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. 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 – £51,000 average MRICS qualified base salary (Source: 2019 RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey)
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.
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 structure, module information and the assessment method for each BSc module is available below, according to your start date.
Module information and structure for your start date:
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 pathway are given in the RICS Rural APC 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.
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 maths or accepted current or prior equivalent 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 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.
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’. Please find our Undergraduate Assessment, Progression and Award regulations here.
Application and start dates
2019/20: Apply by 19 August to start 30 September 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.
Changes from Autumn 2020: Transform Project
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.
The changes you can expect to see will include:
- A simpler, more focused semester structure, where modules will be studied one at a time, in 9-week blocks
- More down-time from study
- A shift away from traditional methods of examination, towards online assessment in line with industry practice
- Visibility of assessment results prior to starting the next module, and the availability of in-year re-sits
- Improvements to how our modules are designed using the latest online learning approaches
- Single start and re-registration dates across all our programmes, and automatic re-enrolment for continuing students
Exactly how you will be affected by the changes will depend on where you are in your studies by autumn 2020. As you progress through your programme, we will provide you with more information about how the changes will work for you and your particular situation, and how you will be supported during the transition to the new semester structure.
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 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. You will also eventually apply and submit for APC via the ARC portal.