Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
104 UCAS points
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This course provides the higher education and skills needed by a modern manager of rural land and enterprise.
REALM uses rural assets economically to achieve clear business objectives. It is an ideal course for aspiring rural practice chartered surveyors, and those with an interest in managing the countryside in a business context, and in estate management, agriculture, diversification, sustainability and renewable energy.
REALM graduates will be prepared to progress to Registered Valuer Status and are more likely to be employed in the provision of valuations, professional services and in some instances, auctioneering services.
These experience days are free one day events for 14-19 year olds to explore land and property management at Harper Adams University. For more information on taster days view our events calendar.
For more information on the work undertaken by rural surveyors, please watch this RICS video.
For information on careers in Rural Chartered Surveying visit the Grow Your Future website.
The percentage of time spent in different learning activities for this year of study:
This is the breakdown of assessment methods for this year of study:
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Placement will give you invaluable experience in your chosen area of work. It may be working with a national firm such as Carter Jonas, Savills, Strutt and Parker, Smiths Gore, or with a local firm such as Fisher German, Halls, Berry’s or Balfours.
Alternatively, you may choose to work on a large traditional estate such as Buccleuch, Chatsworth, local authorities or the National Trust.
Students who have performed well have often been offered a job when they graduate.
Most students will count this placement as the first of two years structured training needed for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence.
Rural practice chartered surveyors are to be found working in:
Other careers graduates have chosen include: commodity trading, farm management, accountancy, and the armed services.
Accredited by: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
This degree course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the Rural Surveying Pathway.
MRICS candidates, who have accredited degrees, must in addition, complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This involves two years of structured work experience, training and assessment. The placement year of this course usually counts as the first year of the APC, with the second undertaken after graduation.
This course shares a common first and second year with the RPM course as both are aligned to the Rural Pathway of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Students will specialise in the final year, post placement, with core modules covering business and residential tenancies, advanced valuation, global agricultural trade policies and farm business management. Optional modules will allow you to consider agricultural trade policies globally, auctioneering, sustainable forestry and forestry products, renewables and infrastructure or international rural property markets.
A typical week in year 1 consists of:
Land and property field trips have included visits to:
The course is assessed on a mixture of coursework, examination.
Students may transfer between BSc REALM and BSc RPM (and vice versa) at the end of the first two years, before commencing the placement year.
Whilst a student’s prior experience or qualifications should prepare them for Higher Education, most will find that study at university level is organised differently than they might have experienced at either school or college. Higher Education sets out to prepare students to think and learn independently, so that they are able to continue learning new things beyond their studies and into the workplace, without needing a tutor to guide them. This means that the time spent in classes with tutors provides direction, guidance and support for work that students undertake independently through:
In order to develop the skills of a graduate (whether at Foundation Degree or Honours Degree levels), students are expected to not only be able to recall and explain what they know but also to be able to:
Tutors will expect students working towards a Degree to be able to use what they know to solve problems and answer meaningful questions about the way in which aspects of the world work and not just rote-learn information that they have been told or read, for later recall. This means using all the bullet-pointed skills and to think critically by questioning information, whilst also being rigorous in checking the value of the evidence used in making one’s own points. Students will be expected to become increasingly responsible for recognising the areas where they themselves need to develop. Taking careful note of tutor feedback can help to identify the skills and abilities on which attention could usefully be focused. To be successful, students need to be self-motivated to study outside of classes, especially since in higher education, these higher level skills need to be practised independently.
At Harper Adams students are gradually supported to become less reliant on class-based learning, so that they are able to spend a greater proportion of their time in their final year working on projects of interest to themselves and in line with their future career aspirations. In the first year of a course, a student has 16 hours contact per week with staff in lectures, seminars, estate/site visits, farm walks etc. In the second years students are given some independent study weeks to enhance their independent learning skills including project work and reading around subject areas.
Harper Adams has an extensive estate and great facilities for students to use as a source of information and inspiration, we also have a well-stocked library and access to countless specialist sources of paper-based and online information. Many of the staff at Harper Adams are involved in research work, which helps ensure the content of the courses is at the forefront of the discipline. This also means that amongst the library books and online journals that students use, there may be some familiar names.
The Bamford Library and Faccenda Centre each have spaces in which students can work, either individually or in small groups, using either their own laptop computers or the provided desktop computers, all of which can access the network. Working spaces are zoned to reflect different working conditions, so there is a study space for everybody, whether they need silence or work better in a livelier environment.