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BA (Hons) Architecture

The Board, at its meeting of 16 February 2017, decided that the above qualification awarded by Manchester School of Architecture should continue to be prescribed until 30 September 2022 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 qualification would also be subject to the following standard conditions set out in Section 9.0 of the Board’s Procedures, namely:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University / University of Manchester’s BA (Hons) Architecture (3 years, full-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period 30 September 2017 – 30 September 2022; 
  • Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specifications, submitted with the application of 18 July 2016, for the BA (Hons) Architecture (3 years, full-time) qualification. No change may be made to the title of any course or qualification or substantial change to the content so defined within that programme specification (allowing for normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board;
  • Annually by 1 February each year, commencing on 1 February 2018, the Institution will be required to provide the Board with information of the nature set out in Appendix 2 of its procedures to enable the Board to see that i. all its criteria and the relevant requirements set out in Article 46 (or Article 47) of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive [2005/36/EC] are being attained by students who have been awarded the qualification prescribed; ii. adequate systems are in place to ensure that all the Board’s criteria will be met by students for the period of prescription; iii. that the institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate; and iv. all of the factors referred to at paragraphs 6.6 and 6.7 of the Board’s Procedures continue to be demonstrated; and
  • The Institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students undertaking a prescribed qualification are fully informed of the extent of the application of that qualification to entitlement to registration as an architect in circumstances in which the student/candidate lacks a required antecedent qualification e.g. Part 2 without Part 1.


In addition to the standard conditions of prescription, the Board also decided that the following additional condition of prescription would be applicable to the qualification:


The Board was confident that:

  1. all students who had been awarded the qualification since the prescription of the qualification was last renewed had met all the ARB criteria;
  2. the Institution had adequate systems in place to ensure that students awarded the qualification met all the criteria; and
  3. the Institution should be able to maintain its ability to ensure that all students awarded the qualification meet all the criteria.

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