Real Estate Management BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Knowledge of real estate is relevant to the properties we live in, work in and spend our leisure time in. If you are interested in becoming a chartered surveyor this course is ideal.

Centred around the property life cycle, you'll study valuation, law, property and asset management as well as economics, planning and development. Your studies will reflect the need for responsibly managed and sustainable environments.

Through a placement or an entrepreneurship module, this course offers business experience, helping you stand out when seeking a job. The Business Readiness Programme develops your business skills so you can hit the ground running when you start a work placement or graduate job.

Please note the change in course title: This course previously ran as ‘Real Estate Management with Business Experience BSc (Hons)' until 2021. For 2022 entry onwards, it is named ‘Real Estate Management BSc (Hons)'.

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time N291 2022
4 years full time including sandwich year N290 2022
4 years full time including foundation year N292 2022
Location Kingston Hill

2021 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between September 2021 and August 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This degree is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). If you wish to work towards a qualification as a chartered surveyor, this degree fulfils the academic requirements.
  • Through site visits, you'll get to study commercial real estate management first hand. 
  • After just three years, you'll have both a degree and the practical work experience that employers are looking for.

At Kingston Business School we lead

What you will study

You will study the knowledge that real estate managers need: valuations, investment, law, economics, corporate strategy, finance, and social and environmental agendas.

Year 1

Year 2

Optional year

Final year

Year 1 gives context to the discipline of estate management. You will study the valuation and appraisal of assets, building technology and the legal and economic principles governing real estate. You will take your first field trip to a major city. A recent trip went to the City of London to visit 122 Leadenhall Street (The Cheese Grater). This visit was then embedded in a real case scenario with a move of an HQ into a prominent EC3 building. 

You will also begin the business readiness programme in preparation for your Business Practice in Year 2.

Core modules

Property Inspection, Measurement and Construction

30 credits

This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop a knowledge of building design, construction methods, building performance, pathology and remedial mechanisms across a range of asset types and comparing traditional and non-traditional buildings. At the same, time the social, economic and environmental consequences of building construction are to be appreciated from sustainability, environmental and, legal and regulatory compliance standpoints.

Students will develop a systematic approach to real estate inspection and measurement, learning how regulatory and professional standards impact the way practitioners work.

Planning, Land Use and Development

30 credits

This module aims to develop students' knowledge of current planning legislation and policies in a practice-related context and to gain a contextual awareness of existing, new and emerging planning policy and developing trends. Land, property and planning are closely linked so the module enables students to gain a practical understanding of the development process from the developers' viewpoint to facilitate development effectively.

Principles of Law, Business Management and Accounting

30 credits

This introductory module provides students with a thorough grounding in both the basics of organisational management and the legal context in which real estate operates. Lectures introduce students to the principles of English Legal System, Land, Tort and Contract Law, and the basics of Landlord and Tenant Law. The module also explores the nature of business and other organisational structures, such as charities and professional bodies, and introduces students to basic Accounting principles. Assessment is done through coursework comprising both group and individual elements and a timed computer-based test.

Real Estate Economics, Valuation and Appraisal

30 credits

This module aims to enable students to have an understanding and appreciate the basic principles of economic theory and investment, the role of media and the main institutions in the marketplace and how they operate. The role of the valuer and valuation approaches and methods will be introduced so students understand the main purposes and bases of value used in the valuation profession. Students will be also be taught to construct and apply valuation and financial formulae in the context of real estate valuations and appraisals. The module is taught by a series of lectures, seminars/IT workshops where students are expected to take an active part. Assessment is by coursework, including a portfolio of in-class timed based assessments.

Year 2 extends your knowledge of valuation across different contexts. You will study the law of landlord and tenant, the UK planning system, and commercial real estate management principles. You will also take a short (normally residential) field trip to a major city. Recent trips include Dublin which culminating in a group development project.

In addition you will complete stage 2 of the business readiness programme. You will carry out your Business Practice in Year 2 from May, for a minimum of three months.

Core modules

Landlord and Tenant: Law and Practice

30 credits

This module provides a legal, practical and professional basis for understanding and applying the law and practice relevant to the control and regulation of commercial and residential tenanted property. It will explore the statutory framework of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). Specific reference will be applied to understanding the structure of leases (leaseholds) and property held under commonhold title. The module will also appraise conflict avoidance and dispute resolution mechanisms with an emphasis on mediation, arbitration, expert determination and litigation, and the roles of expert witnesses and advocates in those dispute arenas.

Real Estate Asset Management Practice

30 credits

This module aims to allow students to develop the knowledge and practice skills in relation to real estate management, appreciating landlord and tenant relationships, and being able to evaluate alternative professional strategies in a range of asset and property management scenarios. Emphasis will be placed on strategic asset and operational real estate management situations where students will be expected to appraise a range of leased situations and provide best professional advice. The module also provides an introduction to the accountancy rules and, revenue and capital taxes in relation to their implications for real estate owners and occupiers.

