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Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeships

London South Bank University

24 months
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This Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeships course from London South Bank University will equip you with the technical and managerial know-how to be an effective town planner and prepare you to be a life-long learner, so that you may develop a successful career and rise through the ranks of your profession.

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Town planning is a challenging and rewarding career. It is aimed at improving the places in which we live, work and play. It is about visioning the future and using the tools that your professional and vocational training gives you to realise and sustain that vision. It is dynamic, reacting to changes in society, the environment and political and legal frameworks in which people live their lives and development takes place.

It is not about telling people what their future environment will be like, but is about working with a wide range of stakeholders to bring diverse ideas, wants and needs together. Your people skills will be as important as your technical knowledge; town planning is a test of your all round abilities and gives you a deeply satisfying career.

The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeships at London South Bank University are fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. This means that after graduation you can become a licentiate member of the RTPI. With two years relevant work experience (in some cases one year), you can apply to take the RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence exam and become a full member of the RTPI.


A town planner’s role is to help stakeholders create a vision for what a place (city, town, village or countryside) may look like in the future, and then to manage and facilitate the design, development and conservation processes that enable this be put into practice.

Typically, a town planner will be involved in four key aspects of such place shaping. These all require stakeholder engagement including local communities, developers, infrastructure providers (e.g. highways authorities, electricity, gas, water), county, district and unitary authorities, government agencies (e.g. Natural England, English Heritage). 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Making Sustainable Places
  • Planning History and Principles
  • Development Management
  • Plans, People and Processes
  • PPM 1: The Professional Planning Environment
  • PPM 2: Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours 
  • Environmental Change: Issue and Impacts
  • Strategies, Visions and Design
  • Planning for Housing



Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

PgDip Chartered Town Planner (Apprenticeship) (PT)

  • A Level BCC;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or;
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points or;
  • Level 3 Planning Technician Apprenticeship.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
MA Chartered Town Planner (Apprenticeship) (PT)
  • A minimum 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject area, such as built environment and social science subjects.  Applicants with a non-cognate degree and several years’ relevant work experience may be offered a place, if they can demonstrate a suitable level of specialist subject knowledge.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Tuition Fee

The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy.

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Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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