainable Building Technologies (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the ways in which buildings impact on the local and global environment through the choice of construction materials, energy and carbon emissions. This module builds on and develops what you will have learned about construction technology from the previous level. You will discover the importance of energy efficiency and how the performance of buildings can be improved through sustainable design of both new build and refurbishment works. Topics include:

• Global environmental problems and climate change.
• How heat transfers through materials, how to assess heat loss and energy efficiency in buildings.
• Legislation and regulations relating to the environmental performance of buildings.
• The construction technology of older buildings and how this affects sustainability.
• Principles of sustainable building design.
• Sustainable refurbishment and adaptation of buildings.
• The environmental impact of building services including renewable energy options.
• Carbon footprinting and the environmental impact of building materials.

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KA5026 -

Contract Administration and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will gain an understanding and examine the role of the Building Surveyor in managing property, construction contracts and the design process. You will learn to identify and analyse the key theories and procedures within construction projects including procurement, tendering and contract selection. You will understand how these are integrated within the roles and duties of the contract administrator and health and safety practice. Design principles and practice along with specification writing learnt will further enhance your practical skills and compliment the theoretical knowledge learnt.

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KA5027 -

Inspections, Survey and Appraisal (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the professional role of the Building Surveyor in the appraisal of buildings and property. You will discover the range of surveys and inspections that are carried out in practice and develop skills in using a variety of surveying instruments and methods. Topics include:
• Building, condition and measured surveys
• Appraising buildings in relation to energy efficiency and access for the disabled
• Legislation and procedures relating to dilapidations, rights to light, asbestos, invasive plants and the Party Wall Act
• Modern methods and technologies for surveying and providing information for BIM (Building Information Modelling) of existing buildings
• Professional ethics for Building Surveyors

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KA5028 -

Building Performance And Pathology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about existing building technologies and infrastructure, the reasons for using these technologies and how these technologies perform throughout a building life cycle. From this, you will gain an understanding of the mechanism of degradation for these various technologies, developing your skills in identifying the defects coupled with underlying diagnostic skills to accurately analyse the defect cause. You will learn remediation techniques specific to the mechanism of degradation or failure and have an ability to carry out straightforward calculations in support of changes in existing building infrastructure.

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KA5025 -

Planning and Building Legislation (Core,20 Credits)

You will examine the inter-relationship between the planning and development control systems. You will also examine the agencies, policies and programmes involved in planning, development frameworks and their role in the current development control system, urban regeneration, and conservation and development site briefs.

The module focuses on legislation relating to the enforcement of planning and building controls. This will involve studying the liaison between planning and building control, fire and environmental health legislation.

The administration of both public sector and private sector building control bodies is also studied to give an indication of how the building control “industry” operates in the UK by explaining the duties and responsibilities of building control surveyors.

Aspects of the practical implication of these controls are addressed through an illustrative introduction to the elements of the Equality Act relating to disabled access, and the Control of Asbestos Regulations.

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KA5042 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills.

It will give you the opportunity to apply appropriate sections of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Initially you will be look at the RICS Mandatory Competencies. In the second part of the module you will be required to select three of the RICS Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen and reflect on the experience you have.

You will be assessed by way of a portfolio.

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KA6009 -

Building Surveying - Work Based Learning (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning will be centred on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for building surveying. This requires an understanding of the key skills that form the cornerstone of surveying practice and will include assessing, planning and implementing technical competencies and carrying out self-reflection on the process. You will work individually and as part of a group to produce a portfolio of evidence focussed on identified competencies; your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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KA6031 -

Heritage And Conservation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principles of protecting, maintaining and conserving buildings of value and significance. You will develop an appreciation of the importance of historic buildings as part of our cultural heritage and of the legislation that has been enacted to protect them. You will gain specialist knowledge that will enable you to work with historic buildings, designing appropriate alterations, repairs and conservation work enhancing your employability. Topics covered include:

• Methods for surveying and recording historic buildings.
• Philosophy of conservation including the use of appropriate materials and repair techniques in accordance with Historic England Principles of Repair.
• Adaptation and re-use of redundant historic buildings.
• Historic property management.
• Legislation, guidance and dealing with heritage at risk.

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KA6030 -

Design And Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the management theories and systems used throughout the design, construction and operational phases of a building. This will include the implications of design decisions and construction processes and the impact such decisions have on construction and operational costs, including life cycle costing, cost planning and value engineering. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team to carry out building surveys and produce feasibility reports for real commercial projects. On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, practice and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

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KA6032 -

Surveying Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:

• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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KA6033 -

Facilities and Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to identify and appraise the key management stages in the maintenance and operation of property, compare and appraise techniques. Categorise and analyse strategic, tactical and operational dimensions of facilities and asset management. Explore the options for managing the non-core business of an organisation in support of business aims. Management theory as applied to the broad scope of the facilities and asset manager in practice will be taught. Promotion of ethically correct and environmentally sound management of people, premises, resources, services and the working environment. There will be opportunities for you to have hands on experience of some of the software packages that are being used within industry to give you practical experience

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