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BA(Hons) Architecture and Planning

Entry year
Course code
School of Architecture and Environment
Tariff points
Four years
Programme leader
Allison Dutoit and Dr Elahe Karimnia

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Page last updated 22 July 2024


This degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study architecture and planning?

Applying architectural design to city planning creates more humane and sustainable environments.

A new kind of designer is emerging; one who understands planning and architecture, while responding to people, context and sustainability needs.

There is a high demand for highly creative architect-planners who are able to design from the scale of a door-handle to a city.

Why UWE Bristol?

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

This is one of five courses that cover different specialisms in architecture. We produce sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings.

The degree will build your creativity and develop your talent for finding solutions to a full range of realistic briefs. It will show you how to integrate technology seamlessly into design ideas and give you the confidence and skills to work in top architecture and planning practices.

Gain broad-based knowledge and skills in architecture and planning. Work on conceptual and practical projects across different themes.

Learn computer-assisted design (CAD), drawing, modelling and mapping. Assess urban design on day trips and residential field trips.

Study in Europe for a year on our established exchange programme and gain valuable real-world experience that increases your employability.

Apply your learning on a year-long project combining the masterplanning of a complex urban area with rigorous brief development and research, all leading to a final architectural design project.

Work on a six-week agency project in an architect's office, local planning authority, or other appropriate organisation. Collaborate with students across related disciplines in an approach reflecting industry.

Where can it take me?

With a joint professional qualification, you'll be sought after by employers in the UK and abroad.

As a graduate, you'll be ready for a career as an architect, architect-planner, urban designer, conservationist or town planner with a background in design.

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

In order to register as an Architect in the UK, you'll need to have completed Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications. Please contact us if you need advice about accredited qualifications and qualifying as an Architect in the UK.

The image above shows the fantastic work from one of our students (Charlie Woollerson, 2023 Architecture and Planning graduate).



Year one

You will study:

  • Design Studio 1
  • Healthy and Responsible Architecture
  • Healthy Sustainable Communities
  • History of Architecture.

Year two

You will study:

  • Design Representation
  • Future Places
  • History of Architecture
  • Research and Design Strategies
  • Studio 2.

Year three

You will study:

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Design Studio 3
  • Dissertation
  • Planning Global Cities
  • Planning Theory.

Final year

You will study:

  • Agency Project A
  • Design Studio 4
  • Integrated Practice Studio
  • Theories of Architecture and Design.

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

This 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 computer-aided design (CAD), drawing, modelling and mapping.

Collaborate with undergraduates from other disciplines within the School. 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.

Complete a project based in an architect's office, a local planning authority, or other appropriate organisation to learn about current practice in architecture and planning.

See our glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

Socialise and volunteer

Attend guest lectures, field-trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in the UWE Bristol Architecture Society and the new student-led Planning@UWE Bristol Group.

Become a student rep and sit on a range of committees at University and school level, where you can influence decisions that affect your learning experience.

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.

Study time

When you start this course you'll register for six years of full-time study so you can complete a full architectural education.

After four years you'll complete the BA(Hons) Architecture and Planning (RIBA Part 1) and then spend a year in an architectural practice.

You'll then go on to the BArch/MA (RIBA Part 2) course, which is two years full-time but can also be taken part-time.


You should expect mix of coursework and exams, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers' value.

Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

Learn more about assessments.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.


Professional accreditation

This degree is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and gives exemptions from RIBA Part 1 exams.

It's also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to show it provides the academic qualifications you need to enter the planning profession. It's also accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia.

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the statutory regulator for architects in the UK and sets the education and registration requirements for anyone wishing to practice and use the title ‘architect’ in the UK. They do this by accrediting qualifications required for registration as an architect.

Following a statutory consultation in 2023, ARB has published changed educational requirements necessary for registration as an architect which will come into force from December 2027. Currently, and up until December 2027, UK graduates wishing to register as an architect will need to have an ARB accredited Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 qualification, alongside relevant work experience. From 31 December 2027 ARB will only accredit Master’s level qualifications (Level 7 in England, Level 11 in Scotland) and the professional diploma which follows. This means that from 2028 an undergraduate Level 6 qualification in architecture will not be required for registration as an architect in the UK.

This course is currently prescribed by ARB at Part 1 level for purposes of registration as an Architect in the UK. Students entering this course in September 2024 will graduate after December 2027 and will therefore graduate after the proposed end date for ARB prescription at Part 1 and their degree will not be a prescribed ARB award. This will not impact any student’s ability to complete qualification as a UK registered architect, as ARB will continue to accredit academic awards at master’s level only.

This course is currently, and will continue to be, subject to validation by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) at Part 1. The RIBA will continue to validate architecture qualifications at Parts 1, 2 and 3 – these are terms developed by the RIBA and its three-part validation pathway forms the typical route to RIBA Chartered Membership.


Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

To give you a broader perspective on architecture and planning, there are opportunities to study overseas for one year on our well-established exchange programme.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

At the end of your fourth year, you'll complete a six-week agency project. You could be based in an architect's office, a local planning authority or another appropriate organisation.

You'll also gain experience and develop your portfolio with a series of live briefs, working with the community and Architecture Centre in Bristol.


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.

Stonewater design project trip

A group of our Year two students had an exciting opportunity to showcase their dwelling projects to Stonewater Housing Association. The project brief asked students to design collective housing for Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic groups in Bristol. Students were asked to take a progressive approach in their design demonstrating an understanding of how different cultures live. Eight finalist students presented to staff at Stonewater and the winning student, Leandro, was offered 2-weeks’ paid work experience as a prize. Due to the success of this partnership, we’re working with Stonewater and hope to collaborate with them on an ongoing basis.

Study facilities

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

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

Develop computer-aided design (CAD), model-making, design and drawing 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.

Conduct spatial enquiries and analyse data using industry-standard geographic information systems (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.

Take a virtual tour of the Architecture facilities and see what's on offer here for you.



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Careers / Further study

With accreditation from RIBA and RTPI, you'll graduate ready for a career as an architect, architect-planner, urban designer, conservationist or town planner.

If you choose to become an architect, you'll be able to draw on your knowledge of planning aims and techniques. This will give greater perspective and focus to your work.

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.

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Additional costs

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.

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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 136
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Please visit our English language requirements page.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Architecture and Planning (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

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Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.

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