BSc (Hons) Real Estate
Real Estate is the cornerstone of the Built Environment. Society needs spaces in which to live and work; and support the functioning of our economy.
The course explores the fundamentals of the Built Environment centring on thematic pillars such as Construction, Finance, Law, Technology and Management, with the focus on Real Estate skills such as Valuation and Asset Management.
With strong employability focus, developing insight into commercial management and enterprise, the course can be studied full-time as well as part-time, allowing for the opportunity to earn and learn.
Graduates would have the choice of a variety of roles across the public sector in health, education, and housing, and in the private sector in consultancies and commercial real estate firms.
In the first year, the thematic pillars of the Built Environment are introduced. These themes relate to Law, Cost and Value Theory, Construction Technologies, Management, Digital Technologies, Sustainability, Development and Ethics. The first year is generic across each of the undergraduate degree courses within the Built Environment portfolio, allowing for seamless movement across the portfolio at this point if students wish to focus on an alternative degree.
In the second year, these thematic pillars continue, but are explored at an intermediate level, with the addition of Project Management, Commercial Law and Housing, Planning and Communities. Specialist modules are introduced in Property Valuation, Management of Buildings and Investment Appraisal & Property Management. These combine to further the knowledge and application requires by students as they progress into their final year.
By the final year, students are focused on fine tuning the professional competencies required and enhancing their graduate attributes. A number of the thematic pillars reach an advanced level with application of knowledge. Advanced Property Valuation and Property Law in Practice are studied, focusing on core competencies. A Commercial Management and Enterprise module allows students to further develop their graduate attributes and prepare them for employment with the Built Environment profession. Sustainability and Decarbonisation in the Built Environment gives students an understanding of the critical challenges which the industry faces. The dissertation allows students to undertake research of their choice, while applying critical thinking and analysis.
Year One: Real Estate Degree
- Built Environment Law (20 credits)
- Built Environment Economics (20 credits)
- Built Environment Principles (20 credits)
- Digital Technologies (20 credits)
- Development & Society (20 credits)
- Construction Technology (20 credits)
Year Two: Real Estate Degree
- Management of Buildings (20 credits)
- Property Valuation (20 credits)
- Housing, Planning & Communities (20 credits)
- Investment Appraisal & Property Management (20 credits)
- Project Management & Professional Practice (20 credits)
- Commercial Law (20 credits)
Year Three: Real Estate Degree
- Built Environment Dissertation (40 credits)
- Commercial Management & Enterprise (20 credits)
- Sustainability & Decarbonisation in the Built Environment (20 credits)
- Advanced Property Valuation (20 credits)
- Property Law in Practice (20 credits)
This course is delivered in block mode with each of the 6 modules per full-time year being delivered over 12 weeks. Part-time delivery varies between 3 or 4 modules per year. The block mode delivery allows for students to focus on a module in an immersive way.
Full-time students are timetabled over 2 days per week, with part-time students studying one day per week.
We provide opportunities for our students to engage with employers, industry and professional bodies, in particular through problem and challenge-based learning using live project case studies, guest lecturers and professional body events.
Studying through the medium of Welsh
Students will be assessed using a variety of assessment types including Report, Portfolio, Observational Journal, Presentation, Class Test, Examination, Case Study, Essay, Project, Professional Discussions and Dissertation. A variety of assessment types is important to give students every opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge. There is also an element of student choice at each level. This is where students can choose how to complete an assessment from a defined list.
External stakeholders will in involved in assessment design and will support the assessment of work-related problems and challenges through site visits and guest lectures.
This degree has been designed following discussions with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and with an intention of making a formal submission for RICS accreditation later in 2023. An accredited RICS degree will help you fast-track towards chartered status, meaning you can undertake just 24 months (12 months of which can be whilst working part-time or undertaking a sandwich year) of structured workplace training before applying to take your final Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) assessment.
Delivery of this course takes place on our Treforest Campus where our students have access to dedicated Built Environment Project Room in addition to our teaching rooms, transformative learning spaces and dedicated computer labs with the latest software. We have also a variety of digital technologies such as VR equipment and drones available to support students learning.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.
Other qualifications and experience
We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.
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Typical A-Level Offer
Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Grade C and CC at A Level
Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit
Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
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Full-time International: TBC
Part-time UK: TBC
August 2025 - July 2026 Fees
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Part-time UK: TBC
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This new BSc (Hons) Real Estate course aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to fulfil a variety of roles in the Real Estate industry, for which there are currently significant skills shortages in both the public and private sectors. Such roles include but are not limited to those of General Practice Surveyor, Valuation Surveyor, Development Surveyor and Investment Surveyor.
How does this course prepare me for employment?
The course provides students with the opportunity to join a thriving subject area, which has excellent employment opportunities. Real Estate Surveyors are required for a variety of roles across a variety of employers from Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Education Trusts, Health Boards, Banks, Commercial Consultancies and a thriving private sector in a variety of roles.
It has a strong employability focus and relates closely to industry. Our students are providing a solution for the significant demand for Real Estate professional skills that are required across South Wales in both the public and private sectors.
Real Estate Surveyors will develop core skills such as valuation, appraisal, the application of property law, property management, development, sustainability and commercial management.
The flexible delivery enabling part-time study and a sandwich option allows for students to develop industrial knowledge and practice as they study. It also provides an attractive option to employers as they seek to fill the skills gap which exists in this sector.
The subject is currently implementing the use of Virtual Reality and high-definition camera capture in our teaching and this course will benefit from the research that is being carried out at present, providing students with access to cutting edge technology and emerging industry practice.
What kind of student would this course suit?
Students on this course have an awareness and understanding of the Built Environment, along with an appreciation of mathematical application and economic activity.
They are motivated, independent learners with a desire to gain analytical and problem-solving skills. They will learn to think rationally and creatively and we will teach you to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for technical and lay audiences.