Higher/Degree Apprenticeship Architect

MArch Architecture and PGCert Professional Practice, Knowledge, Skills and Management in Architecture

Course code
Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
School of Architecture and Environment
4.5 years including End Point Assessment
MArch Day release, PGCert Block release; September intake
Programme leader
Andrew Bourne

Page last updated 1 March 2024


Our Architect apprenticeship will give you the master's level expertise and qualifications you need to become a qualified architect. You'll benefit from industry-experienced teachers, live briefs, field trips, workshops and real-world projects.

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Why study for an Architect apprenticeship?

Our Architect apprenticeship draws on UWE Bristol's significant strengths in architecture education and our experience of supporting students through our postgraduate architecture courses. This training route enables you to complete the next stage of your professional development, investing in your training while continuing to work.

Our Architect apprenticeship (Level 7) starts in September. Over four years, you'll gain the training and specialist skills needed to achieve Part II and III qualifications, with tuition funded through the apprenticeship funding system.

Develop your skills in architectural design and construction, client contact and the operational side of running an architectural practice through this employer-funded training option, progressing your career.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has an excellent reputation for its architecture courses and the calibre of its graduates. The department also has a strong reputation for design research teaching, with relevant exhibitions and symposia integrated within our postgraduate architecture courses, including the Architect apprenticeship. 

This apprenticeship incorporates our strengths in sustainability, reflective professional practice, architectural design, design research and enquiry, construction contract law, teaching about professional practice and live project work. Architecture at UWE Bristol has a strong engagement with locally and regionally sited live project work and runs the 'Hands-On Bristol' live project network.

You'll learn from industry-experienced tutors and practising professionals, work on live briefs from clients, and opportunities to study cities and buildings on national and international field trips (subject to funding and employer agreement). You'll also benefit from regular workshops and projects led by professional structural and mechanical engineers, as well as architects from local, national and international practices.

With access to our award-winning, sustainably built design studios, you'll develop skills in design, sketching, CAD and environmental modelling. You'll also become familiar with using laser cutters and 3D printers and routers and test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories.

Benefits to your employer

Degree apprenticeships are a flexible and practical way for your employer to invest in staff career development and address any potential skills gaps in your workplace. Your organisation will also have the full support of our experienced academic community, drawing on our strengths and expertise in architecture and our wider business network.

By retaining your talent in-house, your employer will benefit as you gain the skills, tools and confidence to make an even greater contribution to your workplace. You'll have access to cutting-edge research, such as the latest thinking on sustainable buildings, giving your workplace access to new ideas and developments in this ever-changing field.


Throughout your apprenticeship, you'll have the chance to specialise in areas such as social architecture, conservation or urbanism. This opportunity will help you to build sought-after skills, develop your portfolio and progress as a forward-thinking practitioner.

In addition to supporting your development in the workplace, this apprenticeship will help you to understand the career landscape in your sector and plan for your longer-term ambitions. Our award-winning Careers Service is on hand to give you independent advice and guidance at any point in your studies. 

Course details


  • Design studio
  • Advanced cultural studies
  • Professional practice
  • Architectural representation and modelling
  • Design research
  • Design in practice
  • Logic to artefact
  • Low/zero impact buildings
  • Urban greening: planning, design and delivery.

Please note these modules are indicative and can vary.

Where possible, taught modules are designed to integrate with learning in our design studio and your practice.

The course comprises studio-based lectures, individual tutorials and group seminars, as well as regular project design reviews.

Design projects are the focus for constructional, structural and environmental technical studies, taught by specialists through lectures, seminars and studio tutorials.

Visiting practitioners, academics and internal researchers contribute to the teaching, and support your specialist knowledge development.

Study time

The MArch is delivered on a day-release format, with two days per week spent in class for 24 weeks per academic year. During the first two years there's an opportunity to attend a week-long field trip. The PGCert is then delivered in a block-release format.


Assessment takes the form of coursework, which may include essays, reports, skills portfolios, presentations and individual projects.

Learn more about assessments.


Professional accreditation

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you'll achieve a Part II (Master of Architecture) validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

You'll also graduate with a Part III (PGCert Professional Practice, Knowledge, Skills and Management in Architecture), validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).


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Entry requirements

You're required to have:

  • grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Plus, one of the following:

  • an architecture degree from a UK or overseas institution equivalent to a 2:1 and must include a requirement for the minimum of a ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification or Part 1 equivalent as prescribed by the ARB; or
  • an architecture degree of 2:2 plus a minimum of 60% in the final year's design studio module and must include a requirement for the minimum of a ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification or Part 1 equivalent as prescribed by the ARB.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we will assess your application and you may be invited to an online or in-person interview on the basis of a digital portfolio and practice experience. If this applies to you, please upload your portfolio and details of your practice experience with your application.

ESFA eligibility requirements

To study an apprenticeship, you need to:

  • be aged 16 years or over
  • be an EEA citizen (with Right to Work in the UK) and not be in any other kind of full-time education (including being enrolled on any other apprenticeship programme)
  • be employed (for at least the full planned duration of your apprenticeship) in a role that is linked to the appropriate industry for the apprenticeship training
  • receive at least legal minimum wage for apprentices (wages vary depending on experience, employer and level or type of apprenticeship)
  • commit to at least six hours per week of apprenticeship training during your normal working hours
  • have support from your employer, including a mentor/line manager. Your employer is also responsible for funding your apprenticeship.

More information about eligibility for apprenticeship funding is available on the GOV.UK website. 

How to apply


If you’re interested in applying and have the support from your employer, speak to your line manager and/or HR team in the first instance for approval. Your employer will contact us so we can send you an application link.


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