The Royal Agricultural University is launching the UK's first ever residential estate agency degree course this September 2024.
The new degree gives would-be estate agents the chance to obtain a foundation degree to help them develop the skills and attributes they need to succeed in the industry.
The unique course will cover valuations, marketing, law and professional sales practice, as well as more 'hands on' modules such as surveying, inspecting and measurement.
Applications are open now — and local agents are already praising the impact it could have in equipping new starters with the very latest knowledge and practical skills they need.
Sam Butler, senior partner at Cotswolds-based Butler Sherborn, said: 'The
very best estate agents are often those who understand the core principles and
practices and capitalising on new technology will also be a key to success now.
'They will be handling owners’ major assets and that requires the agent to be competent, skilful, well trained, and to inspire confidence.
'Prospective employers will always look for candidates who have an edge and who can demonstrate commitment in addition to a strong work ethic.
'I would strongly recommend this programme to anyone who wants a career in estate agency and to make a success of it!'
The course is being taught two days a week to allow students to work while studying — and also includes a 10-week work placement, where students will gain further 'on the job' training and experience; develop their confidence and employability skills; and gain valuable industry contacts.
The RAU already offers degree courses in both real estate and rural land management but recognised the need for a more specific and focused course for those wanting to become residential estate agents.
Course leader William Leschallas, senior lecturer within the land and property team at the RAU, said: 'This new course will give students a broad and innovative introduction to the key principles and practices in property services which examine property valuation, property law, finance, sales and marketing, people management and business strategy to enable students to become familiar with the core issues concerning the residential property sales sector.'
To launch the course, the university is holding two events — one for schools and colleges on Tuesday 20 February 2024 at 4.15pm; and another for estate agents and other potential employers the following Tuesday 27 February 2024 from 5pm to 6.30pm at its RAU Swindon campus.