Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)

This is a course for non-UK qualified architects. It will provide students with an introduction to the architectural, professional, legal and financial basis of the UK Construction Industry.

Key information

Key information about this course

Location Central House
FacultySir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Study LevelShort Course
Course Length10 weeks (Mondays 6.30pm - 9pm): beginning April 2016 (dates TBC)
EntryOctober 2015, January 2016
Attendance typesPart-time
Part time cost
UK and EU students

Course overview and entry requirements

Course overview

This course is specifically designed for EU qualified Architects (covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive) who are working or preparing to work in the UK.

It will give an introduction to all aspects of working as an Architect in the UK, from appointments and setting fees; working with sub-consultants and the wider design team; understanding the constraints around the construction industry including planning; appointing contractors and the different contractual options; and managing health and safety and risk. It will also contain sessions on professionalism, the roles of the ARB and RIBA and an introduction to British law.

The course covers much the same ground as RIBA Part 3 course, but will not lead to accreditation as an architect. It is designed for people who have already qualified in the European Economic Area and who have a qualification covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC). For more details on qualification equivalence, contact the ARB. For the accredited RIBA 3, Examination in Professional Practice, please see the course page.

This course is different from the Part 3 course in that:

  • you do not need to have done RIBA Part 2 to do the course
  • you do not need to understand the UK Construction Industry to do the course
  • it is not focussed on the assessment

You can read the RIBA Visiting Board Report from January 2012 for our architecture courses.

Entry requirements

This course is specifically designed for non-UK qualified architects who are working or seeking work in the UK. It is also suitable for qualified architects seeking to refresh their professional knowledge before returning to practice after a break.

All applicants to the course should be EEA qualified Architects with a qualification covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC).

Please note that the course will be delivered in English. This is a technical course, and will involve technical language. Key words and phrases will be explained as simply as possible, but in order to complete this course you will need to read and understand English well.

Course structure and assessment

Course structure

The RIBA: Practice in the UK Short Course course will be delivered in 10 sessions. Each session will last 2.5 hours and include:

  • an introductory lecture of about an hour, and hour and a quarter
  • a lecture, case study or interview with or by a professional related to the field. These guest speakers will include lawyers, journalists, architects, clients and members or the professional boards
  • the opportunity to ask questions or explore opinions

Each session will be supplemented by a handout, which will include a summary of the main points and resources for further study.

The ten sessions will cover: introduction and sources of information; professionalism; the role of the architect; controls over the built environment; the UK legal framework; contract and procurement (two sessions); HR issues; appointments and charging clients and risk, insurance and dispute resolution.


On completion of the course, the students will receive an RIBA Continuing Professional Development Certificate of Attendance. In between the last two sessions of the course, a short case study and a series of questions will be issued. This will not be formally marked, but constructive feedback can be given.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

This field is not applicable to our short courses.

Further information

The maximum class size is 40.

Course contact hours: 25.

What our students say

"The course was very useful to understand the architecture industry."

Applying and entry

How to apply

To book onto one of our Short Courses, please visit our eShop.

Please note: the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch. 


A 20 per cent discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or ESA
  • those whose sole or main income is a DSS state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of DLA or PIP
  • RIBA members
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit bearing courses, London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses or London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

Please contact us before booking.

Terms and Conditions

Please read our T&C's before booking.

When to apply

Course length One evening a week for ten weeks (Mondays 6.30pm - 9pm)
Course dates April 2016 dates TBC

Contact details

Tel0207 320 1842

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