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BArch (Hons) Architecture with Arts Foundation Year

The Board agreed that University of Lincoln’s BArch (Hons) Architecture with Arts Foundation Year (4 years, full-time; 6-8 years, part-time) qualification for the period 7 March 2019 to 30 September 2021. Prescription of the above qualification would be subject to the standard conditions set out in section 5.4 of the Board’s Procedures, namely:

a) The University of Lincoln’s BArch (Hons) Architecture with Arts Foundation Year (4 years, full-time; 6-8 years, part-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period 7 March 2019 to 30 September 2021;

b) Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specification, submitted with the application of 19 December 2018, for the BArch (Hons) Architecture with Arts Foundation Year (4 years, full-time; 6-8 years, part-time) qualification. No change may be made to the title of any course or qualification or substantial change to the content so defined within that Programme Specification (allowing for normal course development) without first obtaining the written permission of the Board;

c) Annually by 1 March each year, commencing on 1 March 2020, the institution shall be required to provide the Board with information of the nature set out in Appendix 2 to enable the Board to see that:

i. All its Criteria and the relevant requirements set out in Article 46 (or Article 47) of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive [2005/36/EC] have been attained by all students/candidates awarded the prescribed qualification;
ii. Adequate systems are in place to ensure that all the Board’s Criteria will be met by students/candidates for the period of prescription;
iii. The institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate; and
iv. All of the factors referred to in Sections 2.2 and 2.3 above continue to be demonstrated, and any conditions of prescription continue to be met.

d) The institution will ensure that appropriate procedures will be maintained so that all students/candidates undertaking a prescribed qualification are fully informed of the extent of the application of that qualification to entitlement to registration as an architect in circumstances in which the student/candidate lacks a required antecedent qualification, e.g. Part 2 without Part 1.

e) Following each and every set of examinations, the institution shall be required to submit to the Board its pass lists of graduating cohorts who have received the prescribed award.

In addition to the standard conditions of prescription, the Board decided that the following additional condition of prescription would be applicable to the qualifications under Section 3.5 of the Board’s procedures:

• As part of its annual monitoring submissions to be made each year, the University must provide the Board with a full update on its staffing provision.

The Board also noted that there was sufficient evidence in the material submitted in support of the application as supplemented by the institution’s additional explanations to enable it to be confident that:

1) The course proposal – including the educational aims, the intended learning outcomes, the assessments etc. – have been designed with the clear aim of ensuring that all those who receive the qualification will have met all the Criteria;
2) Systems are in place to ensure that all Criteria will be met by all students/candidates receiving the qualification for the period of prescription; and
3) The institution has adequate resources to maintain and, where appropriate, increase the achievements of students/candidates meeting all the Criteria.

The Board also agreed that in light of the concerns expressed in relation to the staffing of the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) qualification that the University should provide a full update on its staffing provision as part of its annual monitoring submissions to be made each year. The Board agreed that because the BArch (Hons) Architecture with Arts Foundation Year was based upon the existing Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) qualification the same special condition should also apply. The Board agreed that it wanted reassurance that the addition of the BArch (Hons) Architecture with Arts Foundation Year qualification would not have an adverse effect on staffing.

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