Our degree apprenticeship courses

We currently offer a range of degree apprenticeship courses. For the full range of courses visit our apprenticeships page for applicants or for business partners.

Who is this course for?

To be eligible for our apprenticeships, applicants must:

Applicants must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course - see the entry requirements section below.

If you're an employer, we welcome enquiries about our courses. For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:

+44 (0) 207 911 5027

Course summary

This integrated degree apprenticeship is ideal for those wanting to begin or enhance their career as a Building Control Surveyor, ensuring buildings and public spaces are inclusive, safe and sustainable.

Duration Start date Location Entry level
4 years part-time September 2021 Marylebone Campus, Central London Level 4

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The course offers the chance to gain a competitive edge and improve interpersonal skills and professional knowledge – more relevant than ever following significant changes to building regulations and increased emphasis on training and qualifications.

Apprentices spend a minimum of 30 hours in work each week and 20% of their time learning outside the organisation, supported by their employer to ‘earn while they learn’ without paying course fees.

Complementing the technical knowledge needed to assess building regulations compliance, additional skills developed include the performance of materials, public and venue safety and the ability to act impartially, with integrity. Real-life case studies, problem- and work-based learning bring professional practice to the classroom, while apprentices apply their learning to workplace projects.

The course is taught by staff with considerable high-level industry experience. The University is ranked 14th in the UK for Building by The Times Good University Guide 2021, placing Westminster second in London. Our strong links to the construction industry give access to experienced external speakers, site visits and live developments for coursework.

Course structure

This four-year part-time integrated level 6 degree apprenticeship includes a BSc Honours in Building Control Surveying. Apprentices must already work in Building Control (public or private sector). Time spent on work and training is split 80/20, meaning the apprentices spend 20% of their time learning, which can include time at the University and work-based training, linked to the apprenticeship, provided by the employer.

Year 1 provides an introduction to the fundamentals of construction, academic skills, such as research, finding credible sources, critical writing, debating and presentations, alongside work-based learning relating to the apprentice’s role in building control.

Subjects of study include:

  • Construction Technology
  • Building Design
  • Building Science and Structures
  • Building Control in Context (Work-based Learning)

Credit level 4
 

Year 2 develops existing building control knowledge and understanding around the legislation and regulations. This includes studying fire safety in relation to the spread of fire and behaviours in fire situations. Apprentices undertake work-based learning around the performance of certain materials.

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Building Control and Inspection
  • The Performance of Building Materials (Work-based Learning)
  • Fire Safety

Credit level 4 and 5

Year 3 introduces tall and long span buildings, structural frames and cladding, alongside sustainability and innovative construction. Apprentices will also look at building defects in a pathology module, learning about structural problems, component failure and deleterious materials.

Subjects of study include:

  • Structural Principles
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Building Pathology
  • Construction Technology and Innovation

Credit level 5 and 6

Year 4 covers conservation of buildings, particularly compliance with building regulations in their adaption and refurbishment. Apprentices study public safety in respect of sports stadia, public venues and dangerous structures. The second half of Year 4 focuses on the end point assessment, based on the apprentice’s work experience, comprising a logbook, panel interview and exam.

Subjects of study include:

  • Care and Adaptation of Buildings
  • Logbook of Experience (Work-based Learning)
  • Public Safety
  • End Point Assessment

Credit level 6

Accreditations

Successful apprentices will be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and/or the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) having met the academic requirements for membership. Apprentices will also need to meet any additional requirements set out by the CIOB and/or the IFE as part of their membership application processes at the time.

The course is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). All of the apprentices completing the Building Control Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship who are CABE student members (student membership is free) will receive advanced standing to become a Chartered Member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers provided that a CABE member is part of the EPA professional interview panel.

Programme specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email .

Download the Programme Specification

Entry requirements and eligibility

To be eligible for our apprenticeships, applicants must be aged 16 or over, employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme and must meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria.

Applicants must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course:

  • A Levels – BCC to BBB
  • International Baccalaureate – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, applicants should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If the applicants' first language is not English, they will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component

Fees

Employers who pay the levy are able to use their available levy funds to cover the training and assessment costs. Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with the government – this is called 'co-investment'. Non-levy paying employers will contribute 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training and the government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum.

Careers/professional development

This degree apprenticeship complements and enhances workplace knowledge and experience, boosting the apprentice's career prospects, on-the-job performance and satisfaction. It also demonstrates the employer's commitment to staff development, enhancing their appeal to future employees.

Apprentices must be in full-time employment, working either in the public sector for Local Authority Building Control (LABC) or the private sector as Approved Inspectors (AIs). Skills gained are transferable between the two sectors. For example, AIs will learn about enforcement work usually undertaken by LABC.

Course Leader

Jane Ballantyne

A fully qualified Chartered Building Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Jane worked in private practice in London for many years before moving into academia, beginning at University College of Estate Management (UCEM) before moving to Westminster in 2018. She has experienced many different aspects of surveying for commercial and residential buildings, including historic assets and conservation work. She is an RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Assessor.

Teaching and assessment

This is how you can expect to be taught and assessed at the University of Westminster. Your apprenticeship will include additional requirements, agreed in partnership with your employer, designed to develop and evidence your skills in the workplace.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application.

Learning typically falls into two broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision

How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertations

Course location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses.

For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Contact us

We are keen to establish new relationships with employers from a wide range of sectors and welcome enquiries. For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:

+44 (0) 207 911 5027