Bachelor of Construction (with specialisation) (Level 7) Bachelor of Construction (with specialisation) (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

Programme code

CH4060

Starts

February, July

Credits

360

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

10 January for February start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)

Domestic

$7,750 -$8,770

International

$22,580

Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

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.

The quantity surveying specialisation of Ara's Bachelor of Construction with specialisation in Quantity Surveying is accredited by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS), an international association of national organisations representing quantity surveyors in the Asia and Western Pacific region. Accreditation by PAQS means your qualification is recognised in Australia, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and enhances your access to employment in these countries.

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

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*

    as well as

    • 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).

    or

    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Construction and Architectural Studies Pathway or equivalent

    Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    or

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    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.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.5

READING

5.5

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
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

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.