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How long does it take to become an architect outside of the US?


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November 26, 2008 8:10PM

A career in architecture normally involves seven years in higher education and training; this includes a five year degree programme and a minimum of 2 years professional experience in an architect's office (or equivalent) and successful completion of professional examinations before registration with the Architects Registration Board.

For information on a career in architecture, have a look at the Connexions website at Add 'Architecture' to the search box for details, including entry requirements and links to the registration and professional bodies relevant for each of the four countries within the UK.

If you'd like to check out the subject options that meet entry requirements for architecture courses at university, have a look at the UCAS website: Select Architecture, either as a single subject or as a combined option, to bring up the list of courses and then click on any university of interest for more details, including entry requirements. These will often be listed under 'general entry requirements, but sometimes there are course specific requirements. GCSE subjects should include maths, English language and a separate or a double award science: Maths, physics and art are useful subjects at A level although many other subjects are acceptable. (In some instances, alternative but equivalent qualifications such as a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Construction, may be acceptable). If you have queries, you could discuss these with your school careers adviser or contact the university admissions office for clarification.

Allow some time for your research as you may want to check out other links or review your options. I hope this helps answer your question and wish you well in your future study and career!