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Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

This degree offers you the skills for practice as a quantity surveyor. It reflects the technical, economic, legal and managerial expertise required in this industry. 

Quantity surveyors ensure developments and construction projects are completed on time and within budget. 

You will study the variety of tasks included in the role, such as: 

  • providing clients with strategic business advice
  • providing advice on cost implications
  • minimising costs while still meeting the required standards of quality
  • complying with regulations; and
  • incorporating sustainability into a project.

The course gives you a business perspective. It enables you to understand the construction industry and its relationship to the consultancy market. 

The BSc(Hons) full time, part time and sandwich routes of this course are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Find out more about professional recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) until 2020 entry and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) until 2019 entry.

The final year top-up programme delivered at our partner institutions and the degree apprenticeship route is not currently accredited by the RICS or CIOB.

Qualification Course Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc(Hons) 3 years full time K281 Clearing 2019
2020
BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year K240 Clearing 2019
2020
BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc(Hons) 5 years part time Apply direct to the University Clearing 2019
2020
Degree Apprenticeship Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc(Hons) 5 years part time Apply direct to the University Clearing 2019
2020
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Kingston is actively involved in APC and can help you in the process of qualifying as a chartered surveyor. 
  • Through Kingston's strong links with industry, you'll have opportunities to go on overseas field trips and work on real projects. 
  • You can choose a year's work placement. This will put invaluable experience on your CV and give your career a head start.

What you will study

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list as these could change before your year of entry.. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1 explores the legal, technical and economic context in which construction professionals work. There are modules in sustainable design and development and construction technology. These will prepare you for measurement - one of the core technical skills of a quantity surveyor.

Core modules

Engineering Design and Professional Practice

30 credits

The principal aim of this module is to provide you with a flavour of what is involved in engineering design and to develop the good academic and professional practice needed to attain professional status. The module introduces the key aspects involved in: planning a project from start to finish, design processes incorporating a sustainability agenda, building an awareness of the interactions across various disciplines, regulatory frameworks and Health and Safety procedures.  The module develops good academic and professional practice by developing skills in self-reflection and recording professional development.  The basic principles of measurement and manufacturing processes in a workshop and testing environment are also addressed in the module.

Some elements of the module are delivered as part of the personal tutor scheme (PTS).  This assists your transition into Higher Education encouraging a sense of belonging within the Faculty and within your discipline.  The PTS helps you to develop good academic habits and initiates effective team working within a project management and engineering design framework, as well as developing interpersonal skills in order to enhance your employability.

Structures, Materials and Construction Methods

30 credits

The module introduces you to the fundamentals of structural analysis and mechanical behaviour of a broad range of construction engineering materials. Structural elements such as trusses under equilibrium are studied and the external and internal parameters such as force, moment, stress, strain, etc. are defined and calculated. You will gain knowledge of the analysis of structural components and theoretical and numerical skills that are necessary to design real world structures. Materials testing methods will be used to determine the deformations and failures of the various construction engineering materials. A selection of materials for construction engineering applications, such as concrete, timber, metal, ceramics, polymer and composites, will be studied including their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. The module further introduces construction methods and building elements/features (eg. walls, roofs, finishes and services). You will learn to undertake detailing/drawing of building elements and communicate this effectively in technical reports.

Applied Mathematics and Computing Applications

30 credits

The aim of the module is to provide a background in mathematics and equip you with the mathematical and computing skills essential for solving construction related problems. The module also introduces the use of computing methods in construction engineering for problem solving, visualization and data representation including cost modelling and risk analysis. The mathematics part comprises algebra, trigonometry and statistics.

Construction Management and Site Investigation

30 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of construction management and the analysis of various construction site types with reference to their ground conditions. In order to develop in you an appreciation of the importance of the construction industry, its role in the UK economy will be analysed along with contextual factors that regulate and influence its operation. The role of important players in the construction sector will be examined in the context of procurement and contractual arrangements. Students will develop knowledge of site set-up operations and management. Students will also be introduced to soil mechanics and be able to apply their understanding and knowledge of geotechnics in site surveys and investigations as well as analyse their impact on the construction of permanent structures on the site.

