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Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

KN22

Start dates

September 2019 / 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

Accreditation(s)

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

UCAS Tariff Points

104 - 112

  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Overview


Our Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course gives you outstanding career preparation. You will develop the knowledge to work in quantity surveying and commercial management, and gain skills in;

  • building construction
  • design
  • materials
  • CAD
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • quantity surveying
  • project administration.

You will develop key industry experience through our excellent work placements. We have wide links with national and local construction-based companies. 

Our course has a choice of graduation pathways. You will share your first three years with our Construction Project Management course. This allows you to decide which course to graduate on after your industry placement. You will have time to make an informed decision about your career.

Our students are employed by top contracting and consultancy firms, such as;

  • AECOM
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • BAM Construction.

Many of our students progress to graduate courses, becoming chartered professionals (RICS, CIOB).

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104 - 112

A Level: BBC - BCC

IB Points: 29 - 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.

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics grade C / 4

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value the personal statement. In this we are looking for evidence of motivation and commitment: what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. Evidence of relevant work experience is useful, and let us know what you do in your spare time.

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, all eligible applicants will be required to attend an interview (usually between November and mid-March). If invited to one of these, 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.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

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

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

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

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

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

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. 

Learning and assessment


In Years 1 and 2 you'll study the same modules as our Construction Project Management course. This helps you decide what to specialise in in your final year. 

In Year 1 you will study construction and commercial management. 

You'll learn about;

  • building construction
  • materials
  • information technology
  • law
  • economics
  • processes
  • project management
  • team-working skills.

In Years 2 and 4 your modules will develop your knowledge and Technology Studies will prepare you for your year in industry. You will study;

  • the processes of production
  • building information modelling (BIM)
  • the provision of services
  • the principles and procedures of building design and construction.

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

In Year 4 you’ll also undertake a supervised dissertation on an area of your choice. You will develop your skills through simulated construction projects. You will also decide which course to graduate on. Your modules will vary depending on the course you choose.

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Introduction to Building Design and Construction

Introduction to Construction and Commercial Management

Integrative Project I

Economics of Built Environment

Foundation Construction Law

Quantity Surveying Practice I

Introduction to Spatial Planning

Construction Communication and Information Technology I

Year 2

Optional modules

Construction Practice and Procedure

Quantity Surveying Practice II

Construction Technology I

Construction Technology II

Building Science and Environmental Systems

Construction Procurement and Law

Integrative Project II

Construction Communication and Information Technology II

Financial Appraisal and Commercial Management (double)

Innovation in Management and Technology

Advanced Procurement and Dispute Resolution

Project Financial Control

Facilities Management

Commercial Management Dissertation (double)

Languages modules (optional)

Year 3 (placement year)

Compulsory modules

Compulsory Work Placement Year

The compulsory work placement, taken in Year 3, provides a valuable learning experience and is an important part of the course, consolidating your knowledge and preparing you for your final-year studies. During this year you will work in the construction industry for a minimum of 36 weeks. Oxford Brookes has strong links with a variety of construction-based employers ranging from local house-builders to international construction companies. Hence work experience opportunities are broad; from managing the restoration of a country manor house to the commercial and project management of a multi-million-pound city office development. If you are a part-time student working in the industry in a suitable capacity, you will be exempt from industrial placement.

Year 4

Optional modules

Choose from the modules listed in Year 2.

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

Our supportive staff are experts in their field. You will learn in modern, well-equipped facilities. 

We design our teaching methods to develop your;

  • professional skills
  • personal skills
  • study skills.

Learning activities include;

  • practical work
  • simulated construction projects
  • presentations
  • small-group tutorials
  • lectures
  • demonstrations.
  • 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.

Field trips

There are a number of one-day UK field trips during the course to aid knowledge and understanding through live projects.

In the second year there is a mandatory European field trip aimed at broadening your understanding of construction design and management outside the UK.

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. 

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.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Our graduates have an outstanding employment record. Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house-builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our students. Examples include:
 

  • Arcadis
  • BAM Construction
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Bouygues UK Ltd
  • Buro-Four
  • Byrne Group
  • AECOM
  • Gardiner and Theobald
  • Faithful and Gould
  • ISG Construction
  • Mace
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Quinn London
  • Symm
  • Taylor Wimpey.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet and interview students for both placement and graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills as well as practical experience from their industrial placement year.

Professional accreditation

The BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and therefore provides a professionally recognised qualification for graduates wishing to gain membership of these professional bodies. 

At the last CIOB visit, the panel commented on the high standard of teaching facilities and the support provided to students by the well-qualified and enthusiastic team of staff.

Free language courses


Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Unistats


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.