BA(Hons) Property Development and Planning (with Foundation Year)

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Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Architecture and the Built Environment
Four years full-time, five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Dr Danny Elvidge

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2022 intake. Applications for 2023 should be made through UCAS from September 2022.

Page last updated 16 June 2022


Gain accreditation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to get your professional career off to a strong start.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study property development and planning?

As more people move to towns and cities, the built environment becomes increasingly important.

Managing, planning and implementing the development and regeneration of cities is high on corporate and government agendas in the UK and abroad.

There is demand for skilled professionals who understand urban policy and can promote and manage property development.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Property Development and Planning will give you a solid understanding of the concepts and requirements of urban planning and sustainable development.

Study the legal system and economic forces and their impact on creating healthy, sustainable communities. Learn about property valuation, landlord and tenant law and building construction.

Learn computer-assisted design (CAD), drawing, modelling and mapping. Assess urban design on day trips and residential field trips. Collaborate with students across related disciplines in an approach reflecting industry.

Our key employer partners are involved throughout the course, providing you with industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice to improve your employability on graduation.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate, you'll be ready for a career working in development and urban regeneration.

Opportunities are available with property developers, surveyors, planning and multi-disciplinary practices, local authorities and development agencies in the UK and abroad.

Past students have found roles with Savills, Hartnell Taylor Cook and Redrow Homes.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



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

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Building a Professional
  • Built Environment Futures
  • Context of Design and development
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Foundation Year project.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Law and Economics
  • Commercial Property Appraisal
  • An Introduction to Building Construction
  • Healthy Sustainable Communities.

Year two

You will study:

  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment
  • Development Appraisal and Planning
  • Property Development Practice and Law
  • Future Places
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Investment Valuation and Appraisal.

Placement year (if applicable)

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

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Dissertation A
  • Valuations
  • Achieving Design Quality
  • Development Finance
  • Economic and Social Appraisal

Plus, one optional module from:

  • 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 lecturers are all engaged in professional practice or research. Along with an emphasis on hands-on learning, this gives the course professional practice focus that will prepare you for your career in planning.

Work on a variety of conceptual and pragmatic projects, culminating with a year-long special study project in your final year.

Explore techniques including computer-aided design (CAD), drawing, modelling and mapping.

Collaborate with undergraduates from other disciplines within the department. This encourages mutual respect and understanding of professionals you may work alongside in practice. It also develops your presentation, negotiation, communication and delegation skills.

Thanks to our Real Estate Partner Employers consortium, major employers get involved throughout your degree. 

Attend regular presentations from visiting practitioners and guest lecturers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice. Get help developing your CV and presentation and interview skills at our final year Job Bootcamp.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Socialise and campaign

Meet and socialise with fellow planners in our new student-led Planning@UWE Bristol Group and the Real Estate Society.

Showcase your work

Showcase your work in the final year degree show.

Take a look at our Pinterest board to see past students' work.


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

Exams are held in either January or May/June.

Coursework is made up of essays, reports, surveys, design projects, teamwork and progress tests.

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

Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

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

If you study the three year or four year (sandwich) course, you'll meet the RICS educational requirements to become an accredited member. You need two years of professional experience in order to become a full member; your placement usually counts as one year.


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

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.

Many of our students do a work placement and there are opportunities with our employer partners as well as further afield. Past students have worked in public and private sector organisations ranging from local authorities to Savills, Colliers and Legat Owen. We also encourage you to do internships to boost your skills and experience.


We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people who can inform your work.

There are also field trips, subsidised by the department.

Year one

Day trips and site inspections to test your knowledge in the field.

Year two

An opportunity to take part in the International Property Week with three European universities.

Final year

A week-long field trip. Recent destinations include Budapest, Dublin and London.

Study facilities

Learn in a modern, well-equipped department facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

Develop desktop publishing, computer-aided design (CAD), model-making, design and drawing skills in collaborative workshops.

Get support for photography, digital imaging, filming and sound recording from our audio-visual group.      

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

As a graduate, you'll be ready for a career working in development and urban regeneration.

Accredited by RICS, this course will give you the advantage of being able to promote and manage development with a solid understanding of urban policy and planning procedures.

Opportunities are available with property developers, surveyors, planning and multi-disciplinary practices, local authorities and development agencies in the UK and abroad.

Past students have found roles with Savills, Hartnell Taylor Cook and Redrow Homes.

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.

See also:

Prospects - careers in planning


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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Property Development and Planning.

International Applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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