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Real Estate (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Teresa Wood and Judith Ritchie
Key fact:
Study towards Chartered Surveyor status on a course which has close employer links and gives you the flexibility to go into a wide range of careers.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Real Estate?

Real estate encompasses commercial and residential property across the public, private and charity sectors. Property management is a feature of most large organisations while residential property includes an increasingly diverse range of tenures and organisational arrangements. There is considerable demand for qualified professionals with the skills and knowledge to develop, value and manage our built environment.

Why study our course?

You will learn about buying and selling, valuations, resolving landlord and tenant disputes, negotiating compensation and day-to-day management. You will examine legal and economic forces and their impact on planning and professional practice. As you progress, you will value property for different purposes and utilise landlord and tenant law in property management. During your final year, you will study commercial agency and the international environment for property management.

Real world experience

You will address sustainability issues and develop a site with students across professional disciplines in a way which reflects industry. Our real estate partner employers are involved throughout providing industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice. You will learn about different careers and approaches on site visits and field trips. You can apply your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can go into a wide range of careers across the public, private, residential and commercial sectors.  As a result, job opportunities are varied and challenging with professions including property management, valuation, development, taxation, purchase, sales and disposal.   

Accreditations and partnerships:



Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Foundation Project
  • Society, Economy and Governance
  • Development and Place
  • Data Analysis and Design.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Surveying, Construction and Property courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

Modules provide an introduction into the valuation of property; landlord and tenant law; and building construction. You will develop an insight into the legal system and economic forces and their impact on planning and professional practice. Studies will also be given industrial context through employer visits and visiting RICS professionals.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year two

As you progress, you will put these concepts into practice. This is through valuing property for different purposes; utilising landlord and tenant law in property management; and forming part of an interdisciplinary team addressing sustainability issues.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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.

Optional placement year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement. Students who undertake a placement year will complete a work-based research project.

Final year

During your final year, you will deepen your understanding of valuation through its application to real-world scenarios. You will learn about commercial agency and the international environment for property management. You will also develop a site as part of an interdisciplinary team and focus on your chosen area of interest in a dissertation.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Valuations
  • International Property Management
  • Agency.

Plus one of the following modules:

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

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

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

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities, which include tutor led and face-to-face learning, student-led and independent study, online study, group projects and students supporting one another's learning. Practical skills are developed through role-plays and employer visits.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks but feedback will help improve your performance. Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12-15 hours of contact time per week. You will be expected to spend at least double this time (24 hours) in essential independent study.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, unseen and seen examinations. As well as assessing your knowledge and skills, these develop graduate attributes valued by employers. These include communication, presentation, negotiation, IT and numeracy, team working, project and time management skills. These also assess the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Our students secure placements in a range of organisations as well as with real estate partner employers. Students in previous years have worked on placements across all sectors for organisations including Jones Lang LaSalle, Savills, BNP and Paribas. Many have been offered a position with their employer on graduation.


You will get out and put learning into context on property bus tours and regular site and employer visits. We arrange residential field trips, which are subsidised by the Department. You are expected to contribute towards the cost of these.

Recent field trips include reviewing the property market and management techniques and investment issues in London, Budapest, Dublin and cities in the South West.

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.
  • Develop skills for appraisal and valuation using cutting edge industry software and data bases.

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

Learn from industry

Our real estate partner employers get involved throughout your degree. They input into course development, through visiting speakers, industry projects, site visits, and module reviews. You will meet major employers on field trips. You can attend a final year Job Bootcamp to help you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Network and compete

We arrange regular presentations in all years from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

We have strong relationships with local professional organisations including the RICS, CIH and Bristol Property Agents Association. As a result, students can compete in student competitions and access their events and workshops.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can go into a wide range of careers across the public, private, residential and commercial sectors.  As a result, job opportunities are varied and challenging with professions including 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 in local authorities and the Valuation Office in the public sector.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

European Council of Real Estate Professions (CEPI)

Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV)


Indicative Additional Costs

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

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

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 Year11156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in 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. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider applicants with a mixture of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Real Estate course.

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.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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