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RIBA Diploma in Architecture

At its meeting of 7 September 2020, the Board decided that the above qualifications awarded by the RIBA should continue to be prescribed until 31 March 2026 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 qualifications is subject to the following Standard Conditions set out in Section 13 of the Board’s Procedures, namely:

a. The Royal Institute of British Architects’ RIBA Part One Certificate in Architecture (four years, self-study); RIBA Certificate in Architecture (four years, self-study; four years, part-time); and RIBA Diploma in Architecture (two years, self-study; three years, part-time) qualifications should be prescribed for the period from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2026.

b. Prescription of the qualifications shall be by reference to the Programme Specifications – submitted as part of the application and dated 18 December 2019 – for the RIBA Part One Certificate in Architecture (four years, self-study); RIBA Certificate in Architecture (four years, self-study; four years, part-time); and RIBA Diploma in Architecture (two years, self-study; three years, part-time) qualifications. 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.

c. Annually by 1 July each year – commencing on 1 July 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 students awarded the prescribed qualifications;

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 10.2 and 10.3 of the Procedures continue to be demonstrated, and any conditions of prescription continue to be met.

d. The institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students undertaking the prescribed qualifications 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.

e. 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 awards.

In addition to the Standard Conditions of prescription, the Board agreed that the following additional condition of prescription would be applicable to the qualifications under Section 13.2 of the Board’s Procedures:

a. The institution is required to submit explicit statements from the external examiners every year confirming whether they were satisfied or not that all graduating students of the Certificate qualifications had met all the Criteria at Part 1 level, and that all graduating students of the Diploma qualification had met all the Criteria at Part 2 level.

The Board’s reasons

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

i. All students awarded the qualifications since the qualifications were prescribed or last renewed had met all the Criteria;

ii. The systems used by the institution to ensure that all students awarded the qualifications have met all the Criteria are adequate, and will continue to ensure that the Criteria are met for the future period of prescription; and

iii. The institution’s future plans and commitment are such that the institution will maintain its ability to ensure that all students awarded the qualifications have met all the Criteria.

The external examiners’ annual reports cover both Parts. The confirmation statements required by the additional condition will provide assurance of achievement of the Criteria at the relevant level by graduates of the separate qualifications within the RIBA Studio.

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