Architecture BA (Hons)

Course Description

With extensive input from professionals and the chance to work on authentic projects across a diverse range of sites, this course is designed to give you the full range of skills you’ll need for a career in architecture.

You will cover the five themes of architectural design; communications, history and theory, technology and environment, and practice management and law. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a European field trip which will help you to assess historical and contemporary influences on architectural design. You’ll complete two major projects, one rural and one urban in context, allowing you to develop a personal approach to architectural design. You’ll also learn about environment and systems integration, constructional, structural design, environmental and sustainable design, and cultural context.

  • Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification.
  • Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body.
  • Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 1 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

At Northumbria you will become part of a close-knit community. You will share dedicated studio space with students from all three year groups to ensure you learn as much from each other as you do from the highly experienced staff.

Architecture is a design-led discipline, and at least half of your study time will be focused upon the development of key architectural design skills through their application to real world studio design projects. Our assessment methods reflect authentic architectural practice; design is assessed via the use of comprehensive architectural design portfolios, which display your design proposals by means of 2D (plans, sections, elevations) and 3D (analogue and digital models) methods. You will be assessed through reflective journals, academic writing and technical reports and examinations.

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one Cover the foundations of Architecture, including Architecture Engineering and Construction, Architectural Technologies and complete a design project.

Year 2

Year two You’ll go on a European field trip which will help you assess historical and contemporary influences on architectural design. You’ll complete design projects and look at technical applications.

Year 3

Year three A major project makes up half of this year, allowing you to explore an area of personal interest in more depth. You’ll also learn about environment and systems integration, and constructional and structural design.

Entry requirements

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
136-144 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:
ABBBB at Higher level, BBB at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:
AAAAB

IB Diploma:
136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 45 credits at Distinction

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types – for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

English Language qualifications & International Qualifications

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51
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