Architects use their skills and knowledge to offer creative problem solving and strategic advice related to various types of building, arts and construction projects. This includes developing building designs taking into account multiple constraints, such as structural integrity, the character and location of a site, methods of construction, value for money, design quality and impact on the environment, as well as legal responsibilities. Architects work responsibly to deliver the interests of their clients and the core requirements of cost, time and quality.

Architects are registered professionals, trained to requirements defined by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Architect Apprenticeship Standard is mapped against the current ARB and RIBA Part 2 and Part 3 criteria. This apprenticeship enables apprentices to apply to become a Registered and Chartered Architect upon successful completion if they so wish*.

*Please note that individuals need to hold ARB-prescribed awards at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 levels before they are eligible for registration. The Architect Apprenticeship Standard is designed to align with the latter two awards.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The assessment methods for the EPA are outlined below:

Method Coverage Assessed by Grading Grade Weighting
Professional Interview supported by Career Appraisal Knowledge, skills and behaviours EPAO Fail/Pass/Merit 50%
Case Study Report supported by Design Challenge Knowledge, skills and behaviours EPAO Fail/Pass/Merit 50%

A summary of the EPA timeline is as follows:

  • The Apprentice, Employer, and EPAO agree a ‘Design Challenge’ within four weeks of the EPA start date. The ‘Design Challenge’ must be work undertaken after the EPA start date.
  • The Case Study Report must be submitted within 22 weeks of the EPA start date.
  • The Career Appraisal must be submitted to the EPAO within 22 weeks of the EPA start date.
  • The Professional Interview takes place within the final two weeks of the EPA.

The EPA must be completed over a maximum period of six months.

End Point Assessment Gateway

The employer will take the final decision on whether the apprentice is ready to take the EPA and may take advice from the HEI.

Prior to taking the EPA, the apprentice must meet the following:

  • Achieved a Level 2 English and Maths as per the apprenticeship standard.
  • Completed and awarded a post graduate level qualification (Part 2).
  • Completed the formal academic learning defined by their HEI for the Part 3 qualification, including any Part 3 examination which is not integrated with the EPA.
  • Completed any formal training plan agreed with their employer.
  • Have sufficient competency in all the knowledge, skills & behaviours as defined in the Architecture Apprenticeship Standard.

Sample Assessment Materials

A range of Sample Assessment Materials will be made available for current apprentices on the EPA Moodle page.

The Apprenticeship Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard (ST0533) can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website.