Degree Apprenticeship: Architecture Degree Apprenticeships (Level 7)

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Successful graduates are awarded Master of Architecture (MArch) Part 2 and PG Cert Architectural Professional Practice Part 3 architecture qualifications from Leeds Beckett University, as well as a Level 7 degree apprenticeship qualification.

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Course Overview

  • Attendance


    Part Time
  • Duration


    4.5 years
  • Cost


    For levy payers costs are met by the apprenticeship levy through your digital account £21000 over two years (subject to confirmation)

The Architect Degree Apprenticeship Level 7 is an integrated apprenticeship, which incorporates on-programme academic (off-the-job) learning with workplace (on-the-job) learning, culminating in an End Point Assessment (EPA) to test the knowledge, skills and behaviours as detailed in the Architect Apprenticeship Standard. The EPA comprises of case study report based on a design challenge, a career appraisal and interview.

The Architect Apprenticeship Standard is mapped against the current Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 (Master of Architecture part-time) and Part 3 (PG Cert in Architectural Professional Practice) criteria. Leeds Beckett University provides the Part 2 and Part 3 academic components whilst apprentices are in continuous full-time employment. The off-the-job learning comprises a minimum of 20% of the entire duration of the Apprenticeship with the on-the-job learning providing the remaining 80%.

Apprentices attend off-the-job learning activities alongside other students enrolled in the existing Master of Architecture (Part 2) and PG Cert Architectural Professional Practice (Part 3) courses.

Professional experience and maximum 80% on-the-job learning.

This apprenticeship enables apprentices to apply to become a Registered and Chartered Architect upon successful completion. Individuals need to hold ARB-prescribed awards at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 levels before they are eligible for registration.  Since the Architect Apprenticeship Standard is designed to align with the latter two awards, it is compulsory for the apprentice to have completed the minimum of an ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification or Part 1 equivalent as prescribed by the ARB prior to entry onto the course. Validated by RIBA, but subject to being prescribed by ARB.

What will I study?

The MArch, Part 2 component, is a creative, studio-focused course with a strong commitment to design research.  With the design studio taking centre stage during your MArch 2 component studies, you will be challenged to develop solutions to a series of architectural design problems. You will explore current topical issues in architecture, including historical and philosophical thought, contemporary conditions of urban inhabitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. You will forge an individual approach to architecture as you explore your personal interests in relation to city, regional, national and global design perspectives.

The school is closely linked to professional societies, such as Leeds Society of Architects, West Yorkshire Society of Architects and RIBA Yorkshire region, and provides a vibrant environment for architectural debate. You will study with a diverse body of leading practitioners, academic educators and visiting professors who will provide a wide range of opportunities for architectural discussion, stimulation and engagement.

In the Professional Certification Architectural Professional Practice, Part 3 component, you will benefit from a flexible learning programme comprising a series of concentrated study blocks. We have close relationships with established practitioners, academics and leading consultants, who will provide exposure to a wide range of topical issues in contracts, law, economics and management.

We have links throughout the region, nationally and internationally with architectural practices, with external tutors coming from their own established practices to offer you the best possible tuition.

Modules and course structure

Course Structure

  • 240 Credits MArch Part 2 
  • 30 Credits completion of PROF Cert Part 3 to get to Gateway
  • 30 Credits Degree Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (total 60 credits for Part 3)

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Essential information

The Architect Degree Apprenticeship Level 7 runs in parallel with our existing MArch (Part 2) part-time pathway over the duration of 4.5 years, consisting of 3 years MArch Part 2, 1 year (15 months) PROF Cert Part, 6 months maximum for EPA completion.. Upon successful completion of the MArch component, the apprentice remains in full time employment, continuing to work on their Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR), and recommences the following January with our Post Graduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice (PROF Cert)(Part 3) course.  The duration of the PROF Cert is typically 15 months. Apprentices have access to all studio and workshop facilities and support staff. Additionally, apprentices have workplace-based mentors to assist with their development throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

Applicants can be existing employees or new recruits to practice. Applicants should have the following:

  • At least a second-class honours degree in Architecture
  • The Architects Registration Board Part 1 Qualification
  • A portfolio of work to submit with the application, including projects completed while studying the Part 1 course and preferably including work from practice
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language (grade A*-C / 9-4)
  • A year of professional work experience in architectural practice or a cognate discipline prior to entry is not essential but is considered advantageous

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All applicants should satisfy our Degree Apprenticeship English language requirement IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification.

