Degree Apprenticeship: MA
Town and Regional Planning
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.
Apprentices will be in full-time employment whilst studying towards this degree. Modules are delivered through part-time day release and through work based learning. This is a Masters level qualification (RTPI Entry Point 2).
Everything you need to know
Modules studied on the programme:
- Planning & Making Spatial Strategies
- Theoretical Contexts Example Modules
- Research Methods
- Policy Implementation and Appraisal
- Managing Places & Spaces
- Sustainable Communities
- Strategic & European Contexts
An undergraduate degree in any subject.
Previous employment experience will be considered for recognition of prior learning.
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?
New or existing employees study as apprentices for two years, attending university one day a week. 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’ training. 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.
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 project on a specialist planning issue that interests them.
How to Apply
Apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme. View our current vacancies for details of what apprenticeships are currently available.
T: 0113 812 4500
There may be flexibility over fees and start dates depending on the number of students from a single employer.
Download course details
A downloadable PDF of course details.
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 full 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.