Professional Practice in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3)*

Postgraduate Certificate - UCA Canterbury - 2019

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture – Part 3 is the final stage in an architect’s education and training. This course provides you with the foundation for life-long learning and development towards becoming a certified member of the architectural profession.

UCA are the first institution to provide the Part 3 offer to prospective students in Kent. This new online learning community will serve the region and beyond.

We will draw upon the experience of staff as well as relationships with practices, to deliver a flexible part-time course over 12months. Utilising digital lecture capture methods alongside on site workshop days, it provides a supportive and inclusive digital and physical learning environment.

This course will equip you with the skills and competencies you need to work in an ethical and professional manner. The content of the course is based upon the professional competencies, which you will need to satisfy, as laid out jointly by the ARB/RIBA, namely:

PC1 Professionalism

PC2 Clients, users, and delivery of services

PC3 Legal framework and processes

PC4 Practice and management

PC5 Building procurement.

*This course is subject to validation and is also currently awaiting accreditation from ARB and RIBA.

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Length of study:

One year part-time


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Entry requirements:

24 months' practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry

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Course fees

The course fees is £2500*

*Applicants for 2019/20 will receive a £500 contribution from the University.

Course details

  • Course length and delivery

    Our one year part-time course runs from September to September, and will start this academic year 2019-2020.

    It is predominantly an online course to allow students the flexibility to manage their time appropriately around their professional practice commitments. Programmed lectures will be uploaded throughout the course, and will remain available so students can watch and re-watch at their own pace.

    Programmed online webinars/tutorials will happen periodically at pre-determined times to encourage discourse around taught topics and encourage an online community.

    Within each semester, students will be offered three days of tutorials and seminars on site in Canterbury. These will provide a forum for discussions around each key theme with professionals.

    Final oral Examinations will take place in September 2020.

  • Assessment

    The assessment comprises of several elements to successfully complete the course, and the candidate will need to pass all elements;

    • Legal Frameworks Online exam
    • Architectural Practice Management Report
    • Professional Case Study
    • Oral Examination
    • Record of Professional Experience; evidence of 24 months professional experience, usually recorded in the form of a Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR)
    • Career Appraisal inclusive of your CV.
  • Unit 1

    Practice and Entrepreneurship
    This unit will cover topics such as; Practice Management, Business Management, English Law, Policy and Regulations that govern planning and development. Contract Law, Building Contracts and Procurement.

  • Unit 2

    Professional Development and Reflection
    This unit will develop students’ personal experience of Practice based projects to develop a case study that critically analyses and reflects upon, practice procedures and project delivery, addressing ‘Best Practice’ Methods. Reviewing records kept as part of Part 1 and Part 2 placements, thinking critically to evaluate the Candidates Career and develop a CV.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a RIBA/ARB Part 1 and Part 2 in architecture or equivalent.

If your first language is not English a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

You may be offered a place on a course on the condition that you improve your English language and study skills. We offer pre-sessional English language courses which can improve your IELTS score by a maximum of 1.0 and 0.5, or equivalent.

Please Note:

Upon reaching the Part 3 oral examination, applicants should have recently completed a minimum of 24 months' practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry. This should include at least 12 months working in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, under the direct supervision of an architect.

To gain access the ARB register one must obtain ARB/RIBA Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.


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