BSc (Hons) Real Estate (Foundation Year)
This honours degree course gives you the opportunity to examine the complexities of the market for the following sectors: commercial, residential, industrial, leisure, and rural property, both in the UK and overseas. Together with the Pilkington Farms Partnership the RAU has introduced a generous award designed to reward academic performance and to celebrate excellence and innovation in real estate and land management, to find out more please click on the link at the bottom of the page.
This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. It will develop the skills you need for your later studies. It is particularly suitable if:
- You don’t have the grades for immediate entry onto a three-year course
- You have non-traditional qualifications or experience
- You’re starting university after some time away from education
- You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study
The UK, Singapore, Dubai, Brussels and Hong Kong are just some of the destinations where graduates of this course have gone on to work, in both town and urban environments.
Whether you wish to pursue a career in commercial, residential, or industrial property our Real Estate degree will develop your technical and professional skills, networks and confidence. Graduates have fulfilled roles at prestigious companies such as Knight Frank, JLL, CBRE, Deloitte Real Estate, Dalcour Malaren, Savills, the Valuation Office Agency, and many more.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this course is the ideal launch pad into the professional world of real estate or other sectors depending on your career aspirations. You will learn about acquisitions, sales, commercial lettings, development and management of property interests and investments, town and country planning and building construction.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), they have produced this short video highlighting their recent work.
In your third year you will complete a minimum of 70 hours of work experience as an assessed part of your course. Our Careers Team run a careers fair each year, providing an opportunity for you to meet potential employers, there is also an option of a full placement year.
The Integrated Foundation Year is suitable for applicants who have taken level 3 qualifications (A levels, BTEC etc.) in the UK. Overseas students who have not studied in the UK and completed their secondary education in their country, should look at taking an Integrated Foundation Programme in order to meet the entry criteria for the degree programmes offered by the RAU.
Please note that a foundation year is not the same as a foundation degree (FdSc). A foundation year will usually lead onto a three-year degree course, whereas a foundation degree is a standalone qualification generally studied for two years.
For UK students (as of March 2020) a visa may not be required but this may change. For non UK/EU nationals (current Tier 4 visa students), the student will have to arrange their own visa.
Modules are divided into three streams: Property, Land Use and Development and Business. You will learn through lectures, smaller group tutorials, visiting lecturers from industry, practical sessions, study visits and real-life case studies as well as completing a research project in a subject area of specific interest. The course is also flexible and it is possible to transfer on to the Rural Land Management degree at the end of the second year, and occasionally, at the end of the third year.
A part-time or distance learning route to study is available.
Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly).
The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
The Foundation year will provide a common core of academic and study skills sufficient to prepare you for subsequent study and academic success at undergraduate level. It will give core underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding in key areas of contemporary issues, provide underpinning subject-related skills and knowledge in key areas required for undergraduate study, including Mathematics, Numeracy and IT. It will also provide generic skills and academic knowledge to support your confidence and discipline as appropriate for higher education study and give subject-specific grounding, in terms of research topics and study focus, to support progression into degree level study in your chosen degree.
- 0IFY1 Managing Landscape
- 0IFY2 Digital Skills
- 0IFY3 Rural Business Skills
- 0IFY4 Land Related Studies
- 0IFY5 Change in the Countryside
- 0IFY6 Enterprise and Marketing
- 0IFY7 Environment and Conservation Data Handling
- 0IFY8 Agriculture and Farming
- 1014 Building Technology (pre-requisite to 2334)
- 1015 Law 1 (pre-requisite to 2030)
- 1016 Valuation 1 (pre-requisite to 2037)
- 1320 Fundamentals of Land and Property
- 1321 Land and Property Economics
- 1322 Property Markets, Transactions and Analysis
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 1443 Business Finance and Accounts
- 2030 Law 2
- 2037 Valuation 2
- 2066P Business and Property Finance and Taxation
- 2201 Property Management
- 2203 Property Agency and Marketing
- 2333 Planning Law and Practice
- 2334 Surveying, Inspection and Measurement
- 2337 Personal and Professional Skills and Employability
In the third year, you will complete a research dissertation on a subject of your choosing, and select two elective modules to suit your specialist areas of interest.
- 3007 Commercial Property Management
- 3027 Practice Management
- 3243 Statutory Valuations
- 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
- 3441 Contemporary Issues in Land, Property and Society
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from a broad range, including:
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3080 Heritage Property
- 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
- 3215 Advanced Residential Agency
- 3246 Development and Development Appraisal
- 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
* Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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Careers and graduate destinations
Recent graduates have gone on to fulfil jobs within a range of companies:
- Bruton Knowles
- NHS Property Services
- Knight Frank
- Dalcour Maclaren
- Marsh and Parsons
- Hamptons International
- Valuation Office Agency
- Deloitte Real Estate
You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to practice within the following sectors:
- Valuation and surveying
- Property investment and asset management
- Residential and commercial agency
- Town and country planning
- Property management
"One of the things I've been able to make the most of is the one-to-one contact with professors and lecturers at the uni. I have been able to see them and ask for advice, which has been beneficial to me."
Constantin Huet, Graduate
Required: GCSE minimum five GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) plus satisfactory level 3 qualifications:
- A-Level: (example grades EEE) – minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points across either three A-levels or two A-levels and two AS level subjects or equivalent qualifications
- C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Pass-Pass-Pass
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points
- Access to Higher Education: Pass course with 45 credits at level 3 (Pass in Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
You may also be eligible for a contextual offer if you’re from one of our link colleges, have been in care, from a non-white ethnic background, live in an area with low progression rates to university or you are a veteran/child of an armed forces family.
The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.
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For the academic year 2024-25 the tuition fees for this course are:
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