Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Hone the skills, knowledge and gain the practical experience for a rewarding career in urban and suburban planning with our RTPI accredited Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship. Study for a masters degree in Town Planning while you work, with no tuition fees.
Designed to provide the comprehensive training and practical experience to make a real difference in your career as an ethical town planner. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve sustainable development and shape the towns, cities and villages we live in.
This course is ideal if your passionate about sustainable development, making a difference to the spaces we live in and are looking to enhance your career as a Chartered Town Planner.
Our Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship reflects the key principles and ideas that underpin planning as a discipline. You’ll advance your knowledge, skills and expertise in sustainability and environmental planning, housing planning, plan making and policy, planning implementation, site studies and urban design amongst others.
Your learning will be directly relevant to a wide range of sectors including construction, environment, housing, energy, transport, regeneration, coastal, heritage and conservation, and minerals and waste.
The practical and applied nature of the apprenticeship means that you’ll be putting your skills and knowledge into practice as you learn, so you and your organisation will benefit straight away.
On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will become Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and use the title Chartered Town Planner.
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore is not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning is gained through university-led learning sessions and activities, and practical learning experiences in your usual work setting.
Our Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship is delivered on a day release basis on our Chelmsford campus.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship when all on-programme assessments have been successfully passed.
The End Point Assessment is aligned with The RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This is a substantial piece of work that includes at least 12 months of supervised professional practice, along with a rigorous final assessment which will typically takes a further 10-12 months to complete in addition to the duration of the degree.
On successful completion of the course, you will become a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and use the title Chartered Town Planner.
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Typical job titles include Planning Officer, Town Planner, Planner, Development Management Planner and Planning Consultant.
Career progression can be to Senior Planner, Principal Planning Officer, or similar and will involve dealing with larger, more complex projects and taking on increasing managerial responsibilities.
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the End Point Assessment. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of degree apprenticeships, then our dedicated Degrees at Work team are here to help. Get in touch today on the details above or take a look at our information for employers.
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