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    The Oxford Brookes Chartered Surveyor apprenticeship prepares apprentices to become Chartered Surveyors practicing in Real Estate, through the Commercial Property Surveyors or Valuation Surveyors pathways. 


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    Apprenticeships offer employers a great opportunity to invest in employees in order to address skills gaps in their organisation or to attract new talent.  They provide a training framework for developing a new member of staff; or a way to upskill a current employee.  Apprentices study whilst they work and are given a valuable opportunity to apply academic theory to practice in work settings. The cost of apprenticeship training and assessment can typically be met, in full or in part, through the apprenticeship levy or government funding for non-levy payers.

    The Oxford Brookes Chartered Surveyor apprenticeship prepares apprentices to become Chartered Surveyors practicing in Real Estate, through the Commercial Property Surveyors or Valuation Surveyors pathways. Apprentices will complete the RICS APC at the end of the programme allowing them to become full Chartered members of RICS.

    Apprentices will develop relevant knowledge, skills and competencies in the following areas:

    • law relating to the acquisition or disposal of property
    • methods and techniques for providing information, data and advice to clients
    • accounting procedures and methods for obtaining and managing finance
    • health and safety
    • sustainability
    • construction technology
    • managing client relationships
    • applied valuation and appraisal
    • property and planning law

    Programme information

    Apprenticeship title:
    Chartered Surveyor - Real Estate Management

    Qualifications/ components:
    BSc Hons Real Estate Management
    English and Maths at level 2 (if not already held by the apprentice) and the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

    Available start dates:
    September 2019 

    Teaching location:
    Blended delivery for some intensive taught sessions at Oxford Brookes Headington campus or off site.

    Course length:
    5 years

    For full application details, please see the 'How to apply/ entry requirements' section.

    This programme is subject to validation and accreditation by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    • The course is designed with the needs of employers and apprentices in mind. The intensive workshop sessions and blended online sessions will allow apprentices to effectively combine work based practice and undergraduate study.
    • The University has a strong track record of producing real estate graduates who are highly sought after by leading property development and investment companies, niche practices, house-builders and housing associations, who regularly recruit our students.
    • In the most recent National Student Survey statistics (source: Unistats), 91% of our students were satisfied with the quality of our Real Estate undergraduate programmes.

    Apprentices will complete the Real Estate degree over a four year period. Apprentices study all year round, attending intensive workshop blocks over the course of the year and completing the remainder of their study and assessments through online learning. 

    Apprentices will study six core subjects, these areas will be revisited and built on on a continuous basis over the course of the degree. These subjects are:

    • valuation, finance and investment
    • property management
    • planning and development
    • design, construction and appraisal of buildings
    • economics
    • law

    Following completion of the degree they will be supported by the University and employer in their final preparation for the APC. 

    Apprentices progress in the workplace is assessed in partnership with the employer. Apprentices will complete a log book detailing their professional development throughout the programme in preparation for the APC. There will be regular meetings between the apprentice, employer and tutors to monitor work based and academic progress.

    The timetable is organised  as follows:

    • Apprentices will complete two degree modules every four months (6 modules annually) for the first three years of the programme.
    • In the final year apprentices will complete one module and a double dissertation.
    • In addition, apprentices will study an integrative project module each year.  As part of the module apprentices will reflect on professional progress within their log books and employers will contribute towards an assessment of progress in the workplace.
    • Additional sessions in English and Maths with a partner College for apprentices who do not hold level two qualifications at the beginning of the course.
    • Following completion of the degree, apprentices will prepare for the final element of their APC supported by the University tutors and their employer.

    Study modules

    As our courses are reviewed regularly, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

    YEAR 1

    • Introduction to Property Management
    • Economics of Built Environment
    • Introduction to Valuation
    • Understanding Construction
    • Foundation Law 1 - Contract
    • Foundation Law 2 - Tort
    • Integrative Project

    YEAR 2

    • Construction & Appraisal of Real Estate
    • Valuation & Investment
    • Real Estate Accounting & Finance
    • Introduction to Land Use Planning
    • Land Law
    • Landlord & Tenant Law
    • Integrative Project

    YEAR 3

    • Management of Corporate Real Estate
    • Property Management
    • Real Estate Investment
    • Applied Valuation
    • Development Process & Planning
    • Development Appraisal & Funding
    • Integrative Project

    YEAR 4

    • Research Methods
    • Dissertation
    • Integrative Project

    The programme will be amended slightly if the apprentice starts in January, but the modules are the same.


    End Point Assessment

    On successful completion of the modules above and the required work based practice, the apprentice will reentered for the End Point Assessment - the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The APC will be conducted by the RICS.  Apprentices will typically be entered for around 6 months after completion of the degree. They will begin building there CPD record from year 3 of the degree.

