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Architecture (Foundation Entry)

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

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

MM

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

MPP

64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

T Level

P

P (D or E)

UCAS Tariff

64

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Architecture

**Course Overview**

- Our cutting-edge Architecture Foundation Entry degree teaches you all the architectural theory you’ll need, paired with conservation, sustainability and environmental issues.

- Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. It’s entirely unique, and a great stepping stone to degree study.

- You’ll learn a comprehensive grounding in design, theory, history and building technology. At the same time, we’ll embrace any environmental challenges such as low-carbon approaches, to meet the needs of society.

- You’ll get the opportunity to compare and contrast Lancastrian architecture and urban form with national and international examples on our overseas visits.

Why study with us

- You’ll enjoy a ‘boutique’ educational experience – you will have your own desk, drawing board and storage within expansive studios.

- Our programme is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

- Architecture is ranked 7th in the UK with 88% of students satisfied with the teaching quality (Times Good University Guide 2021)

**Further Information**

Location context:

- Post-industrialisation, suburban expansion, the relationship between countryside and town, digital media and emerging technologies are amongst the plethora of issues relevant to Preston and the North West.

- Our strategic position within the heart of the UK allows us to explore these themes through an engagement with other urban centres and inspiring contexts within the UK; from London to Glasgow.

Modules

Year 1: Diagnostic Skills, Design History in Architecture, Final Major Project (FMP), Portfolio and Exhibition

Year 2: Compulsory Modules; Architectural Design 1a, Architectural Design 1b, History & Theory of Architecture 1, Building Technology 1. Theme - Small Scale Building

Year 3: Compulsory Modules; Architectural Design 2a, Architectural Design 2b, History & Theory of Architecture 2, Building Technology 2. Theme - Neighbourhood/Town edges

Year 4: Compulsory Modules; Architectural Design 3a, Architectural Design 3b, History & Theory of Architecture 3, Professional Studies 3.
Theme - Regional/International

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
35%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

What are graduates doing after six months?

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
38%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
8%
Design occupations

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.

Architecture, building and planning

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

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

£32k

£32k

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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Lower entry requirements
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