Architecture and Professional Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) (MArch)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MArch

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Architecture and Professional Practice (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth

Overview

Do you want to earn a salary and get valuable on-the-job experience while you get the RIBA and ARB Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications you need to be a professional architect?

On this 4-year architect degree apprenticeship, you'll develop the professional and creative skills for a successful career in architecture. You’ll cover topics such as urbanism, landscape, sustainability and culture in a studio environment.

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 apprenticeship doesn’t cost you anything.

**Accreditation**
Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)

**Pending Accreditation**
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accreditation is pending for this course. 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 architecture degree apprenticeship, you'll:

  • Develop the creative and professional abilities needed for a practicing architect
  • Learn how to come up with creative and strategic solutions to a variety of architectural challenges
  • Get a MArch degree (Part 2) while you earn a salary (pending ARB/RIBA accreditation)
  • Put what you learn into practice in the workplace, preparing yourself for Part 3 studies in your final year
  • 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 

Module Details

Year 1

Modules in the year include:

  • Architectural History and Theory: Introduction
  • Architectural History and Theory: Application
  • Architectural Technology
  • Project Management in Architecture

Year 2

Modules in this year include: 

  • Architectural Design: Synthesis
  • Architectural Design: Strategy
  • Practice Management and Professionalism in Architecture
  • Thesis Dissertation

Year 3

Modules in this year include: 

  • Thesis Preparation
  • Thesis Design

Year 4

Modules in this year include:

  • Practice Management, Law and Contract
  • Topical Research Project
  • Preparation for End-Point Assessment
  • End-Point Assessment

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

Student Destinations

This architecture degree apprenticeship gives you the professional knowledge and creative skills you need to start your career as an architect, in your organisation and beyond.

After you finish your architect degree apprenticeship, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

You'll be in regular contact with your mentor, especially during your work-based learning project in the final year.

How you're assessed

Assessment methods include:

  • studio review
  • portfolio assessment
  • coursework
  • dissertation
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • End-Point Assessment

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

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

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMArchHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree with RIBA Part 1 exemption. Applicants who do not hold a recognised UK Part 1 qualification will need to undertake and pass the ARB prescribed exam for Part 1 prior to joining the Apprenticeship course. An online portfolio submission and/or interview may be required as part of the selection process.

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.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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