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

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Bachelor of Construction with specialisations in Construction Management And Quantity Surveying

DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 8 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$7,600 -$8,600


February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

10 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Become a sought-after professional in the construction industry.

The Bachelor of Construction is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work at a high level in the construction industry, as a leader who is able to innovate and contribute to new ways of creating the built environment.

The programme starts with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, attributes and academic abilities required of a construction manager or quantity surveyor. You'll gain discipline-specific skills and knowledge, starting with a focus on small domestic buildings then moving on to low-rise and large commercial construction, then heavily serviced, multifaceted projects.

Your year-two project work and assessments will require problem solving, independent research skills and application of cultural approaches and aspects of sustainability. In the third year you'll be required to source and organise technical, project and academic research information, and evaluate, critique and propose well-rationalised solutions.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete 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.

Next steps

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This programme leads to a wide variety of middle-management employment opportunities in construction management or quantity surveying.

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 quantity surveying academic.

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

  • Maths (Algebra)
  • English-rich subjects
  • English