Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Real Estate Development and Management (Degree Apprenticeship)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Five year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Real estate professionals understand commercial and private property sectors, and confidently display their knowledge to help clients bring new developments to market. Prepare for a rewarding future career in this fast-paced sector with our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Development and Management degree apprenticeship. 

Career-focused curriculum

Designed to support your working role, the course explores the processes involved in real-estate delivery, and the strategic management techniques used by professionals. Topics covered include valuation, planning processes, commercial building construction, development appraisals and feasibility studies.

Accredited, engaging learning

We've shaped the learning experience so that you gain relevant knowledge and technical skills, but also transferable career skills that are highly-sought by industry. We're proud that our Real Estate Development and Management degree course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Incredible study location

We're excited to offer you a campus-based university experience, minutes from buzzing central Manchester. Our location and industry connections give you great access to one of the UK's largest property and construction markets.

You will:

  • Learn key skills in areas such as valuation, development, investment and management
  • Gain knowledge of the economic, legal, technical and managerial aspects of the property and real estate sector
  • Develop industry competencies, technical skills and the confidence to progress career ambitions
  • Learn and utilise the digital tools and technologies needed in your future career

Course accreditations

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This is for you if...


You are interested in developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment


You want to study an accredited, industry-focused course with guest lectures and live projects


You want to combine work and study, and currently work with an employer who can support your apprenticeship

Course details

All about the course

Buildings in development in Manchester city centre

Course content

Delivered over five years, our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Development and Management Degree Apprenticeship course blends theoretical knowledge with applied professional skills and competencies. 

During your studies, you will experience academic seminars and tutorials to build your knowledge. You will also experience project work with other built environment students, mirroring the collaborative approach of modern property and construction industries.

You will build your knowledge over progressive levels of study. The initial level four is designed to help you build a solid platform of knowledge that will then support your advanced studies at levels five and six. 

Course content is delivered in modular 20-credit blocks to reach at total 360-credit BSc award. Modules are spread across five years of study.

Course highlights:

  • Develop a solid framework as you explore the legal, economic and technical aspects of managing real estate
  • Build knowledge about planning, urban regeneration and property asset management
  • Gain specialist knowledge in areas such as conservation and strategic planning
  • Experience multi-disciplinary projects and complete a final project to demonstrate your skills and knowledge
How does a degree apprenticeship work? 

The degree apprenticeship route will enable you to work and study for your degree. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship course.

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering your degree programme. Your employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components.

We will work with your employer to:

  • Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree apprenticeship can be successfully applied in the workplace
  • Ensure that you can evidence the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard

We will create an annual programme timetable, which will include your lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will receive your timetable once you registered as a student.

As part of this course, you will work towards your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in order to be in a position to move onto the RICS Panel Exam following completion of the academic degree course. To do this, your employer must be able to support you – this is a requirement of the apprenticeship.

Level four

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks

You will be introduced to English law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.


Introduction to Valuation

This module introduces you to the 5 conventional methods of valuation and how to apply the correct method to various types of property. You will become familiar with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ “Red Book” and follow the relevant guidance laid out to allow you to competently complete formal valuation reports for residential property. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and teach you the mathematics behind property valuation, as well as becoming familiar with the property market and the factors that instigate change.


Introduction to Planning and Development

This module will provide an introduction to the current planning and property development processes in the UK. This will include a review of the origins and evolution of planning legislation and policies, the development management system, and an appraisal of how decisions are made for different land uses for property development schemes.


Building Construction and Defects

This module aims to provide you with the ability to understand how buildings are constructed and what defects are common given the method of construction. You will also understand how this affects the value of the property. Within this module, you will have the opportunity to develop building construction and pathology knowledge and develop the ability to undertake critical analysis, self-reflection and personal development.

Economics and Management

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic economic concepts and principles of the economic environment in which the construction and property industry operates and knowledge of management theories in the construction context. You will be able to discuss the key role of the construction industry in the economy, current economic issues and management challenges in the construction and property context.


Surveying Practice

This module covers the basic principles and computer software that you will need to understand to enter into a career in the property industry. You will become familiar with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and begin to understand what your preferred pathway into chartership will be.

The module will also help to enhance your academic writing, and you will learn how to undertake referencing at degree level. You will also become conversant in the mandatory competency requirements of the RICS. 

Level five

Environmental Impact and Sustainability

The purpose of this module is for you to identify and appraise the current relationships between real estate, and property development policies and practice. You will be able to assess the impact that these may have on the natural and built environment, in context of our pursuit for a sustainable future.

Development Appraisal and Viability

The purpose of this module is to provide you with a good working knowledge and understanding of the aims and objectives of delivering a property development scheme.  You will be able to identify opportunities, undertake feasibility studies and development appraisals to ascertain the viability of a proposed project or site. You will be required to understand a variety of funding options and how to apply them dependent on your client’s needs.

Planning, Conservation and Urban Regeneration

This module will provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of the evolution, development, objectives and practicable application of planning and urban regeneration legislation, policies, and processes in the UK at present time. This will include identification of the main stakeholders, appraisal of the key challenges that are faced and an analysis of the proposed reforms for the delivery of property development and urban renewal schemes in the future.

Property Law

This module further enhances your reporting and client advisory skills, allowing application of the main legal principles studied to a range of complex and in-depth problems. You will also learn to apply relevant case law relating to property for a variety of scenarios, such as trespass, nuisance, negligence, party wall matters and a variety of legal issues that often arise in property transactions. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and capacity to act in an advisory manner. You will also address client care and diversity skills.

