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 Our Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship within Real Estate is ideal for those who are already within the property industry who wish to develop their skills and knowledge and for those new to the industry who wish to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor whilst working full time.

Our Real Estate apprenticeship pathway has been specifically developed by Northumbria University and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) alongside industry and partner education providers to address current skills gaps within the profession.

The apprenticeship combines vocational skills and workplace practice with academic learning to give students the knowledge and experience that employers need.

This professionally-accredited, multidisciplinary programme is challenging from the very start of the apprenticeship. Students will gain the skills and expertise to acquire and dispose of property and value, manage and develop property as a career.

During the programme, apprentices will study a diverse curriculum which embeds digital literacy and business management leading to RICS accreditation and full chartered status within six months of completing their apprenticeship.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
5 years part-time

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

The apprenticeship is structured to advance students intellectual and personal development skills as well as provide industry-specific knowledge and understanding needed to work effectively within real estate.

Modules include:

  • Property surveying
  • Real estate economics
  • Asset management
  • Urban planning and city development
  • Valuation
  • Property marketing and agency
  • Real estate investment and finance

Teaching methods are varied because they are designed to achieve the best out of each module. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, students might take part in laboratory work, meet professional speakers, and undertake guided study sessions or self-directed independent learning.

Our assessment methods take the form of exams, research projects, reports, presentations, individual tasks, group work and project work.  During the final year, you will draw on the skills, knowledge and expertise you have developed over the last five years to complete a dissertation.

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

Apprentices will be taught by a diverse team of professionals who have a background in real estate practice as well as the academic expertise to give students a thorough grounding in all areas of the profession.

Our academic team range from real estate surveyors, residential and commercial valuers, agency surveyors, solicitors and development surveyors to planners and project managers.

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including up-to-date technology in our specialist laboratories, industry-standard IT facilities, virtual reality suites, specialist workshops, social spaces, lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

During the apprenticeship, students will be immersed in a research-rich environment. Our academic team have wide-ranging research interests in areas that include commercial conversions, urban land economics, sustainable urban development, redevelopment of brownfield land and property development appraisal and more. Students will develop a range of research methods and approaches, which can be related to the demands of their workplace. They will learn theoretical and practical research skills as well as problem-solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills.

In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both Apprentice and their Line Manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study this apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</</

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4015 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of how construction and structural technologies can be employed to address key principles of building, and to satisfy performance and regulatory requirements. You will also be introduced to the aesthetic, environmental, economic and legislative factors that influence the choice of technologies in the construction industry. In particular, you will develop an understanding of the following aspects of technologies for small-scale buildings:

- the construction team and their specific roles in technological decisions
- structural principles
- foundations and groundworks
- principles of enclosure
- principles of environmental control
- building envelope as a climatic modifier
- daylight and lighting need; room conditions and sound transfer
- air transfer mechanisms
- alternative sources of energy
-principles of heat loss
- material properties and choices
- external wall construction methods
- internal walls floors and stairs
- fixtures, fittings and furniture
- principles of sustainability and the impact of construction on the built and natural environments
- health and safety in the construction and use of buildings
- building regulations and associated legislation
- communications and graphical standards in construction technology

More information

KA4026 -

Property Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed as part of a package of first year modules to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to embark on a programme of study leading to professional qualification as a chartered surveyor. The module will draw on and supplement the module on Construction Technology.

The module will be introduced by exercises to identify the characteristics of property matching them to occupier demands. You will learn and experience land and building surveying and measurement, instructed in the use of surveying equipment and be able to apply these techniques in real building surveys. In addition you will learn how to analyse building defects and specify and supervise their remediation, in the context of the contractual obligations imposed in property purchase and leasing transactions.

It is essential that the property professions make a contribution in combating climate change and as such you will be taught a range of low carbon design and construction philosophies and the application of renewable energy technologies. Property refurbishment and enhancement can also make a substantial contribution to minimising the environmental impact of property occupation, you will apply the techniques taught to the refurbishment of a range properties.

