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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture - ARB/ RIBA Pt3


COHORT 2019-20

Within the constraints of the COVID 19 pandemic, our overriding 
aspiration is to maintain the delivery of this course, as far as 
possible, and support student progression. The teaching of the course for 2019-20 has now been transferred online so that students can continue their studies.

We hope that assessments will be able to take place in September 2020 as planned (alternative arrangements will be prepared, in case this is not possible).


We have been reviewing the plans for the course in light of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In these exceptional circumstances the decision has been taken to implement the follow changes:

Application deadline extended until 30th October 2020

This is intended to permit applications to be completed after the summer. Anticipating that the implications for employment and project progress will be, at least, clearer for most candidates by this stage.

First teaching workshop will be deferred to January 2021

 The first formal teaching workshop will now take place on:

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January 2021 (rather than September 2020).

It is hoped that this will maximize the chances of delivering the teaching on site, in the usual way.

Preparatory sessions with the Course Director

Informal preparatory sessions with the Course Director will take place from September, as soon as candidates are enrolled. These will introduce them to the course structure and enable then to make appropriate preparations for the formal teaching in the New Year 2021.

NB: Assessments schedule unchanged 

The assessments will be carried out in September 2021 as currently scheduled

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. Read More.

Structure of the Course and Assessment:

The Cambridge has a quite specific structure, usually running from September to September. The taught element of the course is contained within three intensive workshops held in January (2 day), March (3 day) and June (3 day). This hopefully involves the student in minimal disruption from their workplace.

The Cambridge Part 3 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. Read more.

The dates for the 2020-21 session are:

  • 7-8th January 2021
  • 24th, 25th and 26th March 2021
  • 23rd, 24th, 25th June 2021

The assessment process is carried out in the following September. Read more.

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 ARB/RIBA. Before they apply, applicants are advised to review these criteria. This will help them assess whether they are at an appropriate stage to consider present themselves for the Part 3 assessment. Read more.

For Further Information contact our course administrator Alice Cuttriss at  mailto:

The Course Leader is Miranda Terry.


At a Glance

Course Length and Date

One part-time year course usually from September to September. This course is run jointly by the Department of Architecture and the Institute of Continuing Education.

Students are required to attend three 2/3 day workshops in January, March and June and to submit work and attend written and oral examinations in the following September.


The assessment comprises several elements to successfully complete the course the candidate will need to pass all elements:

  • Case Study
  • Professional Experience Development Record
  • Personal Statement and CV
  • Written Examination (Paper 1+2)
  • Oral Examination

Entry Requirements

The course is open to all graduates who have obtained ARB/ RIBA Parts 1 and 2 (or equivalence confirmed by the ARB) and who will have recently completed the appropriate practical training experience. Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). Non-standard candidates who do not satisfy the normal academic criteria will be asked to provide evidence of relevant and equivalent experience to support their suitability for the course.

English Language Requirement

For students for whom English is not their first language, we will require evidence of having met the required level in a recognised test. Further information regarding the required level can be found on the Institute of Continuing Education website.

Applications Accepted From

January 20th 2020

Applications Deadline

October 30th 2020

Course Fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of £65 that all applicants need to pay.

Course Fees for 2020-21 will be £3300 (no registration fee will apply 2020-21). The full fees will be payable by 11th December 2020.