Property Management and Lease Advisory

This module will provide you with a good knowledge, understanding and practicable application to enable you to effectively manage, maintain, refurbish, let and dispose of a range of different types of properties, in either the private or public sectors. It will facilitate an appreciation and application of the principle legislation and current professional guidance and practice, which is required for effective property management, lease covenant compliance and to maximise opportunities for increasing asset value.


This module further enhances your valuation skills, allowing application of the 5 conventional methods of valuation studied at level 4 to a range of complex and in-depth calculations.  You will also learn to value leasehold interests in property for a variety of purposes, such as surrendering a lease or regearing a leasehold interest. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and teach you how to use Parry’s Investment Tables to undertake any valuations you may be carrying out.

Level six

Advanced Valuation

This module provides you with the underlying principles for advanced and applied valuation including complex and contemporary valuation methods.  You will cover valuation concepts such as discounted cashflow and shortcut discounted cashflow techniques. We will explore risk and sensitivity analysis and how this can affect investment worth.  Modern portfolio theory is integral to managing an investment portfolio and this along with other relevant concepts and principles will form the basis of the requirements of becoming a registered valuer.  Taxation is also approached in this module to ensure that students are aware of tax implications in property.


Discipline Research Project

The Discipline Research Project (DRP) module is an opportunity for you to independently research an area within your discipline that interests you with the help of a dedicated research supervisor.  The module output is a problem focused literature review in this chosen area. The research report is based upon secondary data (i.e. material already published) and does not involve the collection of primary data (i.e. interviews or questionnaires for example).

Infrastructure Development and Spatial Planning

The aim of this module is to explore the current purpose and application of spatial planning policies and processes in the UK and to appraise the role and delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects, in a social, economic, political, and environmental context.

Real Estate Project

This module aims to develop previously studied real estate disciplines by applying your knowledge to a composite project scenario, which requires a number of tasks to be undertaken by various disciplines included within each team. Within this, you'll have the opportunity to develop team working and client care skills by gaining an understanding of how disciplines within real estate interact. You'll also develop the ability to undertake personal development planning at the start of your career as a built environment practitioner.

Statutory Valuation

This module explores the elements of the various areas of Statutory Valuation. The application of legislation to valuation scenarios in compulsory purchase, rating and leasehold enfranchisement will be studied in some detail. The relationship between statutory provision, conventional valuation and practical implementation is examined. The various elements of statutory valuation are taught as individual components within the module with emphasis drawn on the synergy between the various valuation techniques.

Strategic Asset Management

This module explores the elements of Asset Management in a strategic context which covers the decisions made by organisations in the compilation of strategies for the effective use, management and planning of their real estate assets. This considers the processes involved for such decisions from the Business Plan to developing the Options Appraisal through to the Business Case which takes into account the whole life costings, risks/benefit profiling and strategic direction. The module also covers the importance of Human Resources to the Real Estate decision from the public and private sector drivers.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Year one example




Written exams


Practical exams


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

During your studies, you will use industry-standard software, including CoStar, EGI, Argus Enterprise and Developer, BCIS and ISurv. You will have access to computer laboratory facilities throughout your studies.

Independent learning

The Degree Apprenticeship Programme is run on a day-release basis.

When not attending lectures, tutorials or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. We advise you should take around 30 hours of independent study per week.

Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, completing research in our library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. 


Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


To support your development, you will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is also available upon request from the module leader.

Progress meetings will be held once every three months, where our employer link tutor and your employer supervisor will meet with you to review progress. The end point assessment is the final assessment for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). 

Course leader

Kate Rowan, BSc Hons, MSc MRICS is the Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying.  She has over 15 years’ industry experience as a general practice surveyor and registered valuer.  Kate is an RICS Assessor for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), and APC doctor and APC counsellor. 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.

Driven by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.


Our carefully-designed study and seminar spaces provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone and computer laboratories.

Salford is also home to Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. This full-sized, two-bedroom terraced house lives inside a sensor-packed environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. 


What you need to know


In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but it is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.


To apply for a degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. If you are not in employment, you can search for employers participating in the degree apprenticeship scheme using the UK Government's apprenticeship website.


The programme is delivered on a part-time, day-release basis over five year period, subject to agreement by the employer and us. 


Please be aware of the application deadline below. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake.

September 2024 Intake – The application deadline is July 2024

Route one standard entry


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 points


104 points

BTEC National Diploma


BTEC Higher National Diploma

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Foundation Degree

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Scottish Highers

104 points

Irish Leavers Certificate

104 points

European Baccalaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information

International Baccalaureate

30 points

Access to HE

104 points

Other qualifications

Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Route two alternative entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Please contact Admissions for further information.


The cost of the full degree apprenticeship programme is £27,000. The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.

Apprenticeship Funding

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to invest in apprenticeships.

The funding policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are paid for, underpinned by the apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill for companies paying over £3 million per year.

There is also a co-investment model for companies who will not be paying into the levy. The government will cover 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship and the employer will only have to contribute the remaining 5%. Once payments have been declared to HMRC, employers will now have access to a digital apprenticeship account from which they will be able to access funding to pay for apprenticeship training.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. The Chartered Surveyor standard has been allocated the following funding band:

Funding band: 15
Funding band maximum: £27,000

Find out more about Apprenticeship funding  

Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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All Set? Let's Apply?

Not in employment 

To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to be in employment with a company who is willing to put you onto the degree apprenticeship scheme. The UK Government's national apprenticeship website has further information about this. This website also advertises vacancies for degree apprentices. Please note, the university of Salford does not hold details of employers vacancies. 

In employment 

If your current employer is willing to support you through a degree apprenticeship, then they will need to contact us in the first instance to express their interest in the degree apprenticeship scheme. This will start the application process.

Please contact for more information.

Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID n/a

Institution SO3