BSc (Hons) Real Estate (Foundation Year)




Royal Agricultural University Campus


4 years (full-time)

Academic Year

30 September 2024 to 30 May 2025

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. 

Course overview

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 Maclaren, 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.

Work placement

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.

Course content

You will cover rural as well as urban property issues throughout all years of the programme. The broad nature of the curriculum keeps your options open for future specialism in areas that interest you most in your final year.

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.

Foundation year

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: Consider the geographical, human and ecological features of landscapes
  • 0IFY2 Digital Skills: Acquire skills on information literacy and learn about the impact of AI in academia
  • 0IFY3 Rural Business Skills: Using diverse business case studies, learn to apply numerical skills to make informed business decisions
  • 0IFY4 Land Related Studies: Evaluate the range of different land uses and considers the factors affecting why areas have been selected for specific uses
  • 0IFY5 Change in the Countryside: Identify the characteristics that define ‘place’, the ‘outdoors’ and key characteristics of the countryside
  • 0IFY6 Enterprise and Marketing: Analyse the characteristics of a thriving business including e-commerce and personnel management
  • 0IFY7 Environment and Conservation Data Handling: Carry out practical data collection fieldwork in semi-natural and human-made environments
  • 0IFY8 Agriculture and Farming: Develop a basic understanding of the management of different farm enterprises

Year one

  • 1014 Building Technology (pre-requisite to 2334): 
  • 1015 Law 1 (pre-requisite to 2030): Understand and explain how the English legal system is organised and administered through the courts
  • 1016 Valuation 1 (pre-requisite to 2037): Explain the factors which underpin value in the property market
  • 1320 Fundamentals of Land and Property: Gain an overview of the topics covered in Land and Property programmes
  • 1321 Land and Property Economics: Develop an understanding of basic macro and micro economic concepts in land and property markets
  • 1322 Property Markets, Transactions and Analysis: Analyse property markets to review trends and performance
  • 1440 Academic and Practical Skills: Learn and try out a range of practical skills used in the land and farming sectors
  • 1443 Business Finance and Accounts: Learn the fundamentals of accountancy and use software to create and clearly present financial information 

Year two

  • 2030 Law 2: Apply legal knowledge to the creation, existence and determination of legal estates and legal interests in land
  • 2037 Valuation 2: Identify and use the appropriate method of valuation to meet a range of client requirements and different property types
  • 2066P Business and Property Finance and Taxation: Interpret financial statements and recognise how company finance should be structured
  • 2201 Property Management: Examine the role of the managing agent in protecting and enhancing the value of a client’s property
  • 2203 Property Agency and Marketing: Apply the module content to advise on a marketing strategy for a property and how an agency will enable it
  • 2333 Planning Law and Practice: Demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the statutory Town and Country Planning system and its procedures
  • 2334 Surveying, Inspection and Measurement: Undertake a building inspection report,  including advising on the condition of properties and the identification of common building defects
  • 2337 Personal and Professional Skills and Employability: Review and critically assess professional communication standards and other competencies needed for successful client and business management

Year three

In the final 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: Integrate and synthesise relevant information and principles from various disciplines including law and town and country planning to solve problems encountered in commercial property management
  • 3027 Practice Management: Understand the requirements embedded within practice planning to enable a business plan to be developed for a chartered surveying practice
  • 3243 Statutory Valuations: Select, explain and evaluate the appropriate approaches and methods of valuation for taxation purposes 
  • 3300 Research Project / Dissertation: Develop a detailed research proposal that presents a well-developed research aim supported by clear research objectives
  • 3441 Contemporary Issues in Land, Property and Society: Critically analyse a range of issues affecting the land and property sector

Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from a broad range, including:

  • 3041 Corporate Finance: Explore how finance affects the corporate world and the individual
  • 3080 Heritage Property: Understand the key concepts behind heritage decisions including statements of significance and conservation management planning
  • 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management: Explore the significance of forestry in climate mitigation, timber production and farm diversification
  • 3215 Advanced Residential Agency: Advise on a marketing strategy for sale purposes, of a range of different types of residential property, including town houses, new homes, and country houses sold with or without land
  • 3246 Development and Development Appraisal: Prepare a development appraisal to an appropriate professional standard
  • 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour: Interpret consumer behaviour using concepts from diverse disciplinary perspectives including psychology, sociology, anthropology and consumer culture

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

On completing the course, many of our graduates secure employment undertaking the two-year Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify as Chartered Surveyors. The latest Department for Education data (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes June 2018) indicates that RAU graduates studying in Architecture, Building and Planning subjects are in work, ranking us 27th out of 62 universities.

Recent graduates have gone on to fulfil jobs within a range of companies:

  • Bruton Knowles
  • CBRE
  • NHS Property Services
  • Knight Frank
  • Bidwells
  • Dalcour Maclaren
  • Marsh and Parsons
  • Hamptons International
  • Savills
  • Valuation Office Agency
  • Deloitte Real Estate
  • Bidwells

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

"The course opens many opportunities within both the urban and rural property industry, and once you have a degree
many more employment opportunities are made available, even if you decide to go into another industry post-graduation."

Daniella Sowden, Graduate

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Entry requirements

Typical offers

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)

Visit the UCAS website to calculate your UCAS Tariff points from the qualifications and grades achieved.

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.

Flexible entry

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.

Further information

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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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.

2024-25 Applicants

For the academic year 2024-25 the tuition fees for this course are: 

  UK International
Full-time £9,250 per year £15,300 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study. Please contact before you apply to confirm your eligibility.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

If you are an Irish national you can check if you meet the requirements for Home Fees. Please visit the UKCISA website and consult the pdf guide “England HE – who pays Home Fees”. First check category ‘3 years in Republic of Ireland/UK/Islands, settled in UK’ or ‘Brexit temporary offer for courses starting before 2028: Irish citizens with residence in Europe or overseas territories’. You will possibly need to be fee assessed when you submit an application for study to the RAU.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

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Applications should be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course. However, if you have missed the deadline please contact as there are usually places available.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.