Building Surveying BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

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About this course 2019/20

Are you already in employment but wish to develop your skills and knowledge in building surveying? Are you looking to further your career through study, but do not want to have to give up your salary or pay tuition fees? Then the Northumbria Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship could be the answer.

The Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship programme has been developed by Northumbria University, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and industry providers, to address current skills gaps in the industry. It combines work experience and academic learning, vocational skills and cutting-edge knowledge. Supported by your employer, over five years, you will divide your time between work and study, earning a salary whilst you learn.

You will gain an understanding of the theory, legislation and practical elements of Building Surveying and you will be able to apply your academic knowledge and research skills to the real world surveying and property issues that you encounter in your daily work life.

Developing relevant technical, interpersonal and behavioural skills in both the workplace and at University you will graduate ready to progress further in your career and work towards being awarded chartered status post-graduation.

Admission to this programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University.  If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact  An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Learn from the best

You will learn from a diverse team of professionals, both at University and in the workplace. Your teaching team comprises surveyors, project managers, solicitors, and other construction professionals. Their experience in the industry gives them a substantial amount of practical, as well as theoretical knowledge, to draw on in their teaching.

By combining work and study you can apply what you have learnt in the classroom to real life situations in the workplace and gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of the building surveyor. 


Teaching and Assessment

As a degree apprentice you will divide your time between work and study. You will attend Northumbria University on a part-time day release basis. Study modules include Digital Built Environment, Construction Law, Construction Technology, Construction Economics, Project Management and Contract Administration and Procedure. Teaching methods are varied because they are designed to get the best out of each module. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you might take part in laboratory work, meet professional speakers, and undertake guided study sessions or self-directed independent learning.

Our assessment methods take the form of exams, research projects, reports, presentations, individual tasks, group work and project work.  During the final year, you will draw on the skills, knowledge and expertise you have developed over the last five years to complete a dissertation.

Learning Environment

Even though you will only be studying at Northumbria part-time, you will still be able to access the latest technologies housed in our specialist laboratories and studios. From specialist workshops and a materials laboratory, to the virtual reality suite you will have access to a wide range of industry related facilities. Dedicated project space and study areas for group and individual work will also be available.

Our virtual learning environment has been designed to help you stay in touch wherever you are.  Northumbria’s technology enhanced learning (TEL) facilities provides remote access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

Research-rich Learning

We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practicing researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant at both an academic and a practical level.

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16) and the department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact. This means we are well placed to support you to develop your own research skills.

You will develop a range of research methods and approaches that can be related to the demands of your workplace. You will learn theoretical and practical research skills as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills.

Give your career an edge

Becoming a degree apprentice can give your career a significant boost. You will graduate with a full degree whilst also having accumulated five years of experience in the workplace. The Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship has been co-designed by property professionals and the University to ensure that you gain the specific skills and relevant experience that employers are looking for, including time management, communication, research, evaluation, and team-working.

The course has been developed to meet the professional requirements of RICS. On completion of the BSc you will be eligible for graduate membership, the first step to becoming a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

Northumbria has a long and successful history of providing highly employable Building Surveying graduates worldwide.

Your Future

Graduating with a respected qualification and the knowledge and practical experience acquired from working in industry will enable you to further your career in building surveying.

The Degree Apprenticeships have been specifically designed to fill skills gaps in the property industry, showing that there is great demand for people with your knowledge base. Completing an apprenticeship will enable you to make the most of any career progression opportunities and increase your earning potential. You will also be able to make valuable connections with people in your industry which will help with your future career goals.

Course info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5 years part-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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