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Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management

The Board, at its meeting of 13 July 2017, decided that Newcastle University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management (12 months, part-time) qualification should be prescribed from 30 September 2017 to 30 September 2021 under section 4(1)(a) of the Architects Act 1997 for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

Prescription of the qualification is subject to the standard conditions set out in Section 9.0 of the Board’s procedures, namely:

  1. Newcastle University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management (12 months, part-time) qualification should be prescribed for the period 30 September 2017 to 30 September 2021;
  2. Prescription of the qualification shall be by reference to the Programme Specifications, submitted with the application of 1 December 2016, for Newcastle University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management (12 months, 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;
  3. Annually by 30 April each year, commencing on 30 April 2017, the institution will be required to provide the Board with information of the nature set out in Appendix 2 of its procedures 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] are being attained by students who have been awarded the qualification prescribed; ii. adequate systems are in place to ensure that all the Board’s criteria will be met by students for the period of prescription; iii. that the institution’s resources remain as set out in its application and are adequate; and iv. all of the factors referred to at paragraphs 6.6 and 6.7 of the Board’s Procedures continue to be demonstrated; and
  4. 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.

The Board was confident that:

  1. all candidates who had been awarded the qualification since prescription of the qualification was last renewed had met all the ARB criteria;
  2. the institution had adequate systems in place to ensure that candidates awarded the qualification met all the criteria; and
  3. the institution should be able to maintain its ability to ensure that all candidates awarded the qualification met all the criteria.

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