BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying Pathway

GCU Pathways

Pathway students enrol on the undergraduate BSc Quantity Surveying course at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, you will study HND Quantity Surveying at City of Glasgow College while preparing to progress to year 3 of the degree at GCU.

Quantity Surveying graduates enjoy excellent career prospects in building, construction and conservation.

Choose the quantity surveying college pathway if:

  • you are interested in financial, legal and managerial aspects of building and property development
  • you want the opportunity to study or work abroad
  • you enjoy learning in a hands-on practical way
  • you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
  • you like working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study.

Your career

Graduates from the programme have been recruited by leading organisations in the construction and property sectors such as BAM Group, Laing O'Rourke, Lend Lease, Balfour Beatty, Turner and Townsend and Doig+Smith.

Year 1 and 2

HND Quantity Surveying at City of Glasgow College

Year 3

Industry Placement and Estimating, Further Technology Skills.

Year 4

Project Management & Construction Contracts, elective option including Commercial Management, Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Sustainability in the Built Environment.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
1 Year
Sep 2021
Multiple Locations
BSc Hons
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2021
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 1 Year Sep 2021 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply
BSc Hons Full Time 4 Years Aug 2021 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BB (Maths/English/Science/related subject) Nat 5: C (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level

Progression criteria Progress to year three with a 30 Credit HND - graded unit A

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

International pathways

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

College-based: This information will be available from the college itself
GCU-based: £1,820*

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

All second year full-time students have the opportunity to spend one week in Europe as part of their studies. A 24 week industrial placement is incorporated into year three of the programme. It allows students to understand the application of their taught skills and benefit from work based learning.

The programme both full-time and part-time, is fully accredited by the RICS Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CICES the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors. Representatives of RICS visit students during the programme in order to set exercises and assess their performance. On successful completion of their Honours degree, graduates may commence working towards their professional qualification to obtain Chartered Membership of the Institution (MRICS).

Students have the opportunity for International Exchange. This could be for one trimester or a whole year study at another institution, often at one of our European partners, where courses are offered in English. Currently students taking this option do so at Year 3 and gain credits towards their degree.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Expect a variety of assessment methods including coursework activities and formal examinations. You take part in the unique Interact Project where you work with students of other disciplines from three other universities. As part of your overall assessment, you are asked to prepare a cost plan and cost report based on the architectural drawings given while keeping within budget. This project is sponsored by the Sweett Group, with the best individual Quantity Surveying student and team winning an award.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods based in workshops, laboratories and tutorials as well as industrial and site visits. Industry professionals will deliver guest lectures, while you will be able to access web-based materials through the Management Learning Environment. You will be expected to work on projects individually as well as in a group and will have the chance to go on field trips and study tours, including the annual European trip, which is open to all Level 2 students.