Course details

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

Any questions?

Sam Guest
Undergraduate Administrator
Telephone +44 114 222 0349
Email architecture-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/architecture/undergraduate

School of Architecture

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

3rd in the UK for Architecture
Times Good University Guide 2019

The Complete University Guide 2019

Course description

Our three-year BA Architecture provides a balance of theory, design work and professional experience.

Lectures give you a broad-based understanding of architecture, and draw on the sciences and humanities. You'll be taught by experts who are at the forefront of their respective fields.

You'll then apply your knowledge in the studio through a series of design projects. 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.

We have a strong design studio culture. The studio acts as a laboratory for trialling your creative and critical ideas, and for developing fundamental architectural skills. You'll share ideas during group tutorials, review other students' work, and begin to develop your personality as a designer.

Practising architects join our staff during studio classes, and bring with them topical ideas and skills from the world of architecture.

Accreditation
- Recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects as giving exemption from RIBA Part 1.
- Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) subject to periodic review by ARB, for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.

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
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable 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.

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

- 1st in the UK for architecture (The Guardian University Guide 2019)
- 3rd in the UK for architecture (Times Good University Guide 2019, The Complete University Guide 2019)

Come to Sheffield and join some of the best architecture students in the UK - our students have won prizes at the RIBA Student Awards and the Royal Academy Summer Show. They've been shortlisted in the European Architecture Medals and the Inspiring Graduate Awards. Our 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. We 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.

We provide a balance of theory, design work and professional experience. We have a strong design studio culture. The studio acts as a laboratory for trialling your creative and critical ideas, and for developing fundamental architectural skills. You'll share ideas during group tutorials and review other students' work. This encourages you to express your own opinion and to value the opinions of others, as you begin to develop your personality as a designer.

School of Architecture website

What our graduates do

Our graduates often go into architectural practice for a year or two before doing a two-year MArch in Architecture - 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 AHMM, ARUP, Building Design Partnership, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Feilden 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
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 +44 114 222 0349
Email architecture-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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