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Take your first step to becoming a registered architect on our BA (Hons) Architecture degree course – accredited by Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
You’ll join a distinctive learning environment, with access to cutting-edge facilities, working on stimulating and client-driven design projects. You’ll master key design skills, from the scale of the body's interactions with materials and constructions, to the domains of cities and landscapes, engaging in social, cultural, political, aesthetic and environmental challenges of the world we're part of.
You'll focus, with our passionate and supportive community of professional architects, on the themes, values and methods relevant to architectural education and the profession to ensure your practice is future-proof and industry-standard.
After graduation, you'll have the theoretical and practical foundations to pursue Master’s study and advance in your registration. You can also begin a career in the architecture, sustainability and construction industries, such as architectural design, urban design, and landscape architecture.
- Fast-track your architect registration by completing this degree and getting Part 1 qualification – an ARB and RIBA requirement
- Broaden your professional experience by working with actual clients in our in-house Architecture Project Office
- Experience a professional design studio by working in our dedicated studio spaces, developing your individual and collaboration skills
- Get a taste of working in the architecture industry by taking an optional one-year placement
- Impress future employers by showcasing your work at our annual Graduate Show
- Enrich your experience and knowledge of architecture by going on site visits to major international cities – past trips include Rome, Venice, Barcelona, New York and Berlin
- Master your communication skills, from hand drawings and models to using professional industry software – including Building Information Modelling (BIM), advanced parametric modelling, and 3D scanning and printing
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).
This course has also fulfilled the requirements for the exemption of Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) Part I and Part II professional qualifications. Graduates from these programmes are eligible for registration as Graduate Architects with LAM.
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BA (Hons) Architecture
- A levels - ABB-BBB
- UCAS points - 120-128 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- T-levels - Merit
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM
- International Baccalaureate - 25-26
You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.
Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio or sample of creative work 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.
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.
We look at more than just your grades
While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.
Year 12 Architecture Taster Day
Wednesday 27 March 2024 | 9.45am–3.45pm
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Virtual Production and Mixed Reality Studio
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Eldon Art Shop
Whether you're studying a creative degree or want to pick up some supplies, our Eldon Art Shop has the materials you'll need for your coursework or project.
Photography studios and darkrooms
Our extensive photography facilities allow students to put learning into practice and get creative using high-end professional equipment.
Amy Blencoe - Peckham
A mixed-use residential, commercial, and office building based in Peckham which accommodates a variety of guests/ residents. From the rich culture that Peckham already exhibits, this project aims to showcase this alongside reducing crime within the area.
Research shows that Rye Lane faces problem areas with crime occurrences and through opening the space with this scheme, communities can come together and use the mixed space.
The use of different materials to bind the building with its landscape represent the numerous functions as well as creativity of Peckham, and walls have been dedicated for creative freedom with murals and graffiti art.
Abdulrahman Alomairi - The Community (Hybrid Building)
The Community Hybrid Building is a mix use of commercial, residential and offices located in Peckham, which has a unique entrance from the rye ln (the Commercial area of the city of Peckham), it also has approximately 30 dwellings of 2 and 3 bed apartments.
The main concept of the building is to try to encourage the community to be more socially active. This was a response from my research and analysis which focused on the people of Peckham. It also inspired me to design this unique building where it can host different activities in the courtyard, such as a Sunday open market. This also may encourage people from the city to visit the hybrid building and enjoy quality time with their friends and family.Read less
Anastasia Valanidou - Peckham Mixed Use Residential
During these life changing years, Architects are able to work on designs that shape a better future. Considering the challenges of climate change and the economic crisis, as a future Architect, I design according to a client's life experience and environment.
Sustainability and functionality are key factors that inspire my designs, pushing me to create innovative, modern and future oriented buildings.Read less
Benjamin hanger - the vocal symbiote
The Vocal Symbiote is a combination of my research and interests accumulated throughout BA3. The program builds on ideas from Major: Project Preparation; the scheme houses a hybrid of residential and urban farming as part of a project to encourage Peckham to get talking, with the output being a podcast created within the heart of the building. The concept, the symbiot, came from the principal purpose to convert noise from bad to good. It provides mutual benefit to the building by absorbing noise and creating energy from it, daylight and wind control, all the while housing an ideal environment for community building amongst a new living and production centre.
Design allowed me to continue to express my interest in Sci-Fi and future technologies, as well as develop an understanding of parametric design through the design of the symbiot, generated in Grasshopper.Read less
Briony Potter - 38 Core House
38 Core House is a sustainable hybrid residential scheme that promotes physical and mental wellbeing by connecting with nature and providing an active range of hybrid functions for the community. The mixed tenure development offers affordable and social housing for both families and young professional individuals/couples helping to reduce solar polarisation and improve Peckham’s social sustainability.Read less
Daniel Dehghani - hybrid sustainable housing project
Located in Southwark, my project Peckham Nexus aims to create a new landmark to fulfil the needs of the people of Peckham. This project aims to create multi-generational opportunities by ensuring the wellbeing of residents, visitors and passers-by are at the forefront. Through the development of the mixed-use scheme, Peckham Nexus will house cafes, restaurants, wellbeing hubs, creative studios, offices, a fitness center and a range of living accommodations.
This hybrid-sustainable-housing project has opened the discussion for the ways in which design and architecture are both integral aspects for humanitarian growth. By focussing on existing issues of concern such as overpopulation, this project has enabled the development of a suitable, resilient and sustainable scheme.Read less
Gabriella Shawo - project
A way to combat water and food waste, my project combines commercial and residential spaces to offer a place that caters to all the needs of its occupants. Planters are placed outside each dwelling and allow its residents to plant their own food, contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle. Water is conserved through a fishtank which is used for aquaponics so that the water irrigates the vegetation. Indoor markets and restaurants may use the vegetables grown onsite to sell dishes to the public. Art studios and galleries offer a place for artists to work and showcase their creations.
Hannay Barnard - Peckham Hybrid Hydrotherapy Centre
The scheme utilized a site on Peckham Rye, opposite the common. This hybrid building has 30 dwellings of 3 different varieties, co-living, small apartments and large apartments, and has a public hydrotherapy centre. The facility emphasises healthy living and nature. Green roofs and timber exterior create a calming and natural space. The green roofs will encourage bees and other wildlife to the area. A courtyard and roof terraces will encourage visitors and residents to sit outside.
Joel Tunha - project
The competition's premises were to utilise the wastage of shipping containers considering recent events involving Brexit and trade in the UK. As a result of recent industry trade shifts, many shipping containers have lost their serviceability and use.
Throughout this project, I found inspiration from a collection of forward-thinking architects, journalists, authors, and economists such as E. F. Schumacher, Jane Jacobs, Jan Gehl, Charles Montgomery and more mentioned throughout the programme. Their urban theories truly inspired me when creating Urban Designs.
Miles Hamilto - Synthesis
These images are taken from my Major Project Synthesis Project. My final design was for a hybrid building, containing residential flats and public social spaces, as well as providing commercial spaces to help local business to grow and become successful. Constructed using CLT prefabricated sheets and pods fixed to a glulam frame, sat on a raised reinforced concrete base, the building is sustainable in design and once in use. The train arches to the north of the building are also redeveloped as part of my regeneration project for the site.
Mollie Lord - Future Peckham
‘Future Peckham’ envisions Peckham’s urban regeneration through the proposal of green corridor networks, co-living schemes and using architecture as a medium of promoting social interaction, reducing isolation in the city.
Copeland Quarter, an extension of the urban regeneration proposal, explores Christopher Alexanders’ theory of discovering existing connections within Peckham’s urban fabric. The scheme identifies derelict viaducts adjacent to the sites boundary, proposing new co-working, commercial and office spaces, with a goal of boosting Peckham’s economy.
Valanne Fernandes - Peckham Play Aerial Perspective
Valanne's final year project
Rebecca Talbot - Hybrid Cluster Units
This project combines residential, commercial, material sorting and workshop units. The materiality differentiates between the public and the private sectors of these buildings. Residents have access to communal spaces such as gardens and greenhouses. Greenhouses will give residents the chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables. These communal areas will also give them the opportunity to form a community. The material sorting centre, workshops and commercial units are interlinked. These will encourage the reuse of materials to be utilized within workshops to create revitalised items that can be sold within the commercial units.Read less
Careers and opportunities
You'll develop as a multi-skilled practitioner, able to work in diverse sectors, including construction, engineering, public, creative, and property development.
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.
Jobs our graduates have taken on include:
- Architectural designer
- Interior designer
- Landscape architect
- Urban designer
- Architectural technologist
- Product designer
- Graphic designer
- Lighting designer
- Set designer
Companies graduates have worked for include:
- Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
- PAD Studio
- Hawkins Brown
- Design Engine
- Architecture plb
- Hampshire County Architects
- Squire & Partners
- Allies & Morrison
- Penoyre & Prasad
Placement year (optional)
After your second or third year, you can complete an optional work placement year to gain valuable work experience in a design practice or in the wider construction industry. It will hone your skills and build your knowledge for your final year.
You can either work for a studio or company or set up and run your own business, either with fellow students or on your own. Our Creative Careers team will help and support you no matter what path you choose.
Students on placements have worked at:
- Design Engine Architecture
- House of Commons
- WATG (Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo)
Our in-faculty Creative Careers team has extensive recruitment experience and knows the creative sector well, making it easier for students to find placements within the creative industries.
They can guide you through every step of the application process, including:
- Searching for the ideal job through their database of vacancies
- Giving tips on how to write an interesting CV that will catch employers' attention, no matter the role
- Organising mock interviews, so you can hone your technique and familiarise yourself with the recruitment environment
- Writing your startup business proposal – if you're going down the self-employment route
The team will continue to give you support throughout your placement year.
What you can do on a placement year
If you're thinking of doing a placement but not sure what role to take or where to go, we can steer you in a direction that fits your aspirations.
Check out our Creative Careers team's blog to find out where fellow architecture and interior architecture and design students have interned during their studies.
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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.
What you'll study
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Fundamentals – 20 credits
- Design: Architectural Application – 20 credits
- Design: Exploration – 20 credits
- Design: Interpretation – 20 credits
- Histories, Theories and Matters of Concern – 20 credits
- Technology and Environment: Exploration – 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- 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 in this year include:
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice – 20 credits
- Thematic Design – 20 credits
- Student Enterprise – 20 credits
- Professional Experience – 20 credits
- Modern Foreign Language – 20 credits
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Professional Practice – 20 credits
- Design: Major Project – 40 credits
- Design: Major Project Reflective Synthesis – 20 credits
- History and Theory: Dissertation – 20 credits
- Technology and Environment: Discovery – 20 credits
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years, or after your 3rd year, 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.
Changes to course content
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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
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:
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
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.
We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies. As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.
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 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 to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:
Types of support
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.
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
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
- 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.
Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.
You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.
If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
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.
Course costs and funding
- 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 – £18,100 per year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
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.
Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight 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.
If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)
How to apply
To start this course in 2024, 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.
Applying from outside the UK
As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things.
You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
Find out what additional information you need in 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.