Professional Practice PG Cert
1 year, starting in October 2018
Take the final stage of professional and academic training to demonstrate your competency and qualify as a registered Architect in the UK.
Our course is the final step towards completing your studies in Architecture and becoming a qualified Architect in the UK. Our 12-month, part-time programme allows you to study the RIBA part 3 to prepare for final examination. This intensive, practice-based approach gives you the opportunity to enter the profession within a year.
Our course complements your ongoing professional experience. It builds on your knowledge, understanding, ability and skills to deal with the challenges of working in practice. It’s validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) so by successfully completing our course, you are exempt from RIBA’s part 3 examinations. Our course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to enable you to qualify to register as an Architect. The structure follows the framework set out by the RIBA/ARB criteria for part 3.
As part of your course, you will be expected to attend teaching sessions and examinations at the University of Bath campus. This includes a five-day intensive taught lecture course, covering a range of subjects that meet the RIBA/ARB criteria. You’ll also be able to arrange individual tutorials with our Director of Studies during semester 2. These will take place at your practice or on campus. See the 2018/19 structure for more details of the course schedule.
You’ll learn from academics based in our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. Their experience in practice, industry and academia feed into our teaching and contribute to your learning. You’ll also attend lectures given by visiting specialists in parallel professions such as law, construction law and statutory legislation.
- develop your commercial awareness, integrity and knowledge of processes and management
- explore working with a range of stakeholders including clients, employers and industry
- gain expertise in how to lead architectural and construction projects professionally
When you graduate, you'll be able to prove your competency to practice as an architect. Successfully completing our course enables you to gain statutory registered status with the ARB and chartered membership of the RIBA.
This course lasts 1 year. It starts in October 2018 and ends in 2019.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Learning and assessment
- Online resources
- Oral assessment
- Written examination
This course is fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the purposes of RIBA membership.
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To apply for this course, you should have a BA (Hons) Architecture or BSc (Hons) with exemption from RIBA Part 1 or equivalent. Postgraduate diploma in Architecture with exemption from RIBA Part 2 or equivalent.
For candidates who have gained a degree(s) in architecture at a European or other overseas university/institution, their degree qualifications must first be approved by the Architects Registration Board of the United Kingdom to be determine that they are the equivalent standard of the Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications above.
This entails a further examination of the degree portfolios from the relevant university/institution which is undertaken by a separate examination Board of ARB. Upon successful attainment a formal letter, confirming that the relevant European/overseas qualification(s) have equivalence with the UK Parts 1 and 2 qualifications, is issued.
Candidates cannot be admitted to the examination until they have acquired at least two years of satisfactory experience, one year of which must be after the final degree or diploma (Part 2). It may well require much more than two years to obtain a sufficient coverage of experience and candidates are advised not to present themselves for examination until they are confident that their experience is appropriate for entry to the profession.
All candidates are expected to hold a position of reasonable seniority within an Architects’ practice in the United Kingdom, and to demonstrate a minimum of 12-months experience in practice in the United Kingdom since gaining their Part 2 qualification. Candidates are therefore expected to be fully competent in written and spoken English within their practising environment.
A Bachelor’s degree, diplomstudium or magister with a final overall result of at least gut (2 out of 4).
A bakalár or Bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least 2 out of 4 (C).
A licence, diplôme d'Ingénieur or a maîtrise with a final overall score of at least 13 out of 20.
A Bachelor’s degree, diplom or magister artium with a final overall score of at least 2 (gut).
A Bachelor degree (ptychio) or Diploma with a final overall score of at least 6.5 to 7.5 out of 10 depending upon the institution attended.
A laurea or laurea in ingegneria with a final overall score of at least 94 out of 110.
A Bachelor’s degree or doctoraal with a final overall score of at least 6.5 out of 10.
A licencjat or inżynier with a final overall result of at least 4 (C or Good).
A licenciado or diploma de estudos superiores especialiazados (DESE) with a final overall result of at least 14 out of 20 (bom).
A titulo de licenciado or titulo de ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.0 (notable).
A titulo de bacharel, titulo de (subject area) or licenciado with a final overall score of at least 7.5 out of 10.
A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 70%).
A four year bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 75% (GPA 3.0) depending on the university studied at.
A bachelor’s degree awarded by a university with an overall score of at least very good.
A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a First Class.
A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least 13 out of 20 when studied at a state university and 14 out of 20 when studied at a private university.
A bachelor degree with a final overall result of at least very good (GPA 3.00-3.64 or 75%).
A título de licenciado or título (profesional) de (subject area) with a final overall result of least 8 out of 10.
A bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of at least a high 2:2 (58% or above).
A four year bachelor’s degree with a final overall result of 75% (GPA of at least 3.5 out of 5.0 or 3.0 out of 4.0).
A bachelors (Honours) degree with a final result of at least 2:1.
A bachelor’s degree with a final overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B).
A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (B).
Fees and funding
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.Read more about your payment options
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.Learn how we decide fee status
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.
Course titleProfessional Practice
Final awardPG Cert
Mode of studyPart-time
UK/EU application deadline31 August 2018
Overseas deadline30 June 2018
Application eligibilityUK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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