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If you’re working in an architectural practice and want to complete your Part 1 or Part 2, these courses will allow you to work at your own pace whilst investing your time in practice earning a salary. You’ll benefit from choosing your own tutors to fit your learning style who will help guide you to getting the most out of the course. To be eligible to apply for these courses, your practice will need to be based anywhere in the UK, EU, EEA, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
Applicants should be aware that in order to register as an architect in the UK, they will typically need to hold all of the following:
The Part 1 Certificate in Architecture commonly attracts those qualified in architectural technology who wish to switch to studying architecture; as well as those who have gone straight into practice from school or college.
The Part 2 Diploma in Architecture is popular with students who have completed their Part 1 at university and who have remained in practice following their year out, often reaching a position of responsibility or with family commitments that make it impractical to return to full or part-time study.
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The RIBA Studio is a unique system in which formally assessed academic work is supported by learning through experience in the student's place of employment, with the sequence mirroring the development and realisation of design projects in architectural practice.
The RIBA Studio is offered as an alternative route to qualification for those that may not be looking for traditional full-time or part-time degree courses. Operated flexibly to accommodate fluctuations in students' circumstances, the programme is managed through a system of annual learning contracts and formal deferrals.
Individual study for both courses must be supported by day-to-day learning and experience of architectural practice. To facilitate this, each student appoints a registered architect from their practice to be their mentor. The mentor ensures that the practice experience is wide ranging and contributes to learning.
Tutors are appointed by students for the duration of the course and must be completely independent of the student’s office. They should be experienced design tutors in architectural education, and ideally architects registered in the country where the student is working.
Students who qualify through this route are then eligible to take the UK Part 3 which leads to:
All written and design examinations take place in Oxford, so travel expenses need to be considered. Students may wish to book overnight accommodation prior to assessment days. Normally, students will not be expected to travel to Oxford or London more than five days each year. Whilst it is a matter for negotiation between students and their offices, it is expected that study leave would be granted without affecting annual leave.
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