FdSc Foundation Degree Surveying Practice

The College of Estate Management CEM

Program Description

FdSc Foundation Degree Surveying Practice

The College of Estate Management CEM

FdSc Foundation Degree Surveying Practice

Our new Foundation Degree Surveying Practice is the first online foundation degree in surveying in the UK. It is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of surveying. It offers the opportunity of an advanced entry route into our bachelor's degree programmes and application for membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The Foundation Degree is recognised by RICS for AssocRICS Membership.

The surveying profession offers a wide range of career opportunities within real estate management, valuation, investment, quantity surveying, building surveying, and property/ land development.

Why study this course?

The Foundation Degree requires up to two and a half years of study. It is very competitively priced at £600 per module, and allows students to combine work with study. With the credits from your existing Foundation Degree counting towards our RICS accredited bachelor's degree, it means you can achieve the entire qualification for less than £17k - offering an accessible education and great value for money.

It will provide you with a firm foundation for a rewarding career in the property and construction industries. It will appeal to those of you with limited academic qualifications who want an internationally recognised surveying degree.

Please note that you can choose to study just one module per semester if you are concerned about the time commitment. Students who have been away from school/college for a long while may prefer to study a 'taster module' in the first instance.

This is the only UK accredited online foundation degree that you can study wherever in the world you are based. Our flexible learning opportunities mean you don't need to travel to college or university and you can study at work or at home, at weekends and in the evening as best suits your lifestyle.

Watch a recording from our recent introduction to the Foundation Programme webinar.

What you'll study

You will study 13 modules including a number of options which enable you to focus on your preferred specialism. These include building surveying, quantity surveying, property management, valuation and residential. Your work will be assessed through coursework and examinations.

This course provides a foundation level qualification, developed to meet the requirements of employers in the property, construction and building surveying professions. You will acquire knowledge of the built environment sector and develop practical skills suitable for the workplace. You will gain a higher education qualification recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building** (CIOB) for the associate membership grade.

The links below show three possible pathways through the Foundation Degree, including progression on to the bachelor's degree. If you are unsure which pathway is best for you, please speak to the Course Leader to discuss your options.

Foundation Degree - Building Surveying Path

Foundation Degree - Quantity Surveying Path

Foundation Degree - Real Estate Path


Award: Foundation Degree Surveying Practice (FdSc)

Duration: 2.5 years

Time commitment: 15 hours of the time commitment is study and 15 hours is learning at work - dependent on prior knowledge, experience and prior academic achievement.


  • Stage 1 (1 year) - 6 modules @ £600 = £3,600
  • Stage 2 (1 year) - 6 modules @ £600 = £3,600
  • Stage 3 (0.5 years) - £1, 800

Total course fee: £9,000

*Our fees are reviewed annually, but any increases are subject to our price cap promise. See Fees & Funding for further details.

Application and start dates: Apply by 03 March to start 31 March 2015

Please note that we plan to apply at the next opportunity to have the Foundation Programme designated for loans from the Student Loans Company, so that eligible students can take advantage of the student finance system. We hope to have course designation in place in time for the second intake which starts on 31 March 2015, subject to prompt approval of our application.

Award Details

Award: FdSc

Duration: 2.5 years by supported online learning

Time commitment: 15 hours of the time commitment is study and 10 hours is learning at work - dependent on prior knowledge, experience and prior academic achievement.


Recognised by RICS (AssocRICS)

** Recognition by CIOB (ACIOB) in progress.

Entry requirements

You will typically be at least 18 years of age and have GCSE English & Mathematics at Grade C or better (or equivalent). Consideration will be given for relevant experience. If you don't have these GCSEs or are under the age of 18, please contact the Course Leader to discuss your application.


Once you are awarded the Foundation Degree, you will be eligible to progress to one of our bachelor's programmes at an enhanced entry point. Our bachelor's degrees are accredited by RICS and provide access to the fastest route to Chartered Surveyor status.

You will also become part of our worldwide Alumni Association, providing opportunities for networking, CPD and career development.


Course assessment will be based on coursework, examination and work-based projects. In your final semester you will undertake a consultancy assignment designed to address a real issue in your workplace.

Some assessment elements will be online.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Mar. 2017
2 - 3 years
Full time
9,000 GBP
Start date Mar. 2017
United Kingdom Reading, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 - 3 years
Price 9,000 GBP
Total course fee