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Level 6 Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship (Real Estate) BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Five years
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Our Level 6 Chartered Surveyor (Real Estate) Degree Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a full honours degree, while developing valuable industry-specific work experience and earning a wage.

Who is this route suitable for?

  • School leavers looking to do an apprenticeship instead of the traditional study route.
  • Existing employees within companies who do not have a degree but want to develop.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship - How does it differ from a part-time course?

  • Through new government funding, your employer will be responsible for apprenticeship course fees, meaning that you will not pay University tuition fees.
  • A Degree Apprenticeship is a three-way agreement by the University, your employer and you. As well as gaining a degree, you'll also benefit from on-the-job training, provided by your employer, opening up opportunities for career development and progression.
  • You'll have the added advantage of years of relevant work experience, while making industry connections along the way. This could enhance your future employability and boost your career progression.

Find out more information about Degree Apprenticeships at NTU, including advice for both apprentices and employers.

Course details

Our course offers a balance of vocational and theoretical content. The course covers all aspects of property management, including valuation, development, sustainability, and financing projects. You’ll be introduced to the relationships and demands of occupiers, developers, investors, and funders. You'll also explore business planning and project management, essential valuation, property management, and business management.

Please note, you will need to be in employment with a relevant company to undertake our Degree Apprenticeship.

Contact our Apprenticeship team for more information.

  • This course is closely linked to our BSc (Hons) Real Estate degree.
  • NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We have over 40 years' experience developing successful property management and development graduates.

Course accreditation

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors logo

What you’ll study

The course provides you with detailed specialist knowledge and skills in areas including: valuation, corporate real estate, investment appraisal, portfolio management, property management, agency, sustainability and business management.

You'll also develop core surveying competencies in areas such as business planning, client care, negotiation, and project management. The course is underpinned by work-based learning.

Year One

Professional, Academic and Business Skills (20 credits)

  • This module provides you with an introduction to academic study, to the built environment professions, and to the nature of the work carried out by surveyors.

Surveying Skills (20 credits)

  • This module will provide you with an introduction to practice and surveying skills, which will be developed throughout the course of your degree and in the workplace.

Construction (20 credits)

  • This module introduces you to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the construction of a range of traditional and nontraditional buildings.
  • It provides a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings, and introduces the concept of building pathology, which examines why buildings fail.

Economics and Valuation (20 credits)

  • This module introduces property economics and the links between the economy and the property market, and gives you a overview of property valuation.
  • By the end of the module you will be able to use economic concepts and the theory of supply and demand to explain activities in the construction and property market.

Law (20 credits)

  • This module introduces you to the English legal system and its relationship with European Union law. You will gain an understanding of how law is made, applied and developed, and how it impacts on professional activities within the development and property professions.

Year Two

Planning and Land Use (20 credits)

  • This module introduces the concepts and principles of the planning system. The content of the module is underpinned by the concept of sustainable development, and it considers the impact of climate change on how cities will evolve and adapt in the future.

Valuation (20 credits)

  • In this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the different approaches to the valuation of property, and examine the application of different techniques employed in the valuation process.

Property Development Principles and Practice (20 credits)

  • This module introduces you to the development process and the commercial drivers behind it. You will examine the roles of various participants in the development process and how they affect its end product.
  • You will look at how commercial, financial, economic, legal, planning, design and physical development considerations contribute towards development schemes.
  • There will also be the opportunity to investigate how development proposals are brought from initiation though to delivery on site.

Employability and Commercial Awareness (20 credits)

  • This module provides guidance for gaining and preparing for employment within the property sector.
  • You will be introduced to the requirements for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and the principles of employment law, Health and Safety at Work regulations, and related procedures.

Year Three

Real Estate Economics (20 credits)

  • The module develops an understanding of the links between the wider economy and the property industry. You will use economic models to understand property market behaviour.
  • The property market will be broken down into its various components, and different types of property use will be studied.

Property Management and Agency (40 credits)

  • This module provides an introduction to the principles, procedures and practices of commercial estate management, property agency, and landlord and tenant law.
  • You will develop an awareness of the interrelationship between property agents, asset managers and their various clients, and the implications and application of marketing within the property industry.

Year Four

Portfolio and Fund Management (40 credits)

  • This modules provides you with a broad understanding of the key principles of investment portfolio management theory and practice, in the context of direct and indirect property investment vehicles.
  • You will develop an understanding of how portfolios are constructed and how performance is obtained, measured and improved through strategic stock selection and asset management techniques.
  • The module will encourage you to appreciate direct property as an asset class alongside other classes, principally equities (including indirect property vehicles) and gilts.

