Student with a building model in the background

BSc(Hons)

Real Estate

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K440
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time, sandwich
Programme leader:
Ytzen Van Der Werf
Key fact:
Study towards Chartered Surveyor status on a course with close employer links that gives you the flexibility to go into a wide range of careers.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study real estate?

Real estate includes commercial and residential property across the public, private and charity sectors.

Most large organisations have property management teams, while residential properties have increasingly diverse managerial arrangements.

There's always a demand for qualified professionals with the skills and knowledge to develop, value and manage our built environment.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Real Estate is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV), the European Council of Real Estate Professions (CEPI) and the European group of Valuers (TEGOVA).

Learn about buying and selling, valuations, resolving landlord and tenant disputes, negotiating compensation and day-to-day management.

Examine legal and economic forces and their impact on planning practice. Value property for different purposes and learn about property law. Explore commercial agency and the international environment for property management.

Address sustainability issues and develop a site with students from different degrees in a way that reflects industry.

Get industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice from our real estate partner employers. Find out about different careers and approaches on site and field trips.

Hone your skills on your placement, which may count as part of the professional development you need to achieve Chartered status. Graduate ready to begin an exciting career in the real estate industry.

Where can it take me?

After graduating, you can go into a range of careers across the public, private, residential and commercial sectors.  

Job opportunities are varied and include roles in property management, valuation, development, taxation, purchase, sales and disposal.  

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Context of Property and Development
  • Commercial Property Appraisal
  • An Introduction to Building Construction
  • Professional Practice in Property.

Year two

You will study:

  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment
  • Property Management
  • Valuation, Rating and Taxation
  • Examination and Evaluation of Existing Buildings
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Development Appraisal and Planning.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Dissertation
  • Valuations
  • International Property Management and Investment
  • Agency.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Work-based Research Project
  • International Property Project.

We regularly update this course to equip our graduates with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to your course. If changes are approved, we will let you know.

Learning and Teaching

Our tutors provide a friendly, collaborative environment for learning. They're actively engaged in research or professional practice so you learn directly about the latest academic and business developments.

Learn through a mix of tutor-led and face-to-face classes, student-led and independent study, online study, group projects and by supporting each other's learning.

We encourage you to do formative work to prepare for assessments, eg practice tests. This doesn't count towards your marks but feedback will improve your performance.

We can give you support if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy or study skills.

Develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills throughout. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

Improve your practical skills through roleplay and employer visits to ensure you graduate ready to succeed in the workplace.

Find placement and job opportunities with our real estate partner employers, who input into course directly through visiting speakers, industry projects, site visits and module reviews. Get expert help developing your CV and preparing for interviews in our final year Job Bootcamp.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Compete in student competitions and visit workshops organised by the RICS, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Bristol Property Agents Association.

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show.

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.

Study time

Lectures, workshops, seminars, group project work and tutoring make up 12 hours of contact time each week.

We expect you to spend at least another 24 hours studying independently.

Assessment

You should expect a mix of coursework and seen and unseen exams,which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Coursework may include essays, reports, portfolios of drawings or sketches, calculations, lab reports, presentations and projects. In your final year you'll complete a dissertation.

While most coursework involves individual submissions, some modules require teamwork.   

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
167%20%13%100%
262%38%0%100%
325%59%16%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). When you graduate, you need to spend two years in practice and pass an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to get full membership. The placement you do as part of this course may qualify as one year of your APC .

As a graduate, you'll also meet the academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and the European group of Valuers (TEGOVA).

This course is also recognised by the European Council of Real Estate Professions (CEPI).

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

Our students secure placements in a range of organisations as well as with real estate partner employers. These include Jones Lang LaSalle, Savills, BNP and Paribas. Many students were offered a position with their employer on graduation.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Put learning into context on property bus tours and regular site and employer visits. We also arrange residential field trips, which are subsidised by the department.

Recent field trips include:

  • Reviewing the property market and management techniques in the UK, Budapest, Prague and Leipzig
  • Assessing real estate investment in Dublin.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities are available to help with your studies.

Study and collaborate with classmates in our 'Hive' lounge and open computing area.

Develop skills in data analysis, project management and spatial enquiry on industry standard software.

Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.

Conduct spatial analysis using mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in well equipped laboratories.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

After graduating, you can go into a range of careers across the public, private, residential and commercial sectors.  

Job opportunities are varied and include roles in property management, valuation, development, taxation, purchase, sales and disposal.    

Recent graduates have gone on to work for private practices, or in firms such as Savills, Jones Lang LaSalle, BNP Paribas, Lambert Smith Hampton and GVA Grimley. Others are working for local authorities and the Valuation Office in the public sector.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1188

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8312

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

On the course, you will learn how to undertake property valuations and use business statistics, so you need to be comfortable with using maths and must have at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics.

If you have a Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or Certificate in a closely related subject, you may be able to join the course in the second year or be credited with certain modules, which will shorten the course for you.

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but have substantial relevant work (or other experience) and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply


Read more about undergraduate applications.

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