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 involve in the apprenticeship.
- Apprentices must be employed and paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role.
- You will be responsible for recruitment of Degree Apprentices. However, we can work with you to promote your opportunities via our website.
- You will provide paid time off for on campus study.
- Apprentices are required to undergo structured work experience to work towards the attainment of the standards required to become a Chartered Town Planner.
- Apprentices require a workplace mentor who will oversee their development and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor.
Levy paying employers with an annual payroll exceeding £3 million per annum, make a payment of 0.5% of any staff costs above this threshold into an apprenticeship levy account. These monies are then available for the organisation to spend on accredited apprenticeship programmes.
Non levy-paying employers can draw down government co-investment to cover 90% of the total cost of training, you are only required to pay 10%.
For up to date information on the apprenticeship levy payments visit the Government’s Pay Apprenticeship Levy website.