Architecture BSc (Hons)

4 years, starting in September 2018

The professional training you need to practice as an architect, combining studio-based design with technical knowledge of materials and construction techniques.

Our course gives you the practical and creative skills you need to explore, analyse and communicate architectural proposals. You'll combine practical work in design studios with a grounding in the historic and cultural theory of architecture. Through integrating science, mathematics and art, you’ll learn how to control, manipulate and compose internal spaces and external forms.

Individual and group projects will challenge you to integrate the principles of structural, environmental and sustainable design into your work. Your knowledge of materials and the assembly of building elements will help inform how you approach design.

Working with civil engineers in our joint department develops your understanding of the technical aspects of designing structures. It will also give you an insight into design problems you could face professionally. This cross-discipline teamwork prepares you for the professional team relationships you'll experience in your career.

We have student exchange agreements with eight European universities through the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. Find out more about the scheme.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2 with placement
  • Year 3 with placement
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

Your degree experience will be distinct from that offered by most other universities in the UK. Our course integrates two six-month placements into the second semesters of year 2 and year 3, making it easier for you to develop and transfer your skills between study and placement. You'll be able to apply your university learning in a practical context from an early stage and use your placement experience to feed into more mature designs later on your course. You could go on placement in practices like Arup Associates, Kengo Kuma or Herzog & de Meuron.

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 41% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/design studio setting and 59% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff

Professional accreditations

By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.

“It is a lot of work but it’s a lot of fun. It’s a lovely working environment to be amongst all your peers and bounce ideas off each other.”
Azmina Gulamhusein

BSc (Hons) Architecture (2018)

Entry requirements

Your personal statement should describe your motivation for choosing architecture and information about your relevant non-academic interests and achievements. Your application is more likely to be successful if you demonstrate a strong interest in architecture through relevant reading, extracurricular or co-curricular activities, work experience, additional study (such as a relevant EPQ) and art or design qualifications and portfolios. We also favour applicants who show an ability to write and reflect analytically and thoughtfully.

Your previous academic study is also important. For example, if you have taken GCSEs then we prefer applicants with a strong set of GCSEs (such as grade A*, 8 or 9 in at least five GCSEs or grade A or 7 in the majority of your GCSEs). We also prefer applicants with strong Mathematics and Physics GCSE grades. This is in addition to our essential GCSE requirements.

You will need a strong performance in Mathematics or Physics as part of your entry qualifications. You also need a solid grounding in Art or Design, and we prefer applicants who have studied Art or Design as part of their entry qualifications. If you have been unable to study Art we would look for evidence that you have substantial exposure to art and design thinking and its applications, for example through extra-curricular art work. You may wish to consider an art foundation year if you have not studied Art or Design at A level (or equivalent).

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

A*AA

A*AA in three A level subjects that combine Mathematics or Physics with Art or Design and Technology.

Offers can include Mathematics or Further Mathematics but not both.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A level

AAA

AAA in three A levels plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from mature students who have significant work experience in a relevant field and who can demonstrate evidence of recent study in a relevant subject area. Your work experience and recent study will need to demonstrate both numerical and art and design skills.

Your application would need to include evidence of strong mathematical ability at Level 3: this may be achieved through achieving Maths or Physics A level at Grade A, or by achieving credits at Distinction in mathematical units on an Access to HE Diploma course. You will also need to have achieved a Grade B in GCSE English.

Your personal statement should demonstrate your commitment to studying Architecture, with an explanation of why you have chosen to return to study at this time. You should describe your work experience and recent study, and explain how these demonstrate the skills and qualities needed to study Architecture. Your personal statement should also provide evidence of strong literacy skills.

Applicants offering an Access to HE Diploma (generally in science or engineering, with significant work experience in an art/design field) would typically be expected to pass the Access to HE Diploma with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction. We may specify particular units in which Distinctions must be achieved.

BTEC

We are unable to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) for entry to our Architecture course. Unfortunately, the qualification does not offer the breadth and depth in both mathematics/science and art/humanities that is required to be suitably prepared for our course.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D2, D3, D3

A preference for subjects that combine Mathematics or Physics with Art or Design and Technology.

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, D3 plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

A preference for subjects that combine Mathematics or Physics with Art or Design and Technology.

Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers. Preference for Advanced Highers that combine Mathematics or Physics with Art or Design and Technology.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • A*A in two A level subjects plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF).
  • A*A in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject.
  • A*A in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
  • A*A in two A level subjects excluding Accounting plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies. While we can consider this qualification as an equivalent to a third A level, please see the information above for guidance about preferred subjects.

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options.

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Plotting of drawings, model making and the creation and binding of reports

£90 per year, payable as each drawing, model or report is required.

Non-compulsory study visit to a European city

£250 payable at the start of your third year of study.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Architecture
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    K100
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

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