Level: Master’s degree apprenticeship (Level 7)

Course duration: 48 months

Available start dates: September 2021

Mode of delivery: Intensive block study and online

 Announcement 2021 entry for all apprenticeship standards will go ahead unless government restrictions and social distancing requirements around Covid-19 make the delivery of the programme unfeasible. Detailed information on programme changes would be sent to pre-enrolled students and their employers prior to confirming their place on the apprenticeship.


The Architect Degree Apprenticeships offer employers an opportunity to support talented employees who are in possession of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Part 1 qualification and are ready to complete Parts 2 and 3. The programme integrates academic learning and preparation for professional qualification with work-based practice.

The Architect Apprenticeship Standard is mapped against the ARB (Architect Registrations Board) and RIBA (Royal Institute of Architects) shared Part 2 and Part 3 criteria. On completion, successful graduates will gain a master's degree (MArchD) in Architecture.

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Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is ideal for employers looking to build a collaborative research and development partnership with one of the leading architecture schools in the UK, and is open to Architectural Assistants in possession of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Part 1 qualification who have gained some work experience and are ready to complete Parts 2 and 3.

Entry criteria and costs

  • The cost for the Apprenticeship for 2021/2022 entry: £21,000 (drawn down from the monthly employer levy)
  • Apprentices need to be employed as an Architectural Assistant, have workplace learning opportunities and 20% off-the-job training.
  • They will need to hold level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE A*-C or 9-4) and should have successfully completed RIBA/ ARB Part 1 training.

How to apply

Employers should contact the University Apprenticeship team by completing the expression of interest form. We’ll arrange a conversation with you and carry out an initial assessment to ensure the apprenticeship is suitable for the candidates and employer. A contract and commitment statement will need to be agreed prior to signing up an apprentice.

Learning outcomes

  • MArchD Part 2 and Part 3 qualification (ARB prescribed)
  • Engagement with architectural practice within an academic context
  • Preparation and training for the examination in practice and management
  • Insights into cutting-edge research methods that can be applied to the study of Architecture and AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industries
  • Practical training such as CAD, CAM and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced in the field, including awareness of legalities

Modules and teaching overview

The course runs for 48 months. Apprentices attend teaching for 26 days (in London or Oxford) as well as following an online programme of study. Progress in the workplace will be monitored through regular contact between the employer, apprentice and tutors.

Apprentices complete

  • An MArchD and Part 2
  • Part 3 Examination in Practice and Management
  • An End Point Assessment comprising of a design project, a case study report, a career appraisal and interview

Study modules

Years 1, 2 and 3

  • Applied Design in Architecture
  • Research Methods and Management
  • Management Practice and Law
  • Advanced Technology for Design and Management
  • Applied Research Design Thesis

Year 4

  • Part 3 Examination in Practice and Management
  • An End Point Assessment

End Point Assessment

This is delivered in the final six months of the apprenticeship and worth 30 credits and contributes towards the achievement of Part 3 The End Point Assessment comprises of:

  • An interview supported by career appraisal
  • A case study report supported by design project or challenge

Assessors will review relevant, knowledge, skills and behaviours to assure themselves that the apprentice has the competence to work as an Architect.

The Oxford Brookes experience

  • Founded in 1927, the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University has established an international reputation for the quality of both its research and its teaching.
  • As one of the largest architecture schools in the UK, it plays a leading role in defining the national, and international, agenda in design education and research.
  • The apprenticeship programme fully integrates the teaching, learning and support the University offers with the mentoring and training offered within your practice.
  • The school enjoys an international reputation in research, in areas ranging from computational design, sustainable design to modular buildings and from design for well-being to vernacular architecture.
  • Oxford Brookes was part of the Trailblazer process and one of three universities to launch the new architect degree apprenticeship in 2018.
  • Staff in the school regularly secure research funding from the UK's research councils and the European Union as well as industry, with an annual research grant income averaging £1m in recent years.