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Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies - PGCert


Course Description

This certificate provides an access route to the Department of Planning's RTPI and RICS-accredited MSc in Spatial Planning for students who do not have the usual educational qualifications necessary for entry onto the course.

It is a one-year part-time (one day per week) undergraduate-level course.

The overall aims and objectives of the course are to provide you with a general, yet critical, understanding of the planning process and some of the key issues and themes in contemporary spatial planning.

Why choose this course?

Oxford Brookes' Department of Planning performs a leading role in research and consultancy, with clients and projects covering subjects from local concerns to multinational organisations, government and industry. Our research feeds directly into the teaching of the Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies and the department's students have the opportunity to learn directly from the most current areas of practice. The Certificate in Spatial Planning studies is a part time course and Oxford, with its excellent transport links to all regions of the UK, is a particularly convenient place to study for part-time students on day release from work.

Professional accreditation

The Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies provides an entry qualification for the MSc in Spatial Planning which is accredited by both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means that following graduation from the MSc in Spatial Planning and the RTPI and RICS Assessment of Profession Competence requirements, graduates can become full members of both professional bodies.

This course in detail

The course comprises four modules.
In Semester 1 you would complete Introduction to Spatial Planning and Transport and Society.
In Semester 2 you would complete Environmental Sustainability and an Independent Study in Planning.

These modules have been carefully chosen to provide a balance of basic and advanced modules, and to offer you the opportunity to study basic themes in spatial planning as well as some specific areas such as transport and community planning.

In order to progress to the MSc Spatial Planning course you are required to complete these four undergraduate modules at a standard of 50 per cent pass mark (the normal undergraduate pass grade is 40 per cent).

Students will also need to cover the costs of printing for submissions and presentations associated with assessment.

Teaching and learning

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work.

Oxford Brookes' courses are broken down into equal-sized units of study called modules, self-contained in teaching, learning and assessment.

The course is made up of four single-credit modules. Each requires about 150 hours of study over the 15 weeks - including around 36 hours of staff contact time. Formal teaching takes place over the first 12 weeks, with the last weeks available for examinations if these are part of the module assessment.

Careers and professional development

The Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies provides an entry qualification for the MSc in Spatial Planning which is accredited by both the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This dual accreditation makes MSc in Spatial Planning graduates attractive to both the public and private sectors of planning and related built environment employers.

Visit the Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies - PGCert page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

GCSE, O-level or equivalent in Maths and English. At least three years' suitable experience of working within the field of planning in an advanced technical or administration post.**Applicants who have two years' work experience in planning at the commencement of their studies and have at least one A-level at grade C or above will also be considered. Applicants for the MSc in Spatial Planning who have been rejected because their first degree did not meet the required standard will be reconsidered for entry onto the master's course if they complete the certificate course to the required standard.

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