Property Agency: Law and Practice

30 credits

This module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the law and practice of real estate agency including the undertaking of market appraisals, effecting marketing campaigns and seeing lettings and sales conclude through the conveyancing process. Students will be introduced to a series of statutory and common law provisions and regulations impacting acquisition, disposal and leasing transactions. Corruption, bribery and money laundering laws and activity will be reviewed. The requirements of the Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety legislation, Planning Law and Energy Performance Certificates will be directly applied to property transactions. The impact of sustainability on property pricing will be considered.

Advanced Real Estate Economics, Valuation and Appraisal

30 credits

This module builds on students' existing knowledge of property appraisal and valuation techniques and develops their skills further. Students undertake more complex problems applying a range of established techniques. This module also develops investment appraisal techniques and applies the use of cash flows to property investments with further more complex statistical analysis with IT workshops. The impact of Valuation Standards and regulatory controls will be appraised in connection with the production of valuations and valuation reports for clients for a range of purposes. The module is taught through lecture and seminar and interactive IT workshops. Assessment is by coursework and examination.

Study abroad optional year

You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad or to undertake a year-long work placement (or even a mix of both).

The final year deepens your studies in investment strategy, valuation and asset management. It also extends your knowledge of professional practice, including law and ethics. A coursework assignment culminating in a major group project and an independent research project is also a significant feature.

Core modules

Investment Appraisal and Progressive Valuation Practice

30 credits

This module will allow students to develop a detailed and sector led understanding of the principles, theories, techniques and practices relating to the appraisal and valuation of real estate assets and liabilities for a range of purposes. It will seek to explore more applied valuation and appraisal situations such as undertaking valuations and appraisals in connection with statutory requirements, investment management and portfolio analysis.

Students will apply more critical understanding and develop skills necessary to produce investment and market valuations including undertaking comprehensive appraisals, evaluations and interpretations of real estate investment performance at single asset and portfolio levels. Valuations for alternative markets will be explored with the module introducing an examination of real estate finance and funding activities and developing an understanding of the risk characteristics of both domestic and international property portfolios. Regulatory mechanisms impacting the valuation profession will also be appraised in detail.

Throughout this module, students will develop appraisal and valuation modelling skills applied to analysis and problem solving in relation to investment and portfolio analysis. Seminars, tutorials and workshops will support lectures for student focused learning. Assessments will be based on assignments which will start to develop practitioner skills in the students together with an advanced and applied valuation practice examination.

Professional Practice in Context

30 credits

This module builds on the existing knowledge of the law and professional practice gained by students. It develops further the analytical and critical skills of students when encountering legal and professional practice problems. Knowledge of professional liability law is developed, together with other aspects of professional practice, ethical, legal and due diligence requirements. This module also ensures that students have developed a holistic understanding of sustainability as it applies to built environment professional practice.

Research Project

30 credits

The Research Project is a compulsory 30-credit module for all Real Estate students. It provides an opportunity for each student in their final year of study to design a small scale research project on an original topic. Students will have the opportunity to study in-depth a relevant topic which they find particularly stimulating and to further develop and practise their research skills which they have acquired at earlier stages of their programme of study.

In undertaking the work they should demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing literature and in proposing one or more of a range of research methods and draw well-founded conclusions. To support the student, a series of lectures in research methods is given. Assessment is by submission of proposal for a research project, a literature review and the final project consisting of a desk-top and e-research project, triangulation to literature review and conclusions. Ethics, and proposals of appropriate qualitative or quantitative methodology analysis also needs to be given. The project will provide an opportunity for students to synthesise all their learning from the programme and is their final project.

This project will ensure students have integrated their learning and have developed a particular skill and expertise relevant to their future employability. To support project development and production, six 30-minute sessions will be available to each student with direct tutor access and weekly 'open-house' surgeries during the project delivery period.

Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Consulting

30 credits

This module aims to deepen students understanding and knowledge in relation to strategic real estate consultancy and corporate real estate management practice. It enables the students to analyse at strategic, corporate and property levels strategy methods which improve responsible investment and operational performance. The role of real estate as part of organisational structures, business decisions and performance will be appraised in relation to consultancy and managmenet appraisals, activities, interventions and disruptors. Current real estate issues, economic cycles, environmental matters, societal changes and economic drivers will be examined. Tutorials and workshops will support lectures for student focussed learning. It is assessed by group and individual work which may include practical or virtual site visit.

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Foundation Year – Business

If you would like to study this business degree at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc (Hons) course, you may want to consider studying this course with a foundation year.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Life on this course

Guest Alumni from Barclays & GSK

Kingston Business School graduates gave their advice and imparted words of wisdom to our first year students.

Accreditation

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This degree carries full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – the leading source of land, property, construction and related environmental knowledge – under its university partnership scheme, ensuring that what you learn is relevant to industry.

To qualify as a chartered surveyor, you must:

  • gain a RICS-approved academic qualification, such as a degree from Kingston; and
  • successfully complete structured training, which ends in an assessment of your competence to practice (APC).

