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Masters Degree Apprenticeship Postgraduate: MSc Chartered Town Planner Chartered Town Planner

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.

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Course highlights

  • Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Gain professional recognition through the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)
  • Part-time ‘day release’ delivery with regular contact with tutors and other apprentices from a range of organisations

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.

Key facts

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.


RTPI Accredited Planning Programme

Accredited by the RTPI

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.


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.

Entry requirements

In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.

  • Employment in a suitable role on a permanent contract exceeding 30 hours per week
  • Employer support to undertake this course
  • Confirmed eligibility to be funded as an apprentice as set out within the ESFA’s Funding Rules
  • A completed Skills Scan and Initial Assessment discussion
  • Evidence of Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English e.g. GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, Functional Skills, or ESFA-approved equivalents*
  • A first degree at second class honours (2:2) or above in a subject that is related to the field of town planning. It should incorporate study elements of some of space, environment, design social/urban analysis and public policy. Examples of subjects that are considered to be relevant are: Environmental Studies, Architecture, Urban Studies, Geography, Economics, Politics and Surveying**

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How to apply

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.

For employers

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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