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Birmingham City University

Design for Future Living with Foundation year

UCAS Code: 1032

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Art and/or Design History/Geography/English/Languages Double award in Science or separate Science such as Physics, Biology or Chemistry Sociology/Philosophy/Psychology, Maths, Music Excluding General Studies & Travel & Tourism A maximum of three subjects are considered.

Art and/or Design History/Geography/English/Languages Double award in Science or separate Science such as Physics, Biology or Chemistry Sociology/Philosophy/Psychology, Maths, Music Excluding General Studies & Travel & Tourism Must be taken alongside A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 88 points minimum.

60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3 with Merit. Construction, Planning, Built Environment subjects preferred but other subjects also considered. GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications within access course must be obtained.

Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for. Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC Extended Diploma, Art and Design Foundation Diploma or UAL Extended Diploma to obtain 88 pts

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Must include GCSE English Language (or English as first language IGCSE) and Maths at grade 4/C or above. Must have been achieved at point of application Applicants must have GCSE qualification. No other equivalencies are acceptable for home students.

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. Students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B - Grade 5 or above from the IB will be accepted. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 11 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 88 UCAS Tariff Points.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects.      This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Art and Design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts Health and Social Care, Sport excluded subjects Health and Social Care, Sport. Must be offered along with either A-Levels, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

Art and Design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts Health and Social Care, Sport excluded subjects Health and Social Care, Sport

Art and Design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts Health and Social Care, Sport excluded subjects Health and Social Care, Sport. Must be offered along with either A-Levels, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and Design, Business, Engineering, IT, Media, Performing Arts Health and Social Care, Sport excluded subjects Health and Social Care, Sport. Must be offered along with either A-Levels, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC Extended Diploma, Art and Design Foundation Diploma or UAL Extended Diploma to obtain 88 pts

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism Can be considered along with a minimum of 2 of the following qualifications: A-Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas. Can also be considered in combination with a BTEC Extended Diploma, Art and Design Foundation Diploma or UAL Extended Diploma to obtain 88 pts

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMM

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, Land Based and Environment, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science excluded subjects:- Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Early Years, Customer Service, Citizenship, Accounting, PE and Sport, Public Services and Uniformed Services, Travel & Tourism Must be offered along with either A-level, AS-Levels or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification/Foundation Diploma in Art and Design/ UAL Extended Diploma to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of BB in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers). Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points

UCAS Tariff

88

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2019

Subject

Landscape architecture and design

We live in a time of rapid social, economic and environmental change. Demand for housing is increasing, but not enough new homes are being built. Not only that, home ownership is out of reach for a lot of people. The type of housing we need is changing, and this course will give you the opportunity to meet these challenges head on.

Design for Future Living aims to develop exciting and innovative design thinking, questioning preconceptions about how society lives now and into the future. Developed in collaboration with TV architect George Clarke’s Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education (MOBIE), the course places you at the forefront of the next generation of designers tackling the design and delivery of new homes. You could break new ground through an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to designing for future living.The course prepares a new model of creative, skilled and disruptive designer with knowledge of home, digital technologies and creative design.

About foundation courses

Studying a Foundation within Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is about ideas, concepts and creativity integrating various disciplines. This additional year has been designed to give you the skills needed to ensure you’re successful on the BA (Hons) Design for Future Living course.

In this Foundation year you will be working on a multidisciplinary basis with students on different courses from the School, giving you the opportunity to experience a dynamic learning environment that embraces our ethos.

What's covered in the course?

How we live affects us all. Housing is a basic human right but what we produce doesn’t always meet today’s needs. Our homes should be smart, well designed and affordable; they should create a sense of community, respect the environment and support changing family structures. We urgently need new design thinking to revolutionise how we live.

The BA (Hons) Design for Future Living is a unique opportunity for you to lead the way in designing how and where we live. Through innovative ideas, new design methods, advanced technologies and entrepreneurial skills, you will critique, challenge and disrupt traditional thinking around the idea of ‘home’ and develop radical alternatives.

Design - the course embodies our ethos of “design through the scales”, from product design, furniture, interior spaces and architecture to urban design. In the final year, you will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests through a major project.

Make – we have a tradition and pre-occupation with “making”, inspired by Birmingham’s industrial and artisan heritage, making this an ideal setting for exploring new approaches to the production and manufacture of homes. Using our workshops and the city beyond, you will explore advanced materials, digital and analogue fabrication and technology transfer from product design, manufacturing and industry.

Live – we see houses not as ‘one size fits all’ units but as homes for specific users in specific places. Throughout the course, you will be challenged to consider the implications of your designs on how people live.

The course prepares a new model of creative, skilled and disruptive designers with knowledge of how new understandings of home, digital technologies and creative design can shape the places we live.

After successful completion of your foundation year you will progress onto the BA (Hons) Design for Future Living degree.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Parkside Building Campus

Department:

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

TEF rating:

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78%
UK students
22%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

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Average annual salary
92%
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Employed or in further education
38%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

If you want to design outdoor features, this is the degree for you. Prospects for landscape design grads have improved a lot of late and employment rates and salaries are better than the average. Easily the most common job for graduates from this discipline is as landscape architects, with architectural technicians and landscape gardeners also important options. Graduates from this degree are a lot more likely than the average to be self-employed so this also suits people with an independent streak.

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