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How should Part 3 change? Pamela Cole

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Pamela Cole, Part 3 course leader, University of Protmouth and chairwoman of APSAA

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We cannot reduce standards, no matter what the state of the economy, but the way of achieving standards can be more flexible and course deliverers are engaging with this. For example, some institutions are looking at the possibility of a fast and slow-track approach by spreading the course over two years, so some modules and learning can be done while students are out of work. This is a good initiative, because it enhances students’ career prospects and they remain engaged with the profession.

Part 3 has the opportunity to evolve after being static for some time. The impact of the recession is certainly an impetus, but so is our engagement with the EU and, not least, the nature of projects undertaken. Part 3 still has one foot in the 20th century and now needs to respond to changing times. We need a new perspective on training that is inclusive for all types of architect. Without this the profession will become an increasingly smaller cog in the bigger construction wheel.

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