Birmingham City University

Architecture Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

Course details

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!

Application codes

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

Course code K100
Institution code B25
Campus name Parkside Building Campus
Campus code C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 136 points
A level AAB Art and Design, Fine Art, Product, 3D Design A-Levels are preferred subjects but other subjects also considered.
minimum of 2 A Levels required although Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one A-level subjects. Applicants with 2 A Level qualifications or equivalent can combine with AS levels to achieve required points

subject excluded - General studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, 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. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3 grade distinction Construction, 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 Achieve a minimum of 136 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers.
Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBBBB) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of BB in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
AS Art and Design, Fine Art, Product, 3D Design A-Levels are preferred subjects but other subjects also considered.
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 136 pts
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 136 pts
Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade 4 Must include GCSE English Language (or English as first language IGCSE and Maths at grade 4 or above
Must have been achieved at point of application
Applicants must have GCSE qualification. No other equivalencies are acceptable for home students. First language
HNC (BTEC) Course dependent
HND (BTEC) Course dependent
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points Obtain a minimum of 34 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 achieve a total of 18 points or above from three Higher Level subjects alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 136 UCAS Tariff Points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 136 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 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 136 tariff points
subjects Art and design, business, engineering, IT, media, performing arts
OCR Cambridge Technical 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 136 tariff points
subjects Art and design, business, engineering, IT, media, performing arts
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 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 136 tariff points
subjects Art and design, business, engineering, IT, media, performing arts
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD art and design ,business, engineering, IT, media, performing arts
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 136 tariff points
subjects Art and design, business, engineering, IT, media, performing arts
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 136 tariff points
subjects Art and design, business, engineering, IT, media, performing arts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science

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 136 tariff points
subjects excluded - 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) Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science

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 136 tariff points
subjects excluded - 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) Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science

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 136 tariff points
subjects excluded - 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) Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science

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 136 tariff points
subjects excluded - 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 BBC Achieve a minimum of 136 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 BBC.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of BB in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

"If you are a full-time or part-time UK/EU student and meet the required UCAS points, or are predicted to meet them, you will not be required to submit a portfolio as part of your application. However, you are welcome to bring one to an Applicant Visit Day if you would like feedback on your work for your own personal development. This will not affect your application.
If you are an international student you will be required to submit a digital portfolio at the point of application. This can be submitted via our online portal.
If you are a mature student or have taken a non-traditional academic route you will be required to submit a digital portfolio at the point of application. If it is shortlisted you will be invited to an interview. This will give us both the opportunity to ensure a good fit between you and the course in terms of your interests and aspirations."


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.

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
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