Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code K100
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Architecture

Any questions?

Sam Guest
Undergraduate Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0305
Email ug-admissions-architecture@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/architecture/undergraduate

School of Architecture

Joint 1st in the UK for undergraduate teaching
National Student Survey 2016

3rd in the UK for Architecture
Times good University Guide 2017

Top 5 UK school rated by architects
The AJ100's Best Architecture Schools 2016

Course description

All three years of this degree course are divided approximately equally between lecture courses and studio-based courses. The first year studio course acts as a foundation year that aims to bring together students from a range of academic backgrounds. Projects develop in scale and complexity until the major design project at the end of the third year, which addresses a range of cultural, technological, conceptual and representational ideas.

The course will provide a balance of theory, design work and professional experience. You'll carry out much of your work in the design studio which acts as a laboratory for trialing creative and critical ideas, and for developing fundamental architectural skills. Lectures and design teaching are delivered by people at the forefront of their field.

This course is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and gives exemption from RIBA Part 1. Students on this route generally take a year out in professional practice before returning to a two year MArch in Architecture course either at Sheffield or another school. All our qualifications are prescribed by the Architects Registration Board which means you'll be able to join the Register of Architects when you've completed your training.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA with at least one acceptable subject
International Baccalaureate 36
BTEC D*DD in a relevant subject. Relevant subjects: Applied Science, Art and Design, Business, Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering and IT. Portfolio required.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB + A
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • At least one of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • Portfolio and GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • General studies accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, 6.0 in Writing, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of Architecture website

First year

Core modules:

Architectural Design 1
Architectural Design 2
Communication 1
Communication 2
Environment and Technology 1
Environment and Technology 2
Humanities 1
Humanities 2

Second year

Core modules:

Architectural Design 3
Architectural Design 4
Communication 4
Computer Aided Architectural Design
Environment and Technology 3
Environment and Technology 4
Humanities 3
Humanities 4

Third year

Core modules:

Architectural Design 5
Architectural Design 6
Special Study
Advanced Structures and Environment
Environment and Technology 6
Humanities 5
Management Practice Law

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 33%
Independent study 67%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 3%
Coursework 95%
Practical 3%

School of Architecture

The Arts Tower

- 3rd in the UK for Architecture (The Times Good University Guide 2017)
- 5th in the UK for Architecture (The Complete University Guide 2016)

Come to Sheffield and join some of the best architecture students in the UK - they win prizes in national and international competitions. Our students have been successful at the RIBA Yorkshire Awards and Global Architecture Graduate Awards, been named as 'Ones to Watch' by the Design Council and won RIBA President's Medals. Our teaching staff are doing world-class research, helping to make the school a leader in our field across the UK and internationally.

We believe in architecture that improves people's lives. Through our teaching and research, we explore the social and environmental implications of architecture. Our students work on live projects as part of their course - building real projects for real communities.

We encourage you to explore ideas and collaborate with other students. Through group tutorials and peer review you'll learn how to express your opinions, and value the opinions of others. Sheffield has a strong studio culture. It's the perfect place to develop your personality as a designer.

School of Architecture website

What our graduates do

Most of our core architecture graduates go into architectural practice for a year or two, before returning to do a two year MArch in Architecture course either at Sheffield or another school. Some of our graduates pursue careers in the built environment or move on to a specialist masters course.

Employers include ARUP, Building Design Partnership, Farrells, Fielden Clegg Bradley, Grimshaw Architects, Hawkins Brown, Heatherwick Studio, Hopkins Architects, Penoyre Prasad, Proctor Matthews.

Graduates on our Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies degree course are well prepared for a career in the built environment in roles such as: built environment consultant, government and local authority advisor, creative and strategic policy maker, architectural critic and journalist, and arts and heritage manager. Others go on to further study at postgraduate level.

Student profile


"I decided to come to Sheffield because of the ethos of the school... I really liked that the school had a strong emphasis on sustainability and community engagement."

Jane Wong
Architecture

After you've applied, we'll ask you to submit a portfolio of your own artwork. We'll be looking for observation skills, criticality, invention and representation. The portfolio should consist of ten reproductions of art or design work. You'll receive full details of the requirements, format, submission and assessment criteria after we've received your application. If your portfolio is of a really high standard, we may make you a lower grade offer. Generally we don't ask candidates to attend an interview. However, if you're a mature student or if you don't have conventional academic qualifications, we may invite you to an interview.

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Sam Guest
Undergraduate Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0305
Email ug-admissions-architecture@sheffield.ac.uk

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