Real Estate (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc (Hons)


Do you want to earn a salary and get valuable on-the-job experience while you study for a real estate degree and other professional qualifications?

Real estate covers land and property management, development, investment and valuation. This 5-year chartered surveyor BSc (Hons) Real Estate degree apprenticeship course gives you the entrepreneurial spirit and commercial, managerial, technical and creative skills you need to tackle the various challenges of this fast-moving industry.

From the refurbishment of a small terraced house to overseeing the construction of a multi-million-pound development, the skills and knowledge you get on this course will put you at the heart of decision-making in construction projects setting you up for successful career in areas such as valuation, commercial real estate, residential property, and planning and development.

You'll spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days in work. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. Degree apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 18, whether you've just finished school or college or you've already started your career.

At the end of the course, you'll have a BSc (Hons) degree in real estate and 5 years of valuable on-the-job experience. You'll be eligible to register as a Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What you'll experience

On this degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Learn from practising surveyors and guest speakers
  • Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings
  • Develop the skills you need for a specialist career in surveying, as well as abilities relevant to facilities management, project management and building conservation
  • Use specialist building facilities, including our experimental house and suite of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • Put theory to the test in your job and on field trips to locations such as the Passivhaus standard housing development, school refurbishment projects and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
  • Study and work with students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines, complementing the experience you'll get at work
  • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge
  • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who do a traditional degree
  • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor

You'll typically go to university 1 day a week for around 30 weeks every year to attend lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips. On the weeks you don't go to university, you'll still spend 20% of your time studying or training away from your normal working environment.

What you'll study 

Most modules on this course are worth 20 credits. In each year, you'll study modules worth 60–80 credits. There are no optional modules.


Year 1

Core modules are:

  • Construction Design and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Property Valuation
  • Professional Skills
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting

There are currently no optional modules in Year 1

Year 2

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Planning for Assessment of Professional Comptetence (APC)
  • Planning Procedures and Practice
  • Workplace Project

Optional modules include:

  • Introduction to Property Valuation
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting

Year 3

Core modules are:

  • Professional Studies and Applied Project
  • Property Investment and Development
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Valuation and Commercial Property Management

There are currently no optional modules in Year 3.

Year 4

Core modules are:

  • Building Pathology
  • Individual Major Project Evolution
  • Land Law and Landlord and Tennant Law
  • Statutory Valuations

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Planning Procedures and Practice

Year 5

Core modules are:

  • Individual Major Project
  • Work Rotation and Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Practice

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • computer-based tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions

You'll keep regular contact with your mentor, especially during your work-based learning project in the final year.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • closed and open book exams
  • problem-based coursework and professional style reports
  • computer-based portfolios
  • group presentations
  • major work-based project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

This degree gives you the professional knowledge and practical experience you need to advance your career in property development, surveying and consultancy.

The skills and qualifications you gain on this course will also make you an ideal candidate for project and facilities management roles in your organisation and beyond.

After you finish your apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
5 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

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