Architecture BA (Hons)


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.

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.

Work experience and career planning

The course includes guidance on creating your CV and composing your portfolio. You'll also do mock interviews with practicing designers to prepare you for your career and get to meet prospective employers at employers' evenings.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during the course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


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

There are no optional modules in this year.

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

Options to choose from in this year currently 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 

There are no optional modules in this year.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • studio

Our studio teaching methods mean that you'll be tutored by academic staff and practicing professionals. You'll work alongside other architecture students and receive assistance from our postgraduates.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • 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 as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

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.

You can use your skills in areas such as:

  • design practice
  • planning
  • historic building conservation
  • project management

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.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120-136 points to include a minimum of 2 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.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.


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