Chartered Surveyor Commercial Real Estate Pathway


Chartered surveyors act on behalf of clients or employers in a professional capacity. The typical main duties and tasks of chartered surveyors are 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.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) degree (RICS and CIOB accredited)
  • Structured workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification.

Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours is through a combination of workplace training provided by the employer and off-the job training provided by UCEM. The degree is delivered by fully supported online learning. In addition, further off-the-job training is provided through a series of face-to-face professional practice workshops.

The apprenticeship is assessed through on-programme and end-point assessment (open in PDF).

Why complete this apprenticeship?

  • Achieve a recognised professional qualification (MRICS)
  • Earn while you learn
  • Get an accredited degree without paying tuition fees or incurring student debt
  • Great career potential including good earning potential – £51,000 average MRICS qualified base salary (Source: 2019 RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey)

Occupation and Programme outline

The work of chartered surveyors in this area covers all types of real estate used for business purposes. The principal sectors within commercial property are retail, office, industrial and leisure. Commercial property serves a vast array of purposes supporting public and private sector business and services, such as government, service industries, education, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications and other civil infrastructure.

The exception is real estate related to agricultural or residential use

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management degree (RICS and CABE accredited)
  • Structured workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) following the Commercial Real Estate pathway leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification

The modules included in the BSc (Hons) and the structure which they follow is available below:

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

2 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

2 1 Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

Construction Technology 2

Valuation Context and Principles

2 Construction Technology 2

Valuation Context and Principles

Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

3 1 Development Process and Appraisal

Planning Practice and Policy

Economics for the Built Environment

Valuation – The Five Methods

2 Economics for the Built Environment

Valuation – The Five Methods

Development Process and Appraisal

Planning Practice and Policy

4 1 Commercial Property Management

Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management


Applied Valuation

Statutory Valuations


2 Applied Valuation

Statutory Valuations

Project (continued)

Commercial Property Management

Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management

Project (continued)


All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.

Students can choose to start in either semester.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification (open in new window), which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

Details of the APC requirements for this pathway are given in the RICS Commercial Real Estate pathway guide (open in new window).

The planned apprenticeship duration is 56 months. The actual duration is determined by when the employer and UCEM deem the apprentice to be ready to undertake the APC.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • Implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • Ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • Implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, meet Education and Skill Funding Agency residency status requirements, spend at least 50% of their working hours in England and be directly employed in a job role that will enable the requirements of the apprenticeship to be achieved.

You should have:


  • Obtained 96 UCAS tariff points (or an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS tariff*)


  • Completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying** or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical* through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained, or an equivalent qualification


  • A current Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Associate qualification (AssocRICS)


  • Successfully completed the UCEM BSc Access module programme




  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) or above in English and Mathematics or accepted current or prior equivalent maths and English qualifications (open in PDF). You may also evidence that maths and English skills at Level 2 exist via initial and diagnostic assessment. Applicants that do not have accepted current or prior equivalent Level 2 maths and English qualifications on entry will be required to achieve these as part of the apprenticeship. These qualifications will need to be fully funded by the employer.


*             Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values. For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact:

**           Completion of this apprenticeship will need to be evidenced through a verified copy of the apprenticeship completion certificate as issued by the apprenticeship certification body.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.


Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents.


Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.


Daisy Hubert

I have always been an academically driven individual and enjoyed my studies. Therefore, I have found supported online learning really rewarding and equally as effective as more traditional methods of study; although it does take a greater level of discipline and motivation. The UCEM Real Estate Management programme is very well supported and managed, with constant revaluation of the ways in which different students interact and respond to the support and study materials provided. I would say that the work-life-study balance can be a constant juggle but if you plan and manage your time well then, it’s easier to fully accommodate each aspect.

As well as studying for my degree I also work with CBRE as an Apprentice Surveyor. I really enjoy my job and have been lucky enough to be involved in West End London properties, on behalf of the landlord for regular portfolio valuations for clients and on the investment acquisition and sale side. Both have been extremely insightful and exciting.

I feel I am constantly gaining valuable knowledge, which will help me in practice to best advise clients and hopefully make the Built Environment more sustainable for future generations. I am looking forward to gaining my degree with UCEM and sitting my APC to become a member of the RICS and a Chartered Surveyor.

