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Part 3

Professional Practice Part 3 is the final examination and course formally recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which allows candidates to register as Architects, with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It is open to both AA graduates and eligible non-graduates. It is also available to registered professionals wanting to refresh their practice knowledge through continuous professional development (CPD). Pre-registration is highly recommended.

The course is offered in two formats: in the autumn as a full-time course lasting two weeks; and in the spring as a Saturday School for ten weeks for candidates who prefer to study over a longer period or who may have difficulty with weekday attendance.

Spring 2020

  • Course (Saturdays only) 11 January – 21 March: Course (10 Saturdays)
  • Saturday 21 March: Revision day + Paper 1 Handout
  • Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 March: Building Contract Game (optional)
  • Saturday 18 April: Written Exam (papers 2,3,4) + Hand in of Paper 1
  • Monday 18 or Tuesday 19 May: Oral exam (1 hour slot)

Autumn 2020

  • Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September: Building Contract Game (optional)
  • 7 – 18 September: Course (Monday – Friday)
  • Saturday 19 September: Revision day + Paper 1 Handout
  • Saturday 10 October: Written Exam (papers 2,3,4) + Hand in of Paper 1
  • Monday 2 or Tuesday 3 November: Oral exam (1 hour slot)

Spring 2021

  • Saturday 16 January – Saturday 20 March: Course (10 Saturdays)
  • Exam dates to be confirmed


Both courses cover all topics central to professional practice, including business management, building legislation, planning and building regulations, running a small business and communication skills such as personal presentation.

A two-day optional course, the Contract Game involves teams working together to devise strategies to overcome contract issues and practical problems during project negotiations.


Part 3 Course £2000
Part 3 Examination £1500
Building Contract Game £300

Key documents

All prospective students must read the Part 3 Handbook which provides all course and exam details. Candidates ready to sit the examination must establish their eligibility by submitting Initial Assessment (IA) documents which includes their Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR) or AA’s Certificate of Professional Experience (CPE).


To make an appointment with the Professional Studies Advisor, or for general enquiries contact


Professional Studies Coordinator

Jennifer Anderson

T: +44 (0)20 7887 4082

Head of Part 3/Professional Studies Advisor

Paul Crosby
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4040

Links & downloads

Part 3 Handbook
Initial Assessment
AA Certificate of Professional Experience

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.