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Architects design buildings and play a role in shaping cities, communities and the way we live. This BA (Hons) Architecture degree course helps you develop the technical and analytical skills you need to begin a career as an architect. You could also consider roles in areas such as design practice, planning, historic building conservation and project management.
This course is accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) – for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification – and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
What you'll experience
On this Architecture degree course, you’ll:
Explore design in dedicated studio space alongside your peers, while developing your individual and team skills
Learn from professional architects who'll introduce you to industry thinking
Get your hands on the latest CAD software, including BIM modelling, environmental evaluation software, 3D scanning and printing tools
Get valuable experience on real projects by working with our in-house architectural practice, the Project Office
Get an opportunity to work in an architectural practice or do a placement year in the construction industry
Develop design skills through exploration of model making, material testing, sketching and drawing
Showcase your work to potential employers at our summer exhibition
- Get the opportunity to take an exchange and enjoy lectures from world-class architects
You can also:
Go on a field trip to a European city in year 1. Flights, transfers and accommodation are included but you'll need to bring your own spending money and organise travel to the airport.
- Have opportunities to go on other field trips. Past destinations include Helsinki, Barcelona, Amsterdam, New York and Berlin.
Careers and opportunities
Many graduates on this course continue their architect training with paid, mentored professional experience in a practice, before studying at postgraduate level for a Master of Architecture degree.
What can you do with an Architecture degree?
You can use your skills in areas such as:
historic building conservation
- project management
What jobs can you do with an Architecture degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
urban design and master planning
- set design
Companies graduates have gone on to work for include:
Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
Hampshire County Architects
Squire & Partners
Allies & Morrison
- Penoyre & Prasad
Past students, having completed their registration, have gone on to run their own practices. For example, Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop, DMWA and PCA.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Fundamentals
- Design: Architectural Application
- Design: Exploration
- Design: Introduction
- History and Theory Of Architecture
- Technology and Environment: Exploration.
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Creative Practice
- Design: Architectural Investigation
- Design: Architectural Narratives
- History And Theory Of Modern Architecture
- Technology And Environment: Design Practice
Optional modules in this year include:
- Architecture Study Exchange
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Thematic Design
- Student Enterprise
- Professional Experience.
Placement year (optional):
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Professional Practice
- Design: Major Project Preparation
- Design: Major Project Synthesis
- Design: Major Project Technical Resolution
- History and Theory: Dissertation
- Technology and Environment: Discovery.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
You’ll be assessed through coursework and presentation. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed 100% by coursework in all years.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Architects Royal Institute of British
- Architects Registration Board
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.
|UCAS Tariff||120 - 136 points||120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.|
|A level||120-136 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 A levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM - DDD|
|Access to HE Diploma||122-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Cambridge Pre-U score of 50-56.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||25 - 27 points||25-27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H3|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||120-136 Tariff points.|
Additional entry requirements
UK applicants will be invited to an interview.
All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.|
|PTE Academic||54.0||An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79.0||79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|