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University of Plymouth

Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

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

Entry requirements


136 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Preferably Art and Design or Combined), with at least 30 credits at Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

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

DDM

Any subject is considered. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Considered in combination

136 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

136

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.

Considered in combination

92%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Architecture

Do you want to create great spaces for people to live and work in? Discover the multi-faceted processes of building design in a stimulating and dynamic community. Appreciate the built environment past, present and future, and gain the confidence to ask questions and challenge inherited beliefs. You’ll cover subjects from urban planning and theories in cultural conditions, to sustainable systems and technologies. Learn to think outside the box and gain skills employers value highly.

The course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). You will gain professional accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). If you complete the degree successfully, you'll be exempt from RIBA Part 1 automatically. This course will also enrich your learning with the arrangement of field trips each year to project sites, European study trips, exchange study opportunities abroad and at home, and overseas summer schools.

* 87 per cent of students said staff have made the subject interesting and 90 per cent of students in employment six months after the course were in a professional/managerial job (source: 2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).

* Gain professional accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The course is also prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). If you complete the degree successfully, you'll be exempt from RIBA Part 1 automatically.

* Get creative with our amazing facilities and resources. You’ll be based in our eye-catching Faculty of Arts building in the heart of the campus, with students and staff from other arts courses to bounce ideas off and collaborate with.

* Graduate ready for the workplace with our focus on professional development. You'll work on ‘live’ studio design projects, and we have strong links with Plymouth City Council and other regional community projects.

* Learn from tutors with industry experience and interdisciplinary research interests.

* Enrich your learning with field trips each year to project sites, European study trips, exchange study opportunities abroad and at home, and overseas summer schools. Previous destinations have included Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Paris, Porto, Rotterdam, Rome, Stockholm and Venice.

* Join the Plymouth Architecture and Design Society (PADS), one of the most respected and active student architectural societies in the UK, with fortnightly lectures that bring architects, engineers and designers into the school to showcase and discuss their work with you.

* Gain insights into the field with talks from leading practitioners and theorists. Our Cross Professional Dialogue programme is a forum for discussion between architects, builders and others in the building industry. We also hold the annual ‘State of the Profession’ symposium with noted professionals, such as RIBA President Stephen Hodder, to discuss key issues in architecture today.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll gain an awareness of your creativity through drawing, model making, writing and verbal discussion, and develop your skills and critical understanding of architecture by working on design projects within the design studio. You’ll work as part of a team on a live interdisciplinary project with fellow students. You’ll also get the opportunity to go on a study trip; in previous years this has included visits to European cities.

In your second year, you’ll explore architectural ideas and architecture in context. You’ll focus on ideas and production, sustainable technologies, materials and building performance and continue with the study of the history and theories of 20th-century architecture. You’ll also have the opportunity for an Erasmus exchange with our overseas partner institutions.

In your final year, you’ll build on themes explored in your second year, extending your work to examine, develop and articulate a personal approach to architecture. This will be reinforced by parallel work in history, theory and technology and a focus on your professional development.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

100% of assessment is by coursework.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
46%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

72%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
11%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
3%
Teaching and educational professionals
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architecture

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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