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Part 3 Architecture (ARB/RIBA or ARB)

We are accepting applications for the Part 3 course starting in January 2019.

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Overview

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

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%.

 I am extremely happy that I had a chance to take the Part 3 course at The Bartlett. The knowledge I gained from studying for the modules, reading and preparing for the final exam is priceless. I am fully confident in my ability to apply this knowledge in my professional life. Thank you very much for such a great support.

Olga Yatsyuk, Part 3 (ARB/RIBA) candidate, 12-24-month pathway, 2018 

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, fast-track 7-month pathway, 2018 


Awards

We offer two Part 3 awards:

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

This award 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.

This award has been prescribed by the UK Architects Registration Board (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 Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture
    Part 3 (ARB)

This award is available to 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.

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

Four pathways are available for Part 3. The fast-track Pathway 1 is only available for the Part 3 (ARB/RIBA) award. Pathways 2, 3 and 4 are available for both the Part 3 (ARB/RIBA) and Part 3 (ARB) awards. 

Pathway 1: Fast-track 7-month course

This pathway is available for the following award:

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture - Part 3 (ARB/RIBA)

This pathway, which ran 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)
  • be able to commit to the condensed timeframe involved with active support and engagement from their practice.
Pathways 2, 3 and 4: 12, 18 and 24-month courses

These pathways are available for the following awards:

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture - Part 3 (ARB/RIBA)
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture - Part 3 (ARB)

This is a unit-based pathway assessed by coursework and the Professional Practice and Management Portfolio which includes an oral examination. This can be completed over the course of either 12, 18 or 24 months.

Eligible candidates will have either:

  • UK ARB/RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 
  • ARB Part 1 and Part 2 through the ARB Prescribed Examination
  • Part 1 and/or Part 2 from a RIBA-validated overseas school
  • Overseas education equivalent to ARB Part 1 and Part 2 but are yet to complete the ARB Prescribed Examination (ARB Only)

Application Links:
Pathway 1 application form
Pathways 2, 3 and 4 (ARB/RIBA) application form
Pathways 2, 3 and 4 (ARB) application form
 


Structure

Studying on all pathways is part-time and is delivered through an evening lecture course 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 our virtual learning environment.

Lectures

The Part 3 lecture course consists of around 50 lectures and runs between the beginning of January to mid-May. Topics covered include Construction (Design and Management) 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.

Examinations (Pathway 1)

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.

Coursework (Pathways 2, 3 and 4)

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 coursework 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 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.

Additional Modes of Assessment

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).


How to apply

We are accepting applications for the Part 3 course starting in January 2019.
Apply now – applications open until Tuesday 08 January 2019.

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 that 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
Pathways 2, 3 and 4

To apply for Pathways Pathways 2, 3 and 4, please complete the appropriate online application form:

Please also email the following supporting documents to our Part 3 team.
Pathways 2, 3 and 4 are available to applicants with UK and overseas qualifications. 

  • 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.

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

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


    Fees

    The fee for our Part 3 courses in 2019 is £3500. It 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.