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HOW TO BECOME A TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNER

WHY CHOOSE TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING

Study Town & Country Planning and you’ll develop the necessary skills to improve living environments for so many people.

What’s Town & Country Planning?

Town & Country Planning is the study that concerns land use. The goal is to ensure sustainable economic development and a better environment. Each country of the UK has its own planning system.

What Town & Country Planning degrees can you study?

Undergraduate degrees in Town & Country Planning include:

  • Human Geography & Planning BSc
  • Planning & Real Estate BSc
  • Urban Planning & Property Development BSc

What do you need to get onto a Town & Country Planning degree?

Entry requirements will depend on the university, ranging from 104–160 UCAS points for most undergraduate courses. Qualifications may include:

  • A Levels: AAB–BCC
  • BTECs: D*DD–MMM
  • Scottish Highers: AABB–ABBB (with Advanced Highers: AAB–BB)
  • International Baccalaureate: 36–28

Experience that would look good on your application:

  • Shadowing or talking to a town planner about their day-to-day work, or contact a Planning Aid charity (England, Wales or Scotland)
  • Work or volunteering experience where you work with a variety of people, to evidence your interpersonal and team working skills
  • Research into the role and what it entails, e.g. on the website of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or online magazine, Planning Resource

What topics does a Town & Country Planning degree cover?

Typical modules for courses in this subject include:

  • Introducing planning systems
  • Making cities: the production of the built environment
  • Real estate development
  • Sustainable urban futures
  • People and planning
  • Infrastructure design and implementation project
  • Human geography and the city
  • Design skills and urban data analytics
  • Design and place making

How will you be assessed?

Courses are assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the module:

  • Design-based projects
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Portfolio work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Skills-based practical work
  • Team projects
  • A dissertation may be a final year option

Why study Town & Country Planning?

Town & Country Planning degrees will develop your skills for tackling complex problems in urban landscapes, collaborative working, and people skills. For example:

Career-specific skills:

  • Computer modelling and visualisation techniques such as rapid prototyping and 3D design
  • Design creativity
  • Professional practice skills

Transferable skills:

  • Analysis and critical thinking
  • Data collection
  • Document production
  • Graphic skills
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Organisation
  • Preparing and writing professional reports
  • Project management
  • Team working and leadership
  • Written and oral presentation skills

Professional accreditation:

  • Degrees that include Town Planning may be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) towards graining professional membership; further training will be required

What do Town & Country Planning graduates earn?

Town & Country Planning graduates can expect an entry-level salary of around £21,000–£25,000.

Town planners, by mid-career you could expect an average income of £39,000, while directors could earn up to £65,000.

If you specialise and become a BIM manager (building information modelling software), your income could be £40,000–£55,000.

What jobs can you get as a Town & Country Planning graduate?

A degree in Town & Country Planning is highly vocational, and could lead to the following jobs:

  • BIM specialist
  • Chartered architectural technologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Facilities manager
  • Housing officer
  • Planning officer
  • Project manager
  • Sustainability adviser
  • Transport planner

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught master’s and research degrees at postgraduate level include:

  • Architecture and Historic Urban Environments MA
  • Cities MPhil/PhD
  • Sustainable Urban Development MSc/DPhil
  • Urban Analytics and Visualisation (MSc)

Town & Country Planning SUBJECT LEAGUE TABLE 2023

Students of Town & Country Planning learn how to plan sustainable structures.

WHY

PLANNING?

From protecting our coastlines to creating better homes and regenerating cities, planners help make better places. So the planners who help to plan our urban and rural spaces carry a big responsibility…they are doing nothing less than planning the world we live in.

WHY

WS?

WS provide different types of work experience through our Work Experience Programme. Whether you are an aspiring Planner, Architect, or Architectural Technician we hope to provide an inspiring placement with our Practice. We provide opportunities for unpaid work experience for Secondary School / Sixth Form College students and paid work experience for those studying a relevant Degree.
We are not currently accepting any work experience enquiries.

WHY

ARCHITECTURE?

Architecture is a phenomenon, mirroring the people it serves. Architects and the clients they work with constantly redefine the way our buildings and civic spaces will be; that is an amazing challenge.