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Apprenticeship training course

Architectural assistant (integrated degree) (level 6)

Working with Architects and other professionals such as Engineers, to design buildings and deliver architectural projects.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Generate architectural design proposals of diverse scales and type, including conducting feasibility studies
  • Draft and edit drawings and 3D models (plans, sections, elevations, and details) using relevant software, including CAD, to enable co-ordination with other professional’s input
  • Produce and coordinate design information with the design team (e.g. engineering, landscaping and interior design)
  • Critically analyse architectural culture, theory and design to present a personal viewpoint within a structured argument
  • Creatively apply theories, practices and technologies of the arts that influence architectural design
  • Produce necessary drawings and documents that comply with national and local planning policy
  • Identify user needs and the local context in which the project is developed
  • Develop the design of projects of varying scales in respect of environmental context and sustainability
  • Deliver services under the supervision of an Architect or a project leader, prioritising the interests of the client and other stakeholders 
  • Problem solve and use professional judgement to take initiative and make appropriate contributions to decision making
  • Research and investigate relevant information (e.g. site analysis, previous architectural projects) to support project development to ensure all client and regulatory requirements are met
  • Investigate, critically appraise and select alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design
  • Integrate structural, construction and engineering strategies with the overall design
  • Support an Architect or a project leader with construction inspections to ensure projects are built in accordance with contractual drawings
  • Evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural designs and building construction, and where practicable integrate alternative materials, processes and techniques into design proposals
  • Apply different technological methods to building design to provide conditions of comfort and protection against the environment
  • Meet client’s brief within the constraints of the imposed budget limitations
  • Meet client’s brief within the constraints of the building regulations
  • Interact with statutory authorities or individuals to support delivery of projects in a wide variety of sectors and within diverse legislative frameworks

Full information on Architectural assistant (integrated degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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