Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship (Architecture) BA (Hons)
Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship (Architecture) BA (Hons)
Architects design buildings and play a role in shaping cities, communities and the way we live. To become an architect, you need qualifications recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
This Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship course is the first step to achieving these qualifications. You'll develop the technical and analytical skills you need to begin a career as an architect – all while earning a salary and getting on-the-job experience.
During term time, you'll spend 1 day a week on day release at the University and the other 4 days applying your skills and getting practical experience in the workplace. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so your architecture degree doesn’t cost you anything.
When you finish your apprenticeship, you'll have a Bachelor's degree in architecture and you'll be primed to take on further study to continue your journey in becoming a registered architect.
Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accreditation is pending for this course, but we expect this to be confirmed soon.
Once confirmed, this accreditation means you'll satisfy the criteria for RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption when you complete your apprenticeship, putting you one step closer to becoming registered as an architect.
BA (Hons) Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
- All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.
What you'll experience
On this architectural assistant degree apprenticeship, you'll:
- Explore design in collaborative studio spaces alongside your peers, while developing your individual and team skills
- Expand your architectural thinking beyond practice with specialist tutors and architects
- Access the latest software, including BIM modelling, advanced parametric modelling, environmental evaluation software, 3d scanning and printing tools, to support your design work and challenge your creative thinking
- Explore a variety of architectural challenges outside of practice to develop your design creativity
- Develop design skills through model making, material testing, sketching and drawing
- Have access to the University's student support services and community, including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
- Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge
- Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who go to University full-time
- Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor
Careers and opportunities
Many architecture graduates continue their training towards becoming a registered architect with further study at Master's level or registration on a Architect Degree Apprenticeship (Master of Architecture and Professional Practice) – equivalent to ARB and RIBA Part 2 and 3.
You can use your skills in areas such as:
- design practice
- historic building conservation
- project management
Roles our architecture graduates have taken on include:
- architectural design
- interior design
- landscape architecture
- urban design and master planning
- architectural technology
- product design
- graphic design
- lighting design
- set design
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
I have learned about the materials used for buildings, model making and renders for drawings. I have enjoyed learning how to make scale, plan, elevation, section and technical drawings.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship
Each module on this Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship is worth a certain number of credits.
In year 1 and 2, you'll study modules worth a total of 80 credits in each year. In years 3 and 4, you'll study modules worth a total of 100 credits.
- Design: Architectural Application
- Design: Exploration
- Design: Introduction
- Technology and Environment: Exploration
- Communication and Creative Practice
- Design and Professional Practice
- History and Theory Of Architecture
- Technology and Environment: Design Practice
- Communication: Professional Practice
- Design: Architectural Investigation
- Design: Architectural Narratives
- History and Theory Of Modern Architecture
- History and Theory: Dissertation
- Design: Major Project Preparation
- Design: Major Project Synthesis
- Design: Major Project Technical Resolution
- End-Point Assessment
- Technology and Environment: Discovery
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Teaching methods on this Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship include:
- computer-based tutorials
- online learning
You'll keep in regular contact with your practice mentor, who supports you throughout your design projects while you study.
How you'll spend your time
On this Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship, you'll spend 4 days a week at work and 1 day a week at University for around 28 weeks each year.
The day of the week you're at University varies through the course, but will be the same day of the week each year so you can fit your study time into your working routine and other commitments.
On the weeks you don't go into university, you'll still spend 20% of your time learning outside of your main job role.
How you're assessed
Assessment methods on this architectural assistant degree apprenticeship include:
- coursework and written essays
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You'll get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £21,000 paid over 4 years.
Your employer will also need to pay the End Point Assessment (EPA) fee, which is included in the total tuition fees.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
The cost of your End-Point Assessment (EPA) – which your employer pays – is included in your course fees.
How you apply depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.
How to apply with your current employer
If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together.
You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.
How to apply with a new employer
If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.
You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.
We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.
You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.
If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.
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