Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship) (BA (Hons))

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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About Architecture (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth


Architects design buildings and play a role in shaping cities, communities and the way we live. To become an architect, you need qualifications recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

This Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship course is the first step to achieving these qualifications. You'll develop the technical and analytical skills you need to begin a career as an architect – all while earning a salary and getting on-the-job experience.

During term time, you'll spend 1 day a week on day release at the University and the other 4 days applying your skills and getting practical experience in the workplace. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so your architecture degree doesn’t cost you anything.

When you finish your apprenticeship, you'll have a Bachelor's degree in architecture and you'll be primed to take on further study to continue your journey in becoming a registered architect.

Pending accreditation:

Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accreditation is pending for this course, but we expect this to be confirmed soon.

Once confirmed, this accreditation means you'll satisfy the criteria for RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption when you complete your apprenticeship, putting you one step closer to becoming registered as an architect.

What you'll experience

  • On this architectural assistant degree apprenticeship, you'll:
    • Explore design in collaborative studio spaces alongside your peers, while developing your individual and team skills
    • Expand your architectural thinking beyond practice with specialist tutors and architects
    • Access the latest software, including BIM modelling, advanced parametric modelling, environmental evaluation software, 3d scanning and printing tools, to support your design work and challenge your creative thinking
    • Explore a variety of architectural challenges outside of practice to develop your design creativity
    • Develop design skills through model making, material testing, sketching and drawing
    • Have access to the University's student support services and community, including the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union
    • Build a network of professional peers during your time at university, sharing your ideas and knowledge
    • Get practical work experience in your job, giving you an advantage over students who go to University full-time
    • Get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor

    If you need somewhere to live, you may be able to stay in the University's halls of residence – talk to our Housing team for more information.

What you'll study 

Each module on this Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship is worth a certain number of credits.

In year 1 and 2, you'll study modules worth a total of 80 credits in each year. In years 3 and 4, you'll study modules worth a total of 100 credits.


Year 1

    • Design: Architectural Application
    • Design: Exploration
    • Design: Introduction
    • Technology and Environment: Exploration

Year 2

    • Communication and Creative Practice
    • Design and Professional Practice
    • History and Theory Of Architecture
    • Technology and Environment: Design Practice

Year 3

    • Communication: Professional Practice
    • Design: Architectural Investigation
    • Design: Architectural Narratives
    • History and Theory Of Modern Architecture
    • History and Theory: Dissertation

Year 4

    • Design: Major Project Preparation
    • Design: Major Project Synthesis
    • Design: Major Project Technical Resolution
    • End-Point Assessment
    • Technology and Environment: Discovery


Teaching methods on this Architectural Assistant Degree Apprenticeship include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • computer-based tutorials
  • studios
  • workshops
  • online learning

You'll keep in regular contact with your practice mentor, who supports you throughout your design projects while you study.

How you're assessed

Assessment methods on this architectural assistant degree apprenticeship include:

  • coursework and written essays
  • presentations
  • portfolio

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You'll get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

Many architecture graduates continue their training towards becoming a registered architect with further study at Master's level or registration on a Architect Degree Apprenticeship (Master of Architecture and Professional Practice) – equivalent to ARB and RIBA Part 2 and 3.

You can use your skills in areas such as:

  • design practice
  • planning
  • historic building conservation
  • project management

Roles our architecture graduates have taken on include:

  • architectural design
  • interior design
  • landscape architecture
  • urban design and master planning
  • planning
  • architectural technology
  • product design
  • graphic design
  • lighting design
  • set design

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

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  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study4 years
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Entry requirements

  • 120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass – please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process

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