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Planning and Property Development

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) when combined with the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning, or MSc in Spatial Planning

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute


Our Planning and Property Development course prepares you for a range of careers, including;

  • property developer
  • planning consultant
  • surveyor.

You will learn about the policies and processes that shape our built environment. As well as how to survive radical changes in the course of your professional career. 

We encourage practical learning so you’ll visit sites and undertake live projects. And you'll go on a European residential trip and meet guest speakers that broaden your experience. 

You'll learn about;

  • planning policies and processes 
  • development
  • planning
  • construction
  • valuation 
  • Geographical Informations Systems (GIS)
  • urban design
  • economics
  • law. 

Many of our graduates are employed by surveying firms, housebuilders and development companies. You’ll meet employers at our fairs and events and develop your career with our mentoring scheme.

Group planning

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English at grade 4/C

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value the personal statement. In this we are looking for evidence of motivation and commitment: what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. Evidence of relevant work experience is useful, and let us know what you do in your spare time.

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, all eligible applicants will be required to attend a pre-offer assessment day (usually between November and mid-March). If invited to one of these, we usually do not make offers without meeting you. However, in exceptional circumstances a meeting by phone or Skype may be arranged.

If you cannot attend the first suggested date offered to you, there will be provision to attend alternatives - please be communicative with the Faculty Programme Administrator.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you will explore the relationship between planning and property development. You’ll focus on;

  • spatial planning
  • valuation
  • commercial management
  • economics
  • real estate and construction law
  • property development
  • environmental studies.

Year 2 develops your skills in planning and property development. You’ll take a variety of modules to;

  • understand the law
  • learn more about valuation
  • understand how valuation links to the public and private sector
  • understand decision-making in planning and property development. 

You’ll also take modules in Research Data and Methods to develop research techniques, including;

  • statistical methods
  • survey design
  • ethical issues.

In Year 3 you will build on your knowledge from Years 1 and 2. You will explore;

  • local planning and development control
  • regional and strategic planning
  • advanced valuation
  • real estate investment.

You’ll also produce an independent research project, with one-to-one support from a staff member.

Student studying

Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Economics of the Built Environment

Foundation Real Estate Law I

Foundation Real Estate Law II

Introduction to Valuation

Introduction to Spatial Planning

Development Concepts

Cities in Historical Context

Environmental Sustainability

Work placements

This course does not include a formal industrial placement year and placements are not a compulsory element of the course. However, we encourage you to gain work experience while studying and many of our students organise vacation placements. Through approaches from industry and our contacts with industry we can help you try to find work experience. This work would normally be paid, but you would need to cover any associated travel costs.

Year 2

Optional modules

Valuation and Investment

Landlord and Tenant Law

Land Law

Urban Development Processes and Finance

Politics and Planning

Geographical Information Systems

Research Data

Research Methods

Year 3

Optional modules

Advanced Valuation

Real Estate Investment

Local Planning and Development Control (double module)

Urban Design and Development (acceptable)

Regional and Strategic Planning (acceptable)

Planning Thought and Practice (acceptable)

Research Project (double module)

Independent Study in Planning and Development (acceptable)

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We encourage active learning and our teaching methods include;

  • projects
  • group exercises
  • seminars.

You’ll develop a range of skills, including;

  • written skills
  • verbal skills
  • design skills
  • financial assessment skills
  • IT and computing skills.

Projects are a key part of our modules and you’ll visit sites and conduct surveys.

Your coursework assignments include;

  • simulations
  • graphic presentations
  • writing essays and reports
  • seminar papers
  • group projects.
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 20%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 80%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.


Assessment methods used on this course

We assess you through a combination of examinations and coursework. Many of our modules consist solely of coursework. 

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 38%
  • Coursework - 62%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Through our alumni and international links, we have friendships with individuals and institutions across the world, and our former students illustrate the wide range of careers that a programme of study within the built environment can lead to.

Every year, we host a careers fair attended by companies seeking to recruit our graduates, which is a valuable opportunity for students.

Professional accreditation

The BA (Hons) in Planning and Property Development is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) when combined with the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and the post-graduation Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Further study

For those wishing to obtain membership of the RTPI it is necessary to complete either a PG Diploma in Planning or the MSc in Spatial Planning. These can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis 

We offer the best in postgraduate research degree teaching, with a wide range of relevant, well-structured courses, and our thriving research culture provides a friendly and supportive community in which to undertake a research degree.

The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), based at Oxford Brookes, is the largest academic research institute in the UK dedicated to research on sustainable development in the built environment. It comprises active teams of researchers who focus on the environment, cities, international land markets and architecture, culture and technology.

We have led or contributed to reviews of national planning, transport, housing and environmental policy guidance, sustainable building specifications, and valuation standards which presently affect our town and country areas including building design and construction processes.

Our Staff

Dr Sally Sims

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Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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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.