More information

KA4029 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your initial first year on the programme in order to promote good professional and personal development. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw on your first year studies into an ongoing portfolio of work related knowledge and experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas you will study at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. Within this module you will learn the relevance of key surveying skills such as measurement and inspection of property, together with what is expected of you in the role of the surveyor in the workplace in terms of professional ethics and work standards. The academic content and skills set acquired within the module will assist in personal development in terms of your current and future career aspirations. In this respect, the programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will give you the opportunity to apply core knowledge of the RICS Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship in preparation for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) should you wish to do so.

More information

KA4014 -

Development and Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

The demand for construction and property is generated from the global, national and regional economy. In this module you will learn how the surveyor works within the economic environment to provide the good and services demanded by society. You will learn about the basic and fundamental economic concepts such as demand and supply theory, market mechanism and macroeconomic objectives in order to develop an understanding of economic theory as applied to the construction industry and property. These fundamentals will be developed to help you understand money supply, the concept of risk and return and investment finance. Practical exercises will help you understand the components of value in property, property development and the construction process. You will learn about the role, key activities and the basic skills of the surveying and construction professions in different stages of the development and construction process with introductions to the key functions, professional practice techniques and concepts that are commonly deployed within the built environment such as property valuation, cost estimating and property procurement methods.

More information

KA4016 -

Law for Surveyors (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession, and also start to develop professional skills. Topics include:

• Introduction to the English Legal System and how the law affects the work of surveyors
• Sources of law, reviewing a case, interpreting legislation, legal research and problem solving techniques
• Contract Law
• Land law; land ownership, land registration, public and private rights affecting land and adverse possession.
• The sale of land; overview of the conveyancing process, different methods of sale including auctions and tenders.
• Tort : Negligence, Professional Negligence, Occupiers' liability, nuisance and Trespass.
• Landlord and Tenant Law; reading a lease, key lease obligations and remedies for breach of covenant.

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KA4030 -

Digital Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module will develop your digital communications skills and understanding. You will be introduced to cutting-edge digital communication tools and will establish an advanced knowledge of these tools and their usage in built environment sector. In doing so, you will enrich your ability to choose and apply appropriate communication techniques within a project cycle. You will also be able to demonstrate your new skills in the design, specification and communication of projects within future learning and professional practice.

More information

KA5019 -

Applied Valuation (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will be learning and developing valuation theory and methodology and applying it to market based scenarios. You will be introduced to the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards (the Red Book) which will give you an understanding of the professional requirements of a chartered surveyor working in valuation. You will develop your IT skills in the use of Excel and also through the preparation of a Red Book valuation report to simulate the valuer’s working environment. You will also be introduced to valuation for statutory purposes through the process of calculating value for business rates.

Within Applied Valuation the range of topics studied include:

• Valuation principles and the role of the valuer
• Material considerations which affect value and sources of information
• Collection, analysis and presentation of comparable data
• Context and content of the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards
• Use of investment methods of valuation for freehold and leasehold interests and their application to live property scenarios
• Applied use of the residual method of valuation for development purposes and an introduction to development appraisal
• The construction of Excel spreadsheets for valuation
• Statutory valuation for rating purposes

More information

KA5020 -

Property Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

The module introduces you to the concepts and practices of commercial and residential property asset management, including landlord and tenant relationships, leases, and an initial consideration of the legal and practical issues.

At the end of the module you will be able to identify the main legislation and important legal documents applicable to the surveyor’s role. You will be able to apply theory to practice and will have improved your work related skills in various fields.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:

• Leases and legal documents
• Rents, codes and lettings
• Service charges (commercial and residential)
• Rent Reviews
• Exit strategies
• Alienation
• Landlord and Tenant legislation
• Tenant Default
• Mixed use
• Residential property law
• The private rented sector
• Social housing

More information

KA5021 -

Property Agency and Market Research (Core,20 Credits)

In Semester One the module will focus on the marketing process from initial receipt of instruction to successful completion of the transaction. In the first instance this will be for the letting of a commercial property on the basis of a new lease and will include:

• Receipt of Instruction
• Inspection
• Rental Valuation
• Reporting to the client
• Marketing Plan
• Marketing Period
• Negotiation of terms
• Agreement of Heads of Terms
• Preparation of Draft Lease
• Completion

In Semester Two you will be expected to relate the detailed marketing process to the local property market. The legislation and professional body guidance framework controlling the role of an agent will be considered in some detail and related to market examples to help you to understand the requirements. In Semester Two you will also be introduced to real estate research methods:

• The principle Legislation affecting the marketing of property
• Letting by Sub Lease and Assignment
• Freehold Sale
• Sale/Assignment of Long Ground Lease
• The use of IT in marketing
• Researching real estate
• Research ethics
• The research process

More information

KA5043 -

Real Estate Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about and examine the economy and core economic concepts and how these are related to, and influence real estate markets and performance. The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply economic theory to real estate markets; specifically the development, use, management and adaptation land and buildings in an urban context. At the end of the module you should be able to employ real estate market and other economic data to analyse the nature, condition and structure of urban real estate markets. Formative and summative assessment and feedback is by way of assignments and online tests.
Indicative syllabus
• Commercial & residential real estate markets
• Real estate investment markets
• Economics of real estate development
• Real Estate market cycles
• The construction industry
• Urban growth and land use
• Transport and infrastructure
• Adaptation and change of use of buildings
• Economics of planning & Government policy

More information

KA5018 -

Urban Planning and Development (Core,20 Credits)

Planning mediates between competing interests in society and guides, shapes and regulates the use of land and property. The primary policy goal is to deliver and/or facilitate 'sustainable development'.

In this module you will explore the significance of planning in order to facilitate economic, social and environmental objectives within the development process. The module explores the nature of planning from a development perspective by engaging with policy, practical examples and key development concepts. It considers the guiding principles of planning, the statutory processes and procedural dimensions, the management of development, contemporary planning practice, key actors and agencies, synergies between planning and urban regeneration and the competing and evolving dynamics of urban development.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the evaluation of policy; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility and appreciate social and ethical aspects of the development process.

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KA5042 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills.

It will give you the opportunity to apply appropriate sections of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Initially you will be look at the RICS Mandatory Competencies. In the second part of the module you will be required to select three of the RICS Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen and reflect on the experience you have.

You will be assessed by way of a portfolio.

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KA6025 -

Corporate Real Estate Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to a strategic overview of property portfolio management, which includes the corporate occupier, reflecting the changes in property management practice. The module is intended to provide you with an insight into property and strategic asset management. This includes identifying and analysing current business trends and changing patterns of property occupation set within the context of a legal structure that must be employed by the real estate surveyor.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

Property management
Strategic Asset management
Portfolio management
Exit strategies and Insolvency
Assignments and sub lettings
Sustainability issues
Office markets, users and flexible working arrangements
Retail issues
The leisure market
Industrial markets


The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the academic content and skills development within the module is aimed at developing you both in terms of your current and future career aspirations.

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KA6026 -

Real Estate Investment And Finance (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to actively manage property as an investment asset within the wider professional investment market.

You will develop an understanding of principal investment assets and their characteristics in order to speculate, predict market activity and undertake complex investment decisions which are reflective of current practice. The module will also provide you with knowledge and experience of contemporary issues affecting the investment markets.

Topics covered will include:

• The structure of the investment universe
• Investor profiling
• Competition: alternative assets
• Measuring returns from property investment
• Investment objectives: the concept of risk and return
• Investment theory
• Applied investment strategy
• Property cycles: when is the timing right?
• Property finance and funding (equity)
• Property finance and funding (debt)
• Indirect investment vehicles
• Diversification within property investment portfolios
• Property disposal
• Purchasing property
• Investment portfolio appraisal

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KA6023 -

Commercial Real Estate Appraisal (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop existing knowledge gained in previous years building on valuation techniques and critically applying these skills to current market scenarios. You will consider the appraisal of real estate and how this applies to the profession as a whole and how to advice a client/stakeholder appropriately through the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards and other professional requirements such as the International Property Measuring Standards. You will also consider the current issues facing both the profession and real estate markets. This will prepare you for a career as a Chartered Surveyor and build towards the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) pathway.

