BSc (Hons)

Level 6 Real Estate Degree Apprenticeship

Joe Kemp
  • Level(s) of study: Practitioner / Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Five years


Our Level 6 Real Estate Degree Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a full honours degree, whilst 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.

Course details

You will be completing our BSc (Hons) Real Estate degree. NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We're ranked 2nd in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2019).

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, and explore areas such as 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 about sourcing relevant Degree Apprenticeship opportunities.

*This Level 6 Real Estate Degree Apprenticeship route is subject to validation.

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.

As this course is pending validation, the year in which some modules will be studied is subject to change.

  • 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.

    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 and Year Three

    Year Two

    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.

    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.

    Year Three

    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.

    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.

    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 Four

    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.

    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

    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.

    Research Project (20 credits)

    • This module requires you to investigate a topic of your choice in an extended project.
    • You will critically analyse existing literature, recommend and apply suitable research methods, analyse data, and produce conclusions and recommendations.

Earn while you learn, supported by a workplace mentor and an academic mentor.

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), and field trips.
  • The duration of your Degree Apprenticeship is based on you typically working a 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.

Here's an example of what your 20% off-the-job training might look like:

An example of your off-the-job training

Careers and employability

Your future

This course is designed to supportand 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. Find out more about the service. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Construction students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing together our students with prospective employers.

Entry requirements

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.

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

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

Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. NTU will liaise with the employer to determine their requirements.

Getting in touch

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

How to apply

How to apply

When the course is approved, you'll be able to submit your application through our NTU Applicant Portal. Keep an eye on this page for more information about when applications open.

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

Application deadline

Applications for the part-time course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October.

Information for your employer

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

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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 Employer Fees and Funding page.

Find out more

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Apprenticeship Team
+44 (0)115 848 2589