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Architecture

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 136-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

138-144 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54-62.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-28

27-28 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDD

136-144 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

T Level

D

UCAS Tariff

136-144

136-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Architecture

**Overview**
Architects design the world around us and influence the way people live and work. On this Architecture degree – accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – you’ll learn how to design buildings and play a role in shaping cities and communities.

You’ll use the latest software in our studios and develop the model making, sketching, drawing and team-working skills you need in your career as an architect.

You’ll also work on real projects with our in-house architectural practice and have the chance to use your skills and knowledge on a year-long work placement, working with and learning from professional architects.

After your course, you can continue your journey to become a registered architect. You could also follow past graduates into careers as landscape architects, interior designers and architectural technologists, or work in planning or historic building conservation.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) – for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification – and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

**What you'll experience**
On this Architecture degree course, you’ll:
- Explore design in dedicated studio space alongside your peers, while developing your individual and team skills

- Learn from professional architects who'll introduce you to industry thinking

- Get your hands on the latest CAD software, including BIM modelling, environmental evaluation software, 3D scanning and printing tools

- Get valuable experience on real projects by working with our in-house architectural practice, the Project Office

- Get an opportunity to work in an architectural practice or do a placement year in the construction industry

- Develop design skills through exploration of model making, material testing, sketching and drawing

- Showcase your work to potential employers at our summer exhibition

- Get the opportunity to take an exchange and enjoy lectures from world-class architects

You can also:
- Go on a field trip to a European city in year 1. Flights, transfers and accommodation are included but you'll need to bring your own spending money and organise travel to the airport.

- Have opportunities to go on other field trips. Past destinations include Helsinki, Barcelona, Amsterdam, New York and Berlin.

**Careers and opportunities**
Many graduates on this course continue their architect training with paid, mentored professional experience in a practice, before studying at postgraduate level for a Master of Architecture degree.

**What can you do with an Architecture degree?**
You can use your skills in areas such as:
- design practice

- planning

- historic building conservation

- project management

**What jobs can you do with an Architecture degree?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- architectural design

- interior design

- landscape architecture

- urban design and master planning

- planning

- architectural technology

- product design

- graphic design

- lighting design

- set design

Companies graduates have gone on to work for include:
- Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

- Make

- Re-Format

- Grimshaw

- PAD Studio

- Hawkins Brown

- Design Engine

- Architecture plb

- Hampshire County Architects

- Squire & Partners

- Allies & Morrison

- Penoyre & Prasad

Past students, having completed their registration, have gone on to run their own practices. For example, Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop, DMWA and PCA.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Fundamentals
- Design: Architectural Application
- Design: Exploration
- Design: Introduction
- Histories, Theories and Matters of Concern
- Technology and Environment: Exploration.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Creative Practice
- Design: Architectural Investigation
- Design: Architectural Narratives
- History And Theory Of Modern Architecture
- Technology And Environment: Design Practice

Optional modules in this year include:
- Architecture Study Exchange
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Thematic Design
- Student Enterprise
- Professional Experience.
- Modern Foreign Language

Placement year (optional):
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Professional Practice
- Design: Major Project Preparation
- Design: Major Project Synthesis
- Design: Major Project Technical Resolution
- History and Theory: Dissertation
- Technology and Environment: Discovery.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through coursework and presentation. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed 100% by coursework in all years.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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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.

85%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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
87%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
B

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

65%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
13%
Design occupations
4%
Architects, town planners and surveyors

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.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£34k

£34k

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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