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Building Surveying

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

K230

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 4 years, including 1-year work placement

Part time: Please contact us for details

Department

School of the Built Environment

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Our Building Surveying degree prepares you for a range of careers in the design, construction and management of real estate assets. 

You’ll develop skills in;

  • building design, construction and administration
  • building pathology and inspection
  • building surveying practice
  • law and procurement
  • construction communication and information technology.

Specialisms include; 

  • defects
  • dilapidations
  • maintenance
  • repair
  • refurbishment and restoration
  • building regulations
  • construction contracts
  • dispute resolution
  • health and safety
  • project management.

Years 1 and 2 are the same as our Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management courses. You can take your industry placement in Year 3 then decide which course to graduate from. 

We have excellent links with local and national construction and property consultant companies. So you'll have opportunities for work placements and sponsorship. 

Our graduates have found jobs with top firms such as;

  • AECOM
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Turner and Townsend
  • BAM Construction.
Students on a construction site

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: BBC

GCSE: Mathematics grade C / 4

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value personal statements that provide evidence of motivation and commitment. For example, tells us what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. We are also interested in your relevant work experience and what you like to do in your spare time.

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, we will invite eligible applicants to attend an interview (usually between November and mid-March). We usually do not make offers without meeting you. However, in exceptional circumstances a meeting by phone or Skype may be arranged.

If you cannot attend the first suggested date offered to you, there will be provision to attend alternatives - please be communicative with the Faculty Programme Administrator.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Learning and assessment


In Years 1 and 2 you will study similar modules as our Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management courses. This helps you decide what to specialise in.

In Year 1 you’ll gain a key understanding in:

  • building design and construction
  • building services and materials
  • information technology
  • law
  • quantity surveying.

In Years 2 and 4 you’ll take modules to develop your knowledge. Technology Studies will prepare you for your year in industry. You'll also learn;

  • building pathology and inspection
  • building surveying practice and procedure
  • contract procurement and administration
  • design specification
  • building information modelling (BIM).

You will develop your skills through simulated construction projects.

In Year 3 you’ll gain key industry experience through a work placement.

In Year 4 you’ll undertake a supervised dissertation in an area of your choice and decide which course to graduate in. Your final year modules vary depending on the course you choose.

Student looking at a computer in the library

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Foundation Construction Law

Construction Communication and Information Technology I

Integrative Project I

Quantity Surveying Practice I

Introduction to Construction Practice

Introduction to Building Services

Building Design and Construction 1

Building Design and Construction 2

Optional modules

Languages modules

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Construction Technology I

Construction Practice and Procedure

Construction Technology 2

Construction Procurement and Law

Construction Communication and Information Technology II

Integrative Project II

Building Pathology and Inspection

Design and Administration

Optional modules

Languages modules

Year 3 (placement year)

Compulsory modules

Work placement year

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Procurement and Dispute Resolution

Facilities and Maintenance and Management

Building Surveying Law

Advanced Building Surveying Practice

Conservation and Restoration

Building Surveying Dissertation (Double)

Optional modules

Innovation in Management and Technology

Quantity Surveying Studies

Project Management Studies

Languages modules

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to develop your personal, professional and study skills.

Our teaching methods include:

  • demonstrations
  • tutorials
  • practical work
  • role plays
  • simulations
  • problem-solving exercises
  • presentations.
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 19%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 81%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 25%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 75%

Year 3 (placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 1%
  • Placement - 99%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We use a variety of assessment methods, including:

  • coursework
  • assignments
  • laboratory and field practicals
  • class and web-based tests
  • oral presentations
  • group work examinations.
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 20%
  • Coursework - 79%
  • Practical exams - 1%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 70%
  • Practical exams - 30%

Year 4

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

After you graduate


Career prospects

The School of the Built Environment is known for producing high calibre graduates who are equipped with the deep and broad range of skills necessary to succeed at the highest levels of their sectors. Our graduates have gone on to work for leading businesses in their field as well as NGOs and government bodies.

The School has key international and national industry links, which means our students have the chance to make valuable connections and take part in networking opportunities. The School also runs its own careers fair dedicated to employers who operate within the built environment sector.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.