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 Our Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship within Real Estate is ideal for those who are already within the property industry who wish to develop their skills and knowledge and for those new to the industry who wish to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor whilst working full time.

Our Real Estate apprenticeship pathway has been specifically developed by Northumbria University and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) alongside industry and partner education providers to address current skills gaps within the profession.

The apprenticeship combines vocational skills and workplace practice with academic learning to give students the knowledge and experience that employers need.

This professionally-accredited, multidisciplinary programme is challenging from the very start of the apprenticeship. Students will gain the skills and expertise to acquire and dispose of property and value, manage and develop property as a career.

During the programme, apprentices will study a diverse curriculum which embeds digital literacy and business management leading to RICS accreditation and full chartered status within six months of completing their apprenticeship.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
5 years part-time

Architecture and Built Environment

City Campus, Northumbria University


Fee Information

The apprenticeship is structured to advance students intellectual and personal development skills as well as provide industry-specific knowledge and understanding needed to work effectively within real estate.

Modules include:

  • Property surveying
  • Real estate economics
  • Asset management
  • Urban planning and city development
  • Valuation
  • Property marketing and agency
  • Real estate investment and finance

Teaching methods are varied because they are designed to achieve the best out of each module. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, students might take part in laboratory work, meet professional speakers, and undertake guided study sessions or self-directed independent learning.

Our assessment methods take the form of exams, research projects, reports, presentations, individual tasks, group work and project work.  During the final year, you will draw on the skills, knowledge and expertise you have developed over the last five years to complete a dissertation.

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

Apprentices will be taught by a diverse team of professionals who have a background in real estate practice as well as the academic expertise to give students a thorough grounding in all areas of the profession.

Our academic team range from real estate surveyors, residential and commercial valuers, agency surveyors, solicitors and development surveyors to planners and project managers.

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including up-to-date technology in our specialist laboratories, industry-standard IT facilities, virtual reality suites, specialist workshops, social spaces, lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

During the apprenticeship, students will be immersed in a research-rich environment. Our academic team have wide-ranging research interests in areas that include commercial conversions, urban land economics, sustainable urban development, redevelopment of brownfield land and property development appraisal and more. Students will develop a range of research methods and approaches, which can be related to the demands of their workplace. They will learn theoretical and practical research skills as well as problem-solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills.

In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both Apprentice and their Line Manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

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We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study this apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit</</

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