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Sheffield Hallam University

Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or 4.

UCAS Tariff

80

80 UCAS points, including 48 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Architecture

Study a pioneering course in the field of sustainable architecture and design.
Realise your creative potential to evolve environmental and sustainable architecture for the 21st Century.
Explore social and political issues of architecture through design projects set within a broad range of rural and urban contexts.
Study the culture, history and theory of architecture to inform your design projects.
Learn digital modelling and CAD to the most up-to-date industry standards.
On this course, you'll join a highly-regarded and successful department, developing a range of practical and technical skills. You'll learn to think creatively and communicate effectively on a range of exciting projects — preparing you for your future career.

**How you learn**

Design projects are the core of the course, and a significant part of teaching takes part in the design studio.

You will learn to conceptualise, analyse and develop your creative imagination, applying this to design problems which increase in complexity throughout the course. Design projects simulate the real-world skills used in architectural practice.

Year 1 has a small-scale and domestic focus with an emphasis on environmental principles and three-dimensional investigation through making and drawing.

Year 2 has a larger urban scale and international focus and is designed to expand knowledge, imagination, confidence and skills. The year is centred on a European field trip.

Year 3 has a strong social and environmental focus with design projects located in the UK.

**You learn through:**

weekly studio-based design tutorials
lectures and seminars
practical workshops
field trips within the UK and Europe
digital classes
visits to important architecture and places
visits to current architectural practices
lectures and talks from practicing architects
specialist consultants from industry

**Applied learning**
**Project-based learning**

All three years of the course are structured around applied learning. This links your studies to real-world situations.

The course seeks to train architects who care about people and the environment, and who appreciate how architecture can have a positive impact on society. Modules in the history and theory of architecture look deep into social and cultural issues, and help to explain how architecture is connected to them. Design projects then apply this knowledge and understanding.

A range of software is used for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM), which together allow exploration of the design and the creation of a data-rich environment.

**Environmental emphasis**

The curriculum specialises in environmental design and introduces fundamental knowledge of environmental science and low-energy design across all three years.

We use software that allows the environmental quality and energy performance of buildings to be simulated and tested — this is then used to inform studio design projects. Environmental simulation tools are also used to test 3D proposals in a variety of ways.

**Field trips**

Field study trips within the UK and Europe broaden your understanding of architecture within contemporary contexts, and prepare you for a variety of scenarios which you will find in practice.

Extracurricular activities, organised with our active architecture student society (SHarc), include hands-on workshops and a guest lecture series where students invite practitioners to discuss current issues and concerns.

**Networking opportunities**

Employers and practitioners are invited as studio tutors or visiting lecturers to engage with students.

We have strong connections with regional and national practices, which allow for excellent employment opportunities. This is aided by industry employer events, such as our end of year exhibition preview, and is aided further by a dedicated employability team. Your Year 3 modules also include several practice visits.

Modules

**Year one modules**• Architectural Design studio 1 • Architecture studio 1 • Cultural context 1 • Environment and Technology 1 • Communication.

**Year two modules**- • Architecture studio 2 • Cultural context 2 • Environment and Technology 2 • Construction Technology.

**Year three modules**- • Architecture Studio 3 • Cultural context 3 • Environment and Technology 3 • Professional practice.

Assessment methods

• Project work
• Continuous assessment
• Written assignments
• Examinations

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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.

85%
high
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
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

86%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
23%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
11%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

£26k

£26k

£32k

£32k

£32k

£32k

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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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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