Associate Year Out Programme

Associate Year Out Programme

School of Art, Design and Fashion


Post- graduate





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    One year office placement with two days of workshops

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    Distance with attendance, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The UCLan Associate Year Out Programme has been established to:

  • Provide ongoing support for Part 1 architectural students in professional practice 
  • Review and authorise professional experience and development records (PEDR)
  • Improve the employability, enterprising and entrepreneurial skills of students
  • Give Part 1 architectural students access to selected UCLan facilities and services during the placement year 

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Entry Requirements

First degree in architecture which has been validated by the RIBA.

We welcome graduates from all universities who have completed RIBA validated Part 1 course. Space is limited so please apply as soon as possible.

Programme at a Glance

The programme will offer the following services and benefits over a 12 month period:


  • Monitoring and signing of four PEDR sheets by UCLan professional studies advisor 
  • Ongoing placement advice and support when needed
  • Two call back days with keynote lectures in October and May

We offer well organised professional support for the signing of professional evaluation development records as well as providing help and support during this transition time.

The call-back days will involve a series of lectures and workshops. You and your colleagues will gain valuable learning from these activities.

Further Information

At UCLan Architecture we offer well organised professional support for the signing of Professional Evaluation Development records as well as providing help and support during this transition time. An integral part of our support over this one year programme for students is two call-back days which include a series of lectures and workshops to aid your professional development.



The placement is prerequisite as part of the requirements to becoming an architect. It is usually undertaken prior to commencing a Part 2 validated course in architecture.


How to Apply

In the first instance please contact with the Professional Practice Module Lead: Urun Kilic Engasa (Architect I RIBA I ARB) by e-mail


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

The course is linked to the year out placement you will undertake as part of your training as an architect. The placement occurs under the supervision of an ARB validated professional architect or equivalent.

The programme provides a bridge between the undergraduate and post-graduate student experience - and a vital link from the education to the professional practice environment. The Year Out Programme builds on the links to architectural practices established through the Office Mentoring scheme undertaken by architecture students in the final year of their undergraduate course at UCLan.

The course is administered by a professional studies advisor who is a professionally qualified architect. Four PEDR sheets covering three months each are monitored and signed. You will also attend two full day workshops which will develop the professional and presentation skills that are essentially whilst in the office environment.


Professional Accreditation

This course is an essential part of passing Part 3 of your architecture accreditation and being onto the Register of Architects, administered by the Architects Registration Board. It will also facilitate enrolment onto a Part 2 course.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Grenfell Baines School of Architecture

Information from the RIBA on the route to becoming an architect