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Bachelor of Arts with Honours Architecture

At its meeting of 24 October 2022, the Board decided that the above qualification should be prescribed for the period 25 May 2022 to 24 May 2027* 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:

  1. The University of Gloucestershire’s Bachelor of Arts with Honours Architecture (three years, full-time; four to six years, part-time) qualification should be prescribed from 25 May 2022 to 24 May 2027.*
  2. Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification – submitted as part of the application on 2 July 2021 – for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours Architecture (three years, full-time; four to six years, part-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.
  3. Annually by 1 October – commencing on 1 October 2023 – 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] 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 the application and are adequate; and
    iv. All of the factors referred to in Sections 2.2 and 2.3 of the Procedures continue to be demonstrated, and any conditions of prescription continue to be met.
  4. The institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students undertaking the 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.
  5. 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 7.2 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 Examination Board, commencing in 2022 and continuing for the period of prescription, rather than waiting until the annual monitoring submission date of 1 October each year.
  • The institution will annually – for each year of prescription – provide a forward plan demonstrating that sufficient teaching staff with appropriate experience will be in place to support the anticipated numbers of students to be recruited to the course. The plan should include details of and a timeline for the recruitment process, and the planned staff to student ratio. The institution should also provide copies of the CVs of all new teaching staff appointed.


The Board was confident that:

  1. The course proposal – including the educational aims, the intended learning outcomes, the assessments etc – has been designed with the clear aim of ensuring that all those who receive the qualification will have met all the Criteria;
  2. Systems are in place to ensure that all Criteria will be met by all students receiving the qualification for the period of prescription; and
  3. The institution has adequate resources to maintain and, where appropriate, increase the achievements of students meeting all the Criteria.

In light of the fact that this is a new qualification, the additional conditions will provide the Board with additional assurance that all students will have met all the Criteria at Part 1 level upon receipt of the award.


* At its meeting of 27 February 2023, the Board agreed to extend prescription until 31 December 2028.