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The course is a joint initiative by the National Association of Auctioneers and Valuers (NAVA) and The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), with the endorsement of the British Property Federation (BPF) and the University of Wolverhampton, and is designed to meet growing demand for a recognised university qualification in auctioneering and valuation.

Dr Felix Hammond, lecturer at the University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment, said: “The course will cover subjects such as business skills, auction law, auction economics, auctioneering methods and techniques, valuation principles and applications as well as sales and marketing of goods and services.”

The degree is aimed at people working within the industry and will be studied through block releases arranged with employers. After the foundation degree, students can ‘top up’ to a relevant bachelor degree, such as the BSc (Hons) Property Management or BSc (Hons) Real Estate, or a BSc (Hons) Auctioneering and Valuation which is also being developed.

The qualification will also lead to membership of a professional body. There are a limited number of places available on the course. For further information, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/sebe or call Bernadette Quick on 01902 322251.

Cleveland College of Art and Design, Hartlepool, is also in the process of writing an FdA degree in ‘Antiques and Design: Theory and Practice’ which, subject to enrolment and validation by the University of Teesside, will begin in September 2009.