Within Commercial Real Estate Appraisal you will study a range of topics including:-

• Valuation/appraisal methodology and applying to different scenarios
• Secured lending valuations/appraisal
• Asset valuations/appraisal
• RICS reporting and advising clients
• Statutory valuation
• Modern methods of valuation and appraisal
• Using IT software for Real Estate appraisal

Throughout this module you will develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and analysis of data, understand real estate markets and the impact on appraisal, effective communication and be able to advice clients/stakeholders in accordance with RICS governance.

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KA6024 -

Real Estate Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about development appraisals and develop a deeper understanding of the development management and the property development process. The topics include:
* Development process
* Development site evaluation
* Planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy
* Market research for development
* Development appraisal
* Marketing of development sites and schemes
* Acquisition and disposal of development sites
* Development finance
* Challenges to planning decisions
* Breaches of development control

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KA6032 -

Surveying Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:

• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4015 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of how construction and structural technologies can be employed to address key principles of building, and to satisfy performance and regulatory requirements. You will also be introduced to the aesthetic, environmental, economic and legislative factors that influence the choice of technologies in the construction industry. In particular, you will develop an understanding of the following aspects of technologies for small-scale buildings:

- the construction team and their specific roles in technological decisions
- structural principles
- foundations and groundworks
- principles of enclosure
- principles of environmental control
- building envelope as a climatic modifier
- daylight and lighting need; room conditions and sound transfer
- air transfer mechanisms
- alternative sources of energy
-principles of heat loss
- material properties and choices
- external wall construction methods
- internal walls floors and stairs
- fixtures, fittings and furniture
- principles of sustainability and the impact of construction on the built and natural environments
- health and safety in the construction and use of buildings
- building regulations and associated legislation
- communications and graphical standards in construction technology

More information

KA4026 -

Property Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed as part of a package of first year modules to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to embark on a programme of study leading to professional qualification as a chartered surveyor. The module will draw on and supplement the module on Construction Technology.

The module will be introduced by exercises to identify the characteristics of property matching them to occupier demands. You will learn and experience land and building surveying and measurement, instructed in the use of surveying equipment and be able to apply these techniques in real building surveys. In addition you will learn how to analyse building defects and specify and supervise their remediation, in the context of the contractual obligations imposed in property purchase and leasing transactions.

It is essential that the property professions make a contribution in combating climate change and as such you will be taught a range of low carbon design and construction philosophies and the application of renewable energy technologies. Property refurbishment and enhancement can also make a substantial contribution to minimising the environmental impact of property occupation, you will apply the techniques taught to the refurbishment of a range properties.

More information

KA4029 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your initial first year on the programme in order to promote good professional and personal development. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw on your first year studies into an ongoing portfolio of work related knowledge and experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas you will study at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. Within this module you will learn the relevance of key surveying skills such as measurement and inspection of property, together with what is expected of you in the role of the surveyor in the workplace in terms of professional ethics and work standards. The academic content and skills set acquired within the module will assist in personal development in terms of your current and future career aspirations. In this respect, the programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will give you the opportunity to apply core knowledge of the RICS Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship in preparation for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) should you wish to do so.

More information

KA4014 -

Development and Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

The demand for construction and property is generated from the global, national and regional economy. In this module you will learn how the surveyor works within the economic environment to provide the good and services demanded by society. You will learn about the basic and fundamental economic concepts such as demand and supply theory, market mechanism and macroeconomic objectives in order to develop an understanding of economic theory as applied to the construction industry and property. These fundamentals will be developed to help you understand money supply, the concept of risk and return and investment finance. Practical exercises will help you understand the components of value in property, property development and the construction process. You will learn about the role, key activities and the basic skills of the surveying and construction professions in different stages of the development and construction process with introductions to the key functions, professional practice techniques and concepts that are commonly deployed within the built environment such as property valuation, cost estimating and property procurement methods.

