School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Architecture

UCAS tariff 104 - 136
UCAS course code K100
Institution code P60
Duration 3 years
Assessment breakdown
Coursework
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

Ready to channel and apply your creative impulses and imagination to real-world built environment problems? Through critical thinking, hands-on work with a community of expert practitioners, designing and making, our professionally accredited architecture degree will give you the experience, skills and resilience to become a progressive thinker who can confidently design sustainable and inclusive solutions to our planet’s future challenges.

Architecture

Providing rewarding experiences

You’ll have opportunities to learn work-ready skills sought after by employers. Apply your learning to real-life challenges and make a difference.

Work on real-world projects

Work on real-world projects
Gain industry insight by collaborating with professionals and clients on live briefs and projects in local, regional and international settings.

Experience inspiring study trips

Experience inspiring study trips
National and international study trips provide opportunities to experience stunning architecture in some of Europe's most culturally diverse cities.

Exhibitions, events and guest lectures

Exhibitions, events and guest lectures
We host and showcase exciting events and welcome globally distinguished and multidisciplinary experts, practitioners and scholars.

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Contact us today to discuss your options and secure your place on one of our courses with vacancies this September.

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Careers with this subject

This degree can set you on the right path to become a professionally qualified architect.

The skills you’ll learn on this course will be beneficial to you in your working life, regardless of your chosen career direction.

Through this course, you’ll become a confident critical thinker with an ethical stance – this will set you up to engage with – and respond to – the challenges faced by our society.

Find out more about where an architecture degree can take you


Careers service

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements and networks, working with the academic staff teaching on your course.

We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

Learn about our careers service

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

Key features
  • Live, real-world projects working with expert practitioners from diverse subjects equip you with sought-after skills and experience to kickstart your career.

  • An innovative, creative environment awaits you with high-quality facilities, technology and forward-thinkers in our Roland Levinsky Building.

  • Leading practitioner talks, field trips, exchange and summer school options at home and abroad give you the insight and context to succeed.

  • Professional accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) means you won’t need to complete RIBA Part 1.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Develop an awareness and knowledge of the basic principles of architecture and learn key skills. You’ll be challenged to interrogate the meaning and role of architecture through experimentation and testing through making. You will learn through projects about people and environments with a mix of subjects and cultures.

    Core modules

    • Communication 4.1 (COMM411)

      This module will introduce students to architectural presentation and representation skills. Underlying this intention will be to mainly support design studio work, especially to explore and develop the skills to discover how to communicate your ideas in two dimensional and three dimensional visual form.

    • Design Studio 4.1 (DESN411)

      In this module through both individual and group work, students to be introduced architectural design project. This introduction is underpinned by an engagement with creative / critical thinking, and exploration of basic graphic and three-dimensional representation skills as a means of inquiry and presentation, pursued through various project briefs of increasing size and complexity.

    • Integrated Design 4.2 (DESN412)

      In this module through both individual and group work, students to develop and explore architectural design project further following the skills that they gained in DSGN401 module. This module will provide the opportunity for students to further engage with creative / critical thinking, and exploration of architectural graphic and three-dimensional representation skills as a means of inquiry and presentation, pursued through various project briefs of increasing size and complexity.

    • History Theory and Critical Context 4.2 (HTCC412)

      This module will introduce students to the task and methods of historical enquiry and to architecture as its subject matter through a survey of architectural history up to the late nineteenth century. Followed by the introduction of theoretical discourse which describes the practice and production of architecture, the critique of architecture, and its conceptual possibilities.

    • Technology 4.1 (TECN411)

      This module will provide the opportunity for students to develop their understanding of basic building construction and building physics. Students will be introduced to sustainability, materials, structure, construction and building physics.

  • Year 2

  • Build a critical understanding about design in broader social and urban settings. In the second year, the emphasis is on collaborative work in teams and professional contexts, tackling social challenges of living and working in urban communities.

    Core modules

    • Design Studio and Communication 5.1 (DSCM511)

      In this module through both individual and group work, exploratory, analytical studies and an architectural design project in the context of a specific theoretical framework are the focus for exploring and developing creative and critical thinking (i.e. design) skills. This module enables students to develop their digital representation and digital design skills, by delivering lectures, workshops and online tutorial sessions focused on up-to-date digital technologies such as digital fabrication, computer-aided drawing and building information modelling.

    • Integrated Design 5.2 (DSCM512)

      In this module through both individual and group work, exploratory, analytical studies and an architectural design project in the context of a specific theoretical framework are the focus for exploring and developing creative and critical thinking (i.e. design) skills. This module enables students to develop their digital representation and digital design skills, by delivering lectures, workshops and online tutorial sessions focused on up-to-date digital technologies such as digital fabrication, computer-aided drawing and building information modelling.

    • Critical Context 5.1 (HTCC511)

      This module will develop students understanding of historical enquiry and to architecture as its subject matter through a survey of the architectural history of the twentieth century. The module will also develop students’ understanding of theories related to the practice and production of architecture, the critique of architecture, and its conceptual possibilities.

    • Common Challenge: Technology 5.2 (TECN512)

      This module allows students to develop their understanding of building construction technologies, with a specific application to architectural design. This includes environmental factors such as daylight, as well as sustainable technologies and materials, structural systems, multi-part construction and internal environments.

