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Selection process for BSc (Honours) Architecture

What is a selection event?

It's a process to assess whether you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career.

Being invited to a selection event doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

To find out what will happen on the day, see the subject-specific information below. The timings listed are approximate, so please keep your plans for travelling home flexible.

When and where is my selection event?

If you're invited to a selection event you'll receive an email telling you when it is and where to go.

It's important to be on time. You should arrive 10 minutes before the start time so you can register. If you're delayed on the way to the event call 0114 225 5555 and ask for Admissions.

What happens on a selection event?

The discussion is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your suitability for the course and allows us to answer any questions you may have.

You must bring a hard copy of your portfolio with you to the portfolio discussion. The portfolio discussion is an opportunity for you to explore your work with a tutor.

The discussion is a very important part of the application process and allows us to consider making you a reduced offer. If we decide that you have presented a strong portfolio we may make the conditions of an offer less academically demanding (that is we ask for fewer UCAS points).

What else can I experience on the day?

As well as your portfolio discussion there will be a talk about the course, buffet lunch and tour of the campus and facilities.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?

You must bring a hard copy of your portfolio with you to the portfolio discussion. This portfolio may be compiled from drawing, sketching and painting outside formal academic subjects.

What do I need to bring with me?

Your completed portfolio.

What are we looking for?

Your portfolio should give us a clear view of your creative potential through your original work. It should

  • show your interest in architecture
  • demonstrate your imagination, originality and enthusiasm
  • show you to be someone with good skills of graphic communication and evidence of design flair and creativity

Who is on the selection event panel?

Our decision will be made based on an informal one-to-one discussion with one of the Architecture Staff at Sheffield Hallam.

What should I wear?

Dress reasonably smartly, but there is absolutely no need to wear a suit. Smart but casual clothing will allow you to feel confident and at ease.

How do I find you?

A campus map is available to download.

Please allow plenty of time for travelling as parking is limited on all campuses. Please read signs carefully when parking as there are restrictions in place. We strongly recommend that you use public transport where possible.

I'm disabled and require support at the event. Can you help?

Sheffield Hallam University welcomes applications from disabled people and is proactive in ensuring equality of access. If you think you, or any of your guests, may require support during your visit (for example, a sign language interpreter, notetaker, materials provided in a different format or wheelchair access), please contact us within 3 days of the receipt of your selection event invitation on 0114 225 6737 or at a.mallon@shu.ac.uk so that we can arrange this for you.

What happens after my selection event?

We cannot tell you our decision on the day of the interview. After the interview our decision will be communicated via UCAS track, so please check your account regularly.

You will receive one of the following decisions:

Conditional offer for the course that you have applied for – you must fulfil certain criteria (usually based on the qualifications you are currently taking) before you can be accepted on the course. If the requirements are met, the offer becomes unconditional.

Unconditional offer for the course that you have applied for – usually made when you have already completed your qualifications and met the academic requirements we are asking for.

Unsuccessful – unfortunately we are not able to offer you a place on the course. We do not feel that you have the necessary skills or experience to be successful on one of our courses. However, this does not prevent you from applying in the future, should you undertake further study to develop your skills and experience.

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