School of Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

The course provides you with a fully engaging studio design-based education and will allow you to explore your creative design abilities exploiting traditional and modern technologies and materials through all the design stages.

The course provides you with a fully engaging studio design-based education and will allow you to explore your creative design abilities exploiting traditional and modern technologies and materials through all the design stages.

Why choose this course?

The course provides you with a fully engaging studio design-based education and will allow you to explore your creative design abilities exploiting traditional and modern technologies and materials through all the design stages. Students will learn how architecture can shape communities and cultures, developing a deep understanding of sustainable solutions for the Climate Crisis.

Our proven track record of research and industry engagement in the field of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and advanced visualisation/modelling technologies is embedded into the course. As you develop your knowledge of the design process, the use of digital technologies will position you at the cutting edge of today's global construction industry, enabling you to model and manage the full spectrum of design information.

During the course, different trips will be arranged by the school and at Level 6; an International one will allow the students to learn from other countries.

The course BSc (Hons) Architecture is ARB part 1 prescribed and RIBA Candidate course for Part 1

ARB logo

What happens on the course?

As the first step into professional architect status (Part 1) Our BSc (Hons) Architecture is designed to create a simulation of a professional practice environment.

The intimate cohorts allow students to learn in an effective studio environment, where every student has a desk, a pedestal and a workstation-class PC. From 2020 the brand-new studios in the Springfield Campus are designed to operate as a vertical studio, where a fluid layout will allow the students to be inspired from each other in a collaborative environment.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Springfield Campus

This course builds on the rich heritage of Wolverhampton and its unique geographic position within the Black Country region of the UK, seen by many as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Settlement in a region is being redeveloped the School of Architecture and the Built Environment collaborates with Local Authorities and Private Companies allowing students to learn and be part of this change.

You’ll have a unique opportunity to study in our £45 million SoABE Building, a 12-acre, Grade II listed former brewery. We’re one of the few universities in the UK to house multiple fully-functional industrial laboratories, as well as purpose-built facilities with access to latest visualisation technologies, design studios and equipment. Watch our latest video here!

Not to mention our National Brownfield Institute (NBI) will also be located on our £120million Springfield Campus. The new £17.5 million building will be a world-class institute that focuses on developing modern methods of building through innovation and partnerships within the construction industry - meaning our collaborations with Local Authorities and Private Companies centers our students as part of this change.

And all of these state-of-the-art facilities are home to our Architecture and Built Environment students. See where you could be studying!

Take a look at our amazing campus.

At the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • Through analysis of user requirements and current knowledge, you will have the ability to generate and effectively communicate comprehensive architectural designs through a range of media, taking into account aesthetics, technical building requirements and environmental impact.
  • You will evaluate and articulate the cultural histories and aesthetic theories of architecture, including how the arts can influence and inform architectural design. You will then implement this knowledge in the development of design concepts.
  • You will understand the role of the architect as a professional within the construction industry, including their legal responsibilities to operate within standards and codes, the requirement to maintain professional development and their relationship to others within the sector.
  • You will develop a systematic understanding of how to develop comprehensive design briefs and manage projects to meet complex client/user requirements, ensuring that financial, environmental, social, and economic sustainability techniques are applied to the overall project.
  • You will critically evaluate the role of architecture within the broader domain of urban design, understanding the relationship between people, buildings and communities and how current legislation impacts on the development of the built environment in a national and global context.
  • You will demonstrate the ability to synergise aesthetic form with engineering and material constraints surrounding structure, including critically analysing alternative systems to specify safe, sustainable and cost effective solutions.

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

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!

Watch our Alumni discuss their experiences 

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.

Architects Registration Board (ARB)

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

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.

Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

Online

Order a prospectus

How We Compare

Find out how our course is rated on Discover Uni, the official website for comparing UK higher education courses

Full-time Course