Architecture BA (Hons)
BA Hons Architecture
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.
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).
98% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2019)
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.
You can also do this course as a degree apprenticeship.
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.
What can you do with an Architecture degree?
You can use your skills in areas such as:
- design practice
- historic building conservation
- project management
What jobs can you do with an Architecture degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- architectural design
- interior design
- landscape architecture
- urban design and master planning
- architectural technology
- product design
- graphic design
- lighting design
- set design
Companies graduates have gone on to work for include:
- Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
- PAD Studio
- Hawkins Brown
- Design Engine
- Architecture plb
- Hampshire County Architects
- Squire & Partners
- Allies & Morrison
- Penoyre & Prasad
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.
I have been allowed to explore my own design whilst being aided by the tutors with the chance to be creative and out of the ordinary.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 valuable knowledge for your final year.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching 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
- 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.
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 English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.
Teaching methods on this course include:
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'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
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.
The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
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
BA (Hons) Architecture degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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.
- UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £14,300 a year (subject to annual increase)
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.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, 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
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). 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.