BSc (Honours) Architecture

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Architecture

Full-time Architecture

Prepare for an exciting career as an architect on this progressive, environmentally-focussed and RIBA-accredited course giving you a real advantage after graduation.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £16,655 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 -128 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? K100
When do I start? September 2024

Employability

100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 80% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Student satisfaction

This course scored 92% for teaching satisfaction in the 2023 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • 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.

Accredited by
  • Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board for exemption from RIBA Part 1 examinations.



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How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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

You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Turing scheme.

Course leaders and tutors

Oli Cunningham
Oli Cunningham
BSc (Hons) Architecture Course Leader

I am a qualified architect with extensive experience in both practice and education. I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 and currently lead the first year o … Read more

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. In Year 3 you will undertake 120 hours of work experience to support your future career.

You'll also work with students from our overseas partner universities to work collaboratively on the same project.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as

  • an architect
  • in your own company as a chartered architect
  • in architecture practices in the private and public sector in the UK, Europe and internationally
  • construction companies
  • digital design and management
  • environmental consultants
  • construction project management or design management
  • property development
  • teaching in colleges or universities
  • third sector and charitable organisations

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with and have access to

  • fully equipped design studios with extended access in the evenings and weekends
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • energy and environmental modelling software
  • modelling workshops with laser cutters, 3D printers and a range of woodworking and metal working tools
  • Adobe Suite software (including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) image and movie editing software
  • rendering software including Rhino and Grasshopper.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112 - 128

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. We accept General Studies. For example:

  • BBC-ABB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Distinction overall from a T level qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and General Studies.

 

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant QAA accredited course.

• Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) - distinction

If you meet the entry criteria and have studied a creative subject* at A-Level or equivalent, you will be considered and may receive an offer before being invited to a selection event.  Attending the selection event is not compulsory but we may be able to make you a reduced offer if you do.

If you have not studied a creative* subject at A-Level or equivalent, you must attend a selection event before you can be considered for an offer. 

We may be able to make you a lower offer after reviewing your portfolio at a selection event.

If you already hold your results when you apply, but these do not include a creative subject, you must attend a selection event before you can be considered for an offer.   

All applications are welcome. We follow a flexible and inclusive process when making offers.

*Creative subjects - Art and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Film Studies, Photography, Product Design, 3d-Design, Fashion and Textiles

 

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4
  • If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

Offers:

  • Conditional offer:  You must meet specific conditions, which may be academic and/or non-academic conditions before you can be accepted on the course. If the conditions are met, the offer becomes unconditional.
  • Unconditional offer:  This is made when you have met/or are already holding the specific conditions we've asked for.
  • Unsuccessful: We are not able to offer you a place on the course. We do not feel that you have demonstrated the necessary skills, experience, or academic profile to be successful at this time; however this does not prevent you from applying in future, should you undertake further study or develop your skills and experience. For individual feedback on the decision, you can contact feedbackrequests@shu.ac.uk.

 

Selection Events:

All applicants will be invited to a course discussion with a member of our architecture staff. You will have the option of an online discussion or on campus discussion. There will be a range of dates to choose from.  You will be sent a selection of up-to-date course information with the invite to attend a course discussion.

For the course discussion you should prepare a portfolio to demonstrate your creative potential, imagination, originality, and enthusiasm.  Your portfolio can be either digital or physical and can include past or current school and college work, examples from work experience, personal projects and work in progress. 

Your portfolio should show a good range of skills in graphic communication and should include some or all of the following:

  • Drawing skills including sketching, mark making and technical drawings.
  • Other visual representation skills which could include painting, photography, print making
  • 3d work and physical making skills.
  • Digital skills such as digital modelling, graphics and graphic design, layouts, use of photoshop, illustrator and similar software.
  • Sketchbooks, research and development work.
  • Any other creative practice you feel demonstrates your creativity.

We are not expecting only highly finished or professional work but your portfolio should be carefully put together to demonstrate your creative potential.  We do not need to see everything you have ever done but a selection of your work.

The course discussion is also an opportunity for you to find out more about the course and for us to get to know you as an individual.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered.

 

Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

All of our decisions will be communicated via UCAS Track, so please check your account regularly.

Portfolios for international applicants 

International applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio after we receive your application.  Your portfolio should demonstrate your creative potential, imagination, originality, and enthusiasm.  Your portfolio should show a good range of skills in graphic communication and may contain sketching, drawing, technical drawings, painting, photography, 3d work.

It must contain no more than 10 pages and must not exceed 3MB in overall size. You can present more than one piece on each portfolio page. 

Some international applicants will also be invited for an online interview. 

 

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Architectural Design Studio 1 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Architecture Studio One Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Communication Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cultural Context 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment And Technology 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Architecture Studio 2 Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Construction Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cultural Context 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment And Technology 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Architecture Studio 3A Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Architecture Studio 3B Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cultural Context 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment And Technology 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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