Architecture (including foundation year) at London Metropolitan University - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study this course? Our Architecture (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is designed to offer an alternative route into higher education if you can’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard three-year degree. It’s also the ideal choice if you’d like to practise your skills before embarking on the bachelor's part of your degree to explore your potential within multiple creative practices. On completion of this four-year degree you’ll receive exemption from RIBA Part 1 and you’ll be prepared to continue working towards Parts 2 and 3 to register as an architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). More about this course The foundation year on this bachelor's course in architecture is an intensive year that will equip you with studio and workshop skills to help you progress on to more in-depth study of architecture in the subsequent three years of your degree. You’ll learn how to make informed decisions about your own work, become a creative practitioner and gain confidence to present and defend your work. The foundation year will be shared with others studying a degree with a foundation year at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, so the subjects you’ll study will not be directly linked to architecture but you’ll get to explore different creative practices. There is an emphasis on engagement with materials, forms and processes to develop your practical skills in all creative practices within the School. You’ll also attend lectures and seminars that will introduce you to of historical, contemporary and cultural contexts within a range of creative practices. Following the foundation year you’ll join students studying the standard three-year degree and graduate with the same award and title as them. To find out more about the subsequent three years of your degree visit our Architecture BA (Hons) course page. If you find that another discipline in the School of Art, Architecture and Design will be more suited to your interests and abilities, there will be flexibility to allow you to change your specialism at the end of your foundation year.


Year 0 modules include: Critical and Contextual Studies: Foundation Formats Project Techniques Year 1 modules include: Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Architecture) Design Project 1.2 Design Skills 1.1 Technology 1 Year 2 modules include: Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Architecture) Design Project 2.2 Design Skills 2.1 Technology 2 Year 3 modules include: Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Architecture) Design Project Development 3.1 Design Project Resolution 3.2: Comprehensive Design Project Integrated Design Audit

Assessment method

During the foundation year your assessments will be based on a design portfolio of A1 sheets relating to design projects, showing your development in making and representation skills. You’ll also be assessed by coursework, which will take the form of an annotated workbook that evidences your work processes. Following the foundation year you’ll be assessed according to the criteria set out by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Project work will make up 50% of your mark and you’ll be assessed primarily on your demonstration of competence and the quality of the work in your portfolio.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements



You will need to attend an interview with your portfolio of creative work. If you live outside of the UK, you will be required to submit a small portfolio of work via email. To find out what to include in your portfolio, view the portfolio guidance on the university website.

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

More information about our English language requirements.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £19250 Year 1
International £19250 Year 1
Channel Islands £19250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £19250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Architecture (including foundation year) at London Metropolitan University - UCAS