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Northumbria’s Architect Degree Apprenticeship represents a remarkable opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Architect without leaving full-time paid employment, and with no tuition fees for the student. As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is pioneering this new route into the profession for the next generation of talent.

The Architect Degree Apprenticeship is a part-time four-year course and includes the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications, which is unique to this pathway. Students on the programme will work alongside our full-time MArch students in a collaborative studio-based environment.

During the programme, design projects will be based on real challenges from students working life, allowing them to develop their own authentic professional practice as well as making a valuable impact on their workplace.

Delivered by an acclaimed, award-winning teaching team, the Architect Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to equip students with the attributes needed to thrive in their career, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Imaginative solutions
  • A Rigorous justification of design decisions

Accreditation

Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and 3 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Northumbria’s Architect Degree Apprenticeship represents a remarkable opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Architect without leaving full-time paid employment, and with no tuition fees for the student. As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is pioneering this new route into the profession for the next generation of talent.

The Architect Degree Apprenticeship is a part-time four-year course and includes the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications, which is unique to this pathway. Students on the programme will work alongside our full-time MArch students in a collaborative studio-based environment.

During the programme, design projects will be based on real challenges from students working life, allowing them to develop their own authentic professional practice as well as making a valuable impact on their workplace.

Delivered by an acclaimed, award-winning teaching team, the Architect Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to equip students with the attributes needed to thrive in their career, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Imaginative solutions
  • A Rigorous justification of design decisions

Accreditation

Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and 3 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
4 years part-time

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Learners on our MArch Architect Degree Apprenticeship programme will be challenged and stretched. They will be encouraged to draw on their own professional experiences throughout.

Architecture is a design-led discipline, and at least half of the study time on the programme will be focused on the development of key architectural design skills through real-life studio design projects.

The design modules are supported by taught modules, including:

  • History and Theory
  • Technology and Environment
  • Manual and Digital Communications
  • Practice, Management and law

This contextual study will build alongside design practice, informing design decisions and allowing students to tackle increasingly complex and challenging architectural design projects.

Our assessment methods have been designed to contribute to professional development, by reflecting authentic architectural practice. Design modules are assessed through portfolios of 2D (plans, sections, elevations) and 3D (analogue and digital models) work, supported by reflective journals to evidence your critical scholarship. Technology, environmental, and management modules are assessed by means of reports that replicate those undertaken in professional practice.

Students can communicate their Student Selected Investigation in a medium of your choice, to suit their academic strengths. Examples could include traditional written methods, podcasts, film, etc.

The Part III exam and end-point assessment will be undertaken within six months of completing fourth year, to complete the journey through architectural training.

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

An acclaimed, award-winning teaching team of outstanding architects and academics will offer guidance, support and expertise throughout the course. Collectively, this team has designed and built award-winning buildings, both nationally and internationally, as well as publishing world-leading research.

Our practice-based teaching approach has been recognised as outstanding by national and international authorities, external examiners and professional bodies, and has led to unmatched levels of student satisfaction and employability.

Apprentices are allocated an academic coach who will provide support for their academic development. This coach will have relevant experience and will appreciate the demands of ongoing professional practice.

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

On-campus teaching will be part of a supportive studio design culture, learning as part of an educational community, sharing knowledge, precedents and techniques. Students will be based within our new, world-class home for Architecture.  A modern addition to our historic Sutherland Building, designed by Page\Park Architects, housing over 1400m2 of studio space and a new student hub.

Our facilities include some of the best studio and workshop facilities in the country, including state-of-the-art 2&3D rapid prototyping machines. Students will be taught a comprehensive set of industry-standard software packages, particularly those 3D packages that enable spatial and formal acuity.

Students will also have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

Learning, teaching and assessment will be underpinned by a ‘research-rich’ approach. Students will build on research-based knowledge to develop critical curiosity, informed judgement and ability to evaluate proposals.

Academic Teaching Team

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both Apprentice and their Line Manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

 

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study this apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree from a Part 1 accredited Architectural course, and a minimum of three months relevant postgraduate work experience.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.

Applicants must be employed in a relevant role, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.

Potential apprentices will need:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree from a Part 1 accredited Architectural course, or equivalent and a minimum of three months relevant postgraduate work experience.

 

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

 

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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