Bachelor of Construction (with specialisation) (Level 7) - Pending Approval.xml Bachelor of Construction (with specialisations in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying) (Level 7) - Pending Approval

Qualifications and courses Study options
Bachelor of Construction with specialisations in Construction Management And Quantity Surveying
Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

University Entrance (specific subjects apply) including 12 credits in Maths at Level 2 or above (excluding Statistics). If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtest).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

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The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

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Government tuition subsidy

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Student Success

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The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

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The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

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Become a sought-after professional in the construction industry.

This programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work at a high level in the construction industry. Year one of the degree aims to provide you with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, dispositions/attributes and academic/research literacies required of construction managers or quantity surveyors. As such, all the courses in this year are compulsory.

The programme begins with a focus on small domestic buildings then moves on to medium (low-rise) and large commercial construction in years two and three. In each of the disciplines (construction management or quantity surveying), a course in the second semester of years one and two requires the integration of construction technology with discipline-specific skills and knowledge. Both specialisations study materials and structural principles.

Poject work and assessments in year two courses are more challenging and require greater problem solving, independent research skills and application of cultural approaches and aspects of sustainability. For example, you may be required to contend with works carried out within existing buildings, alterations and repairs. In the third year you will progress on to learning complex construction technology appropriate to heavily serviced, complex projects such as hospitals and transport facilities. You will be required to source and organise technical, project and academic research information, and evaluate, critique and propose well-rationalised solutions.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • New Zealand University Entrance:

    • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include
    • 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved subjects*


    • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing, and
    • Mathematics - 12 credits in Maths at Level 2 or above (excluding Statistics)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact Ara for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills while not meeting the above requirements may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart on Ara Institute of Canterbury's website.

    Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Domestic: Received all year
International: 10 January for February start
International: TBA
LOCATION: Christchurch, Online
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Advised on enrolment

Next steps

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This programme leads to a wide variety of employment opportunities. Depending on your choice of specialisation, you could work as a construction manager, residential or commercial construction site/project manager, contracts supervisor/manager, local or central government building inspector, construction management academic, quantity surveyor, registered quantity surveyor (with relevant experience), estimator/cost planner, quantity surveying consultant/contractor, procurement manager, construction cost manager or cuantity surveying academic.

Graduates of this programme will be prepared to contribute in middle management roles, through all stages of projects in the construction industry, and have a strong sense of responsibility for their own practice, and effectively collaborate with other construction-related disciplines

Study pathways

As a graduate of this programme you can pursue further tertiary study at post graduate level in the field of construction management or quantity surveying. Other pathways may include higher degrees in construction, project management or building science.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths (Algebra)