module specification

AR7P46 - RIBA 3 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title RIBA 3
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 600
540 hours Guided independent study
60 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Other 10%   Experience
Oral Examination 10% 50 PEDR viva voce
Coursework 10%   Extended CV
Oral Examination 10% 50 Critical self appraisal viva voce
Coursework 15%   Case study
Oral Examination 15% 50 Case study viva voce
Unseen Examination 15%   Written examination
Oral Examination 15% 50 Written Examination Viva
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester City Wednesday Evening
Autumn semester City Wednesday Evening

Module summary

Module Title: RIBA 3
Description: This single module encompasses the prescribed components which a candidate must pass separately in order to be put forward for registration as an architect to the Architect's Registration Board as having passed RIBA 3.


The four components comprise: experience / PEDR extended CV / self appraisal, case study, written examination. Each component is partly assessed in a summative and conclusive oral exam.

Semester: Spring / Summer
Assessment: 20% Experience / PEDR, 20% CV / Self Assessment, 30%; Case Study, 30% Written Examination

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

As a single module course, the aims for the module mirror those of the course. The primary aim is to assess the candidate against the RIBA/ARB Criteria for Part 3. These criteria ask the candidate to demonstrate awareness, understanding, knowledge and ability against a set  of  key requirements through the mechanisms of the PEDR, a Case Study, a Career Evaluation – as well as their performance in both written and oral examinations. The intention is to ensure that those successful candidates who may use the protected title architect, in accordance with Architects Act 1997, have achieved a threshold level of competence (in terms of  knowledge and skill) and professionalism (in terms of conduct and responsibility) against Nationally approved standards, in order to safeguard clients, the users of buildings and wider society.

Beyond these fundamental criteria and their own experience, this course requires its students to think critically about the role of the architect in European society, questioning what it means to act both effectively and ethically within the legal, social and commercial structures of the UK in particular.


The Syllabus will cover the following areas:
- The responsibilities of registration as an architect
- The Code of Conduct
- Land and Property Law / The Party Wall Act
- Forms of Appointment
- The Financial Organisation of Private Practice
- Risk Management
- Tendering Procedures
- Contractual Relationships
- Standard forms of Contract
- Development and Building Control Processes
- Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations
- Contract Administration
- The Future of the Profession

Learning and teaching

The course will be taught through a lecture and seminar series. Questions from previous papers will be considered. The students will receive individual and group academic direction through face to face and email tutorial from the Course Leader and Professional Studies Advisor, for the PEDR or Certificates of Experience.

Learning outcomes

The successful student will, on completion of the course, have been able to demonstrate that  they have undertaken sufficient relevant  experience and have attained sufficient Awareness, Knowledge and Ability, as required by the RIBA/ARB criteria for RIBA 3.

The RIBA/ARB criteria are attached to the course specification document  within a separate appendix

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed through three distinct coursework components, each submitted in .pdf format, and a written examination component. These 4 components are each subject to two types of assessment, one of which is a Viva Voce Examination. This results in 8 assessment components overall. The Viva Voce Examination is defined as the final professional 'gateway' by the RIBA. It is assessed by a pair of EU registered architect examiners, at least one of whom will be drawn from an RIBA National List of RIBA3 examiners. Both the 4 Viva Voce Examination assessment components and the aggregate of each of the 3 coursework and one written examination components must be passed at minimum 50% to achieve a pass overall.

The weighting of the four components is as follows:
1. 20% Experience / PEDR (10% Coursework / 10% Viva Voce Exam)
2. 20% Extended CV / Critical Self Appraisal (10% Coursework / 10% Viva Voce Exam)
3. 30% Case Study (15% Coursework / 15% Viva Voce Exam)
4. 30% Written Examination (15% Script / 15% Viva Voce Exam)

HAND IN Courswork Components 1 to 3 - Wednesday / Week 12 / Summer Period
WRITTEN EXAMINATION - Week 12 / Summer Period
VIVA VOCE EXAMINATION - Week 15 / Summer Period


Information on websites is the most up to date source information on the subject areas covered in this course: The following are of particular value The Architect’s Act 1996 and the ARB Codes of Conduct and Practice are published here. The proceedings of the Professional Conduct committee are of particular interest in the context of definitions of ‘serious professional incompetence’ and the use-of-language appropriate to a professional and contractual context. This is the RIBA’s website

The following documents are available for free download
The ‘Code of Professional Conduct 2005’
‘Problems with Building Project and / or Appointed Architects’ this document tabulates dispute resolution pathways.
‘ Criteria for Validation ‘ – this has the syllabus for RIBA 3 . The RIBA’s regulations for RIBA 3 may not be available on the website at present. Information on the JCT self-appointed mission is of interest as is the free to download guide to the choice of JCT contract form. Better information on JCT forms is available on the RIBA bookshop site. JCT standard, intermediate IC2005 and Minor Work forms should all be in the possession of candidates in the written examinations. This website provides a wealth of information on Environmental, Planning, Building Regulations, Sustainability and Party Wall matters. it can be used it to keep up to date on UK planning policy and to access local planning authority websites to read UDPs etc.
Recent amendments to the Building Regulations are often published free on this site.
All published Planning Policy statement should have been browsed by candidates
The ‘Party Wall etc. Act 1996 Explanatory booklet’ should be downloaded by all candidates This website gives useful information on the doctrine of ‘boundaries’ in English Land Law OPSI = Office of Public Sector Information ( this organisation replaces the HMSO ) The OPSI publishes free most statutory instrument including Acts of Parliament not more then 20 years old. Those that are particularly relevant to this course are as follows:
The Town and Country Planning Act 1990
This Act is too long to read in its entirely but some experience of its highly procedural flavour is useful
The Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996
Only the Construction part is relevant to the RIBA 3 course. It sets up mandatory adjudication in ‘construction’ contracts. This Act also includes the Architect’s Act 1996 that set up the ARB.
Contracts ( Rights of Third parties ) Act 1999
This is very well-drafted and is a better guide to these issues than any commentary on them
Land Registration Act 2002
This is a good example of modern legislation, it may soon be supplemented by ‘Household Inspector’ legislation and house ‘passports’
The Limitation Acts
Are not published free by the OPSI because of their age but the Northern Island version which is published gives a clear picture of their intention and methodology
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 ( as amended 2003 including SENDA legislation )
This Act has to deal with difficult ethical concepts and adjectives such as disability, intimidating, hostile, offensive and degrading. It is worth reading for this reason.

The RIBA bookshop which is linked with the main website ( sells the following documents all of which are valuable in relation to the course.
Standard Form for the Appointment of an architect SFA / 99
(NOTE: the RIBA intend to replace this document in early 2007 )
A Clients Guide to employing an architect.
Conditions of Engagement for the Appointment of an Architect CE / 99
Small Works SW 99
DB1 / 99 Employer’s requirements
DB2 / 99 Contractor’s Proposals
The Architect’s Contract : Guide to RIBA Forms of Appointment 2004 version