Daisy Hubert
Apprentice Surveyor, CBRE

Eleanor Robinson

“Through studying with UCEM I have been able to work to my own speed and intensity. With online learning you can easily switch from watching a webinar to reading an e-book to researching using other resources. It is a lot less intense and strict compared to traditional studying as it allows me to take me time and stop and rewind anything on the webinars without having to interrupt the entire class. It is difficult to manage my work-life balance. However, online learning makes it easier for me than traditional learning as I can spread it out across the week meaning that I can really take the time to understand and appreciate all that is on offer.

Since starting my apprenticeship, I have had so many great experiences. I’m currently the Communications Manager for the RICS Matrics Birmingham Committee, I’m an Executive Committee member of CRE-ation Property Network, I’m on the Birmingham and Black Country NSPCC Business Board, and I’m a part of Cushman and Wakefield’s Internal Socio-economic group. It’s an exciting time!”

Eleanor Robinson
Apprentice Surveyor, Cushman & Wakefield

Will Weldon

“I have found that studying online has really suited my individual needs as I can study at times more suitable to me as opposed to being fixed by the more traditional time tabled approach.

The VLE is very user friendly and is easy to navigate with all the materials being held in one place. Tutors generally respond to any questions through the forums which means that all students can benefit from the answer.

I would say the best thing about doing an apprenticeship and studying with UCEM is being able to fit the study around my life. I have got commitments with playing sport alongside working a full-time job, so being able to study on days and times to suit me helps. I have achieved some good results, which gives me motivation going forward to continue working hard.”

William Weldon
Assistant Estates Surveyor, Nottingham City Council

Key information


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc (Hons). In addition, you will gain the MRICS professional qualification and will be entitled to use the designation ‘Chartered Commercial Property Surveyor’. Read our Undergraduate Assessment, Progression and Award regulations (open in new window).

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow



Intake 1 – October 2020

Application deadline – 24 August 2020

Programme start – 5 October 2020 (Induction will be on 29 September 2020)


Intake 2 –   February 2021

Application deadline – 18 December 2020

Programme start – 9 February 2021 (Induction will be on 2 February 2021)


Intake 3 – April 2021

Application deadline – 22 February 2021

Programme start – 5 April 2021 (Induction will be on 30 March 2021)


Please note:

  • You will only be invited to apply once suitable employment conditions have been confirmed. For this to happen, your employer will need to provide advance employment information to UCEM.
  • Your enrolment must be completed prior to the programme start date. To enable this both you and your employer will need to complete, sign and return all required documentation.
  • Attendance at an induction event is mandatory. Inductions will be held in Reading.
  • Apprentices starting in February 2021 will not commence the degree element of the apprenticeship until 5 April 2021. Off-the-job training will be delivered through interactive online sessions on 9 February 2021 and 9 March 2021. If you apply to join this cohort you must be available to study on both dates and be available to commence your degree studies week commencing 5 April 2021.

Fees and costsaccordion-arrow

Apprentices do not pay course fees. All learning resources required are provided as part of programme.

If you are an employer then you will be able to use the Apprenticeship Levy to fund part/all of this apprenticeship pathway. See our Employing an Apprentice page (open in a new window) for more information.

Workload and study requirementsaccordion-arrow

An apprenticeship is a full-time job. Employers are required to release an apprentice from their normal paid working hours to undertake off-the-job training. Typically, this is an average of one day per week.

The BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management element of the apprenticeship requires 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum – this means that in addition to the release time that your employer gives, you will need to study for several hours per week in your own time.

Each 20-credit BSc module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

  • Directed online learning (50%)
  • Self-directed reading (17%)
  • Assessment (33%).

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

In addition to the BSc (Hons) element of the programme you will be required to attend face-to-face workshop sessions. Two sessions are delivered per workshop day. Workshop sessions are typically scheduled to take place at a time to avoid a clash with other off-the-job study requirements.

During the structured workplace training phase of the apprenticeship you will need to regularly record your competency evidence using the RICS Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) portal (open in a new window). You will also eventually apply and submit for APC via the ARC portal.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer based assessments, and computer marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.