Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Real Estate Surveying (Asset management) with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



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Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

Real Estate Surveying (Asset Management) with Foundation Year is an excellent route into built environment disciplines for those from a non-built environment background. It is ideal if you’re returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction.

Real estate surveyors have an extensive understanding of the property industry, and confidently display their professional knowledge to clients.

The course provides unified training in construction, surveying and design techniques and meets the prerequisites for the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying degree. With the full undergraduate degree you'll gain knowledge of the economic, legal, technical and managerial aspects of property and real estate. A gateway to professional status, our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards.

We also offer other BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying degree programmes with Foundation Years, which offer specialisms in other parts of surveying:

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Planning and Development) with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Valuation and Finance) with Foundation Year

You will:
  • Develop competence in essential areas of built environment professional practice
  • Build the technical skills and confidence ready to progress to the Real Estate Surveying undergraduate degree
  • Gain essential analytical and problem solving skills so you can study the built environment

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment


You want to study a built environment discipline but don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an honours degree


You're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

Course details

All about the course

The Real Estate Surveying with Foundation year degree course is delivered full-time over four years via a range of carefully-designed modules.

The foundation year aims to build your understanding of situations and solving problems, alongside developing practical and communication skills. You'll explore technology, design and professional practice,  so you are ready to advance to the full undergraduate degree. 

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying degree. In year one, you will study essential modules in regulation, economics, principles of valuation and appreciation of technology. During year two, you will be introduced to specific topics, including property law, property asset management and urban regeneration. During your final year, you will advance your studies in areas including property development, historic conservation and strategic asset management, alongside completing a research project on a built environment subject of your choice.

If you're looking to combine work and study, or graduate sooner, this programme is also available in an accelerated study pathway.

We also offer the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying course with alternative specialisms, each available with a foundation year, as well as in part-time, full-time, accelerated and accelerated day-release pathways:

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Planning and Development)

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Valuation and Finance)


If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Foundation Year

Introduction to Built Environment Professional Practice

This module will allow you to create an awareness of key professional roles within the built environment sector and the responsibilities associated with the differing roles. It will provide you with an opportunity for investigative work to be undertaken via a case study or series of case studies to explore the nature of the built environment professions. You will develop awareness of the key professional skills required by the differing identified discipline areas. The module will also promote the on-going development of oral/written communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

IT and Study Skills

This module is designed to equip you with a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that ensure the student is likely to be successful in their chosen route of academic study on a course within the School of the Built Environment. You will develop the ability to understand what and how they are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning.

Introduction to Design Practice

The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation and understanding of architectural design and the factors that influence it. You will gain an understanding of architectural design in the context of the overall building procurement process, and be introduced to the role of ICT as an essential tool in built environment professional practice. Through this module you will begin to develop your expertise in commonly used built environment design representation software applications.

Professional Practice Project

You will explore the concept of the practitioner and the alignment the personal and professional development. Using a project scenario, you will gain awareness of contemporary issues and developments in the built environment sector and understand their significance and impact on your future professional conduct.

Year One

Economics and Management

You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks

You will be introduced to English law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Technology One (REP)

This module focuses on domestic building construction

Introduction to Real Estate Practice

This module focuses on measurement, inspection, RICS ethics, RICS Surveying Safely and Real Estate Practice

Valuation and Accounting Principles

This module introduces you to valuation (including all valuation formulae and mathematics, Terms of Engagement and basic valuation reports for residential premises.) You will also be introduced to relevant software including the use of iSurv and mapping tools. 

The module also covers information that you will need to gain their level 1 knowledge in accounting including profit and loss statements, balance sheets and acid test ratios.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

Year Two

Valuation (REP)

This module covers the RICS Valuation Global Standards 2017 and the five conventional methods of valuation and their appropriate uses, including valuing over-rented investments.  It also introduces you to the contemporary methods of valuation.

Property Law 1 (REP)

This module covers the Law of Tort, Dilapidations Schedules, the Control of Asbestos Regulations, Fire Safety Order, Alternative Dispute Resolution and an introduction to Landlord and Tenant legislation.

Technology 2 (REP)

This module examines commercial building construction.

Property Asset Management (REP)

This module introduces you to negotiation, planned cyclical maintenance, service charge budgets and understanding a variety of lease terms and how these terms can affect the management of assets.

Property Law 2 (REP)

This module examines Landlord and Tenant legislation (both residential and commercial), estate agency legislation and agricultural legislation, including the Agricultural Holdings Act and Farm Business Tenancies.

Planning and Urban Regeneration

This module introduces our students to planning applications, planning policy, building control, development control and the planning, development and social issues surrounding urban regeneration.

Year Three

Statutory Valuation (REP)

This module focuses on compulsory purchase and compensation, access and rights over land, local business rates and valuation according to lease terms.

Strategic Asset Management (REP)

This module focuses on decisions taken when managing assets and how those decisions can affect the overall investment value of a managed estate.

Property Development (REP)

This module focuses on development appraisals and feasibility studies.

Interdisciplinary Project (REP)

This project enables you to gather all of the knowledge acquired over the three years of the course to be put to use in a real life project provided by our industry partners.  You will work with students from the building surveying programme to provide a viable solution and advice with regard to a particular problem, to understand how the disciplines integrate in real life.

Conservation of the Historic Environment

You will develop a recognition and critical evaluation of the principles and practices associated with the conservation of the historic environment in the UK. The knowledge you will develop will enable you to prepare for when dealing with listed buildings in future practice and you will become conversant with common documentation used within building surveying practice.

Discipline Research Project

You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


75% of course staff teaching on the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying course are members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, with 50% still in practice, ensuring that you are taught by leaders in the profession. With 50% of staff also RICS assessors and counsellors, you'll benefit from guidance in preparing students for the Assessment of Professional Competence with the RICS.

During your studies, you'll develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Self-directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to development sites, completed buildings etc.

You also use develop competence in industry-standard software including CoStar, EGI, Argus Enterprise and Developer, BCIS and ISurv.


You will be assessed through a combination of exams, projects and coursework:

  • Essays
  • Case study reports
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Written and practical examinations
  • Final year project

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.


Our carefully-designed study and seminar spaces provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone and computer laboratories.

Salford is also home to Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. This full-sized, two-bedroom terraced house lives inside a sensor-packed environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


With an extensive understanding of the property and real estate industry, you'll be well equipped to pursue a variety of roles, such as a Registered Property Valuer, Property Developer, Lease Consultant or a Property Asset Manager. Built Environment at Salford currently boasts a 95% employment rate upon graduation.

Our property and real estate surveying alumni have progressed to work with national property organisations, including: CBRE, DTZ, Lambert Smith Hampton and Savills. Some have chosen to focus their careers working for surveyors, local authorities and housing associations.


We have a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career even further.

A taste of what you could become

A Property Developer

A Land Economist

A Property Consultant

A Valuer

A Leasing Agent

and more...

Career Links

Our experienced team maintain strong links with the construction industry and professional bodies, which provides our students with benefits including site visits, guest speakers and placements. Recent partners include

  • Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • RICS
  • CIOB

Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.


What you need to know


In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but it is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.


If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade D/level 3 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

64 points


64 points, typically two grade C's

BTEC National Diploma

MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

BTEC Higher National Diploma

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Foundation Degree

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Scottish Highers

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Irish Leavers Certificate

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International Baccalaureate

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Access to HE

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Other qualifications

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Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

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Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

January 2021

September 2021

UCAS information

Course ID N255

Institution S03

This programme is new for 2020 and is open for application to commence study in September 2020