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Overview
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.

Accredited by:
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:

  • design practice

  • planning

  • historic building conservation

  • project management

What jobs can you do with an Architecture degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • architectural design

  • interior design

  • landscape architecture

  • urban design and master planning

  • planning

  • architectural technology

  • product design

  • graphic design

  • lighting design

  • set design

Companies graduates have gone on to work for include:

  • Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

  • Make

  • Re-Format

  • Grimshaw

  • PAD Studio

  • Hawkins Brown

  • Design Engine

  • Architecture plb

  • 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.

Course details

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:

  • Communication: Fundamentals
  • Design: Architectural Application
  • Design: Exploration
  • Design: Introduction
  • History and Theory Of Architecture
  • Technology and Environment: Exploration.

Year 2
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.

Year 3
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.

Assessment method

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.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Architects Royal Institute of British
  • Architects Registration Board

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!

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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.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
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

Interview

UK applicants will be invited to an interview.

Portfolio

All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
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

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,300 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

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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