The Bartlett School of Architecture


Architecture Part 3 (ARB/RIBA)

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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 80 years.

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 our candidates. The course continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the profession.


In-person teaching will consist of four individual tutorials, workshops, key lectures, group presentations, oral preparations and examinations. 

Course duration

Pathway 1, our exam-based route, is only open to candidates with UK Parts 1 & 2. In addition to the exams, candidates submit their portfolio in June 2024.

This contains three pieces of work: the Critical Analysis Report (CAR), the Professional Development Appraisal (PDA) and the Records of Work Experience (RWE). The exams and the portfolio, which align with the five topic areas identified by ARB/RIBA in their professional criteria, are marked by two professional examiners and then assessed in an oral examination in July 2024.

Pathway 1 is completed over 10 months: September 2023 – July 2024. Orals are only held once a year.

Pathway 2, our renowned modular route, is open to candidates with UK Parts 1 & 2 or the equivalent of Parts 1 & 2 from elsewhere. It is coursework based and has four Units: 1: Practice | 2: Projects | 3: Professionalism | 4: Portfolio. The units align with the five topic areas identified by ARB/RIBA in their professional criteria. Units 1-3 are marked internally. Unit 4: Portfolio runs concurrently and contains three pieces of work: the Critical Analysis Report (CAR), the Professional Development Appraisal (PDA) and the Records of Work Experience (RWE), for marking/assessment by two professional examiners in an oral examination.

Pathway 2 can be completed over either 11 or 17 months with Orals in July or November. This flexibility allows you to choose your submission dates according to personal or work commitments. 

How to apply

Applications for Pathway 1 are now open.

Apply now

Applications for Pathway 2 are now closed and will reopen in Autumn 2024 for a January 2025 start.


The fee for Pathway 1 is £3750. 

The fee for Pathway 2 is £4000. 

Bartlett alumni (Part 1, Part 2 or PhD) will receive a 10% discount on the above fees.

Fees can be paid by two instalments before 31 December 2023 (Pathway 1) or 31 May 2024 (Pathway 2), by agreement.


Programme Director: Maria Paez
Programme Admissions: Jane Paterson 

Please note that the course information detailed on this page is revised annually and the school reserves the right to alter or suspend any of the courses as necessary. 

Student prizes

Our students receive prizes during the course for their exceptional work. 

Bryan Espinoza

Bryan Espinoza

Bryan Espinoza - Ross Jamieson Memorial Prize winner

Bryan Espinoza, recipient of the Ross Jamieson Memorial Prize, shares about winning the award and his extraordinary study experience. Despite facing uncertainties and gaps in knowledge at the outset, Bryan achieved a strong level of professional knowledge and competence that shapes his career moving forward. Bryan is now an Architect at Sheppard Robson. 

 Being a second generation migrant from Ecuador in the UK, winning the Ross Jameson prize for me marks a crucial milestone in being amongst the first beacons in representing the invisible ‘Latin American’ community in the UK and inspiring the next generation. 

I found t
he focused cohort size at this course in comparison to other much larger Part 3 courses enabled me to benefit from quality one-on-one tutorial sessions and peer-to-peer learning which proved a real asset in building my confidence.
Joshua Rowland 


Joshua Rowland - Ross Jamieson Memorial Prize winner

Joshua Rowland, recipient of the Ross Jamieson Memorial Prize, reflects on the significance of the award and his study experience. Joshua appreciates the diversity of the course that allows him to connect with individuals from various backgrounds and experiences. Joshua is now an Architect at Randell Design Group. 

I was thrilled to be awarded the Ross Jamieson Memorial Prize. As someone who wasn't a 'Straight A Student' in school, being awarded this prize from one of the world's leading universities is something I am incredibly proud of, and it is a testament to the teaching staff who provided incredible encouragement and support throughout the course. 

I particularly enjoyed the celebration of diversity during my time at The Bartlett, where every study group features people from different backgrounds and experiences.