Investment Appraisal and Valuation (20 credits)

  • This module will enable you to develop a detailed and critical understanding of principles, theories, techniques and practices relating to the appraisal and valuation of capital investments, with particular emphasis on real estate investments.
  • You will develop and apply the understanding and skills necessary to produce investment and market valuations, and undertake comprehensive appraisal, evaluation and interpretation of real estate investment performance, at single asset and portfolio levels.

Final year

Corporate Real Estate (40 credits)

  • Real Estate is one of the major resources employed by businesses and its strategic movement is of vital importance. The module provides you with the knowledge of how best to manage corporate real estate assets to maximise a company’s return.

Professional Development and Research (20 credits)

  • This module requires you to critically reflect on you work experience. The purpose of this is to emulate part of the requirements of the End Point Assessment for the RICS APC.
  • You can reflect on your work examples and diary recorded in your PebblePad e-portfolio, and select a suitable piece of work for critical analysis, on which you'll write a report.
  • You're advised to take guidance and advice from your mentor, supervisor and counsellor throughout this module.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • The Degree Apprenticeship route is taught one day a week during term time, and, where possible, you'll be taught alongside full-time students on the BSc (Hons) Real Estate course.
  • Your typical day will run from 9 am through to about 6 pm, and normally three different subject areas are taught on each day.
  • The course is organised into structured modules and is delivered through lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminar groups, site visits, laboratory sessions, and individual and group projects.
  • The delivery of the course is enhanced by the incorporation of guest lectures delivered by external practitioner experts, extensive use of case studies and projects (some set by real companies).
  • The duration of your Degree Apprenticeship is based on you working a typical 30-hour week, with 20% of this time being used for off-the-job training. If your weekly working hours are less than this, the apprenticeship may be extended.

Staff Profiles

Hannah Farr


School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Hannah Farr is the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Real Estate in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University.

Toby Ebbs

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Toby Ebbs NTU Staff Profile

Simone Allin

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Simone Allin

Louise O'Donoghue

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Paul Royston

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Academic Team Leader, Property Management and Development, Paul Royston is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in property analysis, investment and real estate economics.

Keith Lown

Head of Department

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Keith Lown is the Head of Department for Property Management & Development, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University.

Keith Agar

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Keith is the Course Leader for MSc Real Estate, MSc International Real Estate Investment & Finance and MSc Property Development & Planning.

Rebecca Goodall

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Rebecca Goodall

Danny Medcalf

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Danny Medcalf is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at NTU in Construction Management.

Careers and employability

Your future

This course is designed to support and develop your work-based learning, enabling you to progress in your career, equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed.

During your Apprenticeship, you'll be allocated a work place mentor, and an academic mentor to coach you, bringing together the skills, knowledge and experience of your employer with the academic expertise of the University.

Real Estate graduates typically go on to work for consultancies, developers, real estate management companies and investors, or roles on the client's side, looking after large retail and leisure estates.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Our Facilities

We have a vast range of specialist tools, software, workshops and other facilities to help students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment create their very best work.

Your lectures and seminars will take place on our City Campus. You'll also benefit from dedicated lab spaces in the Maudslay building, including a hydraulics lab and a concrete testing lab.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage, and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

In our Boots Library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Entry requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points

To undertake our Real Estate Degree Apprenticeship, you will need to be in employment, with a relevant employer. For help and advice about sourcing employment opportunities, please get in touch with our Apprenticeship team.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices in terms of employment and eligibility. Applicants for this course will need to meet the standard BSc (Hons) Real Estate FT/SW entry qualifications.

  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

All successful applicants must meet the criteria for Apprentices set by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Advanced entry

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Apprenticeships team or call on +44 (0)115 848 2589.

Fees and funding

How is an apprenticeship funded?

As an Apprentice, you're not required to pay tuition fees to the University – your employer will sponsor you instead. As of April 2017, there is allocated funding accessible for many UK employers, and depending on the size of the organisation, certain co-investment or full funding is also available from the government.

All this means that Apprentices are not entitled to student finance and do not acquire student debt. Instead, Apprentices will earn a full-time wage from their employer alongside their learning.

For further details about how an Apprenticeship is funded, please visit our Information for Employers page.

Find out more

We can guide you through the complexities of applying, employer commitments, and fees and funding. Contact our Apprenticeship team.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through NTU Applicant Portal.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Apprenticeships team or call on +44 (0)115 848 2589.

Application deadline

Applications for this degree apprenticeship course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Information for your employer

We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.

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