Liverpool John Moores University

Architecture with Foundation Year Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

TEF Silver

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This professional validated programme gives you the opportunity to work on a range of authentic architectural projects with input from practicing architects in a dynamic studio environment with access industry standard technical facilities.

  • Liverpool School of Art and Design has been rated 10th best school for art in the UK in the 2020 Guardian University League Tables

  • Students can access study abroad opportunities and apply for overseas travel awards

  • Access to some of the UK's best examples of urban redevelopment and iconic buildings

  • Teaching in the RIBA award-winning, purpose-built John Lennon Art and Design Building

  • Opportunities for overseas exchanges and study trips

  • Exemptions from RIBA/ARB Part 1 exams on graduation

  • Direct involvement in live artistic projects taking place in the city

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
Investigating Liverpool
Encountering Art History
Drawing and Culture
Exploring Materials, Process and Practice
Studio Practice Project

Level 4

History & Theory 1
Architectural Evaluation
Architectural Design 1
Architectural Design 2 – Origination
Architectural Design 2 – Resolution
Technology & Practice

​ Level 5

History & Theory 2
Urban Design Strategy
Urban Design Project
Experimental Design –Origination
Experimental Design –Resolution
Technology & Practice 2

Level 6

CDP Research (20 credits)
Architectural Design 3 – Origination
Architectural Design 3 – Resolution
Comprehensive Design Project
Technology & Practice 3

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

You will be assessed via a range of different methods.

​All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Typically, you will be assessed on your design and research presentations (group/individual), written work (essays, reports etc), exams (seen/unseen), practical work (workshop abroad), and your portfolio. At the end of your studies there will be a one-to-one interview with an external examiner.

​The type of feedback you will receive varies according to the module. For instance, design modules are reviewed twice with formal feedback given by a panel at the second review, and portfolio reviews are conducted at the end of each semester when you will work with your personal tutor to put together a personal development plan. This will address your strengths and weaknesses and help you develop your academic work as well as your career plans.

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 A002
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Applicants require GCSE Maths.
A level Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below, in addition to GCSE Science grade 4 or grade C:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Are functional skills acceptable? Yes

Additional entry requirements


Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £10,600 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

Course contact details

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175