Building Surveying Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Part-time, degree apprenticeship undergraduate (4 years)





Our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree apprenticeship is an opportunity to combine study and work. As well as providing a high-quality degree qualification, it lets you register as a chartered member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and pursue a fulfilling career in the surveying industry.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

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The apprenticeship is very rewarding. I’m glad I chose this career path, I’m benefitting hugely from working and becoming qualified at the same time
Ryan Pinkney
Building Surveying Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprentice, calfordseaden


Our work-based course ensures that it meets the needs of the industry and is adaptable to a range of employers and roles.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Introduction to Civil Law and Legislation
    This module introduces you to the structure and processes of the English legal system, to the sources of the law, and to those basic legal concepts and skills which such students need to address more detailed legal issues in later modules. It is the essential foundation to the development of the legal skills necessary in the provision of sound advice to clients in a student's professional career.
  • The Built Environment Work Sector
    This module is intended to support the development of your understanding of the nature of the work sector in the broadest sense including; the environments in which the sector operates, its performance within these contexts and factors that influence the operation of organisations.
  • Elements of Construction Design
    You will develop analytical skills which will allow them to carry out basic structural calculations. You will also be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. This will allow you to effectively interpret technical drawing and give you the skills which can be applied to your specialist discipline area in later modules. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry.
  • Elementary Survey Skills
    Survey work is one of the most complete and satisfying disciplines involved in construction because it involves the application of theoretical knowledge to solve practical problems using tactile skills and common-sense in the field. This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for apprentices entering the construction industry. You will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.
  • Construction Economics
    You will gain an understanding of basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles and how they impact on firms in the built environment. This allows you to develop an appreciation of the importance of the economy on the industry in which their careers are located.
  • Professional Surveying Practice
    This module explores the roles and activities undertaken by the Chartered Surveyor throughout the development process. It provides students with a general knowledge and understanding of the history and background of the surveying professions and the RICS, along with the types of organisations in which surveyors are employed.
  • Building Technology
    You will learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing by considering, in turn, each of the main elements of a buildings' structure. You will also study the requirements of the internal environment, so as to understand how services installations contribute to user comfort. Other basic aspects such as the personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology will be illustrated as appropriate to support your learning.
  • IT and Communication
    You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.

Year two, core modules

  • Advanced Construction Technology
    This module is designed to develop your technical knowledge and the skills to apply that knowledge in the context of both new build and refurbishment work. The focus of this module leads on from domestic construction and provides a broad understanding of the way we build commercial and industrial buildings. The module will consider the functional requirements of single-storey industrial sheds and multi-storey framed structures in concrete and steel. In addition, the effects of the latest legislation in relation to fire and health & safety on the construction process are examined.
  • Environmental Building Performance
    You will be introduced to standard methods of assessing and measuring the environmental performance of buildings, such as Pasivhaus and BREEAM. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building's thermal, visual and acoustic performance. A number of scientific methods are explored and there will be some practical, experiment-based work. Various technical solutions for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building will be explored. The passive design features of a building are also explored.
  • Planning Procedures and Practice
    You will be introduced to the stages of the present planning system from application to determination by planning officers or planning committees. You will also gain an understanding of the current planning appeals system to the Planning Inspectorate if there is a refusal to grant planning consent.
  • Management Practice
    This module helps you develop a sound understanding of the theories and practice of management, reinforced by examples of best practice drawn from a wide range of organisations and industries, together with an appreciation of the context and constraints that influence organisations and management.
  • Property and Land Law
    You will examine the different types of interests - both legal and equitable within the built environment. This module employs various teaching and learning strategies such as formal group lectures, seminars and tutorials with a series of class exercises to facilitate knowledge and understanding, through which you will gain a practical and valuable knowledge and insight into problems associated with the law of property.

Year three, core modules

  • Project Evaluation and Development
    The context and content of this module integrates knowledge and skills obtained from previous management and design modules. It examines them in a holistic manner and explores their complex inter-relationships. Issues related to the client, the site, planning, financial appraisal, design technology, legal, health and safety and environment will all be examined within a theoretical and practical framework.
  • Building Surveying Documentation
    This module introduces the essential processes and documentation for administering the minor and intermediate building works with which Building Surveyors working in both private practice and the public sector are involved. Traditionally procured contracts will be concentrated upon, since this method (where the client employs a professional to prepare contract documentation with which to appoint a contractor) is in the main the type of work undertaken by building surveyors.
  • Building Inspection and Analysis
    Here you will develop skills gained in the pre-requisite modules, An Introduction to Technology and Design and Professional Surveying Practice and adapt these skills to enable the completion of a typical condition survey (RICS Home Buyer Report). Emphasis will be placed upon property inspection, recognition of defects in residential property and related matters such as non-traditional construction, assessing age of buildings, asbestos awareness and damage by trees to buildings. You will also explore current health and safety legislation and how this affects the surveying of buildings together with an examination of data protection legislation and guidelines. The module provides a good grounding in undertaking modern condition surveys and of recognising defects in low rise residential buildings.
  • Valuations
    This module provides you with an opportunity to explore the main valuation methods in order to solve various valuation problems across a wide range of property types. You will also examine the various purposes of valuations or calculations of worth necessary to provide accurate advice to clients.
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
    You will study aspects of architectural periods and types of building including components and materials of construction commonly used in the types of building under study and life-cycle options. You will acquire a range of analytical skills to enable you to measure existing and proposed building performance from a number of standpoints and be in a position to select a range of re-use options which can be employed by a building owner.

