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Northumbria’s Architect Degree Apprenticeship represents a remarkable opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Architect without leaving full-time paid employment, and with no tuition fees for the student. As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is pioneering this new route into the profession for the next generation of talent.

The Architect Degree Apprenticeship is a part-time four-year course and includes the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications, which is unique to this pathway. Students on the programme will work alongside our full-time MArch students in a collaborative studio-based environment.

During the programme, design projects will be based on real challenges from students working life, allowing them to develop their own authentic professional practice as well as making a valuable impact on their workplace.

Delivered by an acclaimed, award-winning teaching team, the Architect Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to equip students with the attributes needed to thrive in their career, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Imaginative solutions
  • A Rigorous justification of design decisions

Accreditation

Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and 3 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Northumbria’s Architect Degree Apprenticeship represents a remarkable opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Architect without leaving full-time paid employment, and with no tuition fees for the student. As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is pioneering this new route into the profession for the next generation of talent.

The Architect Degree Apprenticeship is a part-time four-year course and includes the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications, which is unique to this pathway. Students on the programme will work alongside our full-time MArch students in a collaborative studio-based environment.

During the programme, design projects will be based on real challenges from students working life, allowing them to develop their own authentic professional practice as well as making a valuable impact on their workplace.

Delivered by an acclaimed, award-winning teaching team, the Architect Degree Apprenticeship has been designed to equip students with the attributes needed to thrive in their career, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Imaginative solutions
  • A Rigorous justification of design decisions

Accreditation

Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 and 3 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
4 years part-time

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Learners on our MArch Architect Degree Apprenticeship programme will be challenged and stretched. They will be encouraged to draw on their own professional experiences throughout.

Architecture is a design-led discipline, and at least half of the study time on the programme will be focused on the development of key architectural design skills through real-life studio design projects.

The design modules are supported by taught modules, including:

  • History and Theory
  • Technology and Environment
  • Manual and Digital Communications
  • Practice, Management and law

This contextual study will build alongside design practice, informing design decisions and allowing students to tackle increasingly complex and challenging architectural design projects.

Our assessment methods have been designed to contribute to professional development, by reflecting authentic architectural practice. Design modules are assessed through portfolios of 2D (plans, sections, elevations) and 3D (analogue and digital models) work, supported by reflective journals to evidence your critical scholarship. Technology, environmental, and management modules are assessed by means of reports that replicate those undertaken in professional practice.

Students can communicate their Student Selected Investigation in a medium of your choice, to suit their academic strengths. Examples could include traditional written methods, podcasts, film, etc.

The Part III exam and end-point assessment will be undertaken within six months of completing fourth year, to complete the journey through architectural training.

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

An acclaimed, award-winning teaching team of outstanding architects and academics will offer guidance, support and expertise throughout the course. Collectively, this team has designed and built award-winning buildings, both nationally and internationally, as well as publishing world-leading research.

Our practice-based teaching approach has been recognised as outstanding by national and international authorities, external examiners and professional bodies, and has led to unmatched levels of student satisfaction and employability.

Apprentices are allocated an academic coach who will provide support for their academic development. This coach will have relevant experience and will appreciate the demands of ongoing professional practice.

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

On-campus teaching will be part of a supportive studio design culture, learning as part of an educational community, sharing knowledge, precedents and techniques. Students will be based within our new, world-class home for Architecture.  A modern addition to our historic Sutherland Building, designed by Page\Park Architects, housing over 1400m2 of studio space and a new student hub.

Our facilities include some of the best studio and workshop facilities in the country, including state-of-the-art 2&3D rapid prototyping machines. Students will be taught a comprehensive set of industry-standard software packages, particularly those 3D packages that enable spatial and formal acuity.

Students will also have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

Learning, teaching and assessment will be underpinned by a ‘research-rich’ approach. Students will build on research-based knowledge to develop critical curiosity, informed judgement and ability to evaluate proposals.

