Construction (Building Surveying) with Foundation Entry BSc (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information


Our BSc (Hons) Construction (Building Surveying) with Foundation Entry degree course is designed for students who want to study Construction, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

The Honours degree is for students who wish to study construction but with the emphasis on Building Surveying. Building surveyors are key professionals in the construction and property industries, being involved in the development, management, conservation, refurbishment and rehabilitation of all types of buildings.

The course will provide you with key skills in construction technology, property management and the law of landlord and tenant, preparing you for work within many areas of the extensive property field.

The UK construction industry continues to be one of the country’s most important economic sectors. The sector accounts for just over 9% of the UK’s workforce making it the 3rd largest sector of employment in the UK. The opportunities within construction employment are set to increase in the coming years – with employment in this sector set to grow as others decrease. There is anticipated demand in particular for highly qualified construction professionals.

What will I study?

In the first year of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Construction. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

You will then study a core set of construction modules alongside specialist building surveying modules including: Site Surveying, Building Surveying, Building Pathology, Defects and Structural Appraisal as well as conducting a research dissertation in an area of your choice during your final year.

The programme has been designed to allow you to engage in the study of a broad range of Building Surveying principles and practices.  The course will enable you to be equipped with transferable knowledge and skills to enable you to play a full part in industry, commerce and the wider community.

Modules can include:

In the first year you will study three compulsory modules. These are:

  • Preparing for Higher Education
  • Foundation in Mathematics
  • Foundation in Engineering and Science

You will then move on to study the following modules in the second, third and fourth years of the programme if studying full-time.

  • CAD
  • Health & Safety
  • Design Principles
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Science & Materials
  • Site Surveying
  • Construction & Civil Engineering Principles
  • Project
  • Law and Contract
  • Refurbishment and Adaptation
  • Building Surveying
  • Contractual Procedures
  • Environmental Science
  • Project Management
  • Research Project
  • Sustainable Construction/Tendering & Estimating
  • Professional Issues
  • Environmental & Facilities Management
  • Construction Law
  • Building Pathology
  • Construction Design Project Evaluation
  • Project Simulation
  • Dissertation

Download the Programme Specification for BSc (Hons) Construction Building Surveying. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 80 UCAS points from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 120 UCAS points overall. Students meeting this criterion may be admitted without interview.

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 3 years ago. If this applies to you will be interviewed before your course and offered a place on the basis of your previously gained skills and experience.

Students will not be required to have GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at level 2 in English. However, all applicants will be required to have GCSE Mathematics grade C or higher, a qualification directly equivalent to GCSE Mathematics grade C in terms of level and scope, or to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skill in an assessment undertaken as part of the application process.

Overseas applicants will be admitted according to the above criteria using the UK equivalences of their formal qualification as specified by NARIC. Overseas students will be required to have certified English Language proficiency at IELTS level 5.5, Cambridge English: Advanced, or TOEFL 500. Alternatively, an overall pass in the UETESOL (University Entrance Test in English for Speakers of Other Languages) examination would be accepted.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 32 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme. A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course: these include a mixture of coursework including structured tasks, presentations, practical work, reports and essays, group and individual projects, phase tests and end examinations.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Employment opportunities for graduates are interesting and varied. Graduates work in property, real estate, facilities management, development and regeneration fields. Some examples of progression routes that the course is aimed at are: Site Managers and Chartered Surveyor via RCIS route for non-accredited providers.

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"This year I was able to visit and observe several student presentations from the degree and diploma students.  This was a very useful opportunity and allowed me to observe group working and presentations in person, whilst also able to pose questions to the students and review their responses.  The work being presented was impressive and something which other institutions are struggling to implement, namely Building Information Modelling (BIM)."   

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