Chartered Surveyor Residential 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 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. See here for further details.

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 – £55,644 average MRICS salary (Source: 2017 RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey)

Occupation and Programme Outline

Occupation of residential property ranges from rental through intermediate forms of tenure, including shared ownership, through to full owner occupation. Given the importance of housing in society, all are subject to many social, economic, political, and legal dynamics.

Residential property’s use as an investment asset is growing rapidly. Direct investment is undertaken at all levels, ranging from large institutional investors through to private individuals.

All residential markets depend upon property finance in some form or another.

A wide variety of professionals support the residential property sector including agents, developers, investors, lenders, planners, property managers, surveyors, and valuers. These are just some of the key professional figures that allow the housing market to operate smoothly. Most residential chartered surveyors specialise in one or more of these key areas.

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 Residential pathway leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification.

The structure, module information and the assessment method for each module is available below, according to your start date.

Yr October Semester April Semester
1 Legal Studies
People and Organisational Management
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 & Appraisal
Planning Policy and Practice
Valuation Context and Principles
Valuation Core Methods
Work Based Learning Project (Part 01)
4 Commercial Property Management Applied Valuations
Elective modules (choose one from)

Construction Law

Professional Surveying Practice

Elective modules (choose one from)


Statutory Valuations*

Work Based Learning Project (Part 02)
 Core Modules
 Elective Modules
 Project Modules

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module 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 as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

You should also read the programme specification, which sets out aims and intended learning outcomes.

Details of the APC requirements for this route are given in the RICS Residential pathway guide.

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.

This table indicates the modules included in the BSc and the structure which they follow.

Please note: Students can either start in October or April.
Where considered necessary to do so at any stage, UCEM may seek to make variations to programme con­tent, entry requirements and methods of delivery, and to discontinue, merge or combine programmes. This is subject to 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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, spend at least 50% of their working hours in England, 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 mathematics or equivalent accepted Level 2 maths and English qualifications;
  • 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 for the policy on non-standard admission.

Applicants that do not have accepted 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.

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. Please find our Undergraduate Assessment, Progression and Award regulations here.

Application and start dates:

2019/20: Apply by 18 February to start 01 April 2019.

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.

Fees and costs:

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 for more information.

Workload and study requirements:

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 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 session 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. You will also eventually apply and submit for APC via the ARC portal.

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