Academic Teaching Team

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both Apprentice and their Line Manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

 

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study this apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree from a Part 1 accredited Architectural course, and a minimum of three months relevant postgraduate work experience.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree from a Part 1 accredited Architectural course, and a minimum of three months relevant postgraduate work experience.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA6007 -

Authentic Design Inquiry (60 Credits)

You will engage with authentic real life architectural projects for a variety of stakeholders, including: charities, public bodies, quangos and commercial clients (although the latter depends on the ethical validity of the project). You will not only explore the discipline as a practical and theoretical subject, but be exposed to the social function of architecture, and in some case the financial constraints that architects have to operate within. Creativity in this module is expressed as a social phenomenon as well as an artistic one. You will also develop your skills in being able to: critically appraise and develop design briefs; make assessments of and respond to, the project’s contingencies and complexities; to communicate your work to an audience other than your peers and your tutor; and develop design strategies that result in sophisticated and appropriate design solutions that embrace the full criteria of a real live architectural project.

This module will be supported by relevant and timely workshops and tutorials, and regular reviews, also including members of the client group that we are working with.
Verbal feedback is provided via tutorials, through verbal, written and drawn formats throughout the semester. This ongoing guidance will provide you with opportunities for reflection and independent learning.

More information

KA6016 -

Architectural Research Methods (20 Credits)

You will learn through lectures, seminars and independent learning. The lectures will introduce critical thinking, cover research principles and concepts that will enable you to tackle postgraduate level assignments. You will propose a relevant research question as the basis for assignments.

More information

KA7011 -

Design Project 3: Analysis and Proposal (40 Credits)

You will improve your skills and creativity in design; the ability critically to appraise, understand the nature of, and develop design briefs; to analyse and make an assessment of the complexities of the project’s context; and propose and justify a design strategy. You will learn to engage with critical reflection on the cultural and social context of your area of study. Through independent and supported inquiry you will develop the design proposal up to sketch scheme (equivalent of RIBA Workstage 2) in response to your exploration. This learning will be evidenced in a portfolio that demonstrates your theoretical position, programme context, brief development and the early stages of your design proposal.
This module will be supported by workshops and tutorials, and regular reviews, where you are expected to be critical engaged in the process.
Verbal, written and drawn feedback is provided formatively at tutorials and strategic reviews throughout the semester, to provide ongoing guidance and to establish opportunities for reflection and independent learning. Summative assessment will be provided at the end of the semester providing guidance to be taken into DP4.

More information

KA7013 -

Student Selected Investigation (30 Credits)

You will learn skills that enable independent learning through research and advanced scholarship, applied to the discipline of architecture. More specifically you will acquire the knowledge and skills to identify an area of research interest and to be able to use appropriate methodologies to collect data addressing the research imperative. You will learn how to employ analytical skills to systematically evaluate data and to draw conclusions from this data and ultimately be able to communicate the findings through appropriate means.

More information

KA6006 -

Cultural Context (20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn how to review, reflect upon, consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of cultural topics; and apply them to inform approaches to studio design projects. You will be able to critically evaluate concepts and data from cultural topics, analyse them and frame appropriate questions to identify a range of solutions in various contexts. You will be able to practice communicating ideas and applications of cultural issues in terms that may be appropriate to diverse audiences. On completion of this module, the knowledge and understanding acquired will form part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your professional pathway. You will be encouraged to take increased ownership of your own learning.

More information

KA7012 -

Design Project 4 - Realisation (50 Credits)

This module is the realisation of the design thesis project, which will engage you as an independent learner in the development of a complex and integrated design proposal, based on the inquiry undertaken in dp3. During this phase of the year-long thesis project you will engage in a rigorous design process, developing your concept (established in dp3) into a coherent and complex design solution. With support from your design tutors you will utilise the skills and knowledge learnt during your education to date, and you will be expected to engage with an increased level of complexity and criticality that involves, amongst other exploration: an engagement with context (physical, poetic, theoretical); research into precedents and building typologies (spatial, and organisational); development of building programme, building form, spatial sophistication, materiality and appropriate detail, working together in an integrated and holistic way; consideration of regulatory and legal constraints; technological choices and comparisons and coherently communicated through verbal, written and graphical (both 2 and 3D formats)- all commensurate with level 7 scholarship.

More information

KA6008 -

Practice Management and Law (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about seeking project funding; consider your own professional, career aspirations; formulate a business plan and learn how to prepare a financial forecast.

