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Why study this course?

The demand for skilled construction professionals is steadily on the rise, both in the UK and across the world. On this course, you’ll learn the skills to become an expert quantity surveyor and commercial manager, experienced in the use of cutting-edge techniques and technologies to create and maintain a sustainable built environment. This exciting BSc course will fast-track you into better career and salary prospects.

As a student on our course, you’ll have the opportunity to gain tangible industry experience, practising both traditional and contemporary project cost evaluation and control methods. You’ll have opportunities to use industry standard technologies, enhancing your employability skills and developing you into a next generation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professional.

Through live projects, you’ll engage in authentic learning and assessment and will have the chance to work in collaboration with both national and international organisations. As you progress through your studies, you’ll get a taste of the types of challenges and opportunities a career in construction can offer.

We have strong ties with employers across the built environment and involve them in our curriculum design. You’ll learn from both leading academics and practitioners who will support you in unlocking your full potential within the construction and real estate industry.

Not forgetting to mention, you’ll get to study in our vibrant Holloway campus, within a 10-minute tube journey of the City and West End, both of which are full of life, culture and opportunity.

Quantity surveyors and commercial managers are the financial experts of the construction world. By completing our BSc, the skills you develop will be of value to employers, and you’ll also possess the knowledge needed to successfully contribute to real world construction projects.

Once qualified, you’ll have the knowledge to become an integral part of the project delivery team and project lifecycle, from inception to handover. A career in quantity surveying and commercial management is varied. One day, you may be advising on project feasibility, reporting on project cost breakdowns to clients or administrating contracts. Another day, you could be involved in awarding packages of work, dealing legal matters, or working on final project accounts.

Quantification, estimating, construction technology and building legislation are just some of the essential skills that you’ll become well-practised in whilst on this course. Through engaging with practising quantity surveyors, commercial managers and project managers and being taught by leading academics and practitioners, you’ll gain the communication and people management skills needed to have a successful career within the field.

On this undergraduate course, you’ll get to contribute to the development of places where people live, work, travel and play and lead on the financial control of projects, from smaller scale specialist installations to major infrastructure projects. The work that you do will be critical to the growth and competitiveness of the emerging low carbon-built environment.

Developing employable graduates is something that the School of the Built Environment is committed to and with a projected increase in the demand for construction professionals around the world, we’ll ensure that you have the opportunity to develop the types of skills employers will be looking for.

With our campus being in London, you’ll benefit from and have access to some of the biggest, nationally, and internationally recognised projects, including infrastructure projects such as High Speed 2 and Thames Tideway. You’ll also have access to some of the world’s most influential contractors, developers and industry professional bodies. Through site visits, guest lectures and fieldwork we’ll ensure that you’re kept at the forefront of this dynamic and evolving sector.

Learn from industry professionals

You’ll learn from both leading academics and practitioners who will support you in unlocking your full potential within the construction and real estate industry

Benefit from real-world experience

You’ll have the opportunity to gain tangible industry experience, practising both traditional and contemporary project cost evaluation and control methods

Gain the skills you need to succeed

You’ll have opportunities to use industry standard technologies, enhancing your employability skills and developing you into a next generation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professional

Course modules

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2024/25 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules

Year 2 modules

Year 3 modules

Built Environment Principles

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
autumn semester - Tuesday morning

(core, 30 credits)

In this module you will learn about the key principles that underpin the built environment. You will be introduced to the stakeholders who have an involvement in the built environment and the building process including, construction professionals, landowners, government, local authorities, investors, developers, and the public. You will explore their roles and responsibilities and how they impact on construction projects and the wider built environment.

You will develop an understanding of the design, planning, financing, construction, sale and operation of organisations, products, buildings, infrastructure, and places within which people live, work and travel.

You will learn to use techniques such as PESTLE to help you analyse the wider context, taking into account Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal and Environmental factors that will have an influence on your work, both nationally and globally.

You will look at everything through the lens of sustainability, and equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) which is essential if you are to become a professional and ethical practitioner.

