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Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice

Prescribed until 22 September 2022

The Board, having considered the application and the outcome of the consultation, decided to prescribe London South Bank University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (7 months, part-time, apprenticeship) qualification for the period 9 December 2019 to 22 September 2022.  Prescription of the qualification is subject to the following Standard Conditions set out in Section 7.1 of the Board’s Procedures, namely:

 

  1. London South Bank University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (7 months, part-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period 9 December 2019 to 22 September 2022;
  2. Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the information, submitted as part of the application process, for the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (7 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 January each year, commencing on 31 January 2020, 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 candidates 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 candidates 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 5.4 of the Procedures continue to be demonstrated; and
  4. 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 student lacks a required antecedent qualification e.g. Part 2 without Part 1.

 

In addition to the standard conditions of prescription, the Board agreed that the following special conditions should also apply to prescription of the qualification:

 

  1. That as part of its future annual monitoring submissions the institution must provide copies of the apprentices’ transcripts showing progression through the Architect Apprenticeship. The Board requires ongoing assurance that those progressing through both the MArch and the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice will successfully complete the Level 7 Architect Apprenticeship and meet the Criteria, particularly at Part 3 level, at the required threshold standard.
  2. That one of the ARB’s Independent Advisers observe the first Part 3 oral examinations for those undertaking the Architect Apprenticeship and which are required as part of the examination process for the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice qualification. The Board anticipated that the first oral examinations would be taking place in January 2022.  The institution should confirm the date and the arrangements for the oral examinations at least six weeks prior to the examinations taking place. If there are any Part 3 oral examinations connected with the apprenticeship taking place prior to this, then ARB should be made aware of this and this special condition will apply at an earlier stage and to these oral examinations.  The role of the Independent Adviser will be to observe the assessment process undertaken by the Professional/External Examiners and to provide the Board with assurance that all candidates who successfully obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (7 months, part-time) will meet all of the Criteria at Part 3 level upon receipt of the award.
  3. That the institution must submit the Professional and External Examiners reports immediately following the examination sessions for the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice qualification which are anticipated to take place in January 2022. If an examination session connected with the apprenticeship at Part 3 level takes place before this time, then this condition will apply at an earlier stage and to that examination session. In the event that apprenticeship Part 3 examinations take place prior to January 2022 the institution must make ARB aware of this at least six weeks prior to the examinations taking place.

 

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:

 

  1. 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;
  2. the institution has adequate systems in place to ensure that candidates awarded the qualification meet all the Criteria; and
  3. the institution has adequate resources to maintain and where appropriate increase the achievements of candidates in meeting the Criteria.

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