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Cardiff University

Urban Planning and Development (Sandwich)

UCAS Code: K446
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Planning (urban, rural & regional)
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£23k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

This offer will exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

This offer will exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

All BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism preferred

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

BSc Urban Planning and Development is an exciting course that focuses on why places – such as cities, towns, and the countryside – change and how they can be improved through planning. The course focuses on the social, economic and environmental challenges of creating better places in which to live. It is particularly suitable for those interested in the interaction between people and the built and natural environment. This professionally-accredited degree provides the essential foundations for a career in planning and development. We offer two routes through the course. You can complete the degree in three years or choose to study the degree as a four-year course with a salaried placement year. You can switch flexibly between these pathways through the course, subject to approval, so you only need to submit one application. The BSc Urban Planning and Development is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and provides all of the educational requirements needed for membership. It is also recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a spatial planning degree. Students graduating from the BSc Urban Planning and Development can pursue one of our specialist Master’s degrees to complete the RTPI’s educational requirements for membership. The course includes a wide range of learning opportunities, from workshops and seminars through to practical projects and field visits. Field study visits are a key aspect of the course. Previous destinations include Copenhagen, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Tanzania. Note that some field study visits involve additional costs to students. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: the opportunity to study in a School consistently highly rated for its research excellence the involvement of internationally reputed research staff who are active in both scholarly and practitioner/policy networks close links with policy institutions in the UK, Europe and globally access to a computing laboratory with high-quality printing facilities, GIS (Geographic Information System) and Edina digimap mapping facilities excellent library and access to online journals and databases local, European, and global destination field study visits to explore issues in real world case studies and deploy skills acquired through the degree into practice the facility to undertake assessments in the Welsh language if preferred the option of splitting your course with a salaried year in professional practice with a public or private organisation.


Cardiff University

Campus life

A world-leading university in the vibrant capital city of Wales: 94% of our 2010 graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. You'll be part of a Russell Group university and one that is ranked in the top 1.5% of the 10,000 universities globally. With over 26,000 students and 6,000 staff, the academic community is the size of a small town, with an active union to match.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
47% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
52% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
386 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £23k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject includes degrees in urban studies and housing as well as planning qualifications. Be a little careful when looking at the stats, as most jobs in planning, especially in town planning, go to Masters students in the subject — planning is a very popular Master's degree (and even then we don't actually have enough graduates to meet employer demand). So if you want a job in planning, expect to stay on at university after you have finished your first degree. First degree graduates in planning are more likely to start working in surveying than planning roles - although that is partly down to our serious shortage of surveyors. This all adds up to a subject that is in demand - but do keep a look out for work experience opportunities to make your good prospects even better.
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