The module involves the creation of a Professional Development Journal (PDJ) which students reflect on their learning in and outside the classroom. The PDJ is an iterative journal, developed over each year of students’ studies through levels 4, 5 and 6, and is assessed at each level. Students will be supported in learning about reflection, the software used for the PDJ and there will be opportunities for formative feedback and class discussion throughout the module.

By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding of the key factors at play in the Built Environment. You will also have developed valuable research and critical thinking skills and acquired a greater understanding of the industry to help with your future career planning. You will start your journey towards becoming a built environment professional by becoming a student member of an appropriate professional body.

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Construction Site Engineering and Infrastructure

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

(core, 15 credits)

In this practical module, you will gain hands-on experience as you learn to operate surveying equipment as used by industry. You will learn how to record, collate, analyse, and present data. You will build a clear understanding of the importance of ensuring that data is accurately collected and reported, as well as the impact of errors in any aspect of the process. You will be given the skills to undertake surveys and to measure buildings using the most up-to-date techniques as well as using traditional methods.

To do this you will take part in real practical surveying workshops. The workshops will be designed to present you with scenarios which require you to solve authentic site engineering challenges faced in industry. You will gain hands-on experience of operating basic surveying equipment to collect data to inform the project team, and to communicate to the site team requirements with regards to site operations.

You will study and interpret construction drawings. This will require you to bring together the complementary skills you will be gaining in other modules you are studying in your first year. The ability to interpret construction drawings is fundamental to you being able to communicate complex information to the site team who will be constructing the project.

The module will also introduce you to the construction materials, technologies, and methods used on infrastructures projects such as roads, sewers, and services, which typically form part of the brief with regards to site-surveying and setting-out.

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Construction Technology and Building Services

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Monday morning
autumn semester - Thursday

(core, 30 credits)

Professionals in the built environment need to have expert knowledge and understanding of construction technology and building services, and their contribution towards a sustainable built environment. This module introduces you to both traditional and modern construction technology used in residential and low-rise construction. It will explore how they are being used to lessen the environmental impact of construction projects and building operation. You will learn about how services are incorporated into construction projects in a sustainable way, including water, heating, drainage, energy and data.

Throughout the module, you will learn the role of statutory government regulation in construction and the importance of health & safety for the workforce during the construction phase, and the occupants once the building is handed over.

By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding of a variety of construction technologies and building services and an appreciation of their contribution towards a sustainable built environment. You will have developed valuable technical, research and critical thinking skills including an understanding of how to interpret drawings which communicate construction information to professionals and skilled tradespersons.

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Design, Procurement and Management

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

(core, 15 credits)

This module will introduce you to key stages of the design, procurement, and management of construction projects.

You will gain detailed knowledge and understanding of the project lifecycle, the stakeholders involved at each stage, and the outputs generated through collaborative working.

You will consider the internal and external factors which influence a project’s feasibility and scope, including micro and macro-economic factors. You will examine what is required to put together a robust business case and the influence of project budget and project risks on a client’s requirements.

Project briefs will be studied, including how to capture a client's requirements regarding project outcomes, and communicate key success indicators such as sustainability, costs, timelines, and quality.

Supply chain management is key to successful project design, construction, and handover, and you will explore the different types of procurement routes available to the project team and how the project supply chain contribute to a successful project delivery.

You will expand your knowledge of the industry through exposure to a range of professional roles involved in these stages of a project including consultants and other suppliers of goods and services who are present in a typical construction project cycle.

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Materials Science and Structural Principles

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
spring semester - Thursday

(core, 30 credits)

This module will provide you with a hands on, practical and engaging introduction to this fascinating subject area. Over the course of the module, you will gain an understanding of fundamental materials science and knowledge of the composition and performance of key construction materials. You will explore the mechanical behaviour of materials used in a variety of construction applications as well as their environmental credentials. The module will introduce you to simple structural forms and you will consider how loads are transferred through a building and through the foundations to the substrata.

