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Quantity Surveying (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Built Environment, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    Quantity Surveyors (also known as Construction Cost Consultants or Commercial Managers) manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the early design plans, through to completion. Quantity Surveyors seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value, while still achieving the required standards and quality. Many of these are specified by statutory building regulations, which the surveyor needs to understand and adhere to.

    The HND in Quantity Surveying is a technician level qualification that combines a construction industry specific first-year curriculum with a more specialist second-year curriculum that equips you with the skills required for employment in this specialist industry sector.

    You'll be taught by staff with significant Construction Industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • HNC Built Environment.
    • It may also be possible to gain entry with an HNC in Quantity Surveying. This will depend on the units that have been covered in the HNC.  Students who gain entry with this qualification will require a bespoke infill programme, so each application will be considered on an individual basis.

    Additional selection requirements

    • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    • Chosen Specialisms.
    • Construction Planning.
    • Construction Technology: Industrial and Commercial Superstructure.
    • Construction Technology: Specialist Systems.
    • Estimating.
    • Quantitative Building Studies: Floors and Roofs.
    • Quantitative Building Studies: Substructure and Drainage.
    • Quantity Surveying Practice.
    • Standard Forms of Construction Contract.

    After the course


    This course prepares you for a career in private practice QS consultancies, contracting organisations, property companies, financial institutions, local and central government, commercial clients, and housing associations.

    Continuing Study

    On successful completion of your HND you may apply to courses in Construction Management, Project Management, Quantity Surveying or Building Surveying. Specifically:

    • Second or third year of BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Glasgow Caledonian University.
    • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Herriot Watt University.
    • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University.
    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome