The Cambridge Part 3 course and examination has validation from the ARB and the RIBA: successful candidates are eligible to apply to both institutions for registration and membership. It is the final qualification in architecture education and represents entry into the profession.
The aim of the course is to enable candidates to successfully present themselves to the examiners through the various required submissions and to receive an endorsement of competency to practice as an architect.
In so doing the course also hopes to act as a forum for a wider discussion of issues affecting the profession and the construction industry in the UK and further afield.
Structure of the Course:
The Cambridge Part 3 course is run jointly by the Department of Architecture and the Institute of Continuing Education. It has a quite specific structure, running from September to September. The taught element of the course is contained within three intensive workshops held in September (2 day), March (3 day) and June (3 day). The assessment process is carried out in the following September. This hopefully involves the student in minimal disruption from their workplace.
Owing to the particular structure of the Cambridge course it is well suited to those students who are used to self-directed learning. They need to be well motivated, well organised, and able to concentrate through full days of intensive teaching.
The course normally comprises about 22-25 students in any one cohort so the class sizes are relatively small and enable a good level of discussion and student participation to complement the lecture programme. At the outset of the course students are arranged into student-led study groups to sustain their learning in between the workshops. This has proved particularly popular with students in the past.
Cambridge is a very enjoyable pace to study and feedback from previous students suggest that the workshops provide an agreeable counterpoint to the office environment and that, contrary to their expectations, they actually enjoyed the course very much.
The dates for the 2016-17 session are:
Thursday 22nd/Friday 23rd September 2016
Wednesday 15th/Thursday 16th/ Friday 17th March 2017
Wednesday 21st/Thursday 22nd/Friday 23rd June 2017
The postgraduate certificate is NOT a distance learning course and attendance in Cambridge for the teaching sessions is compulsory. It is therefore essential that all applicants are available to attend all the teaching events.
Content of the Course:
The content of the course is based upon the professional criteria, which a student needs to satisfy, as laid out jointly by the RIBA/ARB.
Before they apply, applicants are advised to review these criteria. This will help them assess whether they are at an appropriate stage to present themselves for the Part 3 examination
We are fortunate in having an exceptional pool of very experienced contributors to the Part 3 course. The taught element will cover many aspects of professionalism, delivery of services, legal framework and processes, practice and management and building procurement.
FOR GUIDANCE ONLY the workshop programmes for 2014-15 are contained here:
The assessment process is carried out in September and comprises written submissions of case study, personal statement CV and PEDR. This is followed two weeks later by two written examinations (Paper 1 and Paper 2) and two weeks after that by the oral examination.
A pair of professional examiners will assess each candidate. The Cambridge course is supported by an extremely experienced body of examiners, many of whom examine on other Part 3 courses elsewhere.
Further information can be found on the Institute for Continuing Education website.
Further details of the course procedures can also be found in the Course Specification. The Course specification for 2015-16 is contained here FOR GUIDANCE PURPOSES ONLY. Applicants should be aware that procedures may be altered or refined for the year 2016-17.
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