By the end of the module, you will be able to identify and describe the form and function of various structural materials and elements. You will have an understanding of the strength, stability and performance behaviour of structures and materials under applied loading. This will help you to appreciate the importance of appropriate material selection and the value of design codes in structural engineering. Throughout the module you will undertake practical experiments and tests to develop your statistical, analytical and problem-solving skills. You will be introduced to data science and big data analytics and begin to develop your awareness and familiarity with data analysis techniques.

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Advanced Construction Technology and Structures

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Friday morning

(core, 30 credits)

The module aims to further develop your knowledge and understanding of construction technology and structural principles. It will build upon the technology, science and structures introduced to you at level 4. The focus of the module moves on from the residential and low-rise construction types you have studied to more complex commercial, industrial, and multi-storey construction typologies. You will undertake in-depth study and research of the construction technology and structural principles associated with long span and multi-storey construction.

Context will be provided using case studies to explain and bring to life construction technologies and structural principles. Key documents such as the building regulations are used as reference points throughout to help you understand how particular construction types comply with performance requirements such as structural performance, fire safety, resistance to sound, thermal performance, and drainage and waste disposal.

You will explore the drivers and technologies behind the move to constructing and conserving sustainable built environments and be presented with examples of responses at differing scales. The module will explore how both traditional and modern construction technologies are being used across the globe.

Through studying this module, you will be required to consider how factors such as climate change, urbanisation, carbon reduction targets, skill shortages and material availability are impacting the construction technologies and structural forms being adopted by the built environment sector.

The knowledge gained will enable the student to understand and appraise the contributions construction technology and structural principles can make towards a sustainable built environment.

By the end of the module students should be able to evaluate the following:

• The contribution of technology towards a sustainable built environment
• The drivers for technological change
• The appropriateness of different construction technologies including foundations, structural frames, roof and cladding systems
• Structural load paths in commercial, industrial, and multi-storey constructions
• Types of temporary works
• Traditional construction techniques
• Sustainable construction materials and methods
• The contribution construction technology can make towards a reduction in building operational energy demand
• The application of relevant legislation and regulations including the building regulations

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Building Pathology and Refurbishment

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

(core, 15 credits)

In this module you will focus on studying the interpretation, conservation and restoration of the built environment in the UK and around the globe.

Through studying building pathology, you will gain an understanding of common and more unique building defects, the root causes of them and solutions available to remedy them. Identifying reasons for failure is one which requires you to have an enquiring mind and voyage on a journey of discovery, through which you will gain an understanding of the building fabric, its services, its users, and the wider environs, all which can impact positively or negatively on a building's preservation. This holistic approach can include gathering historical information regarding the building, undertaking detailed inspections, including intrusive investigations, and observing the building occupants' interactions with the building fabric and services. Building pathology is a combination of science, surveying and technology and will draw upon your knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

In addition to pathology, you will study the allied subject area of building refurbishment, covering restoration, adaption, and retrofitting. When a building has outlived its usefulness, an option often chosen is to demolish it and rebuild something new in its place. However, we are recognising that when we demolish, the carbon which was generated during its original construction, something we term as being embedded into the original building, is replaced by even more carbon generated in connection with the new building’s materials, manufacturing, and construction. Refurbishing and adapting buildings are the sustainable ways to meet new needs. This can include retrofitting energy efficiency measures, from the very simple options to grand schemes. Furthermore, in terms of sustainability in its wider sense, retaining the heritage of our built environment is important for the character of an area and preserving heritage value for future generations. There is a need to have an understanding as to when demolition is not the answer and refurbishment and/or repurposing an existing building is the right thing to do. This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to advise on appropriate building technology solutions to upgrade and/or repurpose a building.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

• Identify and appraise a wide range of building types and their elemental parts
• Undertake simple condition surveys of buildings
• Prepare an evidence base of an existing building upon which decisions can be made as to how to remedy defects found
• Assess the impact of occupational behaviours on a budling's performance and condition
• Understand means by which you can identify deleterious materials, the implications to the building and people of such materials and managing their removal where required
• Appraise various conservation techniques on modern and historical built environment assets
• Appraise the similarities and differences between refurbishment, restoration and retrofitting
• Assess the various factors causing building obsolescence and mitigation against demolition of such buildings

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Environmental Science and Sustainability

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

(core, 30 credits)

The importance of sustainable development is increasingly acknowledged and accepted throughout society, but we still need to identify tangible ways sustainable developments can be implemented in practice. For construction professionals the challenge is to understand how to achieve compliance with the ever-stringent operational energy allowances for both residential and commercial buildings and other environmental targets.