Year 2 examines more complex commercial structures. You'll be introduced to cost-planning technique and contract law. You'll study the pre/post-contract financial and contract administration duties of the quantity surveyor.

Core modules

Advanced Measurement

30 credits

This module builds on your understanding of the basic principles of measurement developed at Level 4 (Year 1). It focuses on the detailed quantification and costing of commercial buildings and engineering projects and aims to enable you to gain working knowledge of the principal methods of measurement and your application in such complex construction works. Upon completion you should be able to carry out building measurement competently. The module is taught by a series of lectures. These will be supported by workshops and tutorials during which students will be expected to take an active part by applying to worked examples as formative work. Formal assessment comprises two practical exercises.

Commercial Construction Technology

30 credits

The module aims to extend your knowledge and skill in construction technology including services from the basic types of construction to framed and more complex commercial structures. By the end of the module you should have developed a critical knowledge of building types, be able to interpret drawings, produce sketches and appreciate the reasons for the selection and use of different construction materials and services solutions.

Contract Administration

30 credits

This module aims to assist you to build on their understanding of the English legal system and law of contract developed at Level 4. You will gain deep and broad knowledge of standard contract forms used in the UK construction industry and the legal duties and responsibilities of the parties involved in construction contracts. The module further extends your critical knowledge and understanding of the contract administration and financial management duties of the quantity surveyor. Although there will be some lectures, the teaching and learning emphasis will be placed on the student developing their core knowledge and associated interpersonal skills through the use of scenarios and workshops and a residential field trip to a European city.

Design Economics and Cost Planning

30 credits

This module builds on your understanding of economic principles developed at Level 4 and aims to apply these into the context of property and construction investment. You will develop the skills of building price estimating, cost planning and contract pricing. Emphasis will be placed on cost planning techniques based on elemental analysis and the relationship between building morphology and costs. Topics will also include value management, lifecycle costing and risk quantification. Upon completion you will be able to apply the concepts and practice of construction pricing in real-life scenarios. The module also introduces you to academic writing and criticism related to their field of study providing an opportunity for them to develop both their reflective research and plan making skills. The module is taught by lectures and seminars in which you will be expected to take an active role. Assessment is through a practical exercise and an individual coursework in which you will undertake a literature review in order to produce a mock issue of a journal on a subject relevant to the module.

Final year has modules in consultancy and project management. These cover the consultant-client relationship, organisational change management, project control and project team leadership. The course culminates in a major group project, along with an independent research project. You'll have the chance to study, in depth, a relevant topic of your choice.

On this course, you'll also develop career-boosting skills such as:

  • presenting yourself;
  • working in teams;
  • writing reports;
  • debating current topics;
  • using IT; and
  • initiating and executing research projects.

Core modules

Consultancy

30 credits

This module integrates knowledge and skills you acquired in the complete suite of modules of this programme. It enables you to develop a deeper understanding of cross subject synergies. The module provides the framework for advanced practical applications of quantity surveying knowledge and skills into consultancy practice scenarios. You will learn how to develop and implement a consultancy strategy and provide reasoned advice and complete solutions to clients on a wide range of issues. You will be expected to think strategically, innovate and develop your own skills awareness and development needs. The module is delivered by keynote lectures and workshops. Assessment is by coursework including a brief based on a short residential field trip.

Professional Practice in Context

30 credits

This module builds on your existing knowledge of the law and professional practice related to your subject-specific route. It further develops your analytical and critical skills when encountering legal and professional practice problems. Your knowledge of professional liability law is developed, together with other aspects of professional practice, ethical, legal and due diligence requirements. This module also ensures you have developed a holistic understanding of sustainability as it applies to built environment professional practice. This module is taught by a series of lectures and practical skills-based application seminars. Assessment is by coursework assignments, one of which normally includes oral argument and debate.

