A lecturer and student lighting an architecture model. BA (Hons) Architecture.
UCAS Code
K100
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022
Accredited
Yes

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

Architects design the world around us and influence the way people live and work. On this Architecture degree – accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – you’ll learn how to design buildings and play a role in shaping cities and communities.

You’ll use the latest software in our studios and develop the model making, sketching, drawing and team-working skills you need in your career as an architect.

You’ll also work on real projects with our in-house architectural practice and have the chance to use your skills and knowledge on a year-long work placement, working with and learning from professional architects.

After your course, you can continue your journey to become a registered architect. You could also follow past graduates into careers as landscape architects, interior designers and architectural technologists, or work in planning or historic building conservation.

95% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) – for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification – and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

" The highlight of my course has been the level of freedom we're given to carve our own niche and understanding of architecture … [W]e're taught to explore as much as possible. Tutors are often excited about ideas and really help you develop them. "

Aku Mandeya, BA (Hons) Architecture 2021 graduate

Read Aku's story

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Architecture degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAA–ABB
  • UCAS points – 128–144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 26–28

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Selection process

UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our Architecture creative portfolio guide.

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

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAA–AAB
  • UCAS points – 136–144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Selection process

UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our Architecture creative portfolio guide.

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

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this Architecture degree course, you’ll:

  • Gain valuable experience working with real clients in our in-house Architecture Project Office.
  • Get your hands on industry-standard software, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), advanced parametric modelling, environmental evaluation software, and 3D scanning and printing tools.
  • Experience regular site visits and field trips abroad to bring theory to life – past students have gone to Helsinki, Barcelona, New York and Berlin.
  • The chance to showcase your work at the annual Graduate Show, where you might impress your future employer.
  • Have the opportunity for a one-year placement to experience life in a design practice or the construction industry.
  • Explore architectural 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.
  • Develop design skills through exploration of model making, material testing, sketching and drawing.
  • Get the opportunity to take an exchange and enjoy lectures from other world-class architects.

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 and historic building conservation. 

Potential jobs and roles

Jobs our graduates have taken on include:

  • Architectural designer
  • Interior designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Urban designer
  • Planner
  • Architectural technologist
  • Product designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Set designer

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.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable work experience in a design practice or the wider construction industry. This'll hone your skills and build knowledge for your final year.

What you can do on a placement year

Check out our Creative Careers blog to discover where fellow Architecture students have interned during their studies.

Read our blog post

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 on this BA (Hons) Architecture degree

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.

Modules

Core modules
  • Communication: Fundamentals (20 credits)
  • Design: Architectural Application (20 credits)
  • Design: Exploration (20 credits)
  • Design: Introduction (20 credits)
  • Histories. Theories and Matters of Concern (20 credits)
  • Technology and Environment: Exploration (20 credits)

Core modules
  • Communication: Creative Practice (20 credits)
  • Design: Architectural Investigation (20 credits)
  • Design: Architectural Narratives (20 credits)
  • History And Theory Of Modern Architecture (20 credits)
  • Technology And Environment: Design Practice (20 credits)
Optional modules
  • Architecture Study Exchange (60 credits)
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice (20 credits)
  • Thematic Design (20 credits)
  • Student Enterprise (20 credits)
  • Professional Experience (20 credits)
  • Modern Foreign Language (20 credits)

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.

Core modules
  • Communication: Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Design: Major Project Preparation (20 credits)
  • Design: Major Project Synthesis (20 credits)
  • Design: Major Project Technical Resolution (20 credits)
  • History and Theory: Dissertation (20 credits)
  • Technology and Environment: Discovery (20 credits)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

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.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Coursework
  • Presentations

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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
  • Years 1, 2 and 3 students: 100% by coursework

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Architecture degree.

In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, practical classes, supervised studio sessions, fieldwork and external visits for about 16 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.

You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

Academic skills tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Creative skills tutors

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

IT and computing support

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students£9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International (non-EU) students – £15,500 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

We will supply you with a printing allowance but you will incur additional printing costs on portfolio work of between £50–£200.

You may incur material costs on a project which will vary from £20–£100.

Optional study trips abroad will cost in the region of £300–£700.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – K100
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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