Through studying this module, you will gain the knowledge and skills to identify, develop, test, and propose specific responses to a range of pressing sustainability challenges. These responses may be rooted in meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals, or in the need for local and global urgent actions driven by multiple factors including the climate change emergency, population growth, water shortages, population shifts, conflict, and urbanisation. The module will also consider the role infrastructure plays in our future built environment, infrastructure which must provide sustainable and globally available benefits through, for example the fair distribution of access to water, energy, waste management, and transport. Using case studies, the module will show how guiding principles for sustainable development can deliver sustainable solutions in practice. You will study the process of change and innovation in the built environment and consider the drivers which are demanding we move quickly and where appropriate challenge outdated traditions or embrace long held but underused traditional building techniques.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

• recognise the wider sustainability context and how this influences the design and construction of residential, commercial and infrastructure assets within the built environment.
• understand the drivers behind the move towards low operation energy buildings, including legislation and regulations in the UK and beyond.
• assess the contribution passive and active design has on operational energy demands.
• appraise the input of renewables at local, national, and global scales
• understand domestic and commercial building services including lighting, ventilation, heating, water, drainage, and power.
• undertake energy demand calculations for both residential and commercial building at both an elemental level and a whole building level.
• understand the fundamental science behind heat transfer in buildings.
• evaluate the contribution of quality control during the construction process. including its influence on airtightness, cold bridging, condensation, and thermal performance of buildings.
• appraise and advise on both modern and traditional construction techniques and appropriate building services.

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Estimating and Measurement Practice

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

(core, 15 credits)

Competence in measurement is integral to the role of quantity surveyors and commercial managers. You will study the relevance of measurement and how it is required to quantify construction works, and to then calculate costs, at all stages of a project, from feasibility to project completion and final account. You will start off examining the traditional measurement techniques and conventions, using standard procedures and apply these to different stages of a project, from the position of the client’s quantity surveyor and the contractor’s quantity surveyor. You will learn about cost planning and the iterative process through each stage of the project. Thereafter, you will use industry standard software, developing competence and employability skills, together with the ability to critically appraise the benefits of such software.

By the end of the module students should be able to undertake the following:

• Apply traditional measurement techniques to various situations.
• Interpret drawings, specifications and other construction information in order to provide measurement data for costing purposes.
• Know where to find relevant cost data for cost planning purposes.
• Use measured data to estimate early costs of a project.
• Use measured data to work up cost plans and bills of quantities.
• Appreciate the relevance of measurement to the commercial manager.
• Use calculated data to cost variations.
• Demonstrate competence in software used for measurement.

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Project Management and Contract Administration

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

(core, 30 credits)

Construction project managers and contract administrators are expert professional disciplines in demand around the globe. They occupy a central role in the construction project development and delivery process, and are key to driving the successful completion of projects.

This module will introduce you to the tools and techniques available for successful construction project management and contract administration. It examines best practice in the built environment industries in a local and a global context. It will consider how organisational strategic objectives drive projects and the role the project manager performs in the early stages of the project lifecycle. It will take a detailed look at contract, procurement and tendering practice, and the construction, commissioning and handover stages of a project. The importance of stakeholder management will be covered throughout. It will consider the role of construction project management in the global move towards a sustainable and low/zero carbon, built environment.

Through studying the module, you will develop a critical awareness of project procurement, tendering, planning and delivery principles alongside developing the skills necessary to deploy them to manage a construction project. Through enquiry-based learning you will study an authentic project scenario to allow you to deploy the tools necessary to successfully plan a project and monitor a project's resources. Throughout, the module will contextualize construction project management with regards to the sustainable, inclusive and ethical, project management of projects.

The syllabus is guided by professional body project management bodies of knowledge and codes of practice (such as the APM and CIOB). The module explains the strategic context within which projects operate to enable the students to understand that a project needs to have a strategic fit with the organisation's wider aims and ambitions, and the operational phases of project management including pre-construction, construction, and handover. By the end of the module students should be able to critically evaluate the following:

• the link between organisational strategy, programmes, and projects
• project management tools and techniques to monitor and control the complete project lifecycle
• the challenges of leading a complex project
• procurement and tendering practice
• effective methods to manage the operational project stage
• the competencies required of their project team
• project value
• the link between project change and risk and how to manage them
• the contribution project management makes towards a sustainable built environment
• internal and external stakeholders and how to manage their expectations.
• the production and control of a detailed project delivery plan which evaluates and manages project risk and includes a programme identifying project milestones, resource requirements, critical path and a site layout

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Applied Research Project

(core, 30 credits)

The module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a subject which is of personal and subject interest in the field of the built environment. You may focus your research upon a topic or challenge relevant to your current programme of study and based upon an academic subject of interest, your current work practice or recent work experience or placement. The submission will take the form of a dissertation.

You are encouraged to develop your critical thinking and undertake theoretically informed research. The module will develop your understanding of the linkages between conceptual issues, subject area, and research methods.

The module will introduce you to research methods and strategies which are appropriate to your chosen area of study. It will provide you with experience in the planning and implementation of a research project and the subsequent writing up of research findings in a dissertation.

You will be introduced to this module before the end of the level 5 academic year. This introduction will take the form of a briefing session to enable you to begin the process of considering potential areas of study ahead of the next academic year.

Big Data and the Built Environment

(core, 15 credits)

This module focusses on the methods and techniques of using Big Data in business with a specific focus on organisations operating within the built environment. Given the increase in available Big Data, organisations are aware of the need to effectively utilise Big Data to gain competitive advantage. In this module, you will explore means by which organisations can benefit from Big Data.

You will appraise the technologies available to organisations and means to deploy them to aid the decision-making process. Using data analytics and data visualisation tools you will prepare and present solutions to scenario-based problems.

By the end of the module, you should be able to demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of:

• The business opportunity and value creation possible through the utilisation of Big Data and business analytics
• How to appraise and select appropriate approaches to Big Data technologies and business analytics
• How to achieve business advantage through the analysis of Big Data
• Means to present Big Data to a variety of audiences using visualisation tools

Development, Finance and Risk

(core, 15 credits)

The module aims to develop your critical awareness of the process of development within the built environment. It will require you to produce an appraisal of a proposed development site, providing advice to your client regarding the proposals. You will need to consider the variables which could impact on the success of the development and provide reasoned advice on things such as the legal position, financing options, sustainability of the development and an assessment of the risks present.

This module explores the development process in detail, including site identification and acquisition, assessing the development potential of the site, calculating the development profit of differing scenarios, looking at different funding models, arriving at a market value of the development considering current and anticipated market conditions and planning conditions. A valuation of the development will be undertaken following best practice which is to use 2 recognised methods to allow for cross checking of the outcomes.

The development process is a creative one and you will have the opportunity to consider and explore a variety of options when appraising the development potential of a site. Factors you will need to consider include things such as permissible land uses, allowable density of development, site topography and other development factors such as social value, availability of services, infrastructure and ground conditions. Client objectives will also need to be accommodated and these could include timescales, environmental and sustainability goals, cashflow, phasing of developments and target profits or yields.

Quantity Surveying Practice

(core, 30 credits)

The module aims to bring together learning from earlier modules, in particular measurement and cost planning and project management and contract administration and build upon this learning. Contract administration and cost planning will be examined in the context of a complete construction project from inception to completion, from both the client and contractor’s perspective and develop skills required as a quantity surveyor, whether working in a consultancy or commercial management role.

