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Building Surveyors are involved with all forms of buildings and their performance in use. Specialist areas of design, specification and management are key elements of this specialism.

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Awards: BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (BSc): 8K32
UCAS Code (HND): 125S
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;
HNC 1 years f/t - up to 3 years p/t;

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments
Contact Email:
built@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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  • Melin Consultancy are carrying out the BREEAM assessment on the New SA1 Campus for the Faculty from now until completion. Students within the School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments will get the opportunity to see each stage of the assessment process. BREEAM helps to enhance building sustainability - to reduce energy demands but also to look into he social, economic design within buildings. Students studying Built Environment programmes at UWTSD will see first-hand, real-world assessment and as part of the BREEAM module, and will work with contractors, engineers etc. It takes them away from the academic theory so that students can ask real questions and deal with real issues.

    Jamie Best Melin Consulants - BREEAM Module Assessment

  • The BREEAM assessment is one of the key sustainable assessments for the construction industry that is world-wide recognised. The BREEAM UK New Building Construction Assessment is taught inside the Building Surveying programme. This gives our Building Surveying students the opportunity to improve their understanding of sustainable construction assessment and to improve the options of employability, not only as a BREEAM assessor but also achieving the skills to deal with sustainability assessment and the value increase in buildings.

    Dr Juan A. Ferriz PapiSenior Lecturer: PhD Building, Technology, Research and Development

  • I was a Building Surveyor for ten years and I wanted to register as a Chartered Building Surveyor with (RICS) Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors alongside studying for the degree. You need at least two years experience with the BSc(Hons) Building Surveying to APC with RICS. I have enjoyed all of the course, the smaller class sizes mean you get more one-to-one time with lecturers, and question and answer sessions are more interesting due to sharing classes with students from other disciplines, such as, Architectural technology. The best thing about the course is the training to become a BREEAM Registered Assessor within the Building Surveying programme.

    Jamie BlackBSc(Hons) Building Surveying

  • I chose BSc(Hons) Building Surveying because I was interested in the science behind construction and I wanted to do a degree that leads to a career and is not just generalised. The Building Surveying course moves from the prescriptive Home Buyers Reports too live projects looking for remedies, defects and values. I really enjoyed the project at the Community Church as it was interesting to see the processes that practitioners go through, as well as, doing my own designs.

    Poppy ReynoldsBSc(Hons) Building Surveying


These Building Surveying programmes concern themselves with buildings and their performance in use, whether as a capital asset or operational facility. The discipline embraces building design and specification, project management, legal, cultural and economic factors as well as environmental issues. Outcomes of the programmes include; the ability to analyse a range of surveying problems whilst delivering practical solutions; provide an in-depth understanding of the technical, economic, legal and organisational aspects of surveying and equip you with a range of skills as required by surveyors in professional practice or within large organisations.

The programmes contain some modules that are delivered in common with other related programmes within the School i.e., Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, Project and Construction  Management etc, but only where these  provide the essential foundations or there is a need for an inter-disciplinary approach to be taken.

Year One: Level 4 Modules - BSc/HND/HNC

  • Built Environment Issues Academic & Professional Skills
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Surveying & Measuring Buildings
  • Law for the Built Environment
  • Science, Structural Appreciation & Materials
  • Building Information Modelling/CAD

Year Two: Level 5 Modules - BSc/HND

  • Construction Technology 2
  • BREEAM New Construction Assessment
  • Property and Asset Management
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Property Inspection, Adaptation & Refurbishment
  • Research Methods BIM & GIS

Year Three: Level 6 Modules - BSc

  • Individual Research Study
  • Sustainable Architectural Developments
  • Contract / Professional Practice & Administration
  • Cost Studies of Buildings
  • Construction Technology 3

The School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environment prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment, with personal attention afforded to all students. Delivering a successful and enjoyable learning experience is at the very core of our vision to produce first class professionals.

We are situated in an urban maritime environment very close to Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and with many interesting buildings and cultural assets nearby. We are in close proximity to magnificent natural and physical resources of south, mid and west Wales and the University and its staff play a major role within the conservation and heritage management of these and other similar national  assets.

