FdSc Surveying

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Take your first step towards an exciting career as a Chartered Building or Quantity Surveyor with our part-time foundation degree course in Chelmsford.

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Gain a solid grounding in the financial and technological management of construction projects from inception to completion.

Over three years part-time, our course encompasses the design, construction, maintenance, operation and – ultimately – disposal of buildings. There’s an emphasis on sustainability – a cornerstone of today’s construction industry – and the latest developments in digital technology and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

If you're already working in the construction industry, our part-time course is a great opportunity to learn more about surveying – and to develop professionally and academically.

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Specialist facilities

As a student at ARU you’ll use:

  • industry-standard equipment to learn how to conduct site surveys and property inspections
  • design and AutoCAD studios
  • a materials and testing laboratory
  • environmental science and design laboratory
  • surveying laboratory.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


The construction industry holds a wealth of opportunities for graduates with surveying skills and knowledge. You might find yourself working in a construction organisation, in the estates department of a large company, or for a specialist consultancy organisation.

Once you’ve completed this foundation degree course (with 50% or higher overall grade), you’ll be able to progress onto our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying or BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degrees. Both these courses are accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the professional body for surveying. When you graduate, you can begin the process that leads to chartered surveyor status.

Or, you might decide to stay at ARU, and study a postgraduate degree such as our MSc Construction Management or MSc Project Management. It’s a great opportunity to build upon your knowledge or develop a specialism. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.


"The knowledge and support from the staff is absolutely second to none; I have felt thoroughly supported from the first day."


BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying student

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