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Chartered Town Planner

Chartered Town Planner


The Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship offers a part-time study route for new and existing employees to progress into professional planning roles. There are two entry points: postgraduate level entry for employees with an undergraduate degree and an additional undergraduate component for those with A levels or needing a stepping stone to postgraduate study.

Our course delivers against the nationally recognised Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship Standard. On successful completion, all participants will gain the MSc Urban Planning (DA). Participants taking the undergraduate entry route will also gain the University Certificate Urban Planning and the University Advanced Diploma Urban Planning prior to undertaking the MSc Urban Planning.

The Apprenticeship offers the opportunity for employees to expand and formalise their experience, with successful participants gaining Chartered Town Planner status on successful completion of the End Point Assessment.

Delivered over one day per week, the course adopts a blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of group seminars, lectures, work based  and professionally focused assessments self-directed learning and individual support.

The apprenticeship offers a range of specialisms, including Environmental Planning, Urban Design and Development, Planning for Housing, Historic Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, Economic Development and Planning for Health.

Course length and entry requirements

For those starting at Undergraduate level the course typically takes four years part-time. For those eligible to start at Masters level, the course typically takes two years part-time.  Upon successful completion of the MSc Urban Planning (DA), Apprentices then go on to prepare for and undertake the Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship Endpoint Assessment normally completed within 12 to 18 months. Successful completion of the End Point Assessment leads to Chartered Town Planner status. 

Apprentices need to be in a relevant planning job role to accompany your Apprenticeship programme. This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in role – and employers need to agree to fund the Apprenticeship, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. Apprentices must also have the right to reside in the UK.

To start in year 1 on the University Certificate in Urban Planning

The usual entry requirements are five GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade C, 4 or above, including English language and maths, as well as one of the following:

112 UCAS points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (we accept AS Levels and general studies)
Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship - Level 3 Diploma
Access to Higher Education Diploma: a minimum of 45 passes at Level 3.

We may also consider relevant professional level work experience as an alternative to 32 of the UCAS points.
After successfully completing the University Certificate in Urban Planning, learners move onto the University Advanced Diploma in Urban Planning in year 2.

After successful completion of the University Advanced Diploma in Urban Planning, learners move onto the MSc Urban Planning. 

To start in year 3 on the MSc Urban Planning degree apprenticeship

Applicants will need to meet the entry requirements above, and have a minimum of a 2:2 degree. 

Learn more

Find out more about how apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

For the latest information on government approval or any other questions, email or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.

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