Architecture with Foundation Year Birmingham City University

Undergraduate

The Foundation course provides an opportunity to explore the exciting world of contemporary design through various scales and develop creative solutions, encapsulating Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design, and Product and Furniture Design.

It provides a supported learning environment to explore conceptual ideas through to detailed design, mapping and modelling and is assessed through mini design-focussed projects and a specialised final project in a chosen field.

The course is ideally suited to students who need to develop their design, drawing, technical and presentations skills before entering a BA course or for those who have not yet decided which specific design discipline or career to pursue.

Study in state-of-the-art studios, learn from experienced, research-active experts and make connections with over 100 industry partners with our BA (Hons) Architecture course. Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by Architects Registration Board (ARB) to give full exemption from the ARB / RIBA Part 1 examination, you will be based at our innovative Birmingham School of Architecture and Design.

With the diverse architecture of Birmingham as your initial inspiration, you'll focus on urban environment and look at neighbourhoods, cities, and regional and global networks. Industry connections in your second and third years help you foster direct links and contacts within practice, helping you to find work experience. We also work closely with RIBA West Midlands, the Midlands Architecture Centre (MADE), and Birmingham City Council.

From the first year onwards, you will begin to construct your own online webpage of work and projects, which can then be transformed into an online portfolio and/or CV.

Our recent RIBA Validation Board visit commended our links with professional practice and the supportive learning community we offer. We were also commended for our flexible approach to learning, with strong support for part-time students. We're a boutique school, accepting only 65 students each year, creating an intimate learning environment and meaning you’ll get fantastic individual support.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Parkside Building Campus

  • Start date

    23 September 2019

  • Duration

    4 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code K10F
Institution code B25
Campus name Parkside Building Campus
Campus code C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 points
A level CCC excluding General Studies
A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Art and design, business and economics, construction and built environment, design technology, english, geography, history, languages, ICT, land based and environment, manufacturing, music, performing arts and drama, science.
subjects excluded Hair and beauty, health and social care, hospitality, early years, customer service, citizenship, accounting, PE and sport, public services and uniformed services
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3 with MeritConstruction, Planning, Built Environment subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications within access course must be obtained.
Scottish Higher DDD 88 points, from 3 advanced higher level passes
Must include English Language and Maths at Standard Grade
AS excluding General Studies
Must be taken alongside A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 88 points minimum.
Extended Project Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC extended diploma, art and design foundation diploma or UAL extended diploma to obtain 88 pts
Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 grade 4 English language and Maths. Must have been achieved at the point of Enrolment.

Applicants must have GCSE qualification. No other equivalencies are acceptable for home students.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall.
For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR English Group B - Grade 5 or above from the IB will be accepted.
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 11 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 88 UCAS Tariff Points.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.     
This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC extended diploma, art and design foundation diploma or UAL extended diploma to obtain 88 pts
Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts excluding Health and Social Care, Sport
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
excluding Health and Social Care, Sport
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
excluding Health and Social Care, Sport
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
excluding Health and Social Care, Sport
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels,AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts
excluding Health and Social Care, Sport
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Art and design, business and economics, construction and built environment, design technology, english,geography,history,languages,ICT,land based and environment,manufacturing,music,performing arts and drama,science. excluded subjects
Hair and beauty,health and social care,hospitality,early years,customer service,citizenship, accounting, PE and sport,public services and uniformed services
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and design, business and economics, construction and built environment, design technology, english,geography,history,languages,ICT,land based and environment,manufacturing,music,performing arts and drama,science. Excluding Hair and beauty,health and social care,hospitality,early years,customer service,citizenship, accounting, PE and sport,public services and uniformed services
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points
Art and design, business and economics, construction and built environment, design technology, english,geography,history,languages,ICT,land based and environment,manufacturing,music,performing arts and drama,science. excluded subjects
Hair and beauty,health and social care,hospitality,early years,customer service,citizenship, accounting, PE and sport,public services and uniformed services
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 credit diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL extended diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and design, business and economics, construction and built environment, design technology, english,geography,history,languages,ICT,land based and environment,manufacturing,music,performing arts and drama,science. excluded subjects
Hair and beauty,health and social care,hospitality,early years,customer service,citizenship, accounting, PE and sport,public services and uniformed services
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Scottish HND Not accepted


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.