BSc (Hons) Real Estate with 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.
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.
Singapore, Dubai, Brussels, Hong Kong and the UK – just some of the destinations where graduates of this course have gone onto work, and so could you. Whether you wish to pursue a career in commercial, rural, residential or industrial property, our Real Estate course will develop your skills, networks and confidence. Graduates have fulfilled roles at prestigious companiues such as Deloitte Real Estate, Hamptons International and Savills.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this is the ideal launch pad into the professional world of real estate. You will learn about acquisition, sales, letting, development and management of property interests and investments, town and country planning and building construction. Alongside this, you will develop and understanding of vernacular architecture and the psychology of sales, letting and negotiation, ensuring you have the full set of skills sought by prospective employers.
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 first and second year, you are encouraged to organise your own work experience during the holidays with assistance from our Careers Team. Although not a formal part of the course, at the end of your second year you will have the option to undertake a work placement year, before returning to complete your studies.
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.
- 48 UCAS points
- GCSEs in Maths and English
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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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 first year, and occasionally, at the end of the second year.
A part-time or distance learning route to study is available.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 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 course are as follows:
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.
- 01FY1 Managing Landscape
- 01FY2 Digital Skills
- 01FY3 Rural Business Skills
- 01FY4 Land Related Studies
- 01FY5 Change in the Countryside
- 01FY6 Enterprise and Marketing
- 01FY7 Environment and conservation data handling
- 01FY8 Agriculture and Farming
- 1014 Building Technology
- 1015 Law 1
- 1016 Valuation 1
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1320 Fundamentals of Land and Property
- 1321 Land and Property Economics
- 1322 Property Markets Transactions and Analysis
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 2006 Building Management
- 2030 Law 2
- 2033 Planning and Development
- 2037 Valuation 2
- 2066 Business and Property Finance and Taxation
- 2200 Property Market Analysis
- 2201 Property Management
- 2203 Property Agency
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.
- 3025 Integrating Project
- 3026 Contemporary Issues in Property and Society
- 3027 Practice Management
- 3010 Game and Deer Management
- 3243 Statutory Valuation
- 3300 Research Project/Dissertation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from a broad range, including:
- 3007 Commercial Property Management
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3080 Heritage Property
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 3215 Advanced Residential Agency
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
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.
- Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75)
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£9,250 per year||£10,200 per year|
|Part-time||£4,625 per year (6 year course duration)||£4,625 per year (6 year course duration)||£5,100 per year (6 year course duration)|
Part-time fees will be charged on a pro-rata basis. Please contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org before you apply to confirm your eligibility.
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Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
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.
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
- 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 Surveying
- Property Investment and Asset Management
- Rural Agency and Estate Management
- Estate Agency; Residential and Commercial
- Town and Country Planning and Development
- Commercial and Residential Property Management.
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
Kate Marfleet BSc (Hons) Real Estate graduate, 2014 - “I chose to study at the RAU because I wanted a recognised course which provided both breadth and depth of knowledge, and the best grounding from which to start my career. The level of support is exceptional, and the course allowed me to choose the modules I wanted to study. I am now a Chartered Surveyor and the foundations learned from the RAU proved invaluable throughout my graduate programme at JLL and LaSalle Investment Management. A degree from the RAU helped me to stand out from the crowd.”
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