Pathway students enrol on the undergraduate BSc Hons Building Surveying at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, you study HND Building Surveying at City of Glasgow College while preparing to progress to year 3 of the degree.
Building surveying graduates enjoy excellent career prospects as building surveyors advising clients on both commercial and residential building issues.
Choose the building surveying college pathway if:
- you are interested in building assessment, property development and conservation
- you would like the option to study and 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.
Year 1 and 2
In collaboration with City of Glasgow College you study an enhanced HND Building Surveying for two years before progressing into full-time study at Glasgow Caledonian University. Here you will gain a great grounding in the field of Building Surveying.
Placement, Construction Technology, Design & Regulation, CAD Application & Innovation, Building Inspection and Pathology.
Building Development, Sustainability & Building Surveying Studies with an option from Conservation, Facilities or Project Management, Honours Dissertation.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
Standard entry requirements
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.
Year 1BB at SQA Higher or equivalent. Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only
ProgressionYou can progress to Year 3 from City of Glasgow College with a 30 Credit HND with an A in the graded units.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
The fees shown are for students starting studies within the 2018/19 academic year. GCU is currently in the process of setting fees for 2019/20. Students interested in enrolling on a programmes starting in August 2019 or later should check back for further information shortly.
Tuition fees 2018/19
Specific 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. Fees and refund policy.
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.
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 £2.5 million per year.
Your 6-8 month work placement in third year can be completed in Scotland or abroad.
The Building Surveying degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Graduates can go on to chartered membership status (MRICS/MCIOB).
There are opportunities to study abroad including a week-long European city study trip.
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.
The Building Surveying degree is accredited by RICS The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CIOB The Chartered Institute of Building. On successful completion of your degree, you can work towards MEICS Chartered Membership of RICS and MICOB Chartered Membership of CIOB.
Assessment methods include coursework activities and formal examinations. Our students have many opportunities to enhance their employability by studying abroad. Through KAR Scholarship funding our students have worked in Ladakh in India and Guedelon in France; students have enjoyed placements in New Zealand while next year, two students will be attending Barcelona University for a six month Erasmus Exchange.
The employability of our students is in part due to our excellent links with our professional partners which include the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building (who provide our industry standard course accreditation) and Historic Scotland, as well as a six month industry placement at the beginning of third year, something no other Scottish institution offers. For their final year, our students undertake Building Surveying Studies, an industry based project driven by the professional competency requirements deemed essential by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This project is fully supported through our Industry links with site visits accompanied by and lectures often provided by Professional Practitioner partners.