Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship)
Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship)
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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.
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.
Recognised and validated by:
This course is prescribed and recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
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.
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.
- 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
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
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
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 on this Part 3 architecture degree apprenticeship includes:
- 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
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.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
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.
Tuitions fees (2021 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.
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.
There are costs relating to the purchase of drawing equipment, model making, stationery, reprographic requirements and the production of a portfolio. This may be in the region of £100 - £300 each year. We support digital review of some project assessment work to reduce costs.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
Optional study trips abroad will cost in the region of £300–£500.
The cost of End-Point Assessment (EPA) is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.
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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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.