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The Bartlett offers several professional studies courses for graduates at various stage of their architectural training.

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Overview

The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 3 Award in Professional Practice in Architecture prepares candidates for the Part 3 examination, which is recognised by the Architects' Registration Board of the United Kingdom (ARB) as the final qualifying test to achieve statutory registered status as a UK architect.

The Part 3 course commences in January each year and applications should be made between September and December in the year prior to the start of the course. Applicants should note that The Bartlett Part 3 award is a professional and not an academic programme and does not confer UCL student status.

Why take your Part 3 at The Bartlett?

The Bartlett has provided the Professional Practice Part 3 examinations for over 70 years, during which time the course has evolved to meet the changing needs of the profession in respect of examinations for registration to practise. 

Our Part 3 courses are well respected by practitioners and examiners, with practitioners valuing the skills that candidates bring to practice, and examiners consistently praising the high standard of the candidates. Leading practices support their staff on our programmes and our pass rates average between 85-90%.

New fast-track seven-month pathway 

New for 2018, we are offering a fast-track seven-month pathway for suitable qualified and experienced candidates (pending approval). See The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 3 Award in Professional Practice in Architecture section below for the full description and how to apply. 

The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB/RIBA and ARB Part 3 Awards in Professional Practice in Architecture (pending approval)

Part 3 Professional Qualification Programmes

We offer two Part 3 awards which can be taken through various pathways:

Awards

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 3 Award in Professional Practice in Architecture (pending ARB Approval)

This programme is available to applicants who have already obtained UK ARB/RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 exemption, or ARB Part 1 and 2 through the ARB Prescribed Examination, including applicants who have obtained Part 1 and/or Part 2 from RIBA-validated overseas schools.

The programme can be taken over seven months as a fast-track exam based programme by suitably qualified candidates, or over 12, 18 or 24 months as a coursework-based programme. This programme has been prescribed by the Architects Registration Board of the United Kingdom (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for exemption from its own examination as the final qualifying examination for the purposes of registration and Chartered status.

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB Part 3 Award in Professional Practice in Architecture (pending ARB Approval)

This programme is available to non-UK applicants who have architectural or built environment qualifications from non-UK schools but have yet to obtain Part 1 and/or Part 2 through the ARB Prescribed Examination.

This is a coursework-based programme which can be taken over 12, 18 or 24 months. The ARB Part 3 Award has been prescribed by the Architects Registration Board of the United Kingdom (ARB) for the programme to be prescribed as the final qualifying examination for the purposes of registration (Part 3).

Pathways

  • Pathway 1: Fast-track seven-month course leading to The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 3 Award in Professional Practice in Architecture

This pathway, which will run for the first time in 2018, offers a condensed Part 3 programme, taken part-time over seven months and assessed via written examinations, the Professional Practice and Management Portfolio and an oral examination.

Eligible candidates will already hold ARB/RIBA Parts 1 and 2 from a UK RIBA validated School of Architecture, meet ARB/RIBA Experience regulations (i.e. 24 months of approved and monitored professional experience by the time of their oral examination), demonstrate that they can meet professional competences and ARB/RIBA Criteria, have a ready-to-go case study (i.e. the project must have reached stage 5 or 6 and be onsite or completed) and can commit to the condensed timeframe involved with active support and engagement from their practice.

  • Pathway 2: 12-month course leading to either The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 3 Award in Professional Practice in Architecture or The Bartlett School of Architecture ARB Part 3 Award in Professional Practice in Architecture

This is a unit-based pathway assessed by coursework and the Professional Practice and Management Portfolio which includes an oral examination.

It is available to applicants who have already obtained UK ARB/ RIBA Part 1 and Part 2, or ARB Part 1 and 2 through the ARB Prescribed Examination, including applicants who have obtained Part 1 and/or Part 2 from RIBA-validated overseas schools.

It is also available as an ARB only award for candidates who do not have ARB/RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

  •  Pathway 3: 18-month course

The same as Pathway 2, but taken over a longer period of 18 months. 

  • Pathway 4: 24-month course

The same as Pathway 2, but taken over a longer period of 24 months.

Course structure

Studying on all pathways is part-time and is delivered through an evening lecture programme which runs from January-May, with workshops and occasional full-day teaching events and supported by seminars. In addition, candidates will attend four one-to-one tutorials, be encouraged to join study groups, and engage in the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment.

The Part 3 lecture course consists of around 50 lectures running between the beginning of January to mid-May. Topics covered include CDM regulations, contracts and contract law, dispute management, employment law and practice management, historic building legislation, insurance, management principles, planning and professional ethics.

The lectures are given by academics from various departments within UCL (including Architecture, Planning, Law and Management) and experts from external organisations and leading architectural practices (including ARB, RIBA, English Heritage, Sheppard Robson, Consarc Architects). The majority of lectures take place on Tuesday evenings between 6pm and 9pm. In addition there are three all day workshops that take place on Fridays during this period.

