Course Overview

Attendance
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is an established discipline, which covers cost management for construction projects as a professional either at pre-construction phase for clients or developers or using your technical and cost management knowledge, being able to cost various works during the construction phase. It includes new builds, refurbishment work, restorations and maintenance projects. Quantity surveyors have specialist skills and knowledge in the technologies of domestic, industrial and commercial building, construction processes, planning, project life-cycle assessment, and people and business management. In addition to the core themes of quantity surveying and technology, this professional role requires a range of costing skills including team working and effective communication.

These skills are integrated into the learning strategies of this course, enabling you typically to work in quantity surveying. Alongside the knowledge and understanding of quantity surveying theories, and the practical and technical skills needed to become a quantity surveyor and commercial manager, you will gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our construction courses share a common Year 1, so students interact with those studying different pathways, gain some knowledge of the work of all professionals working in the construction industry promoting the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry. Throughout the course, construction technology and management remain central, the issue of health and safety is addressed, and the importance of sustainability is considered.

All of our courses are delivered using an enquiry-based blended learning approach involving workshops, lectures, tutorials and independent study. Our technology-enhanced learning supports independent study via synchronous online lectures, tutorials and seminars, which are captured and stored to enable you to revisit sessions online after the event. We assess your learning through a variety of methods including project work, essays and exams.

The course promotes a professional approach to teaching and learning thus equipping students with the core skills for future and existing careers.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years. Please note, each Level corresponds to one Year in the full-time version of the course (Level 4 is equivalent to Year 1, Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2, and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3).

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Design Principles 
  • Design – Graduate Attributes & Digital Literacy
  • Management – Built Environment
  • Management – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
  • Technology – Building Science and Structures 
  • Technology – Construction Technology and Services

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Digital Practice 
  • Management – Project Procurement, Management and Law 
  • Management – Construction Project Based Learning 
  • Management – Project and Commercial Management 
  • Management – Advanced Measurement 
  • Technology – Fabric and Performance 

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Management – Professional Practice 
  • Management – Contract Administration and Practice 
  • Management – Project Management 
  • Management – Project Evaluation and Development 
  • Technology – Construction Technology and Innovation 
  • Dissertation

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc Honours course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM

  • BTEC Diploma – D*D*

  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

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

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Careers

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is a dynamic professional discipline, which centres on the costing, functional and economic pre and post construction of projects. Around the world, quantity surveyors offer a wide range of professional services, not only in their traditional role but also in associated disciplines such as project management, procurement management and construction administration. The course will provide you with the principle skills needed of a quantity surveyor. You will gain a thorough understanding of the construction process, the specification of a building work and of managing the costs for either pre-construction and during the construction phase. You will also gain knowledge of the professional, managerial and legal aspects of construction contracts. In practice, you may give advice on economical problems or interpret the meaning of contracts at various construction phases.

Graduates can progress directly towards full professional qualification with the RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CIOB - Chartered Institute of Builders professional accreditation that can help you to secure employment.

Our graduates have developed careers with many types of organisations including:

  • Surveying firms
  • Property Consultancies 
  • Commercial companies 
  • Central Government 
  • Local authorities
  • Large property-owning organisations such as Housing associations, retailers and leisure groups

Others have also pursued further studies at Master's level, either on a full-time or part-time basis, typically in areas such as construction or project management.

Our students have found employment with major consultants and contractors including companies such as Turner and Townsend and Mace.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

What our students say

Construction Management student Siu Yin Kwan

Siu Yin Kwan

Studying at Westminster has taken me to another level to see things and gain confidence to try. The combination of the location, student quality, supportive lecturers, professional events, hands-on experience and the intention to succeed really makes the University of Westminster a place that you can depend on to reach higher.

Field trips

Our students are offered the opportunity to join a week long field trip, the Constructionarium. Held at the National Construction College site at Bircham Newton in Norfolk, students experience the challenges and issues inherent with any construction project, helping them develop professional and personal skills. Read more about the Constructionarium field trip.

Group photo during Constructionarium field trip

Fond out more

Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including RICS student awards. Read more about our students' awards.

Studying Property and Construction at Westminster

Watch our video to find out more about studying Property and Construction courses with us.

Student successes

A group of students on Westminster bridge

Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including RICS student awards. Read more about our students' awards.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

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

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+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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