As class sizes are generally less than 25, this engenders a culture and environment that listens to and supports individual student needs. Our teaching is informed by research in subject’s that extend right across our portfolio, suitably supplemented by external experts from around the world. We believe in engaging with employers to develop, deliver and review courses that enhance our graduate’s employability credentials in a manner that is central to our vision for students, the city and region. This is further reflected by recent graduate success stories that include employment in international organisations, entrepreneurship and community engagement. Our commitment is demonstrated by recent investment in facilities, staff and engagement, which means the future for our graduates, is stronger than ever. We truly look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your personal goals and ambitions.

Assessments used within these Programmes are normally formative or summative. In the former assessment is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Typically, such assessment will take the form of practical exercises where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities. Traditional formal time-constrained assessment is by means of tests and examinations, normally of two-hour duration. Examinations are a traditional method of verifying that the work produced is the students’ own work.

To help authenticate student coursework, some modules require that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the lecturer to monitor progress. Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning.

BSc Building Surveying - UCAS CODE:  8K32

You will need 96 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (previously 240 UCAS tariff points)

HND Building Surveying - UCAS CODE: 8K32

You will need 48 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (previously 120 UCAS tariff points)

HNC Building Surveying

You will need 40 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (previously 100 UCAS tariff points)

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. 

Foundation Year in STEM (environmental stream) - UCAS CODE: HR3U

Also available as a four year programme (including foundation year)

These programmes combine academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies. They will expose you to the educational requirements necessary to embrace the highest industry standards; this by developing your knowledge and skills of building design, property, building pathology (building defects), as well as in economic, legal, technical, design and management, subjects so essential in the care of high value built assets and facilities. They will prepare you for work as a professional surveyor and to apply for membership of the leading built environment professional bodies including: the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building, and Association of Building Engineers. In addition to professional and technical skills specific to building surveying, presentation, communication and team working skills, essential in everyday business, will be covered.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

BRE Global Limited: 'Protect People, Property and the Planet'

BRE Global Limited (part of the BRE(Building Researc Establishment)Group) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. 

The BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 scheme describes the an environmental performance standard against which, new non-domestic buildings in this territory can be assessed and achieve BREEAM New Construction rating. 

The nine environmental sections included in BREEAM UK New Construction Scheme include:

  • Management
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste 
  • Land Use and Ecology
  • Pollution
  • Innovation

Year one will direct students towards key concepts and principles of building surveying; modules such as construction technology, material science, surveying and legal issues will lead at this level. Built Environment Issues and Academic Skills will lay the foundation for studying at HE level, while Building Information Modelling and CAD will form the basis from which more modern forms of construction are designed and constructed.

Year two is an intermediate stage which takes the student’s personal and academic development onto a higher plane. Disciplines encountered at this stage are developed further and new topic areas are added to underpin the final year. The principles studied in year 1 are built on in Construction Technology 2, Procurement and project Management and Environmental services. Students will be introduced to Building Pathology and Adaptation of Buildings, where reasoning behind the challenges afforded to building fabric will be examined.

Students entering their final year will have already been equipped with supporting knowledge and study skills necessary to undertake in-depth study.  At this stage, students will pursue a number of academically rigorous and practically relevant modules. At this level areas such as Sustainable Development and Contract will allow for a degree of specialisation. When combined with the Major Project, the student will have a specialisation they can potentially use as part of their future career development plan, without closing employment opportunities. Advanced construction technologies, valuation principles and professional practice areas will be the focus of study. These programmes encourage students to engage with professional bodies and outside organisations in the field of building surveying. This normally occurs during vacation periods where more flexibility in timings is available.

All honours students must complete the major project, which is considered of major importance, and as such is a 40 credit module. Here, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability of applying skills, knowledge and interpretative thinking. It will involve laboratory, field, computer, information technology and/or library/desk-based study associated with aspects of their chosen topic. At this level, modules are contextual in nature and offer ample opportunity for rigorous in-depth study.