More information

KA6015 -

Work Based Practice Management and Law (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the procurement and administration of a construction project; the contractual, legal and statutory framework; and information on an Architect’s professional duties and responsibilities.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA6007 -

Authentic Design Inquiry (60 Credits)

You will engage with authentic real life architectural projects for a variety of stakeholders, including: charities, public bodies, quangos and commercial clients (although the latter depends on the ethical validity of the project). You will not only explore the discipline as a practical and theoretical subject, but be exposed to the social function of architecture, and in some case the financial constraints that architects have to operate within. Creativity in this module is expressed as a social phenomenon as well as an artistic one. You will also develop your skills in being able to: critically appraise and develop design briefs; make assessments of and respond to, the project’s contingencies and complexities; to communicate your work to an audience other than your peers and your tutor; and develop design strategies that result in sophisticated and appropriate design solutions that embrace the full criteria of a real live architectural project.

This module will be supported by relevant and timely workshops and tutorials, and regular reviews, also including members of the client group that we are working with.
Verbal feedback is provided via tutorials, through verbal, written and drawn formats throughout the semester. This ongoing guidance will provide you with opportunities for reflection and independent learning.

More information

KA6016 -

Architectural Research Methods (20 Credits)

You will learn through lectures, seminars and independent learning. The lectures will introduce critical thinking, cover research principles and concepts that will enable you to tackle postgraduate level assignments. You will propose a relevant research question as the basis for assignments.

More information

KA7011 -

Design Project 3: Analysis and Proposal (40 Credits)

You will improve your skills and creativity in design; the ability critically to appraise, understand the nature of, and develop design briefs; to analyse and make an assessment of the complexities of the project’s context; and propose and justify a design strategy. You will learn to engage with critical reflection on the cultural and social context of your area of study. Through independent and supported inquiry you will develop the design proposal up to sketch scheme (equivalent of RIBA Workstage 2) in response to your exploration. This learning will be evidenced in a portfolio that demonstrates your theoretical position, programme context, brief development and the early stages of your design proposal.
This module will be supported by workshops and tutorials, and regular reviews, where you are expected to be critical engaged in the process.
Verbal, written and drawn feedback is provided formatively at tutorials and strategic reviews throughout the semester, to provide ongoing guidance and to establish opportunities for reflection and independent learning. Summative assessment will be provided at the end of the semester providing guidance to be taken into DP4.

More information

KA7013 -

Student Selected Investigation (30 Credits)

You will learn skills that enable independent learning through research and advanced scholarship, applied to the discipline of architecture. More specifically you will acquire the knowledge and skills to identify an area of research interest and to be able to use appropriate methodologies to collect data addressing the research imperative. You will learn how to employ analytical skills to systematically evaluate data and to draw conclusions from this data and ultimately be able to communicate the findings through appropriate means.

More information

KA6006 -

Cultural Context (20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn how to review, reflect upon, consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of cultural topics; and apply them to inform approaches to studio design projects. You will be able to critically evaluate concepts and data from cultural topics, analyse them and frame appropriate questions to identify a range of solutions in various contexts. You will be able to practice communicating ideas and applications of cultural issues in terms that may be appropriate to diverse audiences. On completion of this module, the knowledge and understanding acquired will form part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your professional pathway. You will be encouraged to take increased ownership of your own learning.

More information

KA7012 -

Design Project 4 - Realisation (50 Credits)

This module is the realisation of the design thesis project, which will engage you as an independent learner in the development of a complex and integrated design proposal, based on the inquiry undertaken in dp3. During this phase of the year-long thesis project you will engage in a rigorous design process, developing your concept (established in dp3) into a coherent and complex design solution. With support from your design tutors you will utilise the skills and knowledge learnt during your education to date, and you will be expected to engage with an increased level of complexity and criticality that involves, amongst other exploration: an engagement with context (physical, poetic, theoretical); research into precedents and building typologies (spatial, and organisational); development of building programme, building form, spatial sophistication, materiality and appropriate detail, working together in an integrated and holistic way; consideration of regulatory and legal constraints; technological choices and comparisons and coherently communicated through verbal, written and graphical (both 2 and 3D formats)- all commensurate with level 7 scholarship.

More information

KA6008 -

Practice Management and Law (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about seeking project funding; consider your own professional, career aspirations; formulate a business plan and learn how to prepare a financial forecast.

More information

KA6015 -

Work Based Practice Management and Law (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the procurement and administration of a construction project; the contractual, legal and statutory framework; and information on an Architect’s professional duties and responsibilities.

More information

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

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