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Nottingham Trent University

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

UCAS Code: K240
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Building
Student score
88% HIGH
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£26k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Quantity surveyors manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They are specialised accountants for the construction industry, aiming to minimise costs and enhance value for money, delivering projects to the required quality and on time. Commercial managers are responsible for financial management of projects, putting together bids for new work, and negotiating and agreeing contracts. Our Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)-accredited course is designed for those who want to be the centre of the management of construction procurement process. If you think logically, enjoy using your own initiative, are interested in financial matters, like dealing with people and want to work in and out of the office, then this is the course for you. You'll benefit from excellent employability prospects - 100% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich graduates are in a professional or managerial job, just six months after graduation, earning an average salary of £26,600 (DLHE survey 2015/16). Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, quantity surveyors and commercial manager graduates are highly sought after. Learning from our experienced academic team, staff with vast experience workingin industry, alongside visiting experts, you'll apply your learning to the real world with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course. Benefit from our established partnerships with employing organisations and gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement. You'll also have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your circumstances, with the flexibility to switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options, to suit your own requirements.


All modules are core. Year One: Fundamentals of Construction - The key aim of the module is for you to understand the technologies and construction processes applied to domestic building work for new build or existing structures • Introduction to Measurement and Cost - This module develops your understanding of measurement principles and your ability to apply measurement skills •Architectural Science and Building Engineering Services - This module introduces you to the principles underlying the operation and functioning of building engineering services associated with domestic buildings • Numerical and Professional Skills for the Construction Industry - This module encompasses a range of topics to support your professional development professional career in the construction industry • Law and Health & Safety - You will study the English Legal System and its relationship to European Union law to help you understand how law is made, administered and enforced. Year Two: Construction Technology - The key aim of this course is for you to understand modern and traditional building technologies • Sustainable Technology with Environmental Control - In this module you will explore the techniques of sustainability used in building technology and environmental engineering • Measurement - The ability to measure quantities is very important and much sought after skill for a quantity surveyor • Project Development and Cost - The ability to produce valuation, life cycle costing and cost plan is very important as a quantity surveyor • Contract Administration: Control and Finance - This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of this area by studying key topics related to the administration of construction related contracts, and applying the practices and procedures to industry related scenarios • Law and Contemporary Economics - The module also aims to allow you to apply general contemporary economic concepts and theories at both microeconomic and macroeconomic levels applied to the construction markets. Year Three: You will get the opportunity to spend a year working in industry. This year in industry will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future employment. Many students to their placement company after graduation. Final Year: Professional Practice and Commercial Management - This module will develop your existing knowledge so that you are able to interpret the particular needs of different client groups, develop and implement suitable approaches to procurement •International Project Appraisal - This module will develop your appreciation and awareness of the technological, design and philosophical aspects of construction techniques and process across the world • Industrial Practice for Quantity Surveyors - This module provides a holistic overview of the fundamental principles of the strategic and operational management of a construction project • Dissertation - This module offers an opportunity to develop and utilise a range of research skills to produce a thesis based on a topic you have selected.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 88% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
41% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
308 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £26k HIGH
Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are production managers and directors


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to take a degree that is definitely in demand? Try building! We're short of graduates in this area, so most graduates get jobs quickly. Building graduates make excellent surveyors, and that's currently one of the jobs that employers find hardest to fill, so there are great opportunities available of you want to try your hand at a surveying career. Building graduates also go into jobs in site and project management and other high skilled parts of the construction industry. There are jobs to be had in most parts of the country, so if you're technically-inclined and want to work somewhere specific, it might be worth considering this as an option. Building graduates are more likely than most to start their career with an employer who gave them work experience, so it’s particularly worth trying to secure links with industry if you take this degree.
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