Year four, core modules

  • Building Surveying Practice I
    The key aims of this module are to develop an understanding of inspection and reporting procedures relating to schedules of dilapidations on commercial premises. In this context 'dilapidation' is a legal term relating to the law of 'waste' and applies in situations where a party has an obligation (for example under the terms of a lease) to keep a property in good repair. The case law and legislation pertaining to all dilapidation activities is also an important part of the module. A suitable commercial building will be identified for students to inspect and prepare a schedule of dilapidations in order to complete the assessment task.
  • Facilities Management (optional)
    This module is designed to enable you to obtain an awareness and understanding of the role of facilities organisations and its function in the support of business in achieving the key business objectives. During the programme, studies will concentrate on the development of an effective facilities management organisation. The module will investigate how large organisations develop an effective property strategy and implement planned and preventative maintenance programmes. The module will also examine whole life asset management and the production of facilities audits.
  • Valuations II (optional)
    This module is designed to examine both traditional and contemporary valuation techniques in a manner that critically analyses various approaches to solving more detailed valuation problems. The requirements of the RICS red book, Appraisal and Valuation Standards are explored particularly in relation to the valuation of company assets. This module also focuses upon the procedures and valuation applications that are required when compensation awards are assessed under various statues. These include the Landlord and Tenant Acts, Leasehold Enfranchisement, Housing Acts, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Town and Country Planning Acts and various Taxation and Finance Acts.
  • Practice Based Learning (optional)
    This module will give you an opportunity to analyse and evaluate your workplace; commenting upon organisational structures, culture, roles and responsibilities. It covers human relationships in the workplace, team relationships and problem evaluations and suggests possible reasons for situations arising.
  • Building Surveying Practice II
    The key aims of this module are to develop an understanding of inspection and reporting procedures relating to building surveys (sometimes known as ‘structural surveys’), party wall awards and alternative dispute resolution methods commonly used by the building surveyor. A suitable commercial building will be identified for students to inspect and prepare a building survey in order to partially complete the assessment tasks.
  • Property Marketing and Management
    This module is designed to develop the student's awareness of the nature and role of property management and then to analyse the rationale and character of the principle types of estates and factors underlying their management.
  • Major Project aligned to APC
    This module represents the culmination of each student's development through learning undertaken on their programme. It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to undertake a substantial original study to investigate a subject, issue, or problem and to produce a usable outcome. Students carry out an original piece of work that may be either an expert study or a research study. The major project/dissertation requires students to demonstrate analytical, deductive, investigative and written communication skills in relation to their chosen subject. Students will deploy a wide range of skills that they have developed during their programme including initiative, self-motivation, time-management, analysis and integration of data and information together with the organisational skills needed for such a large piece of work.


The assessment of the Degree Apprenticeship is constituted of three main elements:

  1. Successful completion of the modules which make up BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree. Assessment for this will include assignments and exams. The assignments will require the production of essays, reports, completion of practical tasks and a range of calculations. (This must be achieved before you are able to commence to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)).
  2. Completion of a diary and log book of experience gained.
  3. Three monthly assessments of competence by a supervisor and counsellor (in the final 2 years, as a minimum).

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The end point assessment is the final assessment for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This is a substantial assessment and will typically take 6-9 months to complete in addition to the duration of the degree. This is a rigorous process involving extensive preparation.

The end point assessment requires you to demonstrate that you have achieved RICS defined competencies to which the apprenticeship standards have been mapped.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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  • 112 UCAS Tariff points. This is equivalent to:
    • 3 A levels at grade B, B, C
    • BTEC National Diploma DMM (1x Distinction and 2x Merits)
    • Access to HE Qualification
    • All appropriate and equivalent, UK and international, Level 3 (and above) qualifications will be considered
  • In addition applicants will need to have 4 GCSEs at grades C / 4 or above (or equivalent) including English and Maths.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent English language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

In addition applicants will need to have 4 *GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English and Maths.

If you don’t meet the above requirements your application will be considered on a case by case basis and may require an interview. *This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications, which are mandatory.

Course offers can only be made if approved Level 2 certificates are provided prior to the start of the course.

For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements download this document from: the website

Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.

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