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Apprenticeship training course

Architect (integrated degree) (level 7)

Working on the design of new buildings and the redesign of existing buildings.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s 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
  • Evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critique and explain design proposals  
  • Produce drawings and 3D models using relevant software including Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Apply understanding of current architectural debate to produce innovative solutions
  • Produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture, theory and design
  • Apply fine art theories in a creative way that acknowledges their conceptualisation and representation
  • Comply with relevant town planning policy throughout design and construction phases to obtain planning permission (e.g. submitting planning application)
  • Identify end user needs, local and the social context in which the project is developed
  • Lead design development in respect of environmental context and sustainability
  • Lead projects or parts of projects, taking into consideration business priorities and practice management
  • Deliver services in a responsible manner, prioritising the interests of the client and other stakeholders 
  • Problem-solve and use professional judgment to take initiative and make appropriate decisions in situations with multiple constraints
  • Critically review precedents relevant to the function, organisation and technological strategy of a design proposals
  • Prepare and develop a project brief (e.g. by referring to RIBA Plan of Work)
  • Integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques with building design
  • Evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural designs with multiple constraints and building construction, and how to integrate these into practicable design proposals
  • Apply various 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 and building regulations
  • Interact with statutory authorities (e.g. planning or building control), private bodies (e.g. developers) or individuals to competently deliver projects in a wide variety of sectors and within diverse legislative frameworks
  • Act professionally when working independently and as part of a team, including communicating clearly with all stakeholders
  • Offer impartial advice on construction related issues, relevant legislation and risks
  • Identify and describe client and end user requirements, priorities and objectives
  • Work with an understanding of the relevant statutory and legal requirements during project development so that the risk of harm to those who build, use and maintain buildings is reduced
  • Engage in business development and administration including contributing to business strategy development, evaluating resources, planning, implementing and recording projects tasks
  • Supervise the work of junior staff including Architectural Assistants
  • Coordinate and engage in design team interaction
  • Resolve construction related challenges and disputes, where appropriate
  • Undertake construction inspection responsibilities, including completing site visits and commenting on contractors and sub-contractors work in relation to architectural drawings

Full information on Architect (integrated degree) (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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