The Advanced Property Development - Level 4 Course provides the student with a clear and concise understanding of the nature of property development, and teaches what is involved and how to undertake a successful project.

In a highly structured and clear manner, you will gain a wealth of information and learn important skills that are required to prosper in this challenging business area.

The course covers many issues such as Property Development, Health and Safety, Project Management and Construction, which will enable you to tackle large projects and ensure you have the skills to see the development through to the end.

Please Note: This course is a more challenging and in-depth alternative to the Property Development - Level 3 course. The course includes many of the same modules and it is not designed to be a progression from that course.

Unit 1 of this course contains all of the information provided in the Introduction to Property Development - Level 3 Course and the main difference is the coursework required will be more challenging.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 4 Certificate Award.

The course consists of the following detailed units:

  • Unit One – Introduction to Property Development

This unit contains the following topics:

What is property development?, Where to buy property, Professionals involved in property development, The credit crunch, Research, Land Acquisition, Legal aspects of property, Conveyancing & surveys, Property types, How to finance your property, Design plans, Building regulations, The planning process, Building a buy to let portfolio, Stamp duty, Renovating property, Buying property at auction, Buying property before it is built, Buying property in Scotland, Ireland & abroad, Property & legal glossary.

  • Unit Two – Principles of Project Management

This unit contains the following topics:

What is project management?, History of project management, Organisational structure, Project life cycle, Feasibility studies, Project estimating & scope definition, Project procurement plan, Work breakdown structure, Critical path, Resource planning, Controlling the project, Quality management, Risk management.

  • Unit Three – Construction Materials and Science

This Unit contains the following topics:

Factors that affect human comfort, How forces act on structures, Predicting structural behaviour, Construction materials and their manufacturing techniques, Performance criteria of key materials, Construction materials, Construction materials & techniques used to prevent deterioration.

  • Unit Four – Health and Safety

This Unit contains the following topics:

The responsibilities of employers and employees, Policies, Hazards and risks, Using risk assessment in appropriate formats, Control & monitoring, Movement - Hazards & control, Manual handling, Work equipment, Electrical hazards, Fire hazards, Chemical & biological hazards, Incident & accident investigation and reporting.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Advanced Property Development Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (UKDLP) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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