Course details

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

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Sam Guest
Undergraduate Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0349

School of Architecture

1st in the UK for Architecture
The Guardian University Guide 2019

3rd in the UK for Architecture
Times good University Guide 2018

Course description

All three years of this degree course are divided approximately equally between lecture courses and a creative studio-based culture. 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 successfully complete 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
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
  • Relevant BTEC subjects are Applied Science, Art and Design, Business, Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering and IT
  • Portfolio and GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • We'll consider (on a case-by-case basis) the University of the Arts London Awarding Body Extended Diploma in Art and Design when this is studied alongside one acceptable A Level subject
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, 6.0 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening and 6.0 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.

Scheduled teaching 33%
Independent study 67%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 3%
Coursework 95%
Practical 3%

School of Architecture

The Arts Tower

- 3rd in the UK for Architecture (The Times Good University Guide 2018)
- 4th in the UK for Architecture (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

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 Award; they've 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 makes a difference and know that it has the potential to improve the lives of those who inhabit and use it. Through our internationally acclaimed teaching and research, we explore the social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture. As a Sheffield student, you will engage with real issues affecting the built environment.

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. Our graduates also pursue careers in the built environment or move on to a specialist masters course.

Employers include ARUP, Building Design Partnership, Haworth-Tompkins Architects, Fielden Clegg Bradley, Grimshaw Architects, Hawkins Brown and Penoyre & Prasad.

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.

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

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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