Please note: some EU citizens who are registered architects in their home country and are registered under EEC Directive 85/384 or EU Directive 2002/0061/COD with ARB may wish to attend the Part 3 Lecture Only course in order to familiarise themselves with UK practice. Details of how to apply are under the Part 3 Lectures Only section of this page. 

Candidates on Pathway 1 are assessed through two two-hour written examinations and a multiple choice/short answer paper. Candidates are required to submit a Professional Practice and Management Portfolio (Unit 6) made up of their exam responses, Critical Analysis Report, Professional Development Appraisal and Records of Work Experience for examination by two professional examiners in the oral examination.

For the unit-based, coursework-assessed Pathways 2, 3 and 4, five components (units) are delivered in discrete periods with coursework-based assessment tasks handed in at the end of each unit. The first five units follow the five topic areas identified by ARB/RIBA in their revised criteria. Concurrent with the five units the candidate will prepare a Professional Practice and Management Portfolio (Unit 6), made up of the assessed course work from Units 1 to 5, the Critical Analysis Report (CAR), the Professional Development Appraisal (PDA) and the Records of Work Experience, for examination by two professional examiners in the oral examination.

Coursework Unit Guide 

  • Unit 1 Professionalism (addresses ARB/RIBA Professional Criteria 1 [PC1]) - Assessment: 3,000 word essay
  • Unit 2 (ARB/RIBA PC2) Clients, Users and Delivery of Services - Assessment: Group Presentation, report and individual submission
  • Unit 3 (ARB/RIBA PC4) Practice Management - Assessment: Office based course work
  • Unit 4 Building Procurement (ARB/RIBA PC5) - Assessment: Office based course work.
  • Unit 5 Legal Framework (ARB/RIBA PC3)- Assessment: 2 x 1-hour multiple choice/short answer open book assessment taken at UCL.

The Professional Practice and Management Portfolio (Unit 6) submission dates are in June and the beginning of November for the oral examination sessions in July and December respectively.

Current guidance for the final Critical Analysis Report is available here (PDF) and guidance for the final Professional Development Appraisal is available here (PDF).

Our team

  • Susan Ware, Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture, Director of Professional Studies in Architectural Practice
  • Katy Wood, Senior Teaching Fellow and Tutor
  • Kit Allsopp, Senior Teaching Fellow and Tutor
  • Jane Paterson, Senior Teaching Fellow, Professional Practice in Architecture Tutor
  • Other Professional Studies Advisors: Richard Brindley, Femi Oresanya, and Lucy Read

How to apply

Applicants with UK qualifications

To apply for Pathway 1, please complete the online application form and email the following supporting documents to our Part 3 team at bartlett-part3@ucl.ac.uk

  1. Your CV - approximately 2 pages (.doc or .pdf) not a portfolio
  2. 1,000-word essay or reflective resume of experience to date (.doc or .pdf)
  3. 1,000-word critical analysis report or case study proposal (.doc. or .pdf) 
  4. A letter of commitment of active support and engagement from your practice and practice mentor
  5. Evidence of ARB/RIBA Parts 1 and 2 awarded from a UK/RIBA validated Schools of Architecture
  6. A scanned copy of your passport and your visa if applicable

To apply for Pathways Pathways 2, 3 and 4, please complete the online application form and email the following supporting documents to our Part 3 team at bartlett-part3@ucl.ac.uk  

  1. Your CV approx 2 pages (.doc or .pdf) not a portfolio
  2. 1,000-word essay or reflective resume of experience to date (.doc or .pdf)
  3. 300-word critical analysis report or case study proposal (.doc. or .pdf)
  4. A scanned copy of your passport, and your visa if applicable
  5. Non UK educated candidates who have successfully completed the ARB Prescribed Exam, please include the letter from ARB. Evidence of ARB Part 1 and Part 2 not required for UK Educated candidates, you will need to provide these when you register with ARB

Applicants with overseas qualifications 

To apply for Pathways 2, 3 and 4, please complete the online application form and email the following supporting documents to our Part 3 team at bartlett-part3@ucl.ac.uk

  1. A Current CV approx 2 pages (.doc or .pdf) not a portfolio
  2. 1,000 Word essay / Reflective Resume of experience to date (.doc or .pdf)
  3. 300 Word Critical Analysis Report /Case Study proposal (.doc. or .pdf)
  4. A scanned copy of your passport, and your visa if applicable
  5. Non UK Educated candidates that have successfully completed the ARB Prescribed Exam, please include the letter from ARB

All applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of supporting documentation. Please note we cannot assess your eligibility for the course without a full application.

