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 and our pass rates average between 85-90%

All the tutors and staff here are great at communicating requirements to the candidates and went out of their way to prepare us for the examinations and coursework submissions. Exceptional support throughout the course! 

Bai Xu, Part 3 (ARB/RIBA) candidate, Pathway 1, 2018 

The course was fantastic - challenging, broad and comprehensive. As a relative newcomer to the UK, I feel the course has shaped me as a competent professional in the field. 

Thomas Trudeau, Part 3 (ARB/RIBA) candidate, Pathway 2, 2018


We offer two pathways for Part 3 candidates, both starting in January each year.

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. The final oral examinations for all candidates take place twice a year – July and December.

Pathway 1: Fast-track 7-month course

This pathway offers a condensed Part 3 programme, taken part-time over seven 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: 12, 18 or 24-month course

The 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 examination by two professional examiners in the oral examination. This can be completed over the course of either 12, 18 or 24 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, taken at UCL.

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 runs between the beginning of January to mid-May. The lectures are given by experts from leading architectural practices and organisations, and academics from various departments within UCL.

Topics include appointments, procurement and construction design and management regulations (CDM), contracts and contract law, dispute management, employment law and practice management, management principles, planning and historic building legislation, insurance, and codes of conduct and professional ethics.

Useful documents

How to apply

Applications close on 02 January 2020 for our 2020 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 7-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
  • 1,000-word essay or reflective resume of experience to-date (.doc or .pdf)
  • 1,000-word critical analysis report or case study proposal (.doc. or .pdf)
  • A letter of commitment of active support and engagement from your practice and practice mentor
  • 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: 12, 18 or 24-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
  • 1,000-word essay or reflective resume of experience to-date (.doc or .pdf)
  • 300-word critical analysis report or case study proposal (.doc. or .pdf)
  • A scanned copy of your passport, and your visa if applicable
  • 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.

    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.

    All provisionally accepted candidates will be asked to attend a preliminary interview before the start of the course.


    The fee for our 2020 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. An early-bird discount of £100 is offered for the early receipt of payment of the full fee.


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