Project Management

30 credits

This module aims to help you explore the principles and theories of project management applied in the context of construction. It introduces you to project management standards and documentation and reviews the project manager's role throughout the project lifecycle. The module places emphasis on project planning and control techniques. It further considers a range of soft skills project managers need to posses to lead and manage project teams effectively. The module is taught by a series of lectures and workshops and you will be expected to take an active part in applying to worked examples within the workshop format. Assessment is by coursework and an examination.

Individual Project

30 credits

This is a core module for level 6 Civil and Infrastructure Engineering students. The individual project is an opportunity to explore a subject of your own choice and to initiate, design and execute a small scale research project under supervision. The work in the project will draw upon material from all modules previously or currently taught and provide a culmination to your degree. Additionally, this allows you to develop and practice your research skills that will be invaluable for the future. You are encouraged to work independently, study a topic in depth, review previous work, collect, and interpret and analyse information. This is also intended to develop your ability to communicate clearly and succinctly orally, graphically and in writing. In undertaking the work you should demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing literature and in using one or more of a range of research methods to collect and analyse data and draw well-founded conclusions. To support you a series of workshops will be given along with individual one-to-one supervision to ensure that you are supported throughout the process. Assessment is by submission of an initial formative research statement and summative assessments comprise an interim report, an oral presentation and the completed project.

This module completes the undergraduate personal tutor scheme (PTS). The scheme assists you in your transition to level 6, supporting you in the achievement of your full academic potential. Furthermore the PTS encourages you to be proactive in planning your professional career and/or postgraduate study.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Degree apprenticeships

Kingston University is an active member of the Civil Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship Group led and managed by Technical Apprenticeship Consortium. Currently this consortium includes a group of large multi-national consulting companies as well as contractors and local governmental bodies with a number of regional educational providers.

The prime function of this Consortium is to define a partnership model through which employers and universities can deliver successful apprenticeship degree programme which integrates Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).

Kingston University had a progression rate of 100% for the 2018/19 academic year!

Entry requirements

If you want to join us in 2019 through Clearing, please call us on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the tariff information below is for 2020 entry only.

Typical offer

  • 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.
  • General Studies not accepted.

Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma with grades DMM.

Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course which has been passed with 112 UCAS points.
Applications from those that have undertaken an Engineering foundation year will also be considered.

International

We welcome applications from international applicants. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, simulated and live projects. There are debates and research work (in groups and individually), practicals and site and field trips.

Assessment methods include coursework, projects and exams.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Placement: 8 hours
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Exams
Year 3
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 15 students and lecture sizes are normally 15­-105­.  However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible. 

Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

Facilities

There is a wide range of facilities at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based.

The campus has grown around the original four-storey main building, which houses many of the important hubs of activity like the main student restaurant, the learning resources centre (LRC), and a host of teaching rooms and lecture theatres.

At the heart of the campus is the John Galsworthy building, a £20million teaching and learning facility. The six-storey complex brings together lecture theatres, flexible teaching space and information technology suites around a landscaped courtyard.

The £9.8million Eadweard Muybridge building also provides spacious specialist laboratories and teaching spaces.

Find out more about the Penrhyn Road campus in the virtual tour.

Library

The Penrhyn Road library gives you access to a large collection of printed and electronic resources. There are drop-in PC areas, video and DVD facilities, satellite TV and a variety of study spaces zoned for different types of learning activity. The wireless network in the library means you can also work from your laptop or mobile device.

There's also a reading garden, which offers an oasis of calm when you want to get away from it all, plus a Learning Cafe where you can study over a cup of coffee and a snack. Help and information is on hand for students with disabilities or special learning needs.

Find out more about the Penrhyn Road Library in the virtual tour.

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 3 (2021/22): £15,000
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free wifi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Lab equipment

For this course you will need to purchase a lab coat and safety glasses and hard hat at approximately £20. Students will also be required to purchase safety boots which cost a minimum of £27, a £10 voucher will be supplied by Kingston University to help cover this cost

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Accreditation

Becoming a chartered surveyor

To qualify as a chartered surveyor, you must:

  • gain a RICS-approved academic qualification, such as a degree from Kingston University; and
  • successfully complete structured training, which ends in an assessment of your competence to practice (APC).

