Architecture BSc (Hons)

Course Description

The professional training you need to practice as an architect, combining studiobased design with technical knowledge of materials and construction techniques.

Our course gives you the practical and creative skills you need to explore, analyse and communicate architectural proposals. You’ll combine project work in design studios with a grounding in the historic and cultural theory of architecture. Through integrating science, mathematics and art, you’ll learn how to control, manipulate and compose internal spaces and external forms.

At Bath, we focus your studies around studio work from the start. This is where you’ll work collaboratively to produce integrated design solutions. And, more importantly, where you’ll develop the practical skills to realise your creative potential.

Individual and group projects will challenge you to integrate the principles of structural, environmental and sustainable design into your work. Your knowledge of materials and the assembly of building elements will help inform how you approach design. Working with civil engineering students develops your understanding of the technical aspects of designing structures. This cross-discipline teamwork gives you an insight into the design problems and professional relationships you could experience in your career.

Your study experience at Bath will be distinct from that offered by most other universities in the UK. You’ll go on two six-month placements as part of your four-year degree to help you on your journey to becoming a qualified Architect. You could also have the opportunity to study abroad. We currently have student exchange agreements with eight European universities through the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. Find out more about the scheme.


Entry requirements

A level Typical offer – A*AA in three A level subjects.

We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. Your offer can include Mathematics or Further Mathematics but not both. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

A level Alternative offer  – AAA

AAA in three A levels plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

BTEC Typical offer – We are unable to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) for entry to our Architecture course. Unfortunately, the qualification does not offer the breadth and depth in both mathematics/science and arts/humanities subjects that is required to be suitably prepared for our course.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.


English Language qualifications

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 7.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 69 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 184 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 184 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 27 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.


International qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Typical offer – 36 points. 36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects.

If you are not studying one of Mathematics, Physics or Visual Arts at Higher Level and you are taking it at Standard Level your offer may include 7 in that subject. In this case the typical offer is 36 points with 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects and 7 in the Standard Level subject.


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