Professional Certificate in

Architecture

Professional Certificate in Architecture
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: Flexible start date, supporting you for a maximum of 15 months
  • Course duration: 15 months
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course is designed to support graduates from a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1-accredited qualification in architecture, who are undertaking experience in professional practice, prior to entry on a Part 2 course.

The course aims to provide easy access to professional, work-related and educational advice, at the same time as monitoring and helping you interpret your practice-based experience. The programme is optional and therefore not a mandatory requirement to progress on to a Part 2 course. However, it is recognised by the RIBA and Architects Registration Board (ARB), as part of the UK system for ensuring high quality entrants to the profession.

Why study this course?

  • Benefit from full NTU student status - enrolment on this course entitles you to use of the University's industry-standard facilities, libraries and learning spaces.
  • Develop your personal design style, supported by a University with a strong design heritage; NTU began life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. Your learning is also underpinned by the School’s significant expertise as a built environment educator.
  • Access NTU's NOW e-platform, a space to share relevant content and facilitate discussion with your peers. You'll also be encouraged to communicate regularly with your Professional Studies Advisor, either face-to-face or by email.
  • Take advantage of NTU's expert Employability team, who can assist with refining your CV, developing professional skills, and sourcing relevant employment opportunities.
  • Benefit from a peer-to-peer support network, facilitated by a series of recall days that you'll be invited to attend. Have the opportunity to meet with other practising professionals at a similar career stage, expanding you industry network.

You might also be interested in

  • We offer an MArch Architecture course here at NTU, which satisfies the educational requirements for the RIBA Part 2. It is prescribed the ARB for the purpose of entry on to the UK Register of Architects.
  • If you’re interested in pursuing a career as an architect, you will need to complete an ARB/RIBA Part 1 qualification, before progressing to our MArch Architecture course for Part 2. We offer a BArch (Hons) Architecture qualification at NTU to fulfil the education requirements for Part 1, which is studied full-time over three years.

What you'll study

Your Professional Studies Advisor

You will be allocated a Professional Studies Advisor, who will support you in evidencing your experience gained in practice via your Professional Experience and Development Records (PEDR). Your PEDR is a mandatory component of the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice and Management, in conjunction with your Part 3 studies.

Please note that this course doesn't represent a placement programme; instead it can be understood as a 'graduate monitoring service', offered in relation to professional practice.

Recall days

Three times a year, you'll be invited to participate in a recall day; this is a day of lectures, seminars and case study presentations at, or near, NTU. You'll be encouraged to discuss your work experience and compare with your peers. Such exercises will broaden your awareness of the variety of work-based situations encountered, and the lessons these may offer in terms of professional practice.

In the interests of ensuring flexibility and relevance, you'll be invited to suggest some of the content for lectures to be offered, and for questions to be addressed in seminars.

Take part in our series of recall days - an opportunity to attend lectures and seminars, discuss your work and network with other professionals

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • You'll be supported for a period of up to fifteen months. This reflects the period of time that Part 1 graduates tend to spend in practice, before proceeding to a Part 2 course.
  • Start dates are flexible, and can be negotiated based on your needs.
  • This course is suitable for students who don't live near NTU. Support will be provided via one-to-one tutorials on a face-to-face basis, or can be conducted via email if this better suits.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be awarded the PCiA upon review of a professional diary that you're required to maintain, recording reflections on your experience over the fifteen month support period.

Choose to meet your Professional Studies Advisor face-to-face, or receive your support via email

Careers and employability

Following completion of the PCiA, students generally continue in the professional pathway in architecture, either securing a place on a Part 2 course, such as our MArch Architecture course, or extending professional practice, gaining more than one year of professional experience, before applying to a Part 2 course.

Take advantage of our expert Employability team, on-hand to assist with refining your CV and sourcing suitable employment opportunities

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Applicants will need to hold an undergraduate qualification with RIBA/ARB Part 1 status.
  • Students on this programme are expected to be in either architectural practice, relevant qualified employment or voluntary work, as detailed by ARB/RIBA for PEDR purposes.

What are we looking for?

  • Applicants will need to hold an undergraduate qualification with RIBA/ARB Part 1 status.
  • Students on this programme are expected to be in either architectural practice, relevant qualified employment or voluntary work, as detailed by ARB/RIBA for PEDR purposes.

English language entry requirements

  • If you are an international applicant, you will require an English language qualification, normally an IELTS with a score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill). For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Applications for this course can be made to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) team.

  • Complete our application form, providing full details as requested.
  • Return your completed form to cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk.
  • We'll review your application, notifying you if you're successful.
  • Successful applicants will then be asked to complete an application via our online form, enabling us to register you onto the course. We'll also request payment of the course fee at this stage.

Please don't attempt to pay the course fee before you are accepted on to the course, as unsuccessful applicants may experience a delay while a refund is issued.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications for this course can be made to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) team.

  • Complete our application form, providing full details as requested.
  • Return your completed form to cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk.
  • We'll review your application, notifying you if you're successful.
  • Successful applicants will then be asked to complete an application via our online form, enabling us to register you onto the course. We'll also request payment of the course fee at this stage.

Please don't attempt to pay the course fee before you are accepted on to the course, as unsuccessful applicants may experience a delay while a refund is issued.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018-entry

The fee for the Professional Certificate in Architecture is £250.00, payable on acceptance to the programme.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Fees for 2018-entry

The fee for the Professional Certificate in Architecture is £250.00, payable on acceptance to the programme.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418