Real Estate (Degree Apprenticeship) BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Real Estate Degree Apprenticeship
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 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.
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.
The work-based element of this apprenticeship counts towards the professional practice you need to gain full membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll do an End-Point Assessment (EPA). This is the final assessment for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). It assesses all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for Chartered Membership. You’ll also need to do a final interview and presentation to a RICS panel.
Tuition fees (2018 start)
The payment of the course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £27,000 paid over 5 years.
Please see our degree apprenticeships page for further information.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 4 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final stage includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
We provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.
Your employer will cover the cost of the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is separate from your course fees.
What you'll study
Most units on this course are worth 20 credits. In each year, you'll study units worth 60–80 credits. There are no optional units.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Maths and stats support
The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- computer-based tutorials
- practical sessions
You'll keep regular contact with your mentor, especially during your work-based learning project in the final year.
How you'll spend your time
On this degree apprenticeship, you'll work 4 days and study 1 day for around 30 weeks each year.
The day of the week you're at University varies, but will be the same day of the week throughout your course so you can fit your study time into your working routine and other commitments.
On the weeks you don't go to university, you'll still spend 20% of your time learning away from your normal working environment.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- closed and open book exams
- problem-based coursework and professional style reports
- computer-based portfolios
- group presentations
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.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
How you apply for a degree apprenticeship depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.
How to apply with your current employer
If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together.
You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.
How to apply with a new employer
If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.
You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.
We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.
You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.
If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us.