The Bartlett School of Architecture


Part 3 Architecture (ARB/RIBA)

22 Gordon Street

The Bartlett School of Architecture Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture Part 3 (ARB/RIBA) has been prescribed by the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as the final qualifying examination needed for registration by ARB and RIBA Chartered status. 

Why take your Part 3 at The Bartlett?

The Bartlett is a globally renowned architecture school and 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 course is well respected by practitioners and examiners alike, 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.

Online teaching

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2021, the course will be delivered online, using a range of interactive platforms for workshops, pre-recorded lectures and tutorials. 


We offer two pathways for Part 3 candidates. In 2021, they will both start in February.

Pathway 1 and 2 follow the same lecture series (detailed below) and modes of teaching including workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials in preparation for the submission of the Professional Practice Portfolio. The differences are eligibility criteria, timeframe and assessment process. For Pathway 1, the final oral examinations will take place in July 2021. For Pathway 2, the oral examinations will take place twice - July and December. 

Pathway 1: Fast-track 6-month course

This pathway offers a condensed Part 3 programme, taken part-time over six months.

Candidates on Pathway 1 are assessed through two open-book written examinations (two hours each) and a multiple choice/short answer paper. Candidates are required to submit a Professional Practice Portfolio 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.

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)
  • Be able to commit to the condensed timeframe involved with active support and engagement from their practice.
Pathway 2: 11, 17 or 23-month course

The part-time unit-based Pathway 2, is composed of five units 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 Portfolio (Unit 6), made up of the assessed coursework from Units 1 to 5, the Critical Analysis Report (CAR), the Professional Development Appraisal (PDA) and the Records of Work Experience (RWE), for assessment by two professional examiners in the oral examination. This can be completed over the course of either 11, 17 or 23 months, with the flexibility to choose your submission dates according to your personal/office commitments.

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 coursework
  • Unit 4 Building Procurement (ARB/RIBA PC5). Assessment: office-based coursework
  • Unit 5 Legal Framework (ARB/RIBA PC3). Assessment: 2 x 1-hour multiple choice/short answer open-book assessments.

Eligible candidates will have either:

  • UK ARB/RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 or an overseas equivalent
  • ARB Part 1 and Part 2 through the ARB Prescribed Examination
  • Part 1 and/or Part 2 from a RIBA-validated overseas school
  • Related industry experience and an interest in gaining the qualification


Lecture Series

The Part 3 lecture series consists of around 50 lectures and, in 2021, will run between February and May. The lectures are given by experts from leading architectural practices and organisations, and academics from various departments within UCL.

The Lectures will be delivered online and will be recorded, supported by presentations and/or lecture notes accessible through Moodle, the virtual learning portal.  In addition, there will be a two full-day interactive workshops to cover building law and contract administration.

Topics include current professional issues, climate change and sustainability, professional ethics and codes of conduct; clients, users and the delivery of services; Architect’s Appointment contracts, fees and resource planning; practice and financial management, insurance, managing people, employment law; building legislation including planning and historic buildings, Building Regulations and CDM; procurement and project delivery including building contract administration; dispute and complaints management.

How to apply

Applications are now open and will close on 20 January 2021 for our 2021 intake

Applicants should note that The Bartlett Part 3 award is a professional and not an academic programme and does not confer UCL student status.

Pathway 1: Fast-track 6-month course

To apply for Pathway 1, please complete the online application form and email the following supporting documents to our Part 3 team.

Please note, Pathway 1 is only available to applicants with UK qualifications.

  • Your CV - approximately 2 pages (.doc or .pdf), not a portfolio
  • Evidence of ARB/RIBA Parts 1 and 2 awarded from a UK/RIBA-validated school of architecture
  • A scanned copy of your passport and your visa if applicable
Pathway 2: 11, 17 or 23-month course

To apply for Pathway 2, please complete the online application form and email the following supporting documents to our Part 3 team.

  • Your CV approx 2 pages (.doc or .pdf) not a portfolio
  • A scanned copy of your passport, and your visa if applicable
  • If you are a non-UK-educated candidate who has 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.

    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.


    The fee for our 2021 Part 3 course is £3500, for both Pathway 1 and 2. 

    Fees can be paid in three instalments over the year of registration by agreement. 


    Programme Director: Professor Susan Ware
    Programme Admissions: Bartlett-Part3@ucl.ac.uk