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Employer’s Requirements

Students who are interested in applying are expected to already have the support from their employer before doing so. The employer will be required to complete the necessary paperwork, therefore a representative will need to be available to assist in the enrolment phase of the programme.

The employer must be based in England and all students must be UK or EEA citizens, or have lived in the UK or EEA for the past 3 consecutive years, to qualify for an apprenticeship under the Government’s rule 

The employer should be an Apprenticeship levy payer in this instance and will need to apply to the University to submit the students. Employers and students will be required to sign various contractual documentation with the University.

These contracts will require the employer to commit to providing the 3-4 years of experience needed to qualify a student to get Part III and the employer must provide regular mentorship in line with the normal RIBA requirements to the student to make sure that their on-the-job training needs are being met. The student for their part will be required to work diligently throughout the course and the University will undertake to provide the relevant training to provide the knowledge, skills and behavioural requirements to complete the course.

Expected academic standard

Applicants for this course will normally be expected to have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent.

Level 2 Maths and English - GCSE grade C (5) or above (or equivalent) must be evidenced in the form of a certificate during the admissions process.

They must already have achieved ARB/RIBA Part 1, however they can have done so either through an apprenticeship or through a recognised degree course.

All candidates will be interviewed and expected to present a portfolio at interview. Evidence of exceptional ability in studio work is essential.

There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion but such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course.

Language requirement

For those candidates who are not native speakers, the following levels of English are required:

IELTS Academic: Overall score of 7.5 (a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 110 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)

CAE: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a Language Centre assessment

CPE: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)