Urban Planning (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

The BSc Urban Planning course gives you a full understanding of the urban and great global challenges of the 21st century, providing you with the skills base to help you, as a future planning professional, to understand and start to address them.

Attention is focused on approaches to appraise, evaluate, plan and design functional, aesthetic and sustainable environments, spaces and places at a range of scales and variety of contexts. You will learn to respond to the changing needs of people, culture and society within a rapidly changing world.

You’ll develop your understanding of the factors and preconditions necessary for the successful delivery of planning within the built and natural environment. You’ll gain a rounded understanding of the factors and forces that are shaping the urban environment, the role that planning can play in developing and renewing urban areas, and reconciling competing and conflicting interests.

We’ll challenge you to enquire, debate and explore issues in design, planning, society, the environment and in relation to the supply and management of resources at a local and global scale. Our graduates aspire, enhance, develop and lead in design and planning professions, as well as community and environmental organisations and media careers.

An interdisciplinary approach to study will give you an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and aptitude for professional practice through a range of learning experiences. These will include placements, workshops, active engagement with communities, group project live scenarios, precedent field visits and research of theoretical concepts.

Working in our multi-disciplinary super studio environments, you’ll collaborate and learn with students from disciplines such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, Construction and Quantity surveying courses.

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Study style

This course is aimed towards a professional / vocational career pathway in urban planning and this is reflected in the methods of taught delivery used on the course. You’ll learn to develop your creative and analytic skills in planning through digital and analogue drawing, presentations, films and critique.

A broad range of subjects are covered via lectures, seminars, field study visits, practical workshops and collaborative or individual projects. A variety of assessment methods will help you develop your academic and professional skills, such as coursework, projects, reports, essays, exams, groupwork, seminars, presentations, practical workshops and portfolios. Precedent study field trips in the UK and abroad are essential part of our programmes.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeK421


  • Local authority planning departments (development control, strategic planning, urban design, heritage and conservation)
  • Private sector planning consultancies
  • Public bodies: Environment Agency, National parks
  • Non-government organisations: RSPB,CPRE
  • Urban design consultancies
  • Transport planning
  • Urban Regeneration organisations.

Industry links

All of our existing programmes enjoy the benefit of links with local, national and international practices, business and organisations such as:

  • Aru
  • Atkins
  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • EDP
  • Evan Jones
  • Forest of Dean council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Jacobs
  • LDA
  • Natural England
  • Terra Firma
  • WSP
Our strong industry links offer opportunities for awards, intern positions, live challenges, visiting lecturers and employability skills workshops that could offer a real boost to your graduate career pathway.

Associated professional accreditations

This degree has been written with a view to gaining accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), adhering to the necessary accreditation regulations and competency frameworks.


Future-proof graduates

The course has been written with urban: city, town and rural strategic planners from a broad spectrum of local, national and international organisations. This means it meets the needs of changing contemporary practice in the industry and the needs of society while also exploring the great global challenges that urban and rural planners will need to be conversant with in the future.

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Professional focus

With planning, finance, strategy, management, design, technology and sustainability skills embedded within the core of its structure, the course will challenge you to be innovative, adaptable and responsible within our ‘real site, real client and real issue’ projects. We believe that as a student on this course, you should be exposed to the great industry challenges from the start, enabling you to graduate as confident aspiring professionals.


Cross-discipline collaboration

Uniquely, as a BSc Urban Planning student, you'll work on construction modules and design context-related projects with students from Architecture, Interior Architecture and Quantity Surveying so that you can build collaborative relationships, design, innovate and learn from each other. This develops an understanding of the challenges that are posed when working across multiple professional contexts. As a result, you’ll gain essential transferable skills, becoming considerate professionals and good negotiators before joining industry upon graduation.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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