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University of Manchester

Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA. A mixture of science or maths and humanities or arts subjects is preferred, but not essential. Art or Fine Art A-levels are particularly welcomed; however, please note that applicants with three arts-based subjects (for example, Art, Graphics and 3D Design, or Art, Photography and Design and Technology), or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design on its own will not be considered as meeting our entry requirements. We do not require a pass in the Science Practical Assessment. Typical contextual offer: Grades AAB. For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. The specific course requirements are 60 credits are required with 45 at level 3 and 45 credits at Distinction. We also consider other factors such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A-level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects are expected to achieve D3, D3, D3. Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A-levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and Grades AA at A-level in three distinct subjects.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

36 points overall. 6, 6, 6 in Higher Level subjects.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD, plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A-level at Grade A.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D, plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at Grades AA.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma (in Business, Engineering, IT, and Laboratory Skills) for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with Grades DDD.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

DD

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades DD, plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-level at Grades BB.

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

DD

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with Grades DD, plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A-level at Grade A.

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

D

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with Grade D, plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at Grades AA.

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

DDD

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (we do not accept the above qualification in Art and Design). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with Grades DDD.

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

M

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with Grades M, plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at Grade AA.

We normally require Grades AAAAC/AAABB in Scottish Highers. Applicants presenting a combination of Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are welcomed and should contact the academic school directly to discuss their portfolio of qualifications. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C / Intermediate 2 Grade C / Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

We normally require Grades AAAAC/AAABB in Scottish Highers. Applicants presenting a combination of Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are welcomed and should contact the academic school directly to discuss their portfolio of qualifications. English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C / Intermediate 2 Grade C / Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We require minimum Grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

144

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Architecture

Manchester is a great place to study architecture. The city is a showcase for recent regeneration and historic context, much of which has been designed with the involvement of our graduates, who are highly valued by the sector for their confidence and creativity.

The city's rich tradition and vibrant contemporary architectural scene engages directly with our leading-edge design practice. The ongoing regeneration of the city centre is seen as an international exemplar, recognising the value of high quality design, together with innovative and pragmatic approaches to resolving practical issues.

In year one, you will gain an understanding of architectural history and theory. It covers foundational principles in space-making, material expression, brief-writing, contextual research, and the role of humanities in the design process. A series of studio design projects and skills workshops will develop your architectural creative process and the year culminates with events jointly undertaken with second and fifth year students.

In year two, the multi-layered nature of the design process is explored and urban theory and specialised sustainability knowledge is applied to design projects, transforming the aesthetic concepts of first year into the techno-cultural strategies used by professionals. You'll develop an increased awareness of architecture in a variety of contexts and improve your design processes and critical thinking skills.

In year three, you will begin to formulate your individual position on contemporary architecture and urbanism. The third year is organised around a themed 'atelier' system, each atelier applies a particular design methodology to an extended urban project which lasts the entire year. The course culminates with an assessed self-build exhibition.

**Aims**

To qualify as an architect in the UK normally requires a combination of five years study at university and a minimum of two years practical experience before completing a final examination.

The BA (Hons) Architecture and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses at the Manchester School of Architecture are recognised as Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Following graduation, students who achieved an upper second class BA (Hons) Architecture, and who have completed their year in practice, can progress to the Master of Architecture (MArch).

**Special Features**

- Professionally recognised courses - exemption from Part 1 of ARB and RIBA professional qualifications upon completion of the BA (Hons) Architecture.

- New, purpose-built facilities, including studio and workshop spaces.

- Strong links with national and international architectural practices.

- Fieldtrips and visits in the UK and overseas.

- Art School Credit Scheme - £200 to assist with the additional costs of materials associated with the course.

Modules

For year 1, Architecture is introduced through foundational principals in space-making, material expression, brief-writing, contextual research, and the critical role of humanities in the design process. In year 2, the multi-layered nature of architectural deisgn is explored. Urban theory and specialised sustainability knowledge is developed through design projects, transforming the aesthetic concepts of first year into the techno-cultural strategies used by professionals. Year 3 is organised around 'Ateliers', each exploring specific research informed themes, you apply a particular design methodology to an extended urban project lasting the entire year. The programme culminates with an assessed self-build exhibition as preparation for the first year of professional architectural experience.

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
International
£23,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Environment, Education and Development

TEF rating:

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What students say


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, building and planning

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

44%
UK students
56%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
0%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Draughtspersons and related architectural 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.

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.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

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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