Taught course

Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3) Architecture

University of Portsmouth · Portsmouth School of Architecture
No award

Entry requirements

Professional status in Surveying, Architecture or Civil Engineering from a UK institution. RIBA part 1 and 2 are essential for entry. A case study project is required. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

This professional course covers current practice issues, recent legal and building legislation, and contractual issues.

You will focus on important peripheral matters on the environment and sustainability, while gaining a broad understanding of the construction industry in social and economic terms and wider issues of practice and project management.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Debate and solve real-life case studies to apply your learning and make an effective contribution to your workplace
  • Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course can lead to the Final Certificate in Architecture (Part 3) ARB/RIBA. It is recognised by Architects Registration (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Successful completion, together with Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications, enables you to register with the Architects Registration Board.

Module Details

Your studies will rely on a practice-based learning approach through a case study of a live project relevant to your current professional role. Learning will also take place via intensive three-day teaching seminars.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Topical Research Project: In this unit, you'll work in a small group to research a given topic over a period of months. You will present a scholarly text that critically appraises your particular area of research. Your group will also produce a hand-out for fellow students that combines the findings of the group and make a formal presentation to the class during the summer seminar. This unit allows large areas of practice and construction industry knowledge to be covered by the groups to the benefit of all participants.
  • Practice Management, Law and Contract: This unit covers the main topics as set out in the ARB/RIBA syllabus. It makes you aware of the size and relative importance of the construction industry to other sectors of the national and international economy, as well as the role of the architectural profession relative to the industry. It also introduces legislation and the law applicable to architectural practice and building procurement, giving you an understanding of the principles and processes of practice management and business administration. The unit is delivered through lectures together with a one-day contract workshop using real-life scenarios that you will examine, discuss and respond to. This unit is assessed through formal examination. Past papers are available and you will need to practise these prior to the formal examination.
  • Professional Experience and Practice: This unit is where you will demonstrate your understanding of good practice and management skills through interpretation of practical experience. The case study provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your ability and professional judgement in coping with situations and problems that arise during the course of a typical building project. It is the key document that will illustrate to the examiners the professional knowledge and experience you have gained through your involvement with the project. You should carry out the professional career evaluation with a high degree of professionalism and is a critical evaluation of your career to date. These two documents, together with a personal CV and practical training records, form the documentary submission for this element of the course. Group and individual tutorials will be offered for the career evaluation and case study components.

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught using a variety of methods including seminars, tutorials and study groups which encourage a vibrant culture of discussion and debate. You will also undertake a significant amount of self-directed learning for which you will need to be self-motivated, well organised and possess excellent study skills.

Assessment takes the form of examinations and coursework. It is designed to test your knowledge of professional practice and processes, your ability to apply knowledge in practice and the quality of your professional judgement exhibited in doing so.

Student Destinations

Once you’ve completed this course, you can apply for the Final Certificate in Architecture, which carries the Part 3 award (recognised by the ARB and the RIBA). To be eligible you must hold RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications and have the minimum required practical training documented in the Professional Experience and Development Record. Achieving this Part 3 award will enable you to join the register of architects held by the ARB and will lead to many opportunities within the architectural profession.

Fees and funding

UK students
part time: £2,230 *Tuition fees are subject to annual increase

Qualification and course duration

No award

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566