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Loughborough University


UCAS Code: K101

Bachelor of Architecture - BArch

Entry requirements

A level


AAB. No specific subjects are required but we strongly prefer a mix of Science, and Art and Humanities subjects. The following subjects in the two areas are preferred: Science – Physics, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Applied Science, Biology, Statistics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Art and Humanities – Art and Design, History of Art, Product Design, Design and Textiles, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, History, Design and Technology, Creative and Media and Music.

Considered on a case by case basis. Please contact Loughborough University directly.

This qualification is accepted in combination with other qualifications. For details please contact Loughborough University

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project in developing independent research and critical thinking skills. We would consider this as evidence of motivation to study a specific subject in more depth, and while we do not generally include it as part of our offer conditions, it may be used to further consider an application upon receipt of final examination results. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE requirements - GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


34 points with 6 6 5 in HL subjects

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


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: DDD

Scottish Advanced Higher


Plus Highers at BBB

Applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be asked to achieve the A level requirements for their course as part of their qualification. The Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted alongside two A levels as long as individual course entry and subject requirements are met. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

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Sandwich | 2018



Architects are involved in the design and planning of the buildings and spaces we inhabit: architecture is everywhere and brings together many fields of human endeavour art, history, physics, engineering and more.This is a new, innovative programme founded on Loughborough's 100 years of 'theory and practice' culture to foster learning in both the university and the workplace. The degree will allow you to study with allied courses in the school and wider university. This is done to nurture strong design leaders who flourish in architectural practice, with first-rate communication and management skills, as well as substantial multi-disciplinary knowledge and abilities. More specifically the programme exploits our internationally-renowned expertise across the built environment disciplines - including engineering, building energy and management.Our aim is to produce exceptional architects through an education that is immersed in hands-on experiences, complemented by the development of vital transferable skills, such as creative problem solving, information management, critical thinking and self-reflection, communication and visualisation, multi-disciplinary team-working, and an array of contemporary digital design skills. A significant part of the programme is studio-based, supported by a dedicated team of architectural practitioners.The course will provide the knowledge and skills for graduates to be exempt from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part I exam. We will seek accreditation from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA as the programme develops, although full accreditation is normally granted as the first cohort of students graduate. An extended (Masters) version of the programme is also being developed and transfer onto this programme may be possible upon completion of this BArch degree (RIBA Part II).


Year 1:
Areas studied include visual representation skills
including hand sketching and digital drawing,
architectural history, introductions to materials,
construction systems and structural design, and
building science.
Year 2:
Areas studied include advanced design skills such as
virtual and augmented reality, computational design,
building performance modelling and simulation, and
critical urban and architectural theory.
Optional placement/study year:
Optional salaried professional placement.
Final year:
Areas studied include technical drawings, building
adaptation, community engagement, legal, ethical and
management issues, and urban planning and design.

Assessment methods

Lecture-based modules are assessed by a variety of coursework e.g. sketchbooks, illustrated essays, precedent studies, physical and digital models, technical reports and presentations. Some modules may require a written or drawing exam. Studio work is primarily assessed through portfolio submission. In addition, regular and student-focused feedback is provided through pin ups, design critics and tutorials.

The Uni

Course location:

Loughborough University


Civil and Building Engineering

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Top job areas of graduates

Architects, town planners and surveyors
Engineering professionals
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Architecture had a difficult time a few years back during the great recession, but those days are over and the degree is in demand as house building and infrastructure have increased in importance. Most working architects secure jobs in the architecture industry, more usually starting as assistants rather than full-blown architects or chartered technicians. Some, however, move into management, design or marketing roles, where they find their planning, design and project management skills are very welcome. Nearly half the architecture-related jobs last year were in London or the South-East, and this group are rather more likely than average to find their jobs through personal contacts, so polish your networking skills, or see if you can get work experience if you want to succeed as an architect.

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