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BSc (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) 

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Architecture

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our architecture course is one of our flagship degrees at the University of East London, providing you with an excellent educational framework - and the first qualification you need to become a practising architect.

We’ll teach you individually or in small groups, each led by a design tutor who is usually a practising architect. Our team of academics will also support you in areas of history, theory, technology and computing.

We take a distinctly ‘hands-on’ approach to architecture. Our course emphasises learning through the process of making, and then reflecting critically on what has been made, developing your creativity and your critical judgement.

Our driving forces are imagination, investigation, experimentation and innovation, and you’ll explore a wide variety of approaches, interests and areas of work.

The core of architecture is the design studio, and the main emphasis of our course is developing your design ability. Since our key aim is to push your creativity and judgment to the maximum, you can expect the course to be highly demanding.

Download our yearbook to view examples of our students' work.

UCAS points

120

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

K100

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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2nd

Our Architecture courses are ranked second in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

Accreditation

Our course has the unconditional recognition of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Architects Registration Board, giving exemption from RIBA/ARB Part 1. You’ll be on your way to becoming a fully qualified architect.

Award-winning

We’re an award-winning, internationally recognised department. Two of our lecturers are part of a team that won Britain's most prestigious visual arts award - the 2015 Turner Prize. Our students have also won a string of awards in the last two years. 

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Kent Gin

Architecture, BSc (Hons), winner of 2014 RIBA/SOM Foundation Travel Fellowship

Studying architecture at UEL was really enjoyable, helping me to develop the necessary skills to become an architect. The hands-on approach that UEL gave me provided key knowledge in the field of architecture that’s unique compared to anywhere else.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

120

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 28 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio may include paintings, drawings, sketches, a personal sketchbook, design and photographic work, 3D-modelling, work in progress, etc. It should exhibit an understanding of spatial awareness.

We like to see the creative and planning processes that have contributed to your work, not just the final pieces. We also like to see some work that reflects your own personal interests, i.e. work that you might have undertaken in your own time.

We want to see your passion for your work and you’re expected to present the portfolio in a positive and interesting manner. You will be expected to display care and thought in the way that your portfolio is presented; the organisation is no less important than the content.

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Architecture students come to us from varied educational backgrounds, so the first year of the course is partly about assessing your abilities and giving you the tools to learn. The year is organised to help you develop the practical skills an architect needs, such as drawing, model-making and computer-aided design.


Over the three years of the course, you’ll develop your creativity and critical judgement and create a high-quality portfolio that shows your practical, academic and professional skills.

You’ll also gain knowledge of the history and theory of architecture, art and design, the technology of building, the building industry, environmental and sustainability issues and the regulatory framework in which architecture is produced.

You’ll learn to use creativity, conceptual skills and judgement to identify human needs and requirements, and to meet or express them spatially.
You’ll also gain experience in physical making and workshop skills, using a range of media (drawing, models, computers, photography, film-making) to develop your ideas and create architectural proposals.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Techniques for Designing
  • Design Project
  • Art and Design Workshop
  • Design Media
  • History and Theory
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life
  • Architecture, Design Investigation 1
  • Architecture, Design Resolution 1
  • History and Theory 1
  • Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 1
  • Architecture, Design Investigation 2
  • Architecture, Design Resolution 2
  • History and Theory 2
  • Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 2
  • Architecture, Design Investigation 3
  • Architecture, Design Resolution 3
  • History and Theory 3
  • Technical Studies & Professional Studies 3

How you'll be assessed

Studio work is assessed within a design portfolio and supporting studies in the form of a bound report.

We provide students with feedback on their progress throughout the year during tutorials and crits

Final assessment takes place at the end of each academic year. There are no closed book examinations.

 

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

The heart of the course is the design studio, where you’ll learