If you don’t quite have the right qualifications to start our three year BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree or if you want to gain more confidence in higher level work, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation year. The extra year is intended to give you the best possible preparation for success on the degree pathway. You’ll study introductory modules relevant to the degree course whilst developing key skills for academic study. Successful completion of the introductory foundation year will allow you to progress onto the degree course.
Quantity surveyors are in high demand and earn attractive salaries. Studying this Quantity Surveying course, you will learn skills and competencies that are directly relevant to industry practice and standards. Quantity surveyors understand all aspects of construction. They are the financial managers of the construction industry and need to manage costs effectively, while considering quality, sustainability and client needs. They are involved throughout projects, including all stages of the design, construction and operation of property developments, including residential, commercial, industrial and retail, as well as infrastructure projects such as roads, railways and airports.
Foundation year modules include:
Following your initial foundation year, you will progress onto the modules studied as part of the BSc (Hons) degree. For further information on the modules studied in the latter part of this course, visit: BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management.
Full-time students spend 12-15 hours each week in lectures, seminars and tutorials, usually over two to three full days. You will spend time working on presentations, assignments, reading and problem-solving exercises.
Your studies here won’t confine you to a classroom. We don’t believe you can learn vital skills like analytical decision making and problem solving by just reading about them. That’s why we offer practical activities that help you understand and apply the theory you learn in lectures. Plus you’ll have the chance to go on site visits to local companies.
Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and examinations.
The University of South Wales is the largest provider of industry-accredited courses of this type in Wales. Our BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This is the world’s leading professional body in land, property, construction and associated environmental issues. Successful completion of this degree is the first step to gaining RICS professional membership and a boost to your career prospects. This Quantity Surveying course is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, giving you further recognition for the skills you will develop during your studies.
We recommend you spend a year working in the construction industry as part of your degree. During this ‘sandwich’ year, you’ll get hands-on experience that will make you a more attractive candidate to employers and will inform your studies in your final year.
For added experience, you’ll use industry-standard facilities on campus. These include computing laboratories with engineering software such as Revit, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Autodesk QTO, CostX, Synchro, and Navisworks.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Construction is one of the largest industries in the world, and none of it would be possible without surveyors and project managers. Our strong industrial and commercial links mean we know what employers want from you when you graduate. We tailor our surveying courses, so what you learn meets employers’ needs and develops key skills. We have a proud history of developing industry-ready graduates for over four decades.
By the time you graduate from the Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree, you will have the skills and qualifications for a successful and rewarding career. There are various employment opportunities in this field, nationally and internationally. You could work in private practice, property departments, construction and development companies, or with government organisations. You will also have the technical, legal, economic and management skills for a career managing finance in construction projects.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.