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BTEC HND in Quantity Surveying

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QUANTITY SURVEYING is a superb career for men and women who have the desire to involve themselves in the exciting world of construction and development. In a highly pressurized world of spiralling costs and large scale development, the role of the quantity surveyor is currently more vital than when the profession was originally established in England in 1785. Quantity Surveyors work on projects ranging from office blocks, schools, hospitals, factories to bridges, railways, oil and mining development, shipbuilding and large process engineering works such as refineries. Anywhere that major construction work is carried out. The Quantity Surveyor, also known as a Construction Economist, or Cost Manger, is one of a team of professional advisors to the construction industry.

As advisers they estimate and monitor construction costs, from the feasibility stage of a project through to the completion of the construction period. After construction they may be involved with tax depreciation schedules, replacement cost estimation for insurance purposes and, if necessary, mediation and arbitration. Quantity surveyors are employed predominantly on major building and construction projects as consultants to the owner, in both the public and private sectors. They may also work as academics in the building and construction disciplines and in financial institutions, with developers and as project managers. Quantity Surveyors work closely with architects, financiers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, project owners, accountants, insurance underwriters, solicitors and Courts and with all levels of government authorities.

Quantity surveyors get their name from the Bill of Quantities, a document which itemizes the quantities of materials and labour in a construction project. This is measured from design drawings, to be used by the contractors for tendering and for progress payments, for variations, changes and ultimately for statistics, taxation and valuation.

Traditional Quantity Surveying Function:

* Preparing feasibility studies and budgets for proposed projects.
* Preparing bills of quantities and other tender documentation to acquire fair and equitable tenders for projects.
* Negotiating building contracts.
* Drafting contract documents.
* Monitoring costs and reporting to clients during the design and construction of projects.
* Determining final costs of projects.Teaching methods: Lectures, tutorials, seminars, practices, field visits, field work, workshops and projects.

Assessment methods: Through a continuous assessment process; Assignments, unseen written exams, oral examination, project works, field works, course work and exercises.

Mode of Study: Full time

Duration: Two Academic Years
(18 calendar months)
(More than 1600 contact hours of learning)

Entry Requirement: Minimum 2 passes in A/L Mathematics or equivalent.

Selection Criteria: There will be placement examination in Mathematics, Basic Computing and English. Interviews will be conducted with short listed candidates.

Progression: Higher National Diploma in Quantity Surveying is a stand-alone qualification to establish a career in Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management. It also provide direct entry into the final year of BSc ( Hons ) in Quantity Surveying degree from a reputed university in UK giving students accreditation of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - UK) (Tech RICS Membership on successful completion of Higher Diploma in QS).


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The quantity surveyor acts as the financial and development consultant to the construction and property development industries, advising clients on the optimal use of funds as well as strategies to maximise human and physical resources.

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