SVQ in Construction Contracting Operations Management: Quantity Surveying at SCQF level 9

Course Code: GL28 24
SQA Level: 4
SCQF Level: 9
Mode of Study: Part time/in the workplace
Length of Study: Dependent on employment demands
Entry Requirements: Please see entry requirements page


A quantity surveyor manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality. This includes ensuring statutory building regulations are met.

As a quantity surveyor you could work for either the client or the contractor, in an office or on site. You will be involved in a project from the start, preparing estimates and costs of the work. When the project is in progress, you’ll keep track of any variations to the contract that may affect costs and create reports to show profitability.

Candidates will be assessed to the industry recognised National Occupational Standards (NOS) that have been developed by the Sector Skills Council (SSC).

Pass Requirements

Complete 8 Units, including 7 Mandatory Units

Programme Content

Mandatory Units

Maintain Health, Safety and Welfare Systems
Manage the Performance of Teams and Individuals
Chair Meeting and Take Decisions
Enhance Working Relationships
Specify and Control Production Documents
Optimise and Control Contract Progress and Costs
Prepare and Agree Contract Accounts and Claims

Optional units

Plan Measured Surveys
Ascertain the Condition of Property
Identify, Assess and Evaluate Project Requirements
Develop and Agree Detailed Projects Designs
Prepare Procurement Schedules and Programmes of Works
Implement Strategic and Integrated Supply Chain Management and Sourcing Partnerships
Obtain Tenders and Appoint Successful Contractors
Evaluate Enquiries and Submit Tenders
Evaluate and Confirm Work Methods and Programme
Analyse, Monitor and Optimise Materials, Plant and Services
Control Contract Work