Degree Apprenticeship: MA
Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship: Level 5 Entry
The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship has been developed in partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and provides apprentices with the skills and knowledge to become a Chartered Town Planner.
APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED.
Apprentices will be in full-time employment whilst studying towards this degree. Modules are delivered through one university day a week and work-based learning. This is a Masters level qualification with a Level 5 Entry Point (RTPI Entry Point 1). The qualification is for apprentices who do not have an undergraduate degree, but do have sufficient profession planning experience to obtain Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to join the course at Level 5.
Everything you need to know
Indicative list of modules studied on the programme :
Level 5 (one year)
- Placement and Professional Skills
- Housing Markets
- Development of Planning Thought
- Research Methods
- Neighbourhoods and Communities
- Neighbourhood Planning & Design
Level 6 (one year)
- Planning Policy and Practice
- Neighbourhood and Community Planning
- Heritage and Conservation
- Housing Policy
- Women & Built Environment
Level 7 (two years)
- Planning & Making Spatial Strategies
- Theoretical Contexts Example Modules
- Research Methods
- Policy Implementation and Appraisal
- Managing Places & Spaces
- Sustainable Communities
- Strategic & European Contexts
- Research Design Project
Applicants do not need to have an undergraduate degree for Level 5 Entry. They must already be working in planning with a levy paying organisation. They must have sufficient planning experience to successfully achieve ‘recognition for prior learning’ (RPL) for Level 4. Successful applicants will join the course at Level 5 and progress from there, through Level 6 and Level 7. All Degree Apprenticeship students then complete the Royal Town Planning institute (RTPI) End Point Assessment (EPA) to become Chartered Town Planners.
Applicants without English and Maths GCSE or equivalent at C or above will need to undertake this qualification before the end point assessment.
How does the Degree Apprenticeship work?
Apprentices joining the course at Level 5 study for 4 years, attending university one day a week (20% ‘off the job learning’). A tailored learning package to meet the Chartered Town Planner standard is agreed between the employer, the university and the apprentice. Apprentices spend 24 days a year or more at university and they also have assignments and further academic study as part of their 20% ‘off-the-job’ learning. However, the bulk of the learning happens in the workplace and will include shadowing team members and learning a range of planning duties. On concluding their course, apprentices take an End Point Assessment and, if they are successful, become Chartered Town Planners.
In Level 5 apprentices take a range of modules that explore current key issues in planning. The indicative list of modules includes Housing Markets, Development of Planning Thought and Neighbourhood Planning & Design. These modules are closely mapped onto the RTPI Knowledge, Skills and behaviours (KSBs) that are essential part of the RTPI EPA. In addition, apprentices acquire the key skills, strategies and support for effective university level learning. In Level 6 the indicative list of modules includes Planning Policy and Practice, Neighbourhood and Community Planning, Heritage and Conservation and Women & Built Environment. Apprentices also obtain the research methods to successfully complete an undergraduate level dissertation on a planning issue or theory of their choice. At level 7 Apprentices learn about the development plan framework, planning law and planning theory, interpreting and applying policy, community engagement and urban design. Students also complete a major Level 7 project on a specialist planning issue that interests them.
Information for Employers
The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship allows employers to meet their succession planning needs. It provides a fast and effective route to career progression for new and existing staff culminating in Chartered Planner status. Leeds Beckett will also support employers to devise and manage the work-based element of the apprenticeship.
- Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, provider, and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involved in the apprenticeship
- The apprentice must be already employed or specifically offered a position associated with the apprenticeship opportunity. In this case the employer will be responsible for the recruitment of Degree Apprentices. However, we can work with you to promote your opportunities via our website
- The employer pays Degree Apprentices at their normal rate whilst they are studying. Apprentices must be paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role
- Apprentices require a mentor in the workplace who will oversee their learning and coordinate with the university
- Apprentices spend a minimum of 20% of their working hours completing study for the course
Organisations with a wage bill in excess of £3 million can fund the course fees using their Apprenticeship Levy.
If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 95% of the costs and you will pay the remaining 5% of costs.
Applications for Apprenticeship Courses starting in September 2021
Please note: We will be closing the application window for courses on the 31 July 2021. Please make sure all applications are received by this deadline as we cannot guarantee a place on one of our apprenticeships after this date.
If you are an employer who is undertaking a recruitment process and will not have a person in post by the deadline, please contact the apprenticeship team to discuss further.
If you are an applicant that will be waiting for your exam results please also contact the apprenticeship team and we can advise on steps you need to take.