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The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) has a reputation for being one of the best in the UK. Our aim is to make the world a better place through contextually sensitive, sustainable and beautiful architecture. Through our courses, we support our students to become well-rounded and capable individuals, by addressing the full range of skills required to be an architect. These include creative design, building construction and performance, environmental design, issues of sustainability, matters of professional responsibility and the duties of an architect, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of architecture and urban design. The BSc/MArch is a unique degree course as, after successful completion of the three-year BSc (or equivalent qualification from another university), students will spend most of the first year of the MArch in architectural practice. This is followed by a single, final year based in the school. Part 1 and Part 2 of the UK professional qualification for architects are fulfilled by the BSc and MArch degrees, respectively. Both degrees are approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Most of your time on these courses is spent in the design studio, working on architectural design projects that grow in scale and complexity as you progress through them. Many of the skills mentioned above are developed through and integrated into design. We offer a range of working spaces, workshops and computer aided design facilities to support this. You will be taught both by permanent academic staff and tutors from local and leading UK practices, providing an exciting mix of design approaches and experiences. As the leading school of architecture in Wales, we have good links with the Welsh Government, construction industry bodies and professional practice locally, and we also have strong international links. If you already have a first degree and wish to apply for the MArch Part 2 only, please visit our postgraduate pages for more information. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: •The Welsh School of Architecture is consistently placed among the top-ranked architecture schools in the UK on the basis of its teaching and research as noted in league tables and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. •Our Architecture BSc is a three-year degree course in its own right, but can lead on to the two-year MArch course and eventual qualification as an architect, following completion of the Part 3 programme (Diploma/MA in Architecture: Professional Studies). •Two-thirds of the BSc course is currently based on project work in the studio. •We currently run study visits to architectural sites in the UK and overseas as a regular feature of the BSc course, and MArch units are regularly based in Europe. •During the first year of the MArch course students are based in an architectural practice, undertaking a combination of practical and academic work.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site - Cardiff|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAA - AAB||A good academic balance of skills in art/design subjects, with other science/maths or humanities subjects, excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAA - AAB||A good academic balance of skills in art/design subjects, with other science/maths or humanities subjects, excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||IB Diploma with 665 at Higher Level, including 6 at HL in an Art and Design subject|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.|
|Extended Project||A||EPQ in a subject relevant to Architecture. For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths Grade B/5, GCSE English/Welsh Language grade C/4|
A portfolio assessment will be required.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.