Rural Property Management BSc (Hons) | Harper Adams University | Undergraduate

BSc (Hons)


Rural Property Management

Year of entry

UCAS code

D440
Institution code: H12

Duration

4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement

Start date

September 2018

Location

Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

Typical offer

104 UCAS points

The course

Rural Property Management prepares students to manage rural estates and all their diverse assets. Students will learn about maintaining and developing estate property and managing agricultural, residential and commercial tenancies.

Students will also learn development and marketing skills enabling them to diversify and enhance rural estates to grow their income stream.

Land and Property Experience Days

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.

Entry requirements for 2018

What will I study?

Study time

The percentage of time spent in different learning activities for this year of study:

Assessment methods

This is the breakdown of assessment methods for this year of study:

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Work placement

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.

Accreditation

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.

Teaching and learning

What you study

This course shares a common first and second year with the REALM 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 strategic estate management, property development, events management and diversification. Optional modules will allow you to consider the conservation of historic estate assets, the provision of renewable energy or to study how rural property is managed internationally.

Teaching and learning

A typical week in year 1 consists of:

  • 8hrs lectures
  • 8hrs seminars, site/estate visits, farm walks and surveying practicals

Field trips have included visits to:

  • Attingham Park and other local estates
  • Earl of Plymouth Estate, Ludlow
  • Flax Mill Nr Shrewsbury (the oldest iron framed building in the world)
  • Commercial properties

Transfer

Students entering this course, who achieve a 60 per cent average in their first year, may be offered a direct transfer into the second year of the BSc REALM course (subject to the requirements of our RICS Partnership Agreement being met). There are also opportunities for those graduating with 2.1 degrees from BSc Rural Property Management to enrol on our RICS accredited MSc REALM course leading to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and full professional membership of the RICS (MRICS).

Assessment methods

The course is assessed on a mixture of coursework, examination and practical test.

All taught subjects are partly assessed on course work. In addition, there are modules designed to integrate the subjects by presenting real-life client problems for students to solve. The final year dissertation provides an opportunity for students to develop an in-depth understanding of a chosen topic. Typically modules will be 50% course work and 50% examination.

Learning in Higher Education – how is it different?

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:

  • finding useful information sources and compiling bibliographies of reading material, in paper and online
  • reading and making notes to help make fuller sense of subjects
  • engaging with online materials and activities found on the College’s own virtual learning environment
  • preparing assignments to practise skills and develop new insights and learning
  • preparing for future classes so you can participate fully

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:

  • apply what they know to new problems or situations
  • analyse information and data and make connections between topics to help make sense of a situation
  • synthesise, or draw together, the information and understanding gained from a range of sources, to create new plans or ideas
  • evaluate their own work and also the work of others, so that they can judge its value and relevance to a particular problem or situation

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.

Careers

Rural Property Management graduates are likely to progress to positions in the management of rural property, estates and land, often within a firm of chartered surveyors specialising in this work or in some instances as a resident agent on a larger estate.

98% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

(HESA 2017)

Contacts

For course related enquiries please contact:

Admissions
Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000
Email: admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk

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