Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice
At its meeting of 2 October 2020, the Board decided that the above qualification should continue to be prescribed until 30 September 2023 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 is subject to the Standard Conditions set out in the Board’s Procedures, namely:
- The University of Greenwich’s Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (12 months, part-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period 2 October 2020 to 30 September 2023.
- Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification – submitted with the application of 29 November 2019 – for the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (12 months, 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 a normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board.
- Annually by 31 March – 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] have been attained by all candidates awarded the prescribed qualification;
- ii Adequate systems are in place to ensure that all the Board’s Criteria will be met by candidates 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 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 candidates 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 candidate 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 condition would be applicable to the qualification under Section 13.2 of the Board’s Procedures:
- That where the institution makes a submission which is late, incomplete, or fails to meet the Board’s requirements, the Board will consider whether it will require the institution to submit a full application to renew prescription at a point earlier than that typically required within the current period of prescription during the period 2 October 2020 – 30 September 2023. Where annual monitoring submissions are made late on successive occasions it reduces the Board confidence in the ability of the institution to meet its requirements.
The Board was confident that:
- All candidates awarded the qualification since the qualification was prescribed or last renewed had met all the Criteria;
- The systems used by the institution to ensure that all candidates awarded the qualification have met 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 candidates awarded the qualification have met all the Criteria.
The Board noted that since prescription of the qualification was last renewed, the institution’s annual monitoring submissions had been submitted after the relevant deadline on two of a possible two occasions. The 2018 submission was made 30 days late and the 2019 submission made 10 days late. The previous period of prescription which ran from 30 September 2017 – 30 September 2020 had also been reduced as the institution has failed to make annual monitoring submissions on time on a further two occasions.
In line with the letter issued to all institutions on 1 July 2016 and as raised at SCHOSA’s summer meeting in July 2016, the Board agreed that the period of prescription should be reduced by two years given the successively late annual monitoring submissions.