Architecture BA (Hons)

architecture drawing
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 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

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.

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) and provides exemption from the Part 1 of the Architectural qualifications required for registration. You could also consider roles in areas such as design practice, planning, historic building conservation and project management.

98.1% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

93.3% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this 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.

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 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.

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:

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.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This provides exemption from the RIBA Part 1 examination and is the first step towards the professional qualification of Architect.

These professional accreditations assure potential employers of the quality of your degree.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Selection Process

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per 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.

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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

You'll get a printing allowance, but you'll need to pay additional printing costs of £50–£200 on portfolio work. You may also need to pay material costs on a project, which will vary from £20–£100.

Optional study trips abroad will cost £300–£700.

​What you'll study

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

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

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Design: Introduction
  • Architectural Design: Introduction
  • Architectural Design: Application
  • Technology: Introduction
  • History and Theory: Introduction
  • Representation and Communication: Introduction

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Architectural Design: Investigation
  • Architectural Design: Exploration
  • Architectural Technology: Investigation
  • History and Theory of Architecture

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Representation and Communication: Investigation
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise

Core units in this year include:

  • Architectural Design: Integration
  • Architectural Design and Urbanism
  • Architectural Technology: Integration
  • Dissertation
  • Architectural Communication and Professional Studies

There are no optional units 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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

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.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most 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.

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 units 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

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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 (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.