Why choose this course?

Take your first step towards becoming a professional architect by completing this degree which is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as a Part 1 qualification.

Experience a professional design studio by working in our new purpose-built facilities which include dedicated studio spaces where you will have you own individual workspace. You will be working with our passionate and supportive community of staff on stimulating and client driven design projects designed specifically for you to develop and hone your individual and collaboration skills.

Throughout the course you will master key communication skills including hand drawing and model-making whilst also developing skills in using professional industry software, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools. You will also be getting hands-on experience with the latest technologies such as 3D laser scanning, VR tools, and 3D printing – all this is designed to prepare you for employment. You will have opportunities to meet future employers through our wide network of collaborating companies and showcase your work at our annual Graduate Show.

In addition to the above, your experience and knowledge of architecture will be augmented by visiting major national and international cities with past trips including London, Berlin, Rome, Paris, and Dubai.

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What happens on the course?

Wolverhampton’s BSc in Architecture offers a unique educational experience grounded in design, technology and science. Our mission is to inform good design which will improve people’s lives whilst minimising the detriment to our earth’s ecosystems. Design is at the heart of the curriculum which then underpins modules including design studio, history and theory of architecture, urbanism, building science, sustainability, structures, construction and professional practice. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the context, materiality and function of design. Projects progress in scale and complexity; beginning with the human scale in the first year, urban scale in the second year and holistic in the third year.

This approach provides a broad education in architecture; with a clear pathway to guide those transitioning from school and college to become self-motivated, fully autonomous learners within higher education. Our philosophy is focused on welcoming and valuing distinct views that broaden each of our own perspectives through critical thinking and respectful debate; there is no one singular style of architecture attached to the school.

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Additional Information

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Springfield Campus

The School of Architecture and Built Environment (ABE) has been a cornerstone of the University since its inception as a technical college in the early 20th Century. The experience within the School of ABE is unique as it mirrors the sector. It draws together students from across the various disciplines of Architecture and the Built Environment, and is the only school in the world that offers dedicated degree courses for every stage of the lifecycle of a building, from design to demolition.

Our school has recently moved into the new Springfield campus, a £100 million project, turning a 12-acre Grade II-listed former brewery into Europe’s largest specialist design, construction, and built environment campus. This site will not only house the School but will share its location with the new National Brownfield Institute, a Government-supported centre, which will focus on driving the next generation of thinking and techniques, for transforming brownfield land into new communities. This vibrant learning environment creates a unique and exciting place for students to learn and socialise.

The Architecture course has dedicated studio facilities in the Springfield Campus, providing each student with a dedicated workspace for the entire academic year. This enables us to develop a professional, office-based working environment to support your learning and prepare you for professional practice.

In addition to having your own individual workspace, you also have full access to our model-making facilities, including facilities for hand model making and 3D printing. As part of the course, most of the materials you will need to create models are available without additional cost to you.

Within the School of ABE, our success with apprenticeships is another area of success and not only aligns to our social mobility ethos to provide higher education for all, but also highlights the strong industrial links we have both regionally and nationally.

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After graduation, you'll have the theoretical and practical foundations to pursue postgraduate study and advance your journey to becoming an architect. There are also other opportunities to pursue other careers within the architecture, sustainability and construction industries, such as architectural design, urban design, and landscape architecture.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Voluntary trips

Optional trips to places of architectural interest, e.g. House of Commons and other estate buildings for which students pay costs; train tickets circa £75

Other student expenses for model building, examples below
Balsa wood, card, glue for models circa £100
Printing circa £200
Drawing equipment, materials and stationery circa £200

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or an accepted equivalent.

PLUS EITHER

  • 128 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades  ABB / AAC
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DDM
  • Level 4 HNC in a relevant subject discipline with minimum Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits - Distinction 30;  Merit 15
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

All applicants will be required to provide a digital portfolio. Your portfolio is an opportunity to show us who you are, your creative ability and your potential. More information on what we expect from a portfolio can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/.

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

English language requirements also apply

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

A career in architecture can be incredibly varied and rewarding - see what some of our Alumni had to say!

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Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 1 qualification.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 1 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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