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

University of Portsmouth · Portsmouth School of Architecture
Short course

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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.

Months of entry


Course content


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. 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.

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


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.

Fees and funding

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice.

Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page, or contact us for further information: https://www.port.ac.uk/study/studying-while-working/degree-apprenticeships

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Short course
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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