We are actively involved in APC, including preparation courses, and several staff members are RICS assessors. This means that Kingston can help you from the start of your undergraduate degree right through to your registration as a chartered surveyor.

Chartered status is available within this course in the following pathways: validation, commercial property practice, planning and development and residential property.

What our graduates say

Kingston University has helped to produce some great talent and is now recognised within the industry as one of the top universities for the surveying profession. There are many opportunities available here – including the DTZ Challenge, the European Real Estate Challenge in Berlin (for which I was nominated this year, and hope to participate in again next year after I've completed my placement), the projects abroad, and the opportunity to take a year out to work in the property sector.

Yvonne Lorraine Ambo, Real Estate Management BSc(Hons), Xcel Built Environment Student of the Year

The Real Estate Management BSc(Hons) at Kingston is a well-rounded surveying course. During the first year I enjoyed learning about a wide range of competencies relevant to the surveying profession, ranging from building construction to law and valuation. This varied approach gave me the chance to work out which areas interested me the most

Olivia Wood, Real Estate Management BSc(Hons), Winner of the RICS Surrey Local Association Student Award 2009

Entry requirements

Typical offer 2022

  • 112-128 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications); Degree with foundation year 48
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM)
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Additional requirements

  • Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

International

  • We welcome applications from International applicants. Please view our standard entry requirements from your country
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5

With business experience

This degree comes 'with business experience', which includes the following:

  • The Business Readiness Programme develops your business skills and qualities so that you hit the ground running on the first day of your work internship or graduate job.
  • Business Practice gives you the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life and hands-on experience. In the second year, from May, you will gain a minimum of three months' hands-on experience from a choice of:
    • A work internship where you will work within a business in a role linked to your degree or area of interest. This work experience is invaluable on your CV in helping to secure a job after you graduate. 
    • A University-based module, which brings a 'real-life' project into the classroom. Through a 'consultancy in practice' or 'entrepreneurship' module you will work alongside your peers, with the support of your lecturers, to develop your own business or find solutions for a 'live' business project.  

This course, 'with business experience', aims to increase your employability and future career success. You'll graduate from this degree with both the knowledge from a three-year degree as well as three months' direct business or research experience, helping you to stand out from the crowd in the future.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 276 hours
  • Guided independent study: 924 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 266 hours
  • Guided independent study: 934 hours
Final year
  • Scheduled teaching: 241 hours
  • Guided independent study: 959 hours

 

  • Year 1 -  23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 -  22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Final year - 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework: 71%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam: 29%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 65%
  • Practical: 15%
  • Exam: 20%
Final year
  • Coursework: 85%
  • Practical: 5%
  • Exam: 10%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts around 40 students each year and lecture sizes are normally 30-45. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Student academic mentors also provide support during certain tutorials / seminars, under the supervision of the module leader.

The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Course fees and funding

2022/23 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2022/23 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,900
Year 1 (2022/23): £13,900
Year 2 (2023/24): £14,300
Year 3 (2024/25): £14,700

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,500
Year 1 (2021/22): £13,500 or £15,000**
Year 2 (2022/23): £13,900 or £15,400**
Year 3 (2023/24): £14,300 or £15,800**

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

** The international fee rate charged will depend upon the course combination chosen.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Chancerygate Foundation Bursary

The Chancerygate Foundation Bursary will support one student with a bursary of up to £10,000 per year for each year of study to cover the essential costs of living and studying with us, such as accommodation, books and equipment.

Find out more about the Chancerygate Bursary here.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks – this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Placement

There is an internship option in the second year. Travel for this will vary according to the location of the internship and whether travel costs are covered by the internship provider, but for a London-based internship, the cost of a London Travelcard for zones 1-6 for three months could cost up to £600.

If the placement year option is chosen, during this year travel costs will vary according to the location of the placement, and could be from £0 to £2,000.

Field trips

There are field trips or site visits in every academic year, usually within Kingston or London. These will incur a travel cost of approximately £20 to £40 per year.

After you graduate

You'll graduate ready for a career as a real estate manager, valuation surveyor, investment agent, or another general practice specialisation.

Types of jobs:

  • Assistant surveyor
  • Investment and estate agent
  • Graduate surveyor
  • Marketing manager
  • Property consultant
  • Property manager
  • Residential property management surveyor
  • Surveyor
  • Property development

Employers:

  • Savills
  • Sothebys Realty
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • CBRE
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Aviva Investors
  • Colliers International
  • Berkeley Homes

Work placements

Our course offers a work placement to help you develop your skills and gain invaluable experience, this option will also help you to:

  • Improve your career choices: Business experience and placements help you to make better-informed career choices and help you stand out from the competition when you look for a job.
  • Help with your studies: Statistics indicate that on average students who do placements get better results in their final year.
  • Develop your professional skills: Preparing you for your career
  • Increase your employability: Each year many of our students receive graduate job offers from their placement employer.

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

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