Chartered Surveyor Rural 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) Real Estate Management degree (RICS and CIOB accredited). Please note that this is not a specialist rural degree
  • Structured workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies for the RICS Rural APC pathway
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) via the Rural pathway leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification.

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 that also provide the opportunity to network with other apprentices, and through a workplace training plan.

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 outline

The countryside is ever evolving and professional advice on how emerging regulations and practices affect a client’s business plans has never been more valuable. Rural surveyors enable the rural economy and environment to thrive and flourish in a variety of ways by virtue of their experience and expertise across a very broad and diverse range of activities.

The work of a rural surveyor draws on a wide range of professional and technical skills and knowledge in key areas including agriculture, management of the natural environment and landscape, property management and valuation. Rural surveyors may find themselves working across several different but complementary areas for example: rural estate management, agriculture, planning, valuation, auctioneering, and asset management to mention but a few.

Being a rural surveyor means understanding how the countryside works and the interrelationships that exist in terms of the people who live and work there. The role of the rural surveyor is increasingly involved not only in professional and technical aspects, but also in business, resources management, consultancy and as leaders in the rural community.

Programme outline

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management degree (RICS and CABE accredited). Please note that this is not a specialist rural degree
  • Structured workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies for the RICS Rural APC pathway*
  • Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) following the Commercial Real Estate pathway leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification

* Please note: because this apprenticeship does not include a specialist rural degree, the employer is required to provide the apprentice with workplace training to enable all (Level 1, 2 and 3) competencies required by the RICS for the Rural APC pathway to be met. UCEM will provide guidance on how this needs to be achieved and evidenced.  

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

Yr Autumn UK Spring UK
1 People and Organisational Management

Legal Studies


Building, Environment, Technology and Simple Construction

2 Financial and Resource Management

Property Law

Building, Environment, Technology and Framed Structures

Economics of Property and Construction

3 Development Process and Appraisal

Planning Policy and Practice

Valuation – Context and Principles

Valuation – Core Methods

4 Commercial Property Management Applied Valuation
Construction Law or

Professional Surveying Practice

Statutory Valuations or



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 a 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 Rural APC pathway guide (open in a 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.

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its programme delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes. You can find more information about the Transform Project and how these changes will affect you on our Transform Project page (open in a new window).

You should also be aware that as part of UCEM’s rigorous quality assurance activities, the institution is required to revalidate its programmes regularly. Due to the work on this, there may be some changes to the programme information advertised. Information about any changes will be published in Spring 2020. Any changes will not affect programme accreditation or final awards.

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 process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September).

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.*

In addition, for standard entry the following applies:

  • 96 UCAS tariff points (2017 UCAS Tariff) or an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS tariff;
  • To have 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;
  • An equivalent qualification;
  • A current RICS Associate qualification;
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and maths or accepted current or prior equivalent maths and English qualifications (open in PDF)
  • Evidence via initial and diagnostic assessment that maths and English skills at Level 2 exist

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 (open in new window) for the policy on non-standard admission.

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.

*Please note: because this apprenticeship does not include a specialist rural degree, in addition to the above, UCEM must be confident that the employer is required to provide the apprentice with workplace training to enable all (Level 1, 2 and 3) competencies required by the RICS for the Rural APC pathway to be met. In addition, the employer must be able to provide the apprentice with a MRICS or FRICS qualified APC counsellor during the structured training phase of the apprenticeship.

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 a new window).

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2020/21: Apply by 24 August 2020 to start 5 October 2020.

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.

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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 (open in a new window) page for more information.

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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 new window). You will also eventually apply and submit for APC via the ARC portal.