Please note applications are submitted through the relevant employer, not directly from applicants.

Before starting an apprenticeship, applicants will be required to sign a “Commitment Statement” which details key information regarding the apprenticeship such as learning requirements, responsibilities of the apprentice, employer and university, assessments, delivery schedule, etc, some of which are detailed below. Further information on this, and general apprentice admissions requirements, may be sought from the Apprenticeships Team:

Email: apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 4500

The Architect Degree Apprenticeship Level 7 runs in parallel with our existing MArch (Part 2) part-time pathway over the duration of 4.5 years, consisting of 3 years MArch Part 2, 1 year (15 months) PROF Cert Part, 6 months maximum for EPA completion.. Upon successful completion of the MArch component, the apprentice remains in full time employment, continuing to work on their Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR), and recommences the following January with our Post Graduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice (PROF Cert)(Part 3) course.  The duration of the PROF Cert is typically 15 months. Apprentices have access to all studio and workshop facilities and support staff. Additionally, apprentices have workplace-based mentors to assist with their development throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

Applicants can be existing employees or new recruits to practice. Applicants should have the following:

  • At least a second-class honours degree in Architecture
  • The Architects Registration Board Part 1 Qualification
  • A portfolio of work to submit with the application, including projects completed while studying the Part 1 course and preferably including work from practice
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language (grade A*-C / 9-4)
  • A year of professional work experience in architectural practice or a cognate discipline prior to entry is not essential but is considered advantageous

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All applicants should satisfy our Degree Apprenticeship English language requirement IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification.

Please note applications are submitted through the relevant employer, not directly from applicants.

Before starting an apprenticeship, applicants will be required to sign a “Commitment Statement” which details key information regarding the apprenticeship such as learning requirements, responsibilities of the apprentice, employer and university, assessments, delivery schedule, etc, some of which are detailed below. Further information on this, and general apprentice admissions requirements, may be sought from the Apprenticeships Team:

Email: apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 4500

Download course details

A downloadable PDF of course details.

Architecture Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7) Course Details PDF

Information for employers

Employer benefits

The Architecture Degree Apprenticeship allows employers to meet their succession planning needs with all the cost paid by the Apprenticeship Levy. It provides an effective route to career progression for new and existing staff culminating in the Architecture Degree Apprenticeship. Leeds Beckett University will support employers to devise and manage the work-based element of the apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship includes the Part 2 Master of Architecture, the Part 3 Award and an apprenticeship end point assessment. Part-time study enables apprentices to work while progressing to registration by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Employer requirement

  • Every apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement. This is a contract of service between the apprentice and the employer, confirming the apprenticeship and the standard being undertaken. This will be supplemented by a ‘Statement of Commitment’ signed by the employer, provider and apprentice, setting out the expectations, roles and responsibility of each party involve in the apprenticeship
  • Apprentices must be employed and paid at least a minimum wage appropriate to their age and job role
    You will be responsible for recruitment of Degree Apprentices. However, we can work with you to promote your opportunities via our website
  • You will provide paid time off for on campus study
  • This apprenticeship enables apprentices to apply to become a Registered and Chartered Architect upon successful completion.
  • Apprentices require a workplace mentor who will oversee their development and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor

Funding

Organisations with a wage bill in excess of £3 million can fund the course fees using their Apprenticeship Levy.

If you are a non-levy paying organisation the government will co-fund your apprenticeship training by contributing 95% of the costs and you will pay the remaining 5% of costs.

For further information on apprenticeship funding visit the Government website.