Course essentials

VU course code:
NBBS
Location:
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Duration:
3 years full time or longer for part time

Develop the skills to become a construction-industry professional with a Bachelor of Building Surveying at Victoria University.

This course will give you solid foundation for a wide range of vocations in the building and construction industry. You’ll also develop skills and technical knowledge to become a specialist in:

  • building and construction legislation and auditing
  • inspection procedures
  • building codes and regulations
  • industry standards in professional practice
  • building safety and design including fire safety
  • sustainable construction techniques and materials.

This course will equip you with the qualification needed to work as a registered building surveyor. Building surveyors are responsible for interpreting and enforcing laws and regulations controlling building and construction. With a current shortage of registered building surveyors, you’ll be well placed for a career in Australia’s growing construction industry.

Industry connections & practical learning

We have a number of industry partnerships which inform our courses, provide shared resources, and give you opportunities for workplace learning. Our partners include:

  • Engineers Australia
  • The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • VicRoads
  • National Measurement Institute.

You’ll also learn at VU’s Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering, which includes state-of-the-art fire-testing facilities.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Building and Construction courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

Careers

The building industry has seen significant growth due to factors such as a rising population. Career opportunities for building surveyors have grown dramatically in recent years and are forecast to keep growing. The industry currently faces a huge challenge in addressing a shortage of registered building surveyors.

Our Bachelor of Building Surveying will ensure you are ready to work in construction, professional, scientific and technical services, or public administration and safety.

You’ll be able to operate independently as a professional in this field, while working closely with other disciplines, industry groups and development authorities.

Many surveyors enjoy the benefits of self-employment. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to work in both the private and public sectors for employers such as:

  • building proprietors
  • contractors
  • developers
  • local, state or national government bodies
  • consultancy practices.

Building and surveying have some of the highest rates of graduate employment, with 80.6% and 90.7% respectively (GradStats). Over the next five years, the number of job openings for architectural, building and surveying technicians is expected to be above average (Job Outlook).

Salary

The average graduate salary for bachelor graduates in the field of building in Australia is $55,000 (GraduateCareers). Architectural, building and surveying technicians in Australia earn an average of $81,536 per year (Job Outlook).

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan, implement and manage the delivery of efficient and effective building surveying strategies over the course of building construction processes in diverse contemporary contexts using independent thinking and judgement.  
  2. Generate creative solutions to a range of complex building surveying problems, taking into account issues of compliance with relevant codes and standards, building construction process, technical and innovative changes, ethics and environmental sustainability (commercial and environmental) with initiative and professional judgement.  
  3. Critically evaluate sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management.  
  4. Advocate building surveying objectives and outcomes effectively to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders using a variety of professional oral and written forms.  
  5. Exemplify collaboration and requisite interpersonal and supervisory skills and characteristics to influence personal work, community and networks.  
  6. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills necessary to operate within broad parameters in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures.  
  7. Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Building Surveying students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies;

  • 192 credit points of Professional Core and Capstone studies.

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Vocational Education (VE) graduates with Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying or equivalent will be granted a block exemption for 144 credit points, which is equivalent to the first 1.5 years or 3 semesters of full-time study). VE graduates with Diploma of Building Surveying or equivalent will be granted a block exemption for 96 credit points, which is equivalent to the first year or 2 semesters of full-time study). Other VE graduates will be considered for credit recognition based on previous study history.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Mature age students demonstrating equivalence to the above can apply via direct entry.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Advanced Diploma of Building Design

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

House of Learning Pty Ltd - trading as Builders Academy Australia

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Building and Construction courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

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