Property Development Distance Learning CourseC305

Are you interested in the housing market? Keen to make money out of property? Then Start Learning’s Property Development course is right for you.

You will cover both the mechanics of property development and how to start your own small property development business. This course is ideal if you want to avoid the pitfalls of property development and are keen to use the recession to your advantage.

We have designed this course with the student in mind, so each module is broken up into bite sized sections to make studying convenient. Plus, you will also have access to you tutor throughout the duration of your course. So Start Learning now!


Course Info

Distance Learning Support

At Start Learning we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive tutors. Your tutor support will start as soon as you receive your course and will be valid for 12 months. All our tutors are highly qualified with extensive experience in supporting distance learning students. You contact your tutor via email and they are responsible for marking assignments answering your questions and guiding you through the course.

Home Study Entry Requirements

At Start Learning we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

Recommended Hours of Study

We recommended you spend approximately 100 hours of your time studying the Level 3 Property Development Course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 2 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 4 hours a week you could complete it in six months.

Course Contents

Unit 1 – The property market, where to buy and who can develop: What is property development?  - Who are property developers? - Key job description - Work Conditions - Personal Requirements - How can you benefit from property development? - Who can develop properties? – Landowners - Where to buy property - Professional involved in Property Development

Unit 2 - The credit crunch: The Credit Crunch explained - How can you benefit from the housing market crash? - Methods to overcome the Credit Crunch - Become you own estate agent - Sit it out - Create several sources of revenue - A work partner - Methods of finding finance - Control your outgoings - Re-evaluate you property portfolio - Stay focused and be strong

Unit 3 – Property research: Before you start - National market v local market - What types of properties can I buy? - Where can I find out about what property is available? - Where to really look - Land Acquisition - Finding property to invest - Do your research - Local neighbourhood analysis - Flood area check - Will your project be profitable

Unit 4 - Property and the law and conveyancing: Freehold or leasehold – Conveyancing - Restrictions and covenants - Selling a property - Types of surveys - The legal process - Gazumping and gazundering - Knowing your rights - Project particulars - What to look out for - Top tips for buyers and sellers - Key terms - What if there’s a problem? - Useful addresses  - Checklist for buying property - Property and Legal Glossary

Unit 5 - Different types of property including listed building: Where to buy - How to find a bargain - Making an offer - Types of property - Listed buildings - When is a building worthy of listing? - Principles of selection

Unit 6 – Financing: Plan carefully - Available equity - Raising funds from family and friends – Gearing – Mortgages - Insurance on mortgages - Loans and overdrafts - Investment syndicate - Grants  - Government and Council Schemes - Shared ownership - Who is eligible? - How much does it cost? - Taxes and fees - Ongoing monthly costs - Property cost checklist

Unit 7 - Establishing plans and drawings for your property: Locations – Lifestyle - Size of family – Environment - Law and the government - Reasons for building a home - How to design house plans - Sample plans

Unit 8 - Building regulations: What are building regulations? - Why comply with building regulations? - What building work should comply with building regulations? - What the regulations cover - Buildings and building work exempt from building regulations - How to apply for building regulations approval - Local authority building control service - A full plans application - Building notice - Approved inspectors’ building control service - Consulting your neighbours - How building regulations are enforced and how to appeal - How are the building regulations enforced? - What happens if you disagree with a local authority’s enforcement notice?

Unit 9 – Planning: Structure: Do you need planning permission? - Learn how to make an application - The planning process – Surveys - Buy to let – Yield - Building a buy to let portfolio - Do I need permission to rent my property? - Where to advertise? - Accommodation Agencies - Tax implications of renting out property - Who should pay the Council Tax? - Do I have to take an inventory of the property? – Insurance - Written agreement - Stamp duty - Saleability

Unit 10 – Project Management: Who is going to manage your project? - Managing a project yourself - Appointing a Project Manager - The Management Brief - Questions you should ask yourself

Unit 11 - Renovation of property: Clearing out for a renovation project - General renovation tips - Work schedule - Information you need to gather - Renovation a bathroom - Renovating a basement - Windows and lighting - Building a home office - Building a garage - Construction costs - Quotes to secure - Building Regulations - Gas and electrical - Energy efficiency - Decoration

Unit 12 - Buying at auction: Do your research - Auction regulations - Reconnaissance trip - Unsold lots - Set a limit for yourself - Be dispassionate – Persistence - Checklist

Unit 13 - The advantages and disadvantages of buying property before it is built: What is Off-Plan property? - Why buy property that hasn’t been built? - Advantages of buying off-plan - Disadvantages of buying off-plan – Snagging - Using a Property Investment Company – Checklist - What types of Off-Plan property are there? - Subject to planning - 12 month plus build programme - Buying into an existing development - Back-to-Back and Assignable Contracts - Assignable contracts

Unit 14 – Marketing your property: Putting together a marketing strategy - Tips on a sales strategy - Advertising on the internet - ‘For Sale’ Boards - Wording your property adverts – Photographs - Estate Agents - Multi agency

Unit 15 & 16 – Trading in England, Scotland, Wales and Abroad: Looking at properties - Buying property in Scotland - Pricing of property - The buying process – Valuation - Making an offer – Factors - Buying Property in Ireland - Buying Process - Foreign market - Buying without a lawyer - Legal Advice - Financing your property abroad – Security - Capital gain potential – Tax - Estate Agents abroad – Bulgaria – Barbados - Safety and security - Local travel - Local laws and customs - Natural disasters

Unit 17 & 18 – How start a business and different types of businesses: Where to start? - Chances for success? - What will it cost? - Raising finance - Government and loan grants - Know yourself - How do you want to trade? - Sole trader – Partnership - Limited company - Advantages of a limited company - Creating a business plan - The business description

Unit 19 & 20 - Recruiting and managing staff effectively: Recruiting people you know - The recruitment process - The vacancy - Attracting applicants – Selection – References - The contract - Roles of pay – Benefits - Training and development

Easy Payment Plan

Full Price is £299

6 Monthly Installments of £50.00

The first installment is paid at time of enrolment with a fee for postage and packaging.

For postage costs click here: Postage & Packaging

Call us on 0800 074 1222 if you would like to set up a payment plan.



Level 3 Property Development.

This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

Awarding Body Information

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

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Q: How does the Property Development course work?
A: The great thing about distance learning is that you can study from home or work, at your own pace and in your own time. You will also have your own professional personal tutor offering unlimited support via email and post, seven days a week. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you advice as to how to complete the course successfully.

Q: Is there an exam at the end of the course?
A: No, the course is made up of assignments which you complete and send to your tutor for marking.

Q: Is there a word count for my assignments?
A: No, there is no specific word count but you have to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the questions.

Q: What happens if I’ve paid for the course but find it unsuitable?
A: Not a problem. If you return it within seven days, we’ll give you a complete refund, as long as the course is in re-saleable condition.

Q: What are the qualifications required to enrol onto this course?
A: No Entry Requirements

Q: How long do I have access to the personal tutor service?
A: The personal tutor service is available for 12 months from when the study materials are received.  At Start Learning we aim help our students to the best of our ability; therefore we are always delighted to answer questions and queries out with the 12 month period.
Q: Do your courses meet the latest syllabus changes?
A: yes, all our course materials meet any changes and will be updated free of charge if further changes are made.

Q: Is this Property Development course paper based or on-line?
A: Our Property Development course is paper based and comes in an attractive folder. 

Q: I still have questions? / I would like more information?
A: If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact Start Learning via email: or call us on 0800 074 1222 or 0141 218 4424.

We look forward to hearing from you.