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Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice

The Board, at its meeting of 5 March 2020, came to a decision regarding the University of Bath’s application for prescription of the above qualification.

The Board, having considered the application and the outcome of the consultation, decided to prescribe the University of Bath’s Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice (18 months, apprenticeship) qualification for the period 5 March 2020 to 20 September 2025.

Prescription of the qualification is subject to the following Standard Conditions set out in Section 7.1 of the Board’s Procedures, namely:

  1. The University of Bath’s Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice (18 months, part-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period 5 March 2020 to 20 September 2025;
  2. Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification, submitted on 7 August 2019, for the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice (18 months, part-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;
  3. Annually by 31 March each year, commencing on 31 March 2021, 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 2.2 and 2.3? of the Procedures continue to be demonstrated; and
  4. 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.
  5. Following each and every set of examinations, the institution shall be required to submit to the Board its pass lists of graduating cohorts to have received the prescribed award.

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

 

  • the course proposal, including the educational aims, the intended learning outcomes, the assessment criteria etc., have been designed with the clear aim of ensuring that all those who receive the qualification meet all the Criteria;
  • the institution has adequate systems in place to ensure that students awarded the qualification meet all the Criteria; and
  • the institution has adequate resources to maintain and where appropriate increase the achievements of students in meeting the Criteria.

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