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Why choose the School of Computer Science and Technology

100% of our Construction and Engineering students are in employment or further study 15 months after graduation (HESA Graduate Outcomes, 2023)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council UK, our BSC Electronic Engineering fully meets the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer

Our Cybersecurity courses received 100% positive ratings when it came to teaching staff being good at explaining things, and for the course developing knowledge and skills for the future (NSS, 2023)

About the course

This course is taking applications for October 2024

This new hands-on Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) has been specially developed by the University of Bedfordshire to ensure you gain the practical skills and knowledge you need to take up a career in the construction industry specifically around construction quantity surveying.

HTQs are a new qualification equivalent to a HNC or Higher Apprenticeship and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. This HTQ meets the occupational standards needed to become a construction quantity surveying technician and on successful completion of the course you can apply to be a member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

The University has been offering qualifications in construction for over 15 years. We work closely with a wide range of construction organisations across the UK offering you a readymade employment network. The focus is on practical on-site experience with a 30-credit employment-based unit as well as field trips to different projects. You also have opportunities to hear from industry guest speakers and attend industry expos.

Why choose this course

  • It allows you to have the full university experience while taking a vocational route
  • Our staff team have strong research and academic backgrounds as well as practical experience in the industry
  • You benefit from learning in our modern STEM building where facilities include a lab with specialist construction equipment It includes a year-long real-world project that allows you to apply what you learn in the classroom to a real-world situation
  • The course follows the guidance of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) on ensuring qualifications are net-zero ready and address sustainability
  • On course completion you can enter a sector forecast to grow massively over the next five years and where there is currently a shortage of qualified professionals (CITB 2021)
  • You have the option to continue your studies at BSc level in a related field where you would enter at Year 2.
  • This course is designed to allow you to progress on to our Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)

with Professional Practice Year

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

with Foundation Year

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.


What will you study?

Sustainability, Environment And Construction Technology

Students studying this unit will apply their knowledge of the construction process in relation to the evaluation, investigation and analysis of land for construction.

Students will apply skills in the application of environmental, social and economic- related processes (the ‘Triple Pillars of Sustainability’) necessary in achieving a sustainable development. Further to this, students will develop skills in site investigation, which will determine various forms of foundation, substructure and superstructure, to enable the construction of low rise (and commercial buildings).

Students will identify opportunities to enhance and improve standard building practices and propose innovative solutions.

The students will also compare and contrast construction techniques and use of materials.

  • To advance students with a range of both theoretical and practical knowledge related to sustainability-related issues and construction techniques, including behaviour and use of materials.
  • To consider and provide guidance with reference to an existing building, and to appropriately propose a new one, identifying methods of construction by which the building could reduce its impact on the environment, benefit society and enhance its economic performance.
  • To specify materials and the most appropriate methods of construction for a new project.
  • To apply skills and knowledge in the investigation, analysis and evaluation needed in site investigation for building projects.
  • To identify solutions to issues that may arise on-site that would affect the building process. This can include land contamination, types of soils, water and chemicals and any associated earthworks that may be required and materials used in construction of substructure.

Academic And Computer Skills, Health And Safety

This unit introduces the key transferable skills required within academic environments and construction industries.

It provides students with the tools and strategies to improve their own learning and performance, grounding for their own continued personal development, and enables them to develop personal approaches to study by overcoming weaknesses and building on strengths.

Transferable core skills, such as those concerning written and oral communication, and specialist software packages, provide a foundation for continual learning and in helping the student to face a series of choices in work/education/training throughout life. Such skills will be broadly contextualised within a construction context, to enable students to apply to practical fields of interest.

Students will examine professional requirements around ethics, equality and diversity, and the need for commitment to these in-line with professional codes of practice.

Further to this, with the construction industry remaining a dangerous environment to work in, this unit enables students to apply and implement the appropriate knowledge and skills in order to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.

  • To introduce and develop the concept of transferable core skills to students and to demonstrate their importance within the construction industries.
  • To apply skills and knowledge towards the production of reports and presentations, and to identify hazards in the workplace (including the production of risk assessments and monitoring arrangements).
  • To apply research skills to produce reports on the students’ understanding and use of health and safety legislation as it applies to the working environment.
  • To develop skills towards the production of reviews, evaluations and monitoring reports of the effectiveness of current health, safety and welfare policies by historic analysis, investigation and evaluation.

Introduction To Construction Economics

This unit introduces key principles of economics within the UK construction industry to the students. This includes an overview of the main theories and practices, and facilitates an understanding of the wider market forces, economic activities and local and national government policies, which influence UK construction and the built environment.

  • To describe the key economic principles within the construction industry.
  • To explain the application of economic principles and their significance to the construction industry.
  • To identify and understand business operation and commercial risk within the construction industry.
  • Understand the size and economic significance of the work carried out by different sectors.
  • To understand the importance of project planning, resourcing and pricing.

Project Management And Cost Control For Quantity Surveying Technicians

Contract Administration And Quantity Surveying Practice

How will you be assessed?



There is currently a high demand for skilled construction professionals across the sector. The skills and knowledge you gain on this course open up a range of career options but particularly in roles such as a construction quantity surveying technician assistant quantity surveyor assistant construction surveyor assistant cost engineer or assistant cost analyst. You can also go on to study a course leading to a full degree.

Entry Requirements

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