Architecture (with Foundation Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS

Course summary

Use architectural design principles to respond to complex social and environmental needs with our ARB-prescribed Architecture degree.

  • Study an Architecture degree at our RIBA Award-winning Locksbrook Campus building.
  • Work with a range of local, regional, national and international organisations on real-world projects.
  • Create innovative designs that respond to the needs of communities, social initiatives and complex issues such as climate change.
Where we live and work shapes who we are – whether we’re in a built or natural environment. On our Architecture degree, you’ll learn about the relationships between conservation, planning and the use and reuse of spaces in response to crucial issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and supporting fair societies. How we design, create, reinvent and repurpose our built environment is constantly evolving, and we’ll prepare you to be a responsive, resilient, flexible and imaginative practitioner. You’ll work on projects and live briefs with external collaborators from your first year on the course. Bath is a World Heritage City that has always been at the cutting edge of architecture; the balance of old and new here is evident in everything from the city’s famous Georgian buildings to the recently redeveloped former Herman Miller factory site that has become Bath Spa University’s state-of-the-art Locksbrook Campus. BA Architecture at Bath Spa teaches you about buildings and materials in relation to their location and within their historic and future contexts. Prescribed Architecture course Take the first step towards becoming an Architect. This course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects. As a prescribed course, it forms the undergraduate degree element of the Part 1 qualification towards becoming an architect. Prescription is subject to the conditions of prescription being met and maintained and to periodic review. The qualification is currently prescribed until 31 December 2028. The Foundation Year Develop your ideas, skills and confidence during this Foundation course, in readiness for your chosen degree course. Begin with a fast-paced introduction to experimentation and play as forms of investigation through active drawing, observation, making and recording. You'll continue your enquiries into materials, processes and concepts, and select media, materials and technologies to create personal solutions in response to course briefs. Finally, you'll specialise in your chosen discipline. You'll prepare and define objectives for a major personal project, assess your own work in relation to that of others, visually investigate and improve your preliminary ideas, and successfully oversee your major personal project from beginning to end.


Course Structure - Start with an intensive and experimental Foundation course that develops your art and design abilities in relation to contemporary practice, and introduces you to our exceptional facilities and staff. In your second year, you’ll be introduced to the key practical and conceptual skills of architectural design and work on a range of projects. You’ll develop a solid foundation in research theories and methodologies to support your design skills as you start to understand and develop your own professional practice. Using our unique and interconnected local and regional environments as a starting point, you’ll also be introduced to the historical and theoretical contexts of architecture in relation to place, space, community, and our collective ethical and sustainability responsibilities to our environment. In the third year, you'll engage with complex, real-world projects and practice-based, peer-to-peer learning to continue to develop your practical, creative and professional skills. You’ll deepen and expand your architectural design knowledge. We’ll help you further develop your practical understanding of, and expertise in, research, project design and project management, and your ability to work collaboratively – an essential skill for all design professionals. In the final year, we’ll help you as you use your own creativity, knowledge and practical skills to successfully realise real-world collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. You’ll consolidate your experiences, expertise and professional practice into a comprehensive portfolio that clearly articulates the skills and professional experience you've developed during your BA Architecture degree.

Assessment method

Our Architecture course is entirely assessed by coursework. You'll be assessed by a variety of methods that may include: Reports, Reviews, Reflective learning and professional practice pieces, Proposal papers for projects, Project progress reports, Project evaluations, Portfolios and Presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are also required to hold a minimum grade C or 4 in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).

Additional entry requirements


Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited by email bring a portfolio of creative work to interview. Applicants will also be asked to bring a short piece of set work. Interview will take place at our Locksbrook campus. More details will be supplied on invitation.


English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £17585 Year 1
International £17585 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Architecture (with Foundation Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS