School
Business
UCAS tariff points
112-136
Years of Entry
2024 2025
Location
Leeds City Campus
Study Mode
Full-time (3 years)

Course overview

Do you want a professional career in the construction industry helping to shape the future of our towns and cities through the built environment?

Would you like to work as a quantity surveyor, costing and managing building and engineering projects?

Our Quantity Surveying degree has been designed and developed in consultation with industry representatives to meet the increasing employment needs within the construction and the built environment sector.

On this course, you’ll develop the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for a career in quantity surveying, underpinned by an understanding of the broader agendas relevant to today’s building industry, including construction technologies and sustainability.

This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

The Student Contract

About this course

You’ll study the core principles of quantity surveying, including management, building pathology, law and economics for the built environment, and commercial practice. 

We’ll help you develop the legal, economic, social and environmental knowledge and technical skills to manage the full range of construction projects, while considering the latest developments in the industry. 

Professional work placements, site visits and employer projects are integral to your studies and aligned to your chosen career aspirations. These allow you to gain valuable experience putting the theory you learn into practice in a real-world setting, building your employability skills and developing contacts in the sector.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have been able to develop the necessary management and technical skills required for a career as a quantity surveyor with access to the diverse, global opportunities offered by the built environment industry.

Why study with us?

  • Prepare for the workplace through the experience gained through the professional placements and employer projects included in your degree.
  • Gain the management and technical skills needed for a professional career as a quantity surveyor.
  • Access the extensive career opportunities available in the global construction industry. 

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Year 1

During your first year, you'll study four core modules.

Construction Technology and Design 1 (Core)
Building Science and the Sustainable Environment (Core)

You’ll explore the relationship between low carbon detailing, precision engineering, specification of thermal elements, vapour control layers and improved thermal comfort. You’ll cover sustainability as it related to Building Regulations Part L Conservation of Fuel and Power including the Building Safety Act 2023 as well as the Global Conventions on Climate Change Act.

Consider the science of thermal conductivity, heat transfer, calculations and specification of materials with better U values, thermal resistance alongside methods of assembly and airtightness, the elimination of cold and thermal bridges all form part of the evaluation of the responses to conservation of buildings services.

Study offsite manufacturing and modular designs, as lean systems, also promote the low carbon agenda and are mandatory and technical core competencies required for passing APC and chartered status for RICS and CIOB.

Introduction to Measurement and Costing (Core)
Construction Economics (Core)

You’ll focus on providing a description of the construction sector and an economic explanation of markets, industries as well as some of the major features of construction products.

Analyse the critical principles of the relationship between economic theory and that of the construction industry.

You’ll learn the fundamental concepts and theories of economics to underpin commercial management and QS functions.

Understand economic principles as you assume more responsibility for management within a construction environment.

 

Year 2

During your second year, you'll study four core modules.

Construction Technology and Design 2 (Core)

Explore the characteristics of non-domestic buildings and the preparatory activities for below-ground level structures including stabilisation techniques, deep retaining wall construction for basements and piling foundations and composite framing for larger more complex skyscrapers.

 

You’ll study the theoretical design of structural and non-structural elements as rooted in case study tall buildings around the world. You’ll be introduced to design concepts applicable to tall buildings including building safety concerning fire safety.

 

Consideration will also be given to the restoration challenges for listed and non-listed heritage assets – concerning economic value contribution of Historic England and the value placed on extensive restoration, conservation and recycling of some rare heritage assets.

 

Study the conflict between Building Regulations, the Building Safety Act of 2022 and the Global conventions under the Climate Change Act 2008.

Project Planning Ethics and Safety Control (Core)

Study the design challenges and environmental and human factors in establishing why the construction industry is considered the most dangerous despite the heavy legal and financial penalties for those who breach the law.

Understand the classification of construction activity will reveal patterns in the anatomy of site accidents and the combative safety legislation, its application and how it is enforced.

You’ll consider the relationship between safety, design and the early involvement of project managers which reinforces the legacy of the EU Safety Directives and the 2015 CDM regulations.

