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Undergraduate Entry Requirements

The Sheffield School of Architecture is widely renowned as an excellent place to begin your architectural education. We attract a high number of applicants for our undergraduate programmes each year. Here you will find all the information you need about our entry requirements for each course. You can find guidance on the application process and how you can strengthen your chance of selection on our applying pages.

Course Academic qualifications Additional requirements English language requirements (if English is not your first language)
BA Architecture (RIBA Part 1)
BA Architecture and Landscape (RIBA and LI Part 1)
A-level: AAA or an equivalent qualification
GCSE: Maths and English, Grade C or above
Art and Design Portfolio IELTS with a score of 6.5 (with no component less than 6.0) or an equivalent qualification
MEng Structural Engineering and Architecture (RIBA Part 1, IStructE and ICE) The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering hosts the MEng Structural Engineering and Architecture. You can find out more about the entry requirements and how to apply from the online prospectus.

Equivalent qualifications

Although the majority of applicants continue to come through an A-level route, we accept many other qualifications to an equivalent level from within the UK and around the world.

Equivalent requirements (to AAA at A Level) in some common qualifications are as follows:

  • Advanced (Level 3) Diploma + A-level - A + A
  • Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 in a relevant subject area
  • BTEC (Level 3) Extended Diploma - D*DD
  • Cambridge Pre-U - D3 D3 D3
  • International Baccalaureate - 36
  • European Baccalaureate - 82%
  • French Baccalaureate - 14.5
  • French Baccalaureate à Option International - 14
  • Apolytirion (Greece/Cyprus) - 19 (Greek Apolytirion must include Pan Hellenic exams)
  • German Arbitur - 1.6
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) - AAAAAB
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Highers - AAAAB + A
  • Bulgarian Diploma - 5.8
  • Diploma de Bacalaureat (Romania) - 9.0
  • Polish Matura - 80% in 3 subjects and 75% overall average
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas - 9.0 plus 85% in three state exams
  • NCUK International Foundation Year - AAA plus English for Academic Purposes Grade A
  • Sheffield International College - 75% inc English 70%

We DO NOT currently accept the following alternative qualifications: Advanced Apprenticeships; Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE); Irish FETAC level 5/6.

If you are not studying A-levels, you can find more guidance about equivalences to our entrance requirements for both UK educated and non-UK educated applicants.

Mature students

We consider each application on its own merit. Mature students (aged 21 or over) should demonstrate that their skills, qualifications, experience and potential are relevant for study at degree level. We normally expect mature applicants to have achieved level 3 qualifications as described in the National Qualifications Framework. If you have been away from education for a long time we recommend that you gain some recent academic experience and you may find an Access to Education or Foundation programme beneficial. We normally invite mature applicants to interview. We suggest that you contact us directly to discuss your individual situation. You can read more about the ways in which The University of Sheffield encourages and supports mature students.

Please visit the Guidance on Applying pages for further information about:

  • Preparation before you apply
  • Subject choices
  • Art and design portfolios
  • Personal statements
  • The application process