Bachelor of Arts with Honours Architecture
At its meeting of 9 September 2021, the board decided that the above qualification should continue to be prescribed until 1 October 2026* under Section 4(1)(a) of the Architects Act 1997 for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.
Prescription is subject to the Standard Conditions set out in the Board’s Procedures, namely:
- Ravensbourne University London’s Bachelor of Arts with Honours Architecture (three years, full-time) qualification should be prescribed from 1 June 2022 – 1 October 2026.*
- Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification – submitted as part of the application on 1 May 2020 – for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours Architecture (three years, full-time) qualification. No change may be made to the title of any qualification, or material change to the content so defined within a programme specification (allowing for normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board.
- Annually by 31 January – commencing on 31 January 2022 – the institution shall 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] have been attained by all students awarded the prescribed qualification.
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. The institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate; and
iv. All of the factors referred to at Sections 10.2 and 10.3 of the Procedures continue to be demonstrated, and any conditions of prescription continue to be met.
- 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 lacks a required antecedent qualification, e.g. Part 2 without Part 1.
- Following each and every set of examinations, the institution shall be required to submit to the Board its pass lists of graduating cohorts who have received the prescribed award.
In addition to the Standard Conditions of prescription, the Board agreed that the following additional conditions would be applicable to the qualification under Section 13.2 of the Board’s Procedures:
- That the institution should submit its external examiner reports immediately once they have been received by the institution following each Exam Board, commencing in 2021 and continuing for the period of prescription, rather than waiting until the annual monitoring submission date of 31 January each year.
- The institution should provide an update the staff recruitment planned for the commencement of the 2021 academic year at the same time that its external examiner reports are also submitted.
- That the institution should provide an update each year on the training which has been provided to staff to ensure their understanding of Ravensbourne University London’s Grade Descriptors and assessment strategies.
The Board was confident that:
- All students awarded the qualification since the qualification was prescribed or last renewed have meet met all the Criteria;
- The systems used by the institution to ensure that all students awarded the qualification have meet all the Criteria are adequate, and will continue to ensure that the Criteria are met for the future period of prescription; and
- The institution’s future plans and commitment are such that the institution will maintain its ability to ensure that all students awarded the qualification meet all the Criteria.
Receiving the external examiner reports immediately following their submission to the institution will allow the Executive and the Board to identify more quickly whether there are any concerns in relation to threshold standards. Providing an update on the training given to staff on the institution’s grade descriptors and assessment processes will give the Board assurance that marking processes are being followed appropriately and will provide further assurance that all students will meet all of the Criteria at the point of graduation.
* At its meeting of 27 February 2023, the Board agreed to extend prescription until 31 December 2028.