An application fee of £50 payable at UCL’s Online Store must accompany the application.

All tentatively accepted candidates will be asked to attend a preliminary interview in November/December 2017. Applicants should note that the Bartlett Part 3 is a professional and not an academic programme and does not confer UCL student status.

Candidates are expected to have a high standard of written and spoken English, and have a minimum of 24 months’ approved and monitored practical work experience, in line with the regulations published by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Fees

The fee for Bartlett Part 3 courses in 2018 is £3000. It can be paid in three instalments over the year of registration by agreement. An early bird discount of £100 is offered for the receipt of payment of the full fee by 28 February 2018.

Part 3 – Lectures Only

The Part 3 Lecture Only course can also be taken separately as a stand-alone certificate of attendance programme from The Bartlett Part 3 Award.

It provides lectures that deliver the awareness, understanding and knowledge required by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for competence to practise. This course is available to anyone wishing to familiarise themselves with UK practice.

The course consists of around 50 lectures running between the beginning of January to mid-May. Topics covered include CDM Regulations, Contracts and Contract Law, Dispute Management, Employment Law and Practice Management, Historic Building Legislation, Insurance, Management Principles, Planning andProfessional Ethics.

The lectures are given by academics from various departments within UCL (including Architecture, Planning, Law and Management) and experts from external organisations and leading architectural practices (including ARB, RIBA, English Heritage, Sheppard Robson, Consarc Architects). The majority of lectures take place on Tuesday evenings between 6pm and 9pm. In addition there are three all day workshops that take place on Fridays during this period.

EU Citizens who are registered architects in their home country and are registered under EEC Directive 85/384 or EU Directive 2002/0061/COD with ARB may wish to attend the Part 3 Lecture Only course in order to familiarise themselves with UK practice.

Candidates on the Part 3 Lectures Only course will have access to the Part 3 virtual learning environment (Moodle) where they will be able to download notes and presentations associated with the individual lectures. Attendees will also receive a bound hard copy of these notes at the end of the lecture series and a Certificate of Attendance

How to apply

Please complete the online application form for this course and email the following supporting documents to The Bartlett Professional Studies Office at bartlett-part3@ucl.ac.uk

  1. Your CV approx 2 pages (.doc or .pdf) not a portfolio
  2. A scanned copy of your passport, and your visa if applicable 

Course fees

The fee for attending the 2018 Lecture Only course is £800 and should be paid via the UCL Online Store.

Stage 2 – PEDR Monitoring

Following their Part 2 qualification, Architecture students must complete 12 months of work experience before they take their final ARB/RIBA Part 3 examination. The Stage 2 Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) monitoring course provides the work experience supervision and monitoring to meet that requirement.

Assessment

Students are entitled to have their quarterly PEDR sheets signed by The Bartlett’s Stage 2 Professional Studies Advisor, and must attend a series of pre-Part 3 tutorials.

How to apply

Please complete the Stage 2 Registration Form 2017-18 below, save it with your name and email it as an excel document to the Professional Studies Office and pay the fee at the UCL Online Store.

Download the Stage 2 Registration Form 2017-18

 

Please note this professional monitoring programme does provide you with student status.  

Course fees

The Fee for Stage 2 PEDR Monitoring is £250 and can be paid via the UCL online store.

Stage 1 – Year Out

Year Out Tutor and Careers Advisor: Jessica In

This is a part-time short course for BSc Architecture (Part 1) graduates undertaking Stage 1 practical training experience. It provides a framework for students to record and analyse this first period of work experience so that it can count towards the 24 months’ experience required for professional qualification.

Assessment

Completion of one assignment and attendance at a minimum of two Year Out lecture days. There are also recall evenings, talks and social events.

Fees

The fee for the Stage 1 Year Out Programme is £250 and can be paid via the UCL online store.

Applying

The course is open to graduates from all universities, and early enrolment is strongly advised.

To register, download the document below and email it as an excel document to the Professional Studies Office and pay the accompanying fee at the UCL online store.

Please note this part-time short-course does not provide you with student status.   

ARB Examination Guidance

The Bartlett holds regular seminar evenings offering guidance on the Architects Registration Board (ARB) Prescribed Examination, which must be obtained by architects wishing to register in the UK if they don’t hold a prescribed Part 1 or Part 2 qualification.

Each seminar covers topics such as the application process, European qualifications, portfolios, coursework and interviews.

The cost is £50. For more information and to register for an event, please email the Professional Studies Office: Bartlett-Part3@ucl.ac.uk

CPD

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to any practising architect’s competence. The Bartlett offers themed lecture days covering key topics such as practice management, client management and briefing, partnering and JCT contracts. Fees are from £100 per session.

For more information and to register for an event, please email the Professional Studies Office: Bartlett-Part3@ucl.ac.uk 

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