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BSc(Hons)

Architecture (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K10F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
88
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Sally Daniels
Key fact:
Develop your professional portfolio and lay the foundations for your career on this exciting course with full Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accreditation.

Page last updated 3 October 2017

Introduction

Why study architecture?

Architecture is constantly evolving, and an architect's role is to respond and adapt to change.

There is always a need for professionals who can provide well-considered and creative solutions to a range of problems within the building industry.

Whether you'll focus on sustainability, artistic concepts, detail design or simple ideas, a solid understanding of materials, methods and technology will allow you to find and provide effective solutions.

Why UWE Bristol? 

BSc(Hons) Architecture teaches you the theoretical, historical, environmental, technological and professional factors influencing architecture.

This is one of five courses that cover different specialisms in architecture.

Ranked 4th nationally for student satisfaction in our architecture courses (The Guardian University League Tables 2018), we produce sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings.

Learn from industry-experienced lecturers and visiting tutors, many of whom run their own architectural practices.

Investigate the design, refurbishment, use and re-use of existing and new build structures with an emphasis on building technology. Produce creative solutions from artistic concepts through to detail design.

Develop your design skills and explore computer-aided design (CAD), drawing, modelling, and mapping as well as structural and environmental strategies to support activity. Create an impressive portfolio of design projects, many with real clients and sites.

Assess and review architecture on day trips and residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Gain real-world experience on internships and graduate ready for the next step in your professional studies. 

Use your theoretical and hands-on skills to explore, develop and finely craft architectural design solutions.

Where can it take me?

You'll be expected to work for an architectural practice for a year before joining a Part 2 course.

Our Part 2 course, the MArch, ranks among the top 20 in the UK.

When you graduate, your strong analytical and problem-solving skills will make you desirable to employers and you'll be prepared for a wide range of careers.

Take a look at our online yearbook of student projects from our architecture and product design courses.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Foundation Design Studio
  • Foundation in Design Communications
  • Foundation Design History
  • Foundation Engineering Mathematics.

You normally need to pass all modules in your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Studio 1
  • Technical Studio 1
  • Investigating Structures
  • Making of Place.

Year two

You will study:

  • Architecture and Design Studio 2
  • Advanced Technology and Environment 2
  • IT for Designers
  • Research and Design Strategies
  • History of Architecture.

Final year

You will study:

  • Architecture and Design Studio 3
  • Advanced Technology and Environment 3
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Theories of Architecture and their Application to Design
  • Dissertation.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The teaching staff provide a friendly environment for learning. They actively engage in research and professional practice to make sure you know about the latest ideas and business drivers.

The course is project-led and taught mainly in studios. Learn through lectures, seminars, laboratory work, tutorials and computer-based techniques. 

Work on a variety of conceptual and pragmatic projects, culminating with a year-long special study project in your final year. This combines rigorous research with a fully integrated architectural design project. Explore techniques including CAD, drawing, modelling and mapping.

Collaborate with undergraduates from other disciplines within the department. This encourages mutual respect and understanding of professionals you may work alongside in practice. It also develops your presentation, negotiation, communication and delegation skills.

Attend regular presentations from visiting practitioners and guest lecturers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
031%69%0%100%
144%56%0%100%
236%64%0%100%
333%67%0%100%

Socialise and learn

Attend guest lectures, field-trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in the UWE Bristol Architecture Society and Engineers without Borders.

Extra-curricular activities contribute greatly to your personal development and are viewed favourably by potential employers.

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show.

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr and in our online showcase and the Graduate Yearbook 2016-17.

Study time

To become a qualified architect, you'll need to study full-time for six years.

After four years, you'll have a BSc(Hons) in Architecture. You should then spend a year working in an architectural practice to build up your practical experience.

You can then go on to our M(Arch) (RIBA Part 2) course. This takes two years full-time but you can also take it part-time.

Assessment

You should expect a range of assessment methods, with a balance between coursework and exams.

Throughout the course, you'll develop your creative portfolio through design projects, many with real clients and sites. After assessment, this portfolio becomes valuable evidence of your skills

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
03%91%6%100%
112%88%0%100%
26%94%0%100%
33%91%6%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

It meets the requirements of both Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA as a 'Part 1' qualification in architecture.

ARB have granted prescription to BSc(Hons) Architecture from September 2015 to September 2019.

These accreditations confirm that this course gives you the right knowledge, understanding and skills to become an architect.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

Throughout the course, you'll develop your portfolio with a series of design projects. Some will be live briefs, working with the community and Architecture Centre in Bristol.

We strongly encourage you to gain additional work experience through relevant work or internships during vacations.

Fieldwork

We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people that can inform your work. We also arrange residential field trips locally, nationally and internationally.

Study facilities

Learn in modern, well-equipped department facilities, including our award-winning design studios.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.

Develop CAD, model-making, design and drawing skills in integrated studios.

Create architectural models with the assistance of laser cutters, computerised routers and wind tunnels or in our wood, metal and concrete workshops.

Conduct spatial enquiries and analyse data using industry-standard geographic information system (GIS) and statistical software in our computer labs.

Get support for photography, digital imaging, filming and sound recording from our audio-visual group.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

After graduating this Part 1 course, it's standard practice to work for an architectural practice for a year to gain experience before joining a Part 2 course.

Our Part 2 course, the MArch, ranks among the top 20 in the UK. It's two years full-time but can be taken part-time.

If you don't continue your studies, you'll have developed strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, with an analytical focus. These qualities are sought after by employers and can be applied in a wide range of careers.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least one A-Level
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entrance requirements but have substantial relevant work experience, you should still apply. Especially if you feel your motivation and skills would enable you to succeed on this course.

We'll also consider you for the course if you have a mix of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BSc(Hons) Architecture course.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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