The BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (Level 6 higher apprenticeship) is a one year 'top-up' degree specifically designed to provide the opportunity for progression for those with a Level 5 foundation degree or HND in Construction and wish to progress to a senior quantity surveyor or commercial manager role or, alternatively, for those who have at least five years' significant experience of working in the construction industry to progress their careers in the sector.
The qualification is work-based and all candidates must be employed in the sector to complete the programme (to gain the higher apprenticeship, candidates must be employed as a degree apprentice). This work-based programme is designed to enable you to negotiate work activities and projects with your employer/workplace mentor, that will provide the focus and basis of your professional learning and count towards the achievement of your degree.
The programme has been designed to enable people who are currently working in the construction industry, including those with significant experience, to gain a university degree and contribute to their professional body membership. It is specifically designed for managers in the construction industry who wish to gain recognition for their professional learning experience towards a degree qualification. The academic requirements of the programmes are met through the completion of current projects that candidates undertake in the workplace.
The BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree is provided by the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, which is an international leader in the field of professional practice and university level work-based learning. The principle of work-based learning is to build courses around the working and training practices of particular industries, sectors or employers, so that the learning that occurs every day as part of your normal training and practice, can be assessed and recognised in an academic framework without the need for unnecessary duplication. In this way, this degree programme makes it possible to gain an honours degree at the same time as completing the requirements for a higher apprenticeship and professional body membership.A key advantage of this integrated degree is that individuals have full access to student finance, which is usually denied to managers undergoing training. For further information visit the website of the Student Finance Company.
This degree is specifically designed to develop the knowledge, practical skills and competences you will need to operate as a senior quantity surveyor or commercial manager and achieve the higher apprenticeship Level 6 without the necessity of completing another qualification such as an NVQ. What you do in your workplace will be assessed as part of the honours degree and the assignments you complete will be based on what you do at work.
You will complete three Specialist Project modules that are designed to enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and competency in the key areas of: Managing Commercial Risk; Managing Project Scope and Specifications; and Managing Project Delivery. The specific form of the required assessment for these modules will be negotiated and agreed with your employer/workplace mentor and tutor. Typically, assessment will include a Reflective Project Report and presentation or other relevant artifacts.
This module is designed to prepare you for professional body membership and enable you to produce evidence of your professional competency and develop an in-depth understanding of your industry environment. This will include the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct. Assessment will require a portfolio including a Learning Log that evidences the achievement of professional competencies and a reflective account of your engagement with a professional network.
This module is designed to develop your ability to apply effective financial management to a construction project. To understand ramifications of the contract form; how it informs management approach, project culture, management of risk and the implications and obligations that apply to the various parties involved. You will demonstrate how you manage, communicate and influence decisions on financial inputs and outputs relating to the construction process, including the building and cost schedule, positive cash flow and profitability.
This module aims to develop your critical approach to site management from matching contractors' proposals to employer's requirements, to tendering and procuring supplier contracts to meet project scope, specifications and stakeholder expectations. You will demonstrate knowledge of policies, procedures and regulations, and communicate these as project outcomes to the wider team. You will also understand how an effective QS/CM controls outputs.
This module will help you demonstrate your ability to manage effective control of project related costs. You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of legal and contractual constraints and the effect of time and quality on project costs. You will show how you forecast cost and risk and their financial implications evidenced by the production of financial reports.
This module is designed to support the identification of a chosen area of commercial management practice that can be developed into your quantity surveying and commercial management project. You will develop approaches and methods that enable you to ask intelligent questions about your chosen area of practice and to formulate a proposal and plan for the final project. You will need to discuss and agree your project proposal with both your employer/workplace mentor and your module tutor.
This module builds on your project proposal to implement your project plan and apply chosen inquiry methods towards achieving your negotiated project objectives. You will develop your proposal to further define the management problem or area of inquiry, including identifying project constraints. You will be required to apply in-depth knowledge, understanding, critical, practical and personal skills towards the development of creative and innovative solutions in a practical context. The form of assessment will be negotiated but is likely to include a project report, presentation and/or other relevant artifacts.
The learning, teaching and assessment approaches used throughout your programme will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other students. Middlesex University will aim to give you prompt and constructive feedback on your learning as well as opportunities to reflect upon and learn from that feedback.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches, making full use of a company mentor and encouraged to participate in your local branch of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The work-based modules are all designed to include a degree of negotiation concerning the specific approach to learning, teaching and assessment adopted between you, your employer and your tutor.
Blended learning approaches aim to put you at the centre of your development where you are engaged in all aspects of your learning and assessment. Your programme will require your participation in learning activities and engagement with your peers both individually and collaboratively. Learning activities will therefore occur both within and outside the classroom and in the workplace.
The programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools such as online workshops, blogs, podcasts and wikis, which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of resources and learning materials, as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. Not confined by time and space you will be able to take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. Your tutors will provide specific support for your use of the virtual learning platform and the Web Helpdesk will be available provide assistance when you need it.
By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills that are highly valued by employers. These include, but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources, and access to global expertise. The University's Learning Resource Centre has a designated Work-based Learning librarian to assist with resourcing and supplying learning support material. Learning resources are available through myUniHub or through the Library 'Libguides' resource area. Access to resources such as essay writing, avoiding plagiarism and referencing techniques will also be available.
The evidence of the achievement of professional competencies, technical skills, knowledge and understanding specific to the role of senior quantity surveyor and commercial manager is provided through the completion of work-based projects. This integrated approach means that both knowledge and competence are assessed through the submission of evidence of learning from a variety of appropriate work-based projects. However, the outcomes of work-based projects are also formatively assessed by employers with specific reference to the professional competencies that also need demonstrating. Workplace mentors will confirm that specified competencies have been demonstrated and will supply the necessary feedback to inform how the candidate might further develop their level of professional competency.
Assessment is an important aspect to your programme, it is an integral part of learning and it is referred to as formative or summative. Formative assessment is developmental in nature and is designed to give feedback to students on their performance and how it can be improved. Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the intended learning outcomes to pass a module and results in the award of an appropriate grade that will count towards your degree classification.
Assessment may also involve self, peer or group approaches. For example, you may be asked to self-assess your own work indicating areas where you can see you have room to improve. Peer assessment might involve students, individually or as groups, offering feedback on one another's work. The student may also be asked to demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept the equivalent of UK entry requirements from a recognised overseas qualification.
A quantity surveyor or commercial manager manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They work to minimise cost within a project and enhance value for money, while still maintaining and achieving the required standards and quality. Many of these are specified by statutory building regulations, which the surveyor needs to understand and must adhere.
A cost consultant is the usual term for a quantity surveyor or commercial manager who works for the client organisation or the client's representative and they usually work in an office. A contractor's quantity surveyor usually works in a temporary office on site. They are involved in a project from the start, preparing estimates and costs of the work. When the project is in progress, quantity surveyors keep track of any variations to the contract that may affect costs and create reports to show profitability.
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