Before applying to start a Part Three, it is important to consider if you are professionally ready. A huge part of the Part Three submission is your Case Study, which requires you to be involved with a project reaching at least Stage 5 on the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. An ideal case study project would be a small, traditionally procured project, which you work on across all project Stages (0-7). The chances of this scenario occuring for you are quite slim, unless you have many years experience, so most people will only have a small role in a project across certain stages. It is understood by the RIBA that it is difficult to gain exposure to each stage, so within your case study you can observe a project through some stages and have active involvement in others to demonstrate your experience across all stages of work. It is more difficult to convince the examiners of your ability through construction stage if you have not been actively involved in the project, so it is important to discuss the Part 3 requirements with your superiors at work to make sure you are working on a project (or projects) that will allow you to meet the experience criteria.
As many projects are now procured via the Design & Build route, this can easily be incorporated into your case study, however, it is likely you will need to contrast the Design & Build method against the traditional procurement route. Your personal university tutor will tell you what you need to include and what comparisons you need to make for your individual Case Study. It would be beneficial to obtain a balanced level of professional experience across the each stage of work where possible, as part of the submission is usually a Career Appraisal.
If you have fallen behind with your PEDRs, it would also be highly beneficial to update them as much as possible before starting the Part Three course. It is also worth noting that compiling and having signed off all of your PEDRs within the same period of time shortly before submission may demonstrate a lack of awareness, unreliability or lack of professional discipline to your examiners. Remember, you are trying to prove you are a competent, experienced professional worthy of the registered title ‘Architect’.