More information

KA4016 -

Law for Surveyors (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession, and also start to develop professional skills. Topics include:

• Introduction to the English Legal System and how the law affects the work of surveyors
• Sources of law, reviewing a case, interpreting legislation, legal research and problem solving techniques
• Contract Law
• Land law; land ownership, land registration, public and private rights affecting land and adverse possession.
• The sale of land; overview of the conveyancing process, different methods of sale including auctions and tenders.
• Tort : Negligence, Professional Negligence, Occupiers' liability, nuisance and Trespass.
• Landlord and Tenant Law; reading a lease, key lease obligations and remedies for breach of covenant.

More information

KA4030 -

Digital Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module will develop your digital communications skills and understanding. You will be introduced to cutting-edge digital communication tools and will establish an advanced knowledge of these tools and their usage in built environment sector. In doing so, you will enrich your ability to choose and apply appropriate communication techniques within a project cycle. You will also be able to demonstrate your new skills in the design, specification and communication of projects within future learning and professional practice.

More information

KA5019 -

Applied Valuation (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will be learning and developing valuation theory and methodology and applying it to market based scenarios. You will be introduced to the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards (the Red Book) which will give you an understanding of the professional requirements of a chartered surveyor working in valuation. You will develop your IT skills in the use of Excel and also through the preparation of a Red Book valuation report to simulate the valuer’s working environment. You will also be introduced to valuation for statutory purposes through the process of calculating value for business rates.

Within Applied Valuation the range of topics studied include:

• Valuation principles and the role of the valuer
• Material considerations which affect value and sources of information
• Collection, analysis and presentation of comparable data
• Context and content of the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards
• Use of investment methods of valuation for freehold and leasehold interests and their application to live property scenarios
• Applied use of the residual method of valuation for development purposes and an introduction to development appraisal
• The construction of Excel spreadsheets for valuation
• Statutory valuation for rating purposes

More information

KA5020 -

Property Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

The module introduces you to the concepts and practices of commercial and residential property asset management, including landlord and tenant relationships, leases, and an initial consideration of the legal and practical issues.

At the end of the module you will be able to identify the main legislation and important legal documents applicable to the surveyor’s role. You will be able to apply theory to practice and will have improved your work related skills in various fields.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:

• Leases and legal documents
• Rents, codes and lettings
• Service charges (commercial and residential)
• Rent Reviews
• Exit strategies
• Alienation
• Landlord and Tenant legislation
• Tenant Default
• Mixed use
• Residential property law
• The private rented sector
• Social housing

More information

KA5021 -

Property Agency and Market Research (Core,20 Credits)

In Semester One the module will focus on the marketing process from initial receipt of instruction to successful completion of the transaction. In the first instance this will be for the letting of a commercial property on the basis of a new lease and will include:

• Receipt of Instruction
• Inspection
• Rental Valuation
• Reporting to the client
• Marketing Plan
• Marketing Period
• Negotiation of terms
• Agreement of Heads of Terms
• Preparation of Draft Lease
• Completion

In Semester Two you will be expected to relate the detailed marketing process to the local property market. The legislation and professional body guidance framework controlling the role of an agent will be considered in some detail and related to market examples to help you to understand the requirements. In Semester Two you will also be introduced to real estate research methods:

• The principle Legislation affecting the marketing of property
• Letting by Sub Lease and Assignment
• Freehold Sale
• Sale/Assignment of Long Ground Lease
• The use of IT in marketing
• Researching real estate
• Research ethics
• The research process

More information

KA5043 -

Real Estate Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about and examine the economy and core economic concepts and how these are related to, and influence real estate markets and performance. The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply economic theory to real estate markets; specifically the development, use, management and adaptation land and buildings in an urban context. At the end of the module you should be able to employ real estate market and other economic data to analyse the nature, condition and structure of urban real estate markets. Formative and summative assessment and feedback is by way of assignments and online tests.
Indicative syllabus
• Commercial & residential real estate markets
• Real estate investment markets
• Economics of real estate development
• Real Estate market cycles
• The construction industry
• Urban growth and land use
• Transport and infrastructure
• Adaptation and change of use of buildings
• Economics of planning & Government policy

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KA5018 -

Urban Planning and Development (Core,20 Credits)

Planning mediates between competing interests in society and guides, shapes and regulates the use of land and property. The primary policy goal is to deliver and/or facilitate 'sustainable development'.

