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Professional Certificate

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15 months

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About Architecture at Nottingham Trent University

This course is designed to support graduates from a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1-accredited qualification in architecture, who are undertaking experience in professional practice, prior to entry on a Part 2 course.

The course aims to provide easy access to professional, work-related and educational advice, at the same time as monitoring and helping you interpret your practice-based experience. The programme is optional and therefore not a mandatory requirement to progress on to a Part 2 course. However, it is recognised by the RIBA and Architects Registration Board (ARB), as part of the UK system for ensuring high quality entrants to the profession.

Why study this course?

  • Benefit from full NTU student status - enrolment on this course entitles you to use of the University's industry-standard facilities, libraries and learning spaces.
  • Develop your personal design style, supported by a University with a strong design heritage; NTU began life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. Your learning is also underpinned by the School's significant expertise as a built environment educator.
  • Access NTU's NOW e-platform, a space to share relevant content and facilitate discussion with your peers. You'll also be encouraged to communicate regularly with your Professional Studies Advisor, either face-to-face or by email.
  • Take advantage of NTU's expert Employability team, who can assist with refining your CV, developing professional skills, and sourcing relevant employment opportunities.
  • Benefit from a peer-to-peer support network, facilitated by a series of recall days that you'll be invited to attend. Have the opportunity to meet with other practising professionals at a similar career stage, expanding you industry network.

You might also be interested in

  • We offer an MArch Architecture course here at NTU, which satisfies the educational requirements for the RIBA Part 2. It is prescribed the ARB for the purpose of entry on to the UK Register of Architects.
  • If you're interested in pursuing a career as an architect, you will need to complete an ARB/RIBA Part 1 qualification, before progressing to our MArch Architecture course for Part 2. We offer a BArch (Hons) Architecture qualification at NTU to fulfil the education requirements for Part 1, which is studied full-time over three years.

How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • You'll be supported for a period of up to fifteen months. This reflects the period of time that Part 1 graduates tend to spend in practice, before proceeding to a Part 2 course.
  • Start dates are flexible, and can be negotiated based on your needs.
  • This course is suitable for students who don't live near NTU. Support will be provided via one-to-one tutorials on a face-to-face basis, or can be conducted via email if this better suits.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be awarded the PCiA upon review of a professional diary that you're required to maintain, recording reflections on your experience over the fifteen month support period.

Careers and employability

Following completion of the PCiA, students generally continue in the professional pathway in architecture, either securing a place on a Part 2 course, such as our MArch Architecture course, or extending professional practice, gaining more than one year of professional experience, before applying to a Part 2 course.


Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Architecture. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Bonington Art Shop

Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to support your project work.

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