By the end of the module you should be able to:
• Identify and analyse factors which influence cost during the pre-contract stage of a project, and their impact on construction and operational costs.
• Identify the main types of procurement and the tendering and negotiation processes involved.
• Appreciate risk allocation and contractual relationships relating to procurement routes and tendering procedures.
• Prepare cost data comparing different construction techniques.
• Estimating techniques for tender purposes.
• Administer a contract and undertake cost control during the construction phase of a project.
• Propose appropriate responses to contract dispute scenarios

Sustainable Built Environments

(core, 15 credits)

The module builds upon learning from earlier modules and examines the background and drivers for sustainable built environments. It will explore the move to sustainable built environments, responses at different scales, and how a sustainable built environment is being encouraged, assessed, and enforced across the globe. Through studying this module, you will be required to consider how factors such as climate change, urbanisation and decarbonisation are impacting the built environment.

The knowledge gained will enable you to understand the contributions a sustainable built environment can make towards a low carbon future.

By the end of the module, you should be able to evaluate the following:

• the contribution of technology towards a sustainable built environment
• the drivers for change, including climate change and the population shift towards urbanisation
• appropriate responses at various scales towards maintaining and sustaining the wider environment
• techniques that can be adopted to reduce our built environment operational energy demand
• the different types of infrastructure and their role in achieving sustainable built environments
• the impact and effectiveness of legislation, regulations, assessment schemes and other mechanisms.
• how to adapt the existing built environment to mitigate against the effects of climate change and the barriers to doing this.
• contributions built environment professionals and their professional bodies make towards sustainable built environments

Advanced Fire Safety

(option, 15 credits)

The module aims to develop a critical awareness of the nature of fire. It will consider the nature of the combustion process, the spread of fire and human behaviour in fire situations. Methods of achieving adequate protection of buildings through appropriate material choice, compartmentation of a building, appropriate means of refuge and escape for occupiers will be covered, alongside how to specify appropriate fire detection and suppression systems. The module will require students to formulate solutions to problems according to circumstance and context will be achieved through testing solutions against the relevant rules and regulations, including the building regulations approved documents. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the impact of fire and its ability to spread rapidly within a building.

By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of:

• Legislative fire safety requirements relating to the design, construction, and use of buildings
• The various stakeholders specific to each project, their needs, and expectations in relation to fire safety
• Fire science (chemistry and physics)
• The performance and classification of building materials and systems in fire
• Factors and actions that influence human behaviour in fire, and how they can be translated into safer design, construction, and use of buildings
• Fire Strategy development and implementation
• Factors to be taken into consideration when determining an appropriate evacuation philosophy
• Selection and specification of an appropriate fire detection and alarm system to support the Fire Strategy
• Fire containment and suppression
• Application of various active and passive fire safety features to support life safety, property safety and business continuity objectives
• The contribution of suitably qualified competent persons and construction trades to fire safety
• The importance of quality control within the design, construction, and commissioning processes

Inclusive Teamwork and Leadership

(option, 15 credits)

The module aims to develop your critical awareness of the people dimension of teamwork and leadership. It will look at the role soft skills play in the successful leading and managing of a team and individuals, and how these can help you build and maintain a successful and focussed project team. It will address how to distinguish between different types of change projects and propose techniques in leading teams to achieve success.

Assessment choice is available, including the option to undertake the role of a Peer Assisted Learning Coach, providing support to a level 4 or 5 student over a period within the semester.

The knowledge gained will enable the student to develop strategies to form and maintain integrated project teams.

By the end of the module, you should be able to demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of:

• soft and hard skills
• soft skills in teamwork and leadership
• stakeholder management
• team selection
• change management
• building inclusive teams
• the role of corporate social responsibility in the built environment
• managing conflict

Professional Placement in the Built Environment

(option, 15 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to display a high degree of autonomy through the management and production of a piece of workplace informed individual coursework at level 6 of your undergraduate studies. The module provides you with the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and skills within a workplace setting. This type of experience is valuable and will allow you to experience the reality of the workplace and enhance your employability skills. The experience will also provide a rich source of material for your Professional Development Journal (PDJ).

