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

The Quantity 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.

This degree will give you the ability to cost building designs, manage the procurement of resources and negotiate effectively with partners.  You will be able to apply your academic knowledge and research skills to the real world quantity surveying issues that you encounter in your daily work life. Learning outcomes are aligned with the professional requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to ensure you graduate with the practical, analytical, creative skills and problem-solving abilities to progress to graduate membership.

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  An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
5 years part-time

Architecture and Built Environment

City Campus, Northumbria University


September 2019

Fee Information

Module Information

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.


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 

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 Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship further please contact our Business Development team who will be happy to help.


Tel: 0191 227 3251



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 quantity surveyor.

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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.

Even though you will only be studying at Northumbria part-time, you will still have access to 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.

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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.

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 Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeship has been co-designed by surveying 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 both RICS and the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), and on completion 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 Quantity Surveying graduates worldwide.

Graduating with a respected qualification and the knowledge as well as practical experience acquired from working in industry will enable you to further your career in quantity surveying.

The Degree Apprenticeships have been specifically designed to fill skills gaps in the property industry, showing that there is great demand for people with your knowledge base. Completing an apprenticeship will enable you to make the most of any career progression opportunities and increase your earning potential. You will also be able to make valuable connections with people in your industry which will help with your future career goals.



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 to include

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

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

    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

    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</

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