In this module you will explore the significance of planning in order to facilitate economic, social and environmental objectives within the development process. The module explores the nature of planning from a development perspective by engaging with policy, practical examples and key development concepts. It considers the guiding principles of planning, the statutory processes and procedural dimensions, the management of development, contemporary planning practice, key actors and agencies, synergies between planning and urban regeneration and the competing and evolving dynamics of urban development.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the evaluation of policy; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility and appreciate social and ethical aspects of the development process.

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KA5042 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills.

It will give you the opportunity to apply appropriate sections of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Initially you will be look at the RICS Mandatory Competencies. In the second part of the module you will be required to select three of the RICS Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen and reflect on the experience you have.

You will be assessed by way of a portfolio.

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KA6025 -

Corporate Real Estate Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to a strategic overview of property portfolio management, which includes the corporate occupier, reflecting the changes in property management practice. The module is intended to provide you with an insight into property and strategic asset management. This includes identifying and analysing current business trends and changing patterns of property occupation set within the context of a legal structure that must be employed by the real estate surveyor.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

Property management
Strategic Asset management
Portfolio management
Exit strategies and Insolvency
Assignments and sub lettings
Sustainability issues
Office markets, users and flexible working arrangements
Retail issues
The leisure market
Industrial markets


The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the academic content and skills development within the module is aimed at developing you both in terms of your current and future career aspirations.

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KA6026 -

Real Estate Investment And Finance (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to actively manage property as an investment asset within the wider professional investment market.

You will develop an understanding of principal investment assets and their characteristics in order to speculate, predict market activity and undertake complex investment decisions which are reflective of current practice. The module will also provide you with knowledge and experience of contemporary issues affecting the investment markets.

Topics covered will include:

• The structure of the investment universe
• Investor profiling
• Competition: alternative assets
• Measuring returns from property investment
• Investment objectives: the concept of risk and return
• Investment theory
• Applied investment strategy
• Property cycles: when is the timing right?
• Property finance and funding (equity)
• Property finance and funding (debt)
• Indirect investment vehicles
• Diversification within property investment portfolios
• Property disposal
• Purchasing property
• Investment portfolio appraisal

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Commercial Real Estate Appraisal (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop existing knowledge gained in previous years building on valuation techniques and critically applying these skills to current market scenarios. You will consider the appraisal of real estate and how this applies to the profession as a whole and how to advice a client/stakeholder appropriately through the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards and other professional requirements such as the International Property Measuring Standards. You will also consider the current issues facing both the profession and real estate markets. This will prepare you for a career as a Chartered Surveyor and build towards the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) pathway.

Within Commercial Real Estate Appraisal you will study a range of topics including:-

• Valuation/appraisal methodology and applying to different scenarios
• Secured lending valuations/appraisal
• Asset valuations/appraisal
• RICS reporting and advising clients
• Statutory valuation
• Modern methods of valuation and appraisal
• Using IT software for Real Estate appraisal

Throughout this module you will develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and analysis of data, understand real estate markets and the impact on appraisal, effective communication and be able to advice clients/stakeholders in accordance with RICS governance.

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KA6024 -

Real Estate Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about development appraisals and develop a deeper understanding of the development management and the property development process. The topics include:
* Development process
* Development site evaluation
* Planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy
* Market research for development
* Development appraisal
* Marketing of development sites and schemes
* Acquisition and disposal of development sites
* Development finance
* Challenges to planning decisions
* Breaches of development control

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KA6032 -

Surveying Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:

• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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