Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship)

Student holding architecture model
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
January 2020

Overview

If you've completed RIBA parts 1 and 2 and studied architecture, this Part 3 architecture degree apprenticeship allows you to earn a salary and pass your Final Examination in Professional Practice (pending confirmation of the course's ARB/RIBA accreditation).

You'll learn about current practice issues, legal and building legislation, and contractual issues in the industry. You'll also build your knowledge of the environment and sustainability and learn about the social and economic side of the construction industry while developing your practice and project management skills.

Following an induction day on campus, you'll study at the University in 3 blocks of 3 days during term time. You'll spend the rest of the time applying your skills and getting practical experience in the workplace. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees, so your architecture degree apprenticeship doesn’t cost you anything.

When you graduate, you'll have the qualifications you need to apply for registration as a qualified architect (this is pending confirmation of the course's ARB/RIBA accreditation).

Pending accreditation

Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accreditation is pending for this course, but we expect this to be confirmed by September 2019.

Once confirmed, you can apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3) when you complete this course. You must already have RIBA Parts 1 and 2, as well as the minimum required practical training, documented in your Professional Experience and Development Record. With your Final Certificate in Architecture, you'll be eligible to join the register of architects held by the ARB.

What you'll experience

On this Part 3 architecture degree apprenticeship, you'll:

  • Debate and resolve real-life case studies
  • Complete a case study of a live project, relevant to your professional role
  • Study Practice Management, Law and Contract, as set out in the ARB/RIBA syllabus
  • Use your professional judgement and problem-solving skills to develop your professional experience and practice
  • Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
  • Use our design studios, featuring advanced architectural computer facilities, CNC milling machine, laser cutting machines, a virtual reality suite and professional printers
  • 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 a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor

If you need somewhere to live, you may be able to stay in the University's halls of residence – talk to our Housing team for more information.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to register as an architect in the UK, with the potential to work in the UK or abroad. You'll be able to work in both the public and private sectors. You could also start your own architectural practice.

Areas you could work in include:

  • architectural design
  • interior design
  • landscape architecture
  • urban design and master planning
  • architectural technology
  • project management
  • construction management

After you finish your architecture degree apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this Part 3 architecture degree apprenticeship 

Modules

On this Part 3 degree apprenticeship, you'll study 4 modules worth 30 credits each:

  • Practice Management, Law and Contract
  • Topical Research Project
  • Preparation for End-Point Assessment
  • End-Point Assessment

 

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.

Teaching

Teaching on this Part 3 architecture degree apprenticeship includes:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • study groups
  • self-directed learning
  • online learning

You'll have regular contact with your mentor and University tutor.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written and oral examinations
  • coursework
  • presentations

You'll be able to test your knowledge and skills informally before submitting assignments that count towards your final mark. You'll get feedback on assessments so you can improve in future.

How you'll spend your time

On this Part 3 architecture degree apprenticeship, you'll study through block seminars across the academic year, working towards the End-Point Assessment.

You'll also attend a day of written examinations, followed 6-8 weeks later with portfolio presentation for the End-Point Assessment, including an oral examination. We'll provide these dates at the beginning of the year.

When you're not at University, you'll still spend 20% of your time learning outside of your main job role with access to our online learning portal, Moodle.

Learning 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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications and experience
  • RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications are required for entry.
  • 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.
Selection process
  • An online portfolio submission and/or interview may be required as part of the selection process.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

 

​Course costs

Tuitions fees (January 2020 start)

The payment of the Part 3 architecture degree apprenticeship course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees to be confirmed.

Your employer will also need to pay the End Point Assessment (EPA) fee. The cost of the EPA varies. This is in addition to the tuition fees.

Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page, or contact us, for further information about fees and the EPA.

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. 

Additional Costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

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.

You’ll study up to 4 modules. 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.

You might need to pay for travel and accommodation to attend optional campus induction events, workshops and study days. 

There may be travel costs for optional internships or placements, and this can range from £50 - £1000. 

Your employer will cover the cost of the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is separate from your course fees.

Apply

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

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