Architecture Apprenticeship (Level 7)

The Architecture Apprenticeship offers you a new way to support your employees’ professional development, by investing in their architecture training and retaining their talents and skills.

What is the Architecture Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship?

Drawing on UWE Bristol’s significant strengths in architectural education, this training route enables your employees to complete the next stage of their professional development, while continuing to work with you in-house.

Building on our experience of supporting part-time students through the MArch, UWE Bristol’s Apprentice Route integrates the part-time route for apprentices with the full-time provision of the MArch. We understand this as particularly important for the development of a studio culture for all.

Over the course of four years, they will receive the training and specialist skills development needed to achieve their Part II and III qualifications. They will be working with you at the same time, with their tuition fees funded wholly or in part through the Apprenticeship funding system.

Who is the Architecture Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship for?

Architecture practices can use this route to strengthen the skills of their workforce, by offering it to any employees who have already completed an undergraduate architectural degree.

Learners looking to take the next step in their training can benefit from this employer-funded training option, to improve and refine their skills in architectural design and construction, client contact and the operational side of running an architectural practice.

How will your business benefit?

It’s a flexible and practical way to invest in your employees’ career development, as you address any potential skills gaps in your workplace.

You’ll retain valuable skills and knowledge in-house, as you upskill your employees and they gain the tools and confidence to make an even greater contribution to your business.

Training is delivered on a day-release format, which means students can put their learning into practice almost from day one.

Apprentices will have access to cutting-edge research, such as the latest thinking on sustainable buildings, giving your practice access to new ideas and developments in this ever-changing field.

Your organisation will also have the full support of our experienced academic community, drawing on our strengths and expertise in architecture, and our wider business network.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has an excellent reputation for its architecture courses, and the caliber of its graduates. We have been ranked sixth nationally for student satisfaction for our architecture courses in The Guardian University League Tables 2020.

This apprenticeship incorporates our MArch strengths in live project work, sustainability, reflective professional practice, architectural design excellence, design research and enquiry, construction contract law and the teaching of professional practice. Architecture at UWE Bristol has a strong engagement with city and regionally sited live project work and runs the ‘Hands-On Bristol’ live project network. The department also has a strong reputation for its design research teaching with exhibitions and symposia for this integrated within the post-graduate architecture programmes, including the Architecture Apprenticeship.

Apprentices will learn from industry-experienced tutors and practising professionals, work on live briefs from clients, and study cities and buildings on national and international field trips.

With access to our award-winning, sustainably-built design studios, they will develop skills in design, sketching, CAD and environmental modelling; become familiar with using laser cutters and 3D printers and routers; and test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories.

Regular workshops and projects will be led by professional structural and mechanical engineers, as well as architects from local, national and international practices.   

Learners can specialise areas such as social architecture, conservation or urbanism, to build sought-after skills, develop their portfolio and progress as forward-thinking practitioners.

Course details

Indicative content:

  • Design studio
  • Advanced cultural studies
  • Professional practice
  • Architectural representation and modelling
  • Design research
  • In practice

Where possible, taught modules are designed to integrate with learning in our design studio and your practice.

The course comprises weekly studio-based lectures, individual tutorials and group seminars, as well as regular project design reviews.

Design projects are the focus for constructional, structural and environmental technical studies, taught by specialists through lectures, seminars and studio tutorials.

Visiting practitioners, academics and internal researchers contribute to the teaching, and support students’ specialist knowledge development.

Professional registration and accreditation

Students will graduate with a Master of Architecture and Part II and Part III validated from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Duration and delivery

This course is delivered on a day-release format, meaning your employees will spend two days per week in class for 24 weeks per academic year. During the first two years there is an opportunity to attend a week-long field trip.

Assessment takes the form of coursework, which may include essays, reports, skills portfolios, presentations, and individual projects.

Typical entry requirements

We require one of the following:

  • An honours degree of 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course; or
  • A first degree in architecture from an overseas institution that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to a 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course; or
  • An honours degree of 2:2 from a RIBA Part I validated course, plus a minimum of 60% in the final year design project and/or evidence in their portfolio of significant development since they completed their degree; or
  • Successful completion of the ARB Part I examination; or
  • Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above which they should describe in detail in their application.

In addition, students should have completed work experience in an architectural practice or related discipline.

They may be invited to an interview (via video conferencing for overseas students) on the basis of their formal application and digital portfolio. Applicants demonstrating appropriate experience, skills and ability at interview will be offered a place.

Contact us

To find out more about the Architecture Apprenticeship, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance. There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships.  We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.  

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