Our degree apprenticeship courses
Who is this course for?
To be eligible for our apprenticeships, applicants must:
- be aged 16 or over
- be employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme
- meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria
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
This Level 6 degree apprenticeship provides industry-led study of the management and organisation of sustainable construction production, focused on the economic, commercial, financial, legal and contractual dimensions of projects.
|Duration||Start date||Location||Entry level|
|3 years part-time||September 2021||Marylebone Campus, Central London||Level 5|
Starting at Level 5, equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree, apprentices gain a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. Those with insufficient experience can study our Level 4 Construction Quantity Surveying Technician apprenticeship first.
Supported by their employer to ‘earn while they learn’ without paying course fees, apprentices will learn about the design, technology and management of domestic construction processes, including planning and programming, health and safety, project life cycle assessment, people management, leadership, and business management. Real-life case studies, problem- and work-based learning bring professional practice to the classroom, while apprentices apply their learning to workplace projects.
The University is ranked 14th in the UK for Building by The Times Good University Guide 2021, placing Westminster 2nd in London. Our central London location and numerous industry contacts, which include Great Portland Estates, Mace, Lendlease, The Portman Estate, Wilmott Dixon, Multiplex, Transport for London and The Crown Estate, enable us to invite practising professionals to speak and visit major construction and infrastructure projects.
This is a three-year course. Apprentices must be employed by a construction employer. 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 introduces the principles that underpin the study of construction, specifically in relation to simple building forms, the key theories and concepts of building design, building science, construction technology, site surveying and data analysis. Right from the start, apprentices will be introduced to real-world projects and case studies.
Subjects of study include:
- Construction Engineering Technology
- Environmental Science and Services
- Project and Commercial Management (Management 5)
- Advanced Measurement (Management 6)
Credit level 5
Year 2 considers how to manage building design and procure construction services, including measurement, quantification and estimating of building costs together with the principles underlying project financial, contractual and site management.
Subjects of study include:
- Project Procurement, Management and Law (Management 3)
- Construction Project-Based Learning (Management 4)
- Contract Administration and Practice (Management 11)
- Construction Technology and Innovation (Technology 6)
Credit level 5-6
Year 3 focuses on construction frameworks and contracts, including project evaluation, development, sustainable and modern construction, cost information systems, whole life costing, industry challenges and supply chain management. At the end of Year 3, apprentices take an end point assessment based on their work experience, comprising an online test, project and professional discussion.
Subjects of study include:
- Professional Practice (Management 7)
- Project Management (Management 9)
- Project Evaluation and Development (Management 10)
- Current Issues in the Built Environment
Credit level 6
This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve full member or chartered status with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.
The Quantity Surveying and Commercial BSc Honours is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction. Successful completion fulfils the academic requirements to become a professional member with the designation MRICS after gaining experience in the workplace and passing the Assessment of Professional Competence. Additionally, the course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which has granted Westminster Business School ‘Accredited Centre Status’. Graduates from this course can apply, with appropriate experience, for membership of CIOB and the designation MCIOB. The course is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
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 [email protected].
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:
- BTEC HND/HNC in Construction or Built Environment: Merit profile
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 applicant’s first language is not English, they will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.
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.
This course 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, as a trainee, assistant commercial manager or more experienced role. They will develop a well-rounded understanding of the construction process, the specification of building work, cost analysis, procurement and management of building contracts.
Ian joined the University of Westminster in 2013 after a long career – of 35 years – in the property and construction industry. He teaches general management, law, commercial management, site, professional and contract practice. Prior to joining the University, Ian, a member of the Institute of Directors, held management and leadership positions in companies of various sizes, including the Wates Group and Apex Contractors, and has used contacts within the industry to develop course material. He has researched and studied collaboration in the UK Construction Industry as part of his Master’s studies.
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
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.
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