You’ll look at case studies of site accidents, HSE concerning training, inspectorate obligations and the benefits of adopting 4D construction planning and simulation packages that allow construction and project managers to do some planning at the preconstruction stages.

Construction Law (Core)

Develop knowledge of the UK construction industry’s legal landscape where you’ll look at construction contacts and the nature of professional contractual agreements.

You’ll look at the roles and relationships relating to professional service agreements and how duty holders are compelled to comply with different levels of compliance.

Gain knowledge of the basics of general contracting, case law as well as understanding standard building forms of contracts will receive greater attention including an array of negotiated contracts such as lump sum contracts, time and materials, labour and materials and design and build.

Discover the  tools used to manage contracts including financial remedies for breach of contract, relating to quality and standard of workmanship, defective building materials, suspension and the termination of contracts.

Procurement and Contract Administration (Core)

You’ll be introduced to the key elements of procurement and contract administration including the management of the documents once they have been submitted by various parties and the level of scrutiny given to them which will give you grounding knowledge of pre-contract management.

 

In your studies, you’ll contrast and compare procedures the contractor follows to those of the client and subcontractor. You’ll also cover the post-contract procedure for the clients and contrast such activities to those of the contractor.

Year 3

During your final year, you'll study three core modules.

Collaborative and Interprofessional Practice (Core)

Prepare for your career as you explore the critical attributes you’ll need after you graduate.

 

You’ll be given a selection of tasks to complete where you will take on the relative industry role that applies, deliver solutions all whilst being judged on the industry standards.

 

You’ll be inspired with collaboration, creativity skills, critical thinking and team working skills and gain knowledge on how to benefit from professional development as they evolve throughout their careers.

Quantity Surveying Project (Core)

You’ll demonstrate an understand and application of construction detailing, based on a case study project and using construction IT applications to corroborate data from varied sources and to synthesize the outcomes based on Advanced New Rules of Measurement.

 

Develop alternative modelling and specification of building elements which align with the traditional estimating approaches based on the BCIS (Building and Cost Information Service) and demonstrate a high level of analysis using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

 

Use the transferrable knowledge you’ve built from design briefs and other sources to construct outputs such as specifications, and technical and well annotated details which form the basis of the technical advice which informs the employer information for the client and other stakeholders.

Research Methods and Dissertation (Core)

You’ll conduct your own independent research project where you’ll demonstrate a critical review of existing primary and secondary data from established sources such as BRE, ONS, CIOB and RICS.

Professional work placements

Experience matters. That's why we embed professional work placements within our standard undergraduate degrees.

How does it work?

Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.

During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.

You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in developing and delivering construction projects with employers across the construction and the built environment sector, including contractor organisations of all sizes.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Professional Work Placements

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Programme delivery

Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.

Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:

  1. Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
  2.  Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
  3. Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.

Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.

Entry requirements for this course:
QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff112-136
GCSE requirementsGCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 or above

Fees and finance

Funding

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2024/2025.

Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Tuition fees for 2025/26 entry will be set in summer 2024.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our webpage for international students.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

Although the equal consideration deadline has passed for 2024 entry there are still ways to apply now.

If you included five choices on your application, have received decisions from all five, and weren’t accepted, or if you declined the offers you received, you will be able to use Extra which opens on 28 February. If you use Extra to add another choice you cannot reverse this to go back to your original five choices.

If you did not use all your choices in your initial application, you don't need to use Extra, you can just sign in to your application and add another choice, as long as it’s before 30 June, and you’ve not accepted or declined any offers.

If you don’t hold any offers after 5 July, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing.

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Friday 26 July 2024.

Applications are not yet open for courses starting in September 2025. You can register and start your application for 2025 from 14 May 2024, although you cannot submit it until later in the year. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2025 is 29 January 2025.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

Graduate opportunities

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.

You’ll graduate ready for a career within the construction sector as a quantity surveyor working for contracting organisations, project management consultancies or client-side organisations. You could also explore other roles in the sector, such as cost engineer, project contracts manager, cost planner and BIM manager. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue postgraduate study in your chosen field within construction and the built environment. 

After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Careers

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