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Part 3 Architecture (ARB/RIBA or ARB)

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This course prepares candidates for their 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. We offer two Part 3 awards:

Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3)

For applicants who have already obtained their Part 1 and Part 2 exemption by UK ARB/RIBA, the ARB Prescribed Examination, or RIBA-validated overseas schools. The award is prescribed by the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as the final qualifying examination for the purposes of registration and chartered status.

Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture (ARB Part 3)

For 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 award is prescribed by the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) as the final qualifying examination for the purposes of registration.


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 


Pathways

Please note that Pathway 1 is only available for the Examination in Professional Practice in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3). Pathways 2, 3, and 4 are available to both awards.

Pathway 1: Fast-track 7-month course

This pathway offers a condensed Part 3 programme, taken part-time over seven months and assessed via written examinations, a 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.

Pathway 1 application form

Pathways 2, 3 and 4: 12, 18 and 24-month courses

This is a unit-based pathway assessed by coursework and a Professional Practice and Management Portfolio which includes an oral examination. This can be completed over 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)

Pathways 2, 3 and 4 (ARB/RIBA) application form
Pathways 2, 3 and 4 (ARB) application form


Structure

All pathways are part-time and delivered through an evening lecture course which runs from January – May, as well as workshops and occasional full-day teaching events supported by seminars. In addition, candidates attend four one-to-one tutorials, and are encouraged to join study groups and engage in 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 regulations (design and management), 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 18:00 – 21:00. In addition, during this period, three all-day workshops will take place on Fridays.

Examinations (Pathway 1)

Candidates on Pathway 1 are assessed through two 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 an oral examination.

Coursework (Pathways 2, 3 and 4)

Pathways 2, 3 and 4 are coursework assessed. Five components (units) are delivered in discrete periods with coursework-based assessment tasks handed in at the end of each unit. These units follow the five topic areas identified by ARB/RIBA in their revised criteria. Candidates also prepare a Professional Practice and Management Portfolio (unit 6), made up of the assessed coursework from units 1 – 5, a critical analysis report, professional development appraisal and records of work experience, for examination by two professional examiners in the oral examination.

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

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.