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Job Description

Architects create designs for new projects, extensions, redevelopments and alterations. They use their specialist construction knowledge and drawing skills to design buildings that are functional, sustainable, safe and pleasing to the eye. They may also be involved in restoration and conservation work.

Career path and progression

If you're working for a private architectural firm, you may be able to move up to become a partner or associate.

In public sector roles, with experience you could move into a lead architect job.

You could also work on projects as a freelance consultant, or set up your own business. 

You may get opportunities to work overseas.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to complete:

Entry requirements vary, so check these with course providers directly. You'll also usually need a portfolio of your drawings, sketches and photographs to get onto a course.

The ARB has information on courses.

If you're already working in an architectural practice but can't study full-time, you could do the RIBA studio (previously called the RIBA examination for office-based candidates).

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has more information on becoming an architect.

Career Path and Progression

If you're working for a private architectural firm, you may be able to move up to become a partner or associate.

In public sector roles, with experience you could move into a lead architect job.

You could also work on projects as a freelance consultant, or set up your own business. 

You may get opportunities to work overseas.

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National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent design and drawing skills
  • Good creativity
  • A keen interest in buildings and the built environment
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good communicator both written and verbal
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Good team player

Starting Salary

£27,500 to £90,000

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