Become an Architect

Architects advise on the construction, design and planning of structures that need to be built or restored. They are an important part of the design team and prepare drawings, inspect the building work that is taking place and meet regularly with clients to keep them updated on the project. They are usually hired at the start of the project and remain until completion.

  • Creativity

  • Communication

  • Team working

  • Negotiating

  • Numeracy

  • IT skills

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail


Qualifying to be an architect typically involves five years at university and completing a minimum of two years' practical experience.

To get on to a degree you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent, such as the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma.

After completing your A Levels or BTEC you could progress onto a HND and then complete a top-up degree. A degree apprenticeship in architecture is currently being developed.


Starting salaries for an architect's assistant during the trainee stage usually range from £18,000 to £30,000

Newly registered architects can earn in the region of £30,000 and £35,000

Trained with experience architects can earn in the region of £35,000 and £60,000

Senior or chartered architects can earn in the region of £50,000 and £100,000









Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.