There are several scenarios which will constitute a professional placement, and for the purpose of this module we welcome a broad range of work-placement types. However, a pre-requisite is that it is within the Built Environment sector and approved at module level by the module team, and by the University Work-Based Learning Team (further details can be found at the bottom of this section).

The period of professional placement work you need to undertake for the purpose of the module is 15 days (3 weeks), full time equivalent. However, this period of work does not have to be taken in a discrete block. The work-placement activity needs to take place during the period between week 1 of your Level 5 Summer Semester and week 4 of your Level 6 Spring Semester. This is to give you sufficient time to prepare your coursework submissions once your work-placement is completed. Exact dates will be issued to you in advance.

By the end of the module, you should be able to demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of:

• How to effectively express and apply your current skills and abilities in relation to your career values and goals. 
• Ways to practically apply the knowledge you have gained through your course programme in a relevant workplace environment.
• The dynamic workplace environment and practices relevant to your chosen area of study and professional practice
• How to contribute towards making the workplace an efficient, effective, and inclusive environment
• The pathway towards achieving your personal and professional development goals

Please note:
● Students will be contacted prior to the semester to provide support in securing a work-based placement in good time.
● Students are responsible for applying for opportunities and to engage with the Module Team/Work Based Learning teams to assist them.
● The suitability of any opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team/Work Based Learning Team and all placements must meet Health and Safety requirements for Higher Education Work Placements.
● Those studying on a Student Visa will only be able to complete a work placement if it meets UKVI monitoring requirements including: approval of the placement dates and hours by the Placement Officer prior to starting the placement, submission of weekly timesheets for the hours undertaken, signed by their line manager/supervisor and continued engagement with the Placement Officer as well as the International Student Support and Compliance Team.

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Course details

In addition to the University’s standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English language and mathematics GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course, it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. Please see our information for students applying for advanced entry.

To discuss specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course, please contact

Advanced entry to Year 2 and 3 as a top up:
If you’ve done a level 4 and/or level 5 equivalent qualification which maps against our own module learning outcomes, and are looking to top up to a full bachelor’s degree, it is possible to join this course from Year 2 or 3.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Developed in line with the new University tariff guidelines and policy, assessment for this course will be primarily based on coursework. You’ll be tested on key topics covered and your understanding of core concepts. Industry inspired scenarios will be used as the basis for your coursework briefs, presenting you with complex challenges with multiple answers, requiring you to work creatively for authentic solutions.

You’ll have the option of producing various coursework types including reports, essays, presentations and portfolios. In addition, you’ll take part in a project module, which will allow you to conduct your own piece of research or produce a work-based project, which you’ll then be assessed on.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Association for Project Management (APM). We will also be seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building.

As a quantity surveying and commercial management graduate, the  surveying skills gained, alongside your up-to-date knowledge of the built environment sector, will be valued by employers within a range of sectors.

Central and local government bodies offer graduate employment opportunities in this area. The private sector is also a huge source of employment.

Typical employers include:

  • Major UK and international construction companies and consultancies
  • Specialist consultants including cost consultants, engineering, and environmental consultancy
  • Construction and civil engineering contractors
  • Architectural and design practices
  • Housing associations
  • Residential and commercial property developers
  • Public sector organisations

The technical, management and professional skills that you’ve gained will also be valued by employers in other sectors such as finance, project management, procurement, and general management.

Our School offers a master’s course in Construction Project Management, should you wish to continue your studies on to a postgraduate level. By studying your undergraduate course at London Met, you could also be eligible for a 20% discount on your postgraduate fees.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Whether you are new to the subject, or already on a career path within the field, our Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc has been designed for you. Maybe you wish to become a quantity surveyor, commercial manager or contract administrator. If you are passionate about sustainability and how we can create and maintain it in our built environment, then this course will provide you with the skills to be able to effectively contribute and make real-world changes.


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Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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