    The APC comprises of:

    • Final log book - developed for on programme assessment. This must show knowledge and experience for each of the APC competencies and have been completed for a minimum of 24 months.
    • A summary of experience - the summary will include a 3000 to 4000 word summary relating to the technical competencies required by RICS for the apprentice’s chosen APC pathway together with a 1000 word summary relating to the APC mandatory competencies
    • A case study - this is an account of a project or piece of work with which the apprentice has been involved and must include a critical appraisal of the project together with an outline of the learning outcomes. The case study will comprise 3000 words and may include illustrations, calculations and plans.
    • A record of Continuing Professional Development - Apprentices will be required to submit a record of a minimum of 48 hours of Continuing Professional Development (additional learning) each year for the two years prior to the end point assessment.  The CPD record will evidence how the candidate has achieved the relevant knowledge for the APC competencies and for the apprenticeship standards.
    • An interview - the interview will last for approximately one hour and will require apprentices to demonstrate, in support of the written submissions, their understanding of the knowledge and competencies gained. Apprentices will give a 10 minute presentation to the interview panel on their case study after which the panel will ask questions about this for a further 10 minutes. The remaining 40 minutes includes questions relating to the competencies and ethics.

    Programme changes

    On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

    Apprenticeship fee 2018/19: total cost £27,000.

    Please note that the cost of tuition for this programme must be met by the employer. Where reassessment or retakes are required, the employer will be liable for additional costs.

    Apprenticeship funding and the levy

    Levy paying employers can pay for the cost of training and assessment (up to £27,000) using the apprenticeship levy. Please note that the cost of tuition for this programme must be met by the employer. Where reassessment or retakes are required, the employer will be liable for additional costs. 

    Unfortunately the University cannot offer the programme to non-levy payers who wish to draw down a contribution from the government to meet the costs of tuition unless they have arranged for a levy payer to transfer apprenticeship funds to their account.

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    Questions about fees?

    Contact Student Finance on:

    +44 (0)1865 483088

    Employment/ job role requirements

    The apprentice should be employed as a trainee Surveyor in a real estate setting. Over the course of their employment, the apprentice should have work based opportunities which will allow them to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

    Typically a Trainee Surveyor will have opportunities to:

    • provide professional advice and recommendations to clients relating to land, property or construction
    • manage client instructions from engagement to completion
    • liaise with other professionals
    • negotiate contracts and prices
    • analyse data relating to land, buildings or construction
    • follow due diligence in providing advice to clients
    • undertake detailed inspections of buildings, land or construction
    • analyse information from inspections or visits to buildings, land and construction sites

    Academic entry requirements

    Apprentices should hold a level 3 qualification in a related subject. For those holding a full level 3 qualification (e.g. 3 A Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to HE Diploma) we would typically be looking for candidates to achieve 112 points.

    The University is happy to consider applicants holding an advanced apprenticeship in a relevant subject area or other professionally relevant qualifications at level 3 or above.

    Interviews and assessments to check suitability

    The delivery team will meet with candidates the employer would like to put forward to ensure that the programme is a good fit in terms of their previous experience, prior attainment and the apprentices career aims. 

    Accredited Prior Learning

    If an apprentice holds any relevant qualifications in a related subject at level 4 or above this will be taken in to consideration and modular exemptions will be applied as appropriate.

    How to apply

    Employers should contact the University Apprenticeship team, the University will conduct an initial assessment to ensure the apprenticeship will be suitable for proposed candidates and will meet the employer’s requirements. 

    When contracts including the commitment statement have been agreed, the University will complete the sign up process with the employer and apprentice.

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    Supporting 20% off the job training

    Apprentices are required to spend 20% of their contracted hours off the job engaged in training, assessment or associated activities. Apprentices are typically employed on a contract of at least 30 hours, so should have time for off the job training for an average of 6 hours per week. Off the job hours can be delivered in blocks or weighted differently at different times of the year. 

    Employment rules

    An apprenticeship lasts for the duration of the apprenticeship training. The minimum duration is a year and a week. You should have an apprentice agreement in place with the apprentice. You will also need to comply with ESFA rules about apprentice wages as set out in the Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers.

    Requirements specific to this Apprenticeship

    The employer is required to support the apprentice throughout their training and development; conducts reviews to monitor progress and determines when the apprentice is competent and ready to attempt the end-point assessment. 

    The employer will be asked to allocate a supervisor or mentor to take part in monitoring meeting every three months. The employer may need to allocated a work based supervisor who is a full member of RICS to support the apprentice to prepare for the APC. The employer must also allow the apprentice to complete the CPD requirements necessary for the successful completion of the APC. 

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