We are actively involved in APC, including preparation courses, and several staff members are RICS assessors. This means that Kingston University can help you from the start of your undergraduate degree right through to your registration as a chartered surveyor.

RICS is the leading source of land, property, construction and related environmental knowledge. The organisation:

  • supports 120,000 members worldwide;
  • promotes best practice;
  • represents consumers' interests; and
  • provides impartial advice to society, businesses, governments and global organisations.

Student testimonies

Quantity surveying student Sam Mamphey has won an RICS award as one of six overall best performing students in London and the South East. This is what he wrote:

"Studying for my degree at Kingston University was a truly satisfying experience. I had got to a point in life when I needed a new challenge, and I felt it was time to invest in myself. I live locally and Kingston University was the obvious choice. I loved my course mainly because my lecturers were really engaging and passionate about their subjects. My hard work on the course was rewarded with a first-class honours degree, and an RICS award for outstanding work on my BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying course.

Although it is great to be recognised, this was only achieved through hard work. I would recommend Kingston University to anyone who is willing to make the effort to achieve success. I now work for Faithful+Gould as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor and am actively working to become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor."

What our students say

Don't just take our word for it - here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Vivienne Tang
Course: Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc(Hons)

Vivienne talks about her experiences of the Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc(Hons) and why she chose to study at Kingston:

What our graduates say

I have always had an interest in buildings and an appreciation of architecture which led me to choose Property Planning and Development which focuses on the practical side of the built environment and provides the opportunity to gain a professional qualification.  I chose Kingston for a number of reasons: its proximity to London - a great thriving metropolis that always excites; the sandwich placement - a chance to get some hands-on experience; the excellent reputation held by the School of Surveying in the property industry; and the accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The course was both interesting and challenging, which I think is how a degree course should be. It allowed me to gain an in-depth appreciation of the technical side of surveying and apply that knowledge to real situations. I definitely became more passionate about the subject as time went by. My placement year in industry was one of the highlights of the degree. It enabled me to develop professionally and bolstered my technical knowledge. It also refocused me when I returned to the University to complete my final year.

Robert Elegba – Propery Planning and Development BSc(Hons)

Links with business and industry

Our links with industry and professional bodies mean that your course reflects up-to-the-minute developments.

We make sure that you gain real experience of working for professional clients. Most surveying students undertake a year's work placement in industry, which contributes towards your professional training period. 

Placement destinations have included:

  • DTZ;
  • Savills;
  • Franklin and Andrews;
  • Grosvenor Plc;
  • Jones Lang LaSalle;
  • Knight Frank;
  • London Borough of Wandsworth;
  • Montagu Evans;
  • WS Atkins; and
  • Lambert Smith Hampton.

You can also gain professional-style experience within the academic curriculum. You might take part in mock hearings and workshops, for example. In the second year you have the chance to go on an overseas residential field trip where you work on a real project. Previous destinations have included Amsterdam, Barcelona and Dublin.

Other examples of our links with industry include:

  • a pan-European business challenge - this competition for final-year real estate students involves working with peers from several different EU countries and travelling to places such as Warsaw, Bratislava, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Groningen.

private views of new developments in the City of London for first-year students - this is thanks to property management company CBRE. Executives from the company have also talked to students on issues such as letting, rents and services.

Recognition and accreditation

Becoming a chartered surveyor

To qualify as a chartered surveyor, you must:

  • gain a RICS-approved academic qualification, such as a degree from Kingston University; and
  • successfully complete structured training, which ends in an assessment of your competence to practice (APC).

We are actively involved in APC, including preparation courses, and several staff members are RICS assessors. This means that Kingston University can help you from the start of your undergraduate degree right through to your registration as a chartered surveyor.

RICS is the leading source of land, property, construction and related environmental knowledge. The organisation:

  • supports 120,000 members worldwide;
  • promotes best practice;
  • represents consumers' interests; and
  • provides impartial advice to society, businesses, governments and global organisations.

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