  • Final year

  • Live projects give you an opportunity to respond to global challenges. Through interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration, you’ll turn theory into practice, gaining experience across the scale from master planning to architectural details. Graduate with a strong portfolio that showcases your skills and experience.

    Core modules

    • Common Dissertation: Critical Practices (ADA600)

      The module engages students in situating practice through research, contextualisation and critical reflection, in relation to their final stage study and post University aspirations. Programmes can offer: a traditional dissertation; preparation for an extended dissertation; situating existing practice; or the construction of a new body of work as practice-based research.

    • Design Studio + Communication 6.1 (DSCM611)

      In this module through both individual and group work, exploratory, analytical studies and an architectural design project in the context of a specific theoretical framework are the focus for exploring and developing creative and critical thinking (i.e. design) skills. This module examines the context of architectural practice, and how buildings are procured and delivered within this context. It explores the principles of business management and how businesses operate. It also considers the construct of professional and personal ethics.

    • Design Studio and Communication 6.2 (DSCM612)

      In this module through both individual and group work, exploratory, analytical studies and an architectural design project in the context of a specific theoretical framework are the focus for exploring and developing creative and critical thinking (i.e. design) skills. This module examines the context of architectural practice, and how buildings are procured and delivered within this context. It explores the principles of business management and how businesses operate. It also considers the construct of professional and personal ethics.

    • Technology 6.2 (TECN612)

      This module will enable students to develop their understanding of the integration of construction and environment via a complex building design proposal. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of materials, structure, and construction and building physics focusing on relevant issues in creating a sustainable integrated design solution.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Architecture Programme Specification 2021 22 0114

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 - 136

Digital portfolio
You will be required to submit a digital portfolio demonstrating a range of creative skill sets.
Advice on how to create and submit your portfolio.

A level
A minimum of two A levels; General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
26–34 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM-DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit).

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification, it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information, we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All Access courses
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (preferably Art and Design or combined), including GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent, with at least 21 credits at distinction, 12 credits at merit and 12 credits at passes to 30 credits at distinction.

GCSE
Five passes including Mathematics and English Language grade C.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Applicants who will require a Student (formerly Tier 4) visa to study in the UK
Please note that if you are planning to complete further studies in Architecture, Student visa restrictions mean that you cannot undertake a Post-Part 1 placement in the UK but may be able to secure a placement year in your home country or elsewhere outside the UK, as other international students have done in the past.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications, please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021-2022 2022-2023
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £14,200 £14,600
Part time (Home) £770 £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Applicant portfolio advice - find out how to make an impression with your portfolio. 

Progression routes

International progression routes

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offers foundation, first-year and pre-masters programmes that lead to University of Plymouth degrees. Courses are specially designed for EU and international students who are missing the grades for direct entry to the University, and include full duration visa sponsorship. You can start in January, May or September, benefitting from small class sizes, top-quality tuition and 24/7 student support.


Find out more at plymouth.ac.uk/upic or contact our team at info@upic.plymouth.ac.uk

A home to nurture your creativity, passions and aspirations

Learn from industry-leading experts in our state-of-the-art facilities. Get hands-on practical experience from the leading minds in the business and immerse yourself in a vibrant creative community.

Discover the facilities and resources you’ll have access to

Learn from experts in their field

  • Professor of Architecture
    Architect and academic with over 20 years’ experience of teaching and practice
  • Lecturer in Architecture
    Keynote speaker and guest critic with a background in practice
  • Lecturer in Architecture
    Extensive professional expertise stemming from a practice-based career
  • Associate Dean - International
    Expertise and interests in urban design, smart cities and public participation
  • Lecturer in Architecture (History & Theory)
    Architect and academic with expertise in the politics of space
  • Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning)
    Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists accreditation panel member
  • Lecturer in Architecture
    Part of a research collective working on global issues of displacement
  • Professor of Smart Cities and Communities
    Pioneering researcher who specialises in smart cities and digital innovation
  • Lecturer in Architecture
    Directs and manages a landscape architecture and inclusive design practice
  • Associate Professor (Spatial Practice)
    Expert experimental architect focused on spatial practices and social justice
  • Professor of Architecture
    Global guest lecturer with expertise in architectural pedagogy
  • Lecturer in Digital Design and Fabrication
    Specialises in the role and impacts of digital tools in architectural design
  • Doctoral Teaching Assistant
    Active researcher with previous experience working in New York and Shenzhen
  • Lecturer
    Designs person-centred environments for people living with dementia
  • Associate Professor in Architecture
    Multidisciplinary researcher exploring the interface between science and art
  • Associate Tutor
    Chartered architect with over 20 years’ experience working in private practice
  • Associate Tutor
    Founder and Director of an architectural practice
  • Associate Tutor
  • Associate Tutor
  • Associate Tutor

Encouraging your individuality

Increase your knowledge and develop a critical questioning approach through intellectually stretching multidisciplinary learning.

“Creatively, the tutors don’t stop you with your own ideas.”
Gregory talks about how he was encouraged through his journey into sustainable design.

Realising architectural ambition

Realising architectural ambition
Freya shares how the course is helping her achieve her dream of becoming a professional architect.

“The course helped me to see buildings as more than just an object within a place.”
George talks about his discovery of the broader aspects of architecture.

These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Discover Uni (Unistats) is updated annually in September. The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Graduate Outcomes survey (GO) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Discover Uni website. 

*Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020