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Advanced Property Development Level 4

Advanced Property Development Level 4

[ UPCP02 ]


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This higher level Advanced Property Development distance learning course from UK Distance Learning & Publishing is a more challenging and in-depth version of the corresponding Level 3 course we offer. This enhanced course has been designed not only to provide the student with a clear and concise understanding of the nature of property development, of what is involved and how to undertake a successful project, but also to add your own experiences to the learning process. In this way, our Advanced Property Development Distance Learning course will give you a considerable range of advanced skills to become a first class Property Development Manager.



 Course Length - 12 Months
 Award Received - Level 4 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
 Course Code: UPCP02


This course is intended for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of Property Development in order to become accomplished professionals. As this course covers Health and Safety, Project Management and Construction, it will enable you to tackle large projects and ensure you have the skills to see the development through to the end, much as the Level 3 course does, but to a more sophisticated degree.

Property Section

 The credit crunch is explored in the second unit. The author identifies how the credit crunch initiated and how it has opened new doors to property investors.
 It is important to carry out desk study before investing in property, thus methods of property research are established in unit 3.
 It is essential to understand the legal aspect of property; in unit 4 the author explores property and the law, including, conveyancing, knowing your rights and how to sell your property.
 Different types of property including listed buildings are identified in unit 5.
 One of the key areas of property development is finance. In unit 6, the author explores different methods of finance option available on the market.
 Unit 7 establishes plans and drawings for your property.
 Building regulations are vital when it comes to all aspects of a building. In unit 8 the author analyses what building regulations are and what they cover.
 In unit 9 we cover planning, which is one of the most important parts of developing property.
 A successful and well-organised project is the result of excellent project management. In unit 10 the author illustrates project management.
 In unit 11 the author covers renovation of property.
 Buying at auction is a popular method of buying property at good value; this is covered in unit 12.
 Unit 13 identifies the advantages and disadvantages of buying property before it is built.
 Marketing your property efficiently is very important in the selling stages; this is covered in unit 14.
 There are different rules and regulations for buying property in Scotland and Abroad. The author establishes this difference in unit 15 and unit 16.
 In units 17 and 18 the author covers how to start a business and different types of businesses.
 Finally, in units 19 and 20, the author stresses the importance of recruiting and managing staff effectively.

Project Management

 What is project management?
 Why use project management?
 Benefits of project management
 What do project managers actually do?
 History of PM
 Project management old and new
 Modern scientific project management
 Gantt charts
 The Fayol management model
 Network diagrams
 Critical path method (CPM
 Program evaluation and review technique (PERT)
 Organisational Structure
 The four basic organisational structures
 Project Life Cycle
 The four stage project cycle model
 Milestones and hold points
 Project close-out
 Feasibility Studies
 The clients feasibility study
 The client
 Define the constraints on the project
 Value management
 Financial models for project selection
 Payback period
 Return on investment
 Discounted cash flow
 Net present value
 Project Estimating & Scope Definition
 Ball-park cost estimate
 Feasibility study
 Subdivision of project costs
 Direct costs
 Indirect costs
 Time related costs
 Labour & staff costs
 Material & logistics costs
 Miscellaneous costs
 Project charter
 Defining the scope
 Changing scope
 Scope Management
 Project closeout
 Project closeout report
 Project Procurement Plan
 What is required?
 Communication of requirements to potential suppliers
 Evaluation & selection of supplier
 Review & evaluate tenders
 Manage the Contract
 Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
 Producing a WBS
 WBS numbering system
 WBS and costing
 Further breakdown of WBS
 Critical Path
 Network diagrams: WBS and critical path
 Activities in series
 Activities in parallel
 Generation of logic
 Activities: summing up
 Resource Planning
 Resource availability constraints on the project
 Use of resources
 Resource overload & underload
 Resource adjustment
 Increasing project resources
 Reducing resources
 Controlling the Project
 Why control projects?
 Scope of control
 Scope management
 Technical backup
 Time management
 Resource & procurement management
 Commercial management
 Gathering information
 Applying project control
 Dealing with people
 Quality Management
 Cost of quality
 Right first time costs
 QA costs
 Internal cost (of failure
 External cost (of failure)
 Quality circles
 Quality auditing
 Conduct of an audit
 Why audit?
 Quality control plans
 Risk Management
 Hierarchy of control
 Controlling risk
 Risk assessment
 Identify the hazard
 Decide who might be harmed
 Evaluate the risks and decide upon precautions
 Record and implement your findings
 Review and update your risk assessments


 Two important functions of a building are the provision of shelter and the creation of a comfortable space in which to live or work. To achieve this, it is necessary to know and understand the materials used to construct the building, the basic concepts that underpin the structural integrity of the building, and the design of the internal spaces that comprise the building.
 The occupants of a building require a comfortable internal environment, and there are several key factors that contribute to this. There are generally accepted ranges for these factors, and an understanding of what is acceptable to a variety of different end-users, undertaking a variety of tasks and activities is an essential requirement of good design.
 The forces that act on buildings, the stresses generated by these forces, and the effects of these stresses on the materials used to construct the building are also explored.
 Materials may be used for their structural properties, or for their insulating properties; others conduct heat and/or electricity.
 Learners will have the opportunity to investigate some of the typical materials used in their specific vocational pathway, including the identification of the most important materials, a basic understanding of how these are extracted, harvested or manufactured, their key properties and uses, the mechanisms that cause them to deteriorate and the techniques used to prevent such deterioration

Health & Safety

 Legal Framework for Health and Safety
 Sources of Law (England and Wales)
 The HSE
 The Responsibilities of Employers and Employees
 Employers Roles and Responsibilities
 Employees Roles and Responsibilities
 Client Roles and Responsibilities
 Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Roles and Responsibility
 Hazards and Risks
 Effects of Changes to Work Practices
 Risk Rating of Hazards
 Environmental Aspects
 Working at Height
 Accident Data
 Using Risk Assessments in Appropriate Formats
 Special cases
 Workers with disabilities
 Lone workers
 Control and Monitoring
 Hierarchy of risk control
 Personal protective equipment (PPE)
 Controlling the risks to health
 Safe Systems of Work
 Developing a safe system of work
 Work Equipment
 Practical Safeguards
 Electrical Hazards
 Emergency routes, exits and emergency procedures
 Principles of Heat Transmission and the Spread of Fires
 Fire Risk Assessment
 Chemical and Biological Hazards
 The role of COSHH
 Incident and Accident Investigation and Reporting
 Recording and Reporting


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales


• The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
• You will get full tutor support via email
• You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors
• You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
• Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
• You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor

 The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

 This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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