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 project 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.

At Bath, we focus your studies around studio work from the start. This is where you’ll work collaboratively to produce integrated design solutions. And, more importantly, where you’ll develop the practical skills to realise your creative potential.

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 engineering students develops your understanding of the technical aspects of designing structures. This cross-discipline teamwork gives you an insight into the design problems and professional relationships you could experience in your career.

Your study experience at Bath will be distinct from that offered by most other universities in the UK. You’ll go on two six-month placements as part of your four-year degree to help you on your journey to becoming a qualified Architect. You could also have the opportunity to study abroad. We currently have student exchange agreements with eight European universities through the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. Find out more about the scheme.


You’ll learn from academics with expertise in architecture and the built environment, including innovative materials and sustainable design. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.


Our facilities are central to your study experience. Our 4 East South building opened in 2016 and houses purpose-built research and teaching space for our architecture students. You'll have 24/7 access to design studios that support your architectural work in drawing and modelling. Watch our video of the design studios and facilities that you could use during your degree.


Our course is fully prescribed and validated by the ARB and RIBA, giving you the educational basis and professional experience you need to complete the first step toward becoming a qualified Architect. Like many of our students, you can continue this journey with us on our Master of Architecture and RIBA part 3 courses.

A degree at Bath can open up a variety of career opportunities to you. The high standard of creative and analytical skills, and training you graduate with will equip you to work in a range of industries. 95% of our architecture graduates are in employment or pursuing further study within six months of graduating (Unistats).You could also choose to pursue a career in other design-related roles such as film-making or museum curation.

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

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

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

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


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.


We blend architectural studies with professional experience to help you get the best out of your degree. 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. It also gives you the professional experience you need to meet the requirements for the Part 1 qualification.

You could go on placement in practices like Arup Associates, Kengo Kuma or Herzog & de Meuron. Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed.

Find out more about architecture practice placements and the support we offer.

Learning and assessment


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


  • Coursework
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 25% 0% 75%
Year 2 0% 0% 100%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 0% 0% 100%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 47% 53% 0%
Year 2 36% 14% 50%
Year 3 34% 16% 50%
Year 4 79% 21% 0%

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.

Your previous academic study is also important. For example, if you have taken GCSEs then we prefer applicants with a strong set (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 these 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).


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


A*AA in three A level subjects.

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. Your offer can include Mathematics or Further Mathematics but not both. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level


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

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

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

If you are not studying one of Mathematics, Physics or Visual Arts at Higher Level and you are taking it at Standard Level your offer may include 7 in that subject. In this case the typical offer is 36 points with 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects and 7 in the Standard Level subject.

Typical offer BTEC

We are unable to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) for entry to our Architecture course.

Unfortunately, the qualification does not offer the breadth and depth in both mathematics/science and arts/humanities subjects 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.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3

D2, D3, D3 in three principle subjects.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3

D3, D3, D3 in three principle subjects plus one of:

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

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers plus AAAAA in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

39 credits at Distinction

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.

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.

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. It should also provide evidence of strong literacy skills.

Typical offer 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 do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3  in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Mathematics or Physics.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*55 in 3 elective subjects plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall with 15 in Mathematics or Physics/Chemistry.

Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB)

15 overall with 15 in Mathematics or Physics/Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics (5 periods) or Physics (4 periods) or 85% overall with 9.0 in Art plus 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods) or Physics (4 periods)

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics or Physics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC or Physics.

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including A in Mathematics or Physics.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.5 overall with grade A/B+ in breadth of subjects including Architecture modules.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 85% with 85% in one of Calculus, Mathematics or Physics in the final year.

Greece qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A in two A levels including A in either Mathematics or Physics.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications


19 in the Apolytirion plus A*A in two A levels including A in either Mathematics or Physics.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics or Physics.

Germany qualifications


1.3 overall with 13 in Mathematics or Physics in the final examinations.

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


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

You should allow for around £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. This is based on current costs but may be subject to change.


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
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

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