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BA (Hons) Architectural Design

The Board at its meeting of 7 April 2011 decided that Leeds Metropolitan University’s BA (Hons) Architectural Design should be prescribed from 7 April 2011 to 30 September 2014 under section 4(1)(a) of the Architects Act 1997 for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

Prescription of the above qualification is also subject to the following standard conditions set out in Section 2.11 of the Board’s Procedures, namely:

  1. the period of prescription shall commence on 7 April 2011 and expire on 30 September 2014;
  2. prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the programme specification submitted with the application of 27 November 2009.  No change may be made to the title of any course or qualification or substantial change to the content so defined within those documents (allowing for normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board; and
  3. annually by 31 January each year, commencing on 31 January 2012, Hull School of Art and Design will be required to provide the Board with information of the nature set out in Appendix 2 in its procedures to enable the Board to see that all its criteria are being attained by candidates who have been awarded the qualification prescribed and that the Institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate.


Prescription of the qualification is also subject to the following additional condition set under 2.5.11 of the Board’s Procedures:


As part of its first annual monitoring submission, and as part of subsequent annual monitoring submissions at the Prescription Committee’s request, the Institution must provide evidence to the Board which demonstrates the following:

  • that the assessment procedures and learning outcomes for the qualification will continue to ensure that all students who receive the qualification will meet the full Criteria at Part 1 upon successful receipt of the award; and
  • that the resources underpinning the qualification remain, as a minimum, as set out within the application.


The Board considered that there was sufficient evidence within the material submitted in support of the application, as supplemented by the Institution’s additional explanations to enable it to be confident that:

  1. the course proposal, including educational aims, the intended learning outcomes, the assessment criteria etc. had been designed with the clear aim of ensuring that all those who received the qualification met all the ARB criteria;
  2. the Institution had adequate systems in place to ensure that students awarded the qualification would meet all the criteria for the period of prescription; and
  3. the Institution had in place adequate resources to maintain, and where appropriate, increase the achievements of students in meeting the criteria.

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