An architectural rendering of what a completed building could look like

BEng(Hons)

Architecture and Environmental Engineering (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
KH1F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
88
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Five years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Sally Daniels
Key fact:
Become a designer of the future by learning the creative and analytical skills of both architects and engineers, and study towards professional status in both fields.

Page last updated 3 October 2017

Introduction

Why study architecture and environmental engineering?

As the world's resources become scarce, there is a growing need to create buildings that are environmentally responsible.

This calls for design professionals with the creative and analytical skills of both architects and engineers an unusual mix of skills that is highly sought after by employers.

It is these future designers who will achieve design excellence, pursuing imaginative strategies for using resources efficiently.

Why UWE Bristol? 

BEng(Hons) Architecture and Environmental Engineering is a unique, award-winning course.

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.

It can be difficult to know whether to pursue a degree in arts or sciences. This joint degree enables you to work towards professional status in both engineering and architecture, developing your cultural, artistic and technological interests in parallel.

It's in the overlap between function, aesthetics and physics that true inventiveness can flourish. Each way of thinking stimulates the others, giving you innovative solutions to problems.

Explore architecture, passive design, environmental physics, environmental systems in buildings and the effective use of energy and materials. Gain a rare mix of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for this expanding sector of design.

Learn from industry-experienced tutors and practising professionals who bring up-to-the-minute ideas from their active projects.  

Develop your professional portfolio with a stream of practical design projects from real clients in the Bristol area.

Go on site visits and residential field trips in the UK and overseas to make sure your design thinking is linked to the world beyond your studies.

Where can it take me?

With a dual degree, you'll be ready for a variety of careers in architecture, environmental engineering and sustainability consultancy.

Opportunities are available in small private practices up to large multinationals like Foster & Partners, Arup and Atkins.

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

Find out how this course boosted Sophia's communication skills and employability.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

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 your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Technical Studio 1
  • Studio 1
  • Mathematics for Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Principles (Building Engineering)
  • Building Physics and Services.

Year two

You will study:

  • IT for Designers
  • Studio 2
  • History of Architecture
  • Research and Design Strategies
  • Building Services Applications.

Year three

You will study:

  • Design and Engineering Studio 3
  • Interactive Systems and Comfort Control
  • Application of Mathematics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Theories of Architecture and Design
  • Low Carbon Building Services.

Final year

You will study:

  • Design and Engineering Studio 4
  • Energy Management and Performance Evaluation
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Mechanical Services.

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

Teaching methods are varied depending on the module; studios, lectures, project work and tutorials all have a part.

The Department's inter-professional approach includes projects where you will work with students from other disciplines within the built environment. This encourages mutual respect and understanding of the professions which you are likely to be working with during your career.  This helps you to develop and practice the skills of presentation, negotiation, communication and delegation.

Teaching staff provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

Student representatives sit on a wide range of committees at University and Department level, where they can influence discussions and decisions which affect your learning experience.

For more details 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%
138%62%0%100%
235%65%0%100%
33%64%0%100%
433%67%0%100%

Assessment

Assessment is achieved through a balance of coursework and examinations. Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework will be a variety of essays, reports, surveys, design projects or teamwork.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks, but the feedback which you receive will help you to improve your performance.

Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

For more details 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%
131%69%0%100%
219%81%0%100%
313%78%9%100%
413%81%6%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It gives you exemptions from RIBA Part 1 exams.

It's also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as a qualifying first degree on the way to Chartered Engineer status.

Placements

There's no compulsory work placement on this degree, but we strongly encourage you to get experience through work or internships during vacations.

Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you an attractive graduate.

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 a modern, well-equipped department facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Attend model-making workshops and develop computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis and environmental modelling skills in collaborative workshops.

Create architectural models using laser cutters, computerised routers, artificial sky and wind tunnels, or in our wood, metal and concrete workshops.

Test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories with experienced technicians who support teaching and research.

Consider airflow and cooling, mechanical systems and water flow in our environmental services laboratory.

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

With strong problem-solving skills, decision-making and analytical skills, you'll graduate ready to create a new generation of environmentally smart buildings.

These attributes are sought after by employers and can be applied in a range of careers.

This degree prepares you for careers in architecture, environmental engineering and sustainability consultancy. Work for small private practices right up to multinationals like Arup, Atkins and Foster & Partners.

You could also continue studying to become a fully qualified architect or engineer.

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.

See also:
Prospects - careers in property and construction

Prospects - careers in engineering and manufacturing

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in architecture

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

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 or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of 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 BEng(Hons) Architecture and Environmental Engineering course.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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