Professional Practice in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3)* Postgraduate Certificate

UCA Canterbury - 2020, 2021

Length of study:

One year, part-time

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Start date:

September

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Entry year(s)

2020, 2021

Entry requirements:

24 months' practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry

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Course overview

The final stage in an architect’s education and training is the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture – Part 3, now on offer through UCA.

This 12-month course provides you with the foundation for life-long learning and development towards becoming a certified member of the architectural profession. It is predominantly online, allowing students the flexibility to manage their time appropriately around their professional practice commitments.

Programmed lectures will be uploaded throughout the course, and will remain available so students can watch and re-watch at their own pace, while programmed online webinars/tutorials will happen periodically at pre-determined times to encourage discourse around taught topics and encourage an online community.

This course will equip you with the skills and competencies you need to work in an ethical and professional manner. The content of the course is based upon the professional competencies, which you will need to satisfy, as laid out jointly by the ARB/RIBA, namely: 

PC1 Professionalism

PC2 Clients, users, and delivery of services

PC3 Legal framework and processes

PC4 Practice and management

PC5 Building procurement. 

Please note: the start date for this course is now January 2020 rather than September 2019 as previously advertised. If you have applied to study this course you should have already been contacted with additional information about your application. If you have not received this information, or have any queries regarding your offer of a place on this course please contact our Admissions Team: admissions@uca.ac.uk

*This course is awaiting accreditation from ARB and RIBA. 

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Course fees

The course fees is £2,500*

*Applicants for 2019/20 will receive a £500 contribution from the University.

Course details

  • Course length and further detail

    The course runs for 12-months and is a part-time course.

     The assessment comprises several elements for successful completion and are as follows:

    • Legal Frameworks Online exam
    • Architectural Practice Management Report
    • Professional Case Study
    • Oral Examination (taken in the final month of the course)
    • Record of Professional Experience; evidence of 24 months’ professional experience, usually recorded in the form of a Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR)
    • Career Appraisal, inclusive of your CV.
  • Unit 1

    Practice and Entrepreneurship

    The Practice and Entrepreneurship unit focuses upon the elements of the curriculum set out by the ARB/RIBA within the Professional Competencies (PC) 3 through to 5. It delivers teaching through an online lecture series and intensive tutorial/seminar days.  

    The teaching provided will augment and develop best practice approaches to areas already expected to have been encountered through your Professional Experience. As such, whilst the unit focus is on PCs 3, 4 & 5, some aspects of PCs 1 & 2 (relating to the professional role of the Architect) will also be outlined in lectures and included in assessment.

    The following topics are considered as core content within the unit lecture series:

    PC3 Legal framework and processes

    1. The relevant UK legal systems, civil liabilities and the laws of contract and tort (delict)*

    2. Planning and Conservation Acts, guidance and processes

    3. Building regulations, approved documents and standards, guidance and processes

    4. Land law, property law and rights of other proprietors

    5. Terms within construction contracts implied by statute

    6. Health and safety legislation and regulations

    7. Statutory undertakers and authorities, their requirements and processes

    8. Environmental and sustainability legislation

    9. Historic buildings legislation

    10. Accessibility and inclusion legislation

    * Scotland

    PC4 Practice and management

    1. The roles of architectural practice in the construction industry

    2. External factors affecting construction and practice at national and international levels

    3. Practice structures, legal status and business styles

    4. Personnel management and employment related legislation

    5. Practice finance, business planning, funding and taxation

    6. Marketing, fee calculation, bidding and negotiation

    7. Resource management and job costing

    8. Administration, quality management, QA systems, recording and review

    9. Staff development, motivation, supervision and planning

    10. Team working and leadership 

    PC5 Building procurement

    1. Procurement methods, including for public and larger projects and relevant legislation

    2. The effect of different procurement processes on programme, cost, risk and quality

    3. Collaboration in construction and provisions for team working

    4. Tendering methods, codes, procedures and project planning

    5. Forms of contract and sub-contract, design responsibility and third party rights

    6. Application and use of contract documentation;

    7. Roles of design/construction team members and their interaction;

    8. Duties and powers of a lead consultant and contract administrator;

    9. Site processes, quality monitoring, progress recording, payment and completion;

    10. Claims, litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods.

  • Unit 2

    Professional Development and Reflection

    The Professional Development and Reflection unit focuses upon the elements of the curriculum set out by the ARB/RIBA, within the Professional Competencies (PC) 1 and 2. It delivers teaching through an online lecture series and intensive tutorial/seminar days.

    The teaching provided will augment and develop best practice approaches to areas already expected to be known and documented through your Professional Experience. As such, whilst the unit focus is on PCs 1 & 2, some aspects of PCs 3, 4 & 5 (previously taught in CARC 7201) will be revisited in lectures and included in assessment.

    The following topics are considered as core content within the unit lecture series:

    PC1 Professionalism

    1. Professional ethics

    2. The architect's obligation to society and the protection of the environment

    3. Professional regulation, conduct and discipline

    4. Institutional membership, benefits, obligations and codes of conduct

    5. Attributes of integrity, impartiality, reliability and courtesy

    6. Time management, recording, planning and review

    7. Effective communication, presentation, confirmation and recording

    8. Flexibility, adaptability and the principles of negotiation

    9. Autonomous working and taking responsibility within a practice context

    10. Continuing professional development.

    PC2 Clients, users, and delivery of services

    1. Types of clients, their priorities and the management of the relationship

    2. Briefing, organising and the programming of services appropriate to appointment

    3. Architects’ contracts, terms of engagement, scope of services and relevant legislation

    4. Obligations to stakeholders, warranties and third party rights

    5. Communication, progress reporting and the provision of appropriate and timely advice

    6. Budget and financial awareness and cost monitoring or control

    7. Responsibility for coordination and integration of design team input

    8. Invoicing, payment of fees and financial management

    9. Intellectual property rights and copyright law

    10. Duty of care, professional liability, negligence and professional indemnity including insurance.

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If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a RIBA/ARB Part 1 and Part 2 in architecture or equivalent.

If your first language is not English a certificate is required as evidence that you have an average IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

You may be offered a place on a course on the condition that you improve your English language and study skills. We offer pre-sessional English language courses which can improve your IELTS score by a maximum of 1.0 and 0.5, or equivalent.

Please Note:

Upon reaching the Part 3 oral examination, applicants should have recently completed a minimum of 24 months' practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry. This should include at least 12 months working in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, under the direct supervision of an architect.

To gain access the ARB register one must obtain ARB/RIBA Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

 

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