Architecture is a phenomenon, mirroring the people it serves.

Architects and the clients they work with constantly redefine the way our buildings and civic spaces will be; that is an amazing challenge.

Why Architecture?

Qualifications & pathways to qualify as an architect


You will usually need a good base of well graded GCSEs including mathematics and English at grade C or above, and ideally a good range of arts and sciences. You don’t have to study art necessarily, but ideally you should be interested in the subject along with design and technology.

Work Experience & other learning opportunities

WS offer Work Experience opportunities for Students at Secondary School or Sixth Form College through our Work Experience Programme. For many Students, this is the first opportunity to be part of the Practice of architecture and we hope a great chance to find out what working as an Architect is like. The RIBA also offer workshops for young people during the school holidays – for instance, the RIBA’s Skill Up: architecture workshops for young people 15-18 years old.

A levels

Generally you will need three A-levels (ABB/128 UCAS Tariff points), which should all be in academic subjects. You should always check the requirements of Schools of Architecture you are interested in applying to as requirements may differ – for example some courses require maths or a science at A-level. Taking an art foundation course will also help if you do not have an art or design qualification. Many Schools of Architecture also recognise qualifications such as BTEC National Diplomas.

Degree Pathway

You will need to study and pass a course validated by The Royal Institute of British Architects at a recognised School of Architecture. These courses combine academic studies and professional experience.

Part 1
3 Years University undergraduate egree
1 Year paid & recorded practical experience – the “Year Out in Practice”

Part 2
2 Years Diploma or MA
1 Year paid & recorded practical experience

Part 3
Final qualifying examination – candidates need 24 months of recorded practical experience, CV and career evaluation, case study, written examination, and final oral examination.

Apprenticeship Pathway

Apprenticeships combine practical experience in the workplace with academic training provided by a university. The Institute for Apprenticeships has now approved two apprenticeship standards for delivery. The two standards are:

Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship

Full time working for an Architectural Practice and 4 Years Part time at University, which achieves Part 1 qualification

Architect Apprenticeship

Full time working for an Architectural Practice and Part time at University, which achieves Part 2 and Part 3 qualification

WS are very proud to be the employers of one of the first 6 Architectural Assistant Apprentices in the UK and we are very pleased that this means another of our employees is studying at London South Bank University.

If you like architecture, design, drawing, IT, problem solving and you are creative and inquisitive then this could be the career for you.

Chartered Architectural Technologists lead the technological design within architecture between concept, innovation and reality. Professionally Qualified Architectural Technicians specialise in the application of technology in architecture.

Why Architectural Technology?



Along with your core subjects of maths, English and science you should opt for any of the following subjects: art, graphics, resistant materials, information technology and design technology.

A levels

A/AS levels, Highers in Scotland, Learning Certificate in Ireland or equivalent should be relevant to Architectural Technology such as science, technology, construction or building services engineering.


To become a Chartered Architectural Technologist, you should enrol on a CIAT Accredited 3 Year Honours degree or equivalent in Architectural Technology. Alternatively, you can progress with an equivalent Honours degree in a built environment subject. See for more details.

To become a professionally qualified Architectural Technician, you can enrol on a Higher Diploma (HND) or Foundation degree or equivalent in Architectural Technology or built environment subject.