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University of Portsmouth


UCAS Code: K100

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

Entry requirements

120-136 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 A levels.

122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

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


Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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


120-136 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff


120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019



Architects design buildings and play a role in shaping cities, communities and the way we live. This BA (Hons) Architecture degree course helps you develop the technical and analytical skills you need to begin a career as an architect. You could also consider roles in areas such as design practice, planning, historic building conservation and project management.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This provides exemption from the RIBA Part 1 examination and is the first step towards the professional qualification of Architect.

These professional accreditations assure potential employers of the quality of your degree.

**What you'll experience**
On this Architecture degree course, you’ll:
- Explore design in dedicated studio space alongside your peers, while developing your individual and team skills

- Learn from professional architects who'll introduce you to industry thinking

- Get your hands on the latest CAD software, including BIM modelling, environmental evaluation software, 3D scanning and printing tools

- Get valuable experience on real projects by working with our in-house architectural practice, the Project Office

- Get an opportunity to work in an architectural practice or do a placement year in the construction industry

- Develop design skills through exploration of model making, material testing, sketching and drawing

- Showcase your work to potential employers at our summer exhibition

- Get the opportunity to take an exchange and enjoy lectures from world-class architects

You can also:
- Go on a field trip to a European city in year 1. Flights, transfers and accommodation are included but you'll need to bring your own spending money and organise travel to the airport.

- Have opportunities to go on other field trips. Past destinations include Helsinki, Barcelona, Amsterdam, New York and Berlin.

**Careers and opportunities**
Many graduates on this course continue their architect training with paid, mentored professional experience in a practice, before studying at postgraduate level for a Master of Architecture degree.

**What can you do with an Architecture degree?**
You can use your skills in areas such as:
- design practice

- planning

- historic building conservation

- project management

**What jobs can you do with an Architecture degree?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- architectural design

- interior design

- landscape architecture

- urban design and master planning

- planning

- architectural technology

- product design

- graphic design

- lighting design

- set design

Companies graduates have gone on to work for include:
- Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

- Make

- Re-Format

- Grimshaw

- PAD Studio

- Hawkins Brown

- Design Engine

- Architecture plb

- Hampshire County Architects

- Squire & Partners

- Allies & Morrison

- Penoyre & Prasad

Past students, having completed their registration, have gone on to run their own practices. For example, Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop, DMWA and PCA.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


In your first year you will develop your own creative and decision-making skills by learning to apply new fields of knowledge to varied design projects for which you will decide the parameters. You will also study the history of human understanding and response to the world, how to apply technical, environmental and sustainable design principles in your work and how to research, study and communicate professionally. In year two you will take your studies to a more advanced level and integrate them into more complex design projects. You will explore issues such as responding to different contexts and you will learn advanced skills for presenting your design work. The technology unit provides you with methods for designing environmentally and technically responsive buildings and you will learn about the philosophical context for the discipline of architecture. Study trips and exchange opportunities are also offered, and you are able to choose from a range of faculty-wide options. In your third year your studies are geared towards preparation for professional placement once you have graduated. Employability is the focus in this year. Design projects will start to simulate the complexity of real-world practice; design, context and technology are integrated, and urbanism is a key theme. You will choose a dissertation topic in an area of your own interest for in-depth research and you will be introduced to the practice and legal framework of the profession. You will also design and build the end of year exhibition.

Assessment methods

Most assessment will be through coursework, with only one examination in third year. You will be given an indication of your progress throughout the year and your design work will be finally assessed at the end of the year when you submit your design portfolio for examination.

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University of Portsmouth


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What students say

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Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
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

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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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.

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

Top job areas of graduates

Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
Architects, town planners and surveyors
Design 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.


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







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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