Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Location

Dunedin and Auckland (our Auckland campus is for international students only)

Duration
Three years full-time
Credits
360
Level
7
Start
February
Apply
until start date
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 March 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    5 June 2018
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 August 2018
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    5 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    23 October 2018
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    14 December 2018 - 14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
Take a leading edge with a professional career in construction.

Qualified construction professionals are in high demand and this qualification will give you what you need to take an active lead role in the changing world of construction.

In addition to gaining the technical, work-ready skills to price and manage construction work, you will also be able to challenge the status quo to improve processes and drive efficiencies - skills highly sought-after by employees.

During this programme, you will be trained in the planning and management of construction projects including budgeting and financial forecasting, tendering, contract administration, programming, management (risk, value, business, and health and safety) and quality assurance. You will also complete projects in your chosen field.  

Graduates may work as a consultant quantity surveyor or as an estimator, contract manager, contract administrator or project manager.

With experience, you may become a senior consultant, commercial or divisional manager, or operate your own consultancy. With further study, you could specialise in the field of construction law or dispute resolution. 

For more information on this programme, please email david.finnie@op.ac.nz

Fee information

The tuition fees shown in the right-hand column are part of the Government’s Key Information for Students (KIS). This data is pulled from a database that the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) control. It is based on an average fee from the previous year.

This means there is always a difference between the TEC/KIS fee shown and Otago Polytechnic’s current indicative fee (other reasons also affect the KIS data such as fee reductions for students granted Recognition of Prior Learning). Due to this, the indicative fee below is the best guide for prospective students.

  • Domestic fee (first year): $7,336 though you may be eligible for Fees Free
  • Domestic fee (second year): $7,175 
  • Domestic fee (third year): $7,066

Information about compulsory student services levy >

Please note: The KIS data only applies to domestic students. Up-to-date international student fees can be found by clicking the International tab in the top right corner of this page.  

Entry requirements 
  • If you are under 20, you must have NCEA Level 3 including:
    • 14 credits at Level 3 or above in three NZQA approved university entrance subjects, and
    • Literacy: 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy: 12 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
      • specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, OR
      • package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).
  • Those applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria may still be given provisional entry to year one at the discretion of the Programme Leader.
  • Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) (Quantity Surveying) will be credited the courses they have completed up to a maximum of 240 credits.  

International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa decline rate of more than 20%

Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries with a visa decline rate of less than 20%

View visa decline rates by country here.

Pathways into this programme 

If you don't meet the requirements to enter this programme, our bridging programme is the perfect option (this is advertised as the bridging option into our engineering diploma but is a highly suitable pathway into this degree as well)! Alternatively, you could complete the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry)

You will study 
Name of course Level
YEAR ONE   
Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment 5
Construction Technology: Small 6
Measurement 6
Estimating 6
Introduction to Dispute Resolution 6
Construction Technology: Medium and Large 6
YEAR TWO  
Programming 6
Procurement and Tendering 7
Advanced Measurement 6
Contract Administration  6
Cost Planning 6
Quality Assurance and Site Safety 6
Value Management  6
Applied Project Management (QS) 7
EXIT POINT - NEW ZEALAND DIPLOMA IN
CONSTRUCTION (QUANTITY SURVEYING)
 
YEAR THREE  
Property Investment  6
Construction Business Management  6
Construction Law 6
People Management 6
Construction Innovation 7
Property Development 7
Construction Project (Research or Case Study) 7
Further study options

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to gain entry into relevant postgraduate qualifications. Possible programmes include the Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management (at Unitec) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction - Building Technology, Construction Law, Construction Project Management, Facilities Management, Quantity Surveying - (at Massey).   

Additional costs

Please click here for a programme equipment list.

Your workload 

This is a full-time programme and you will need to be able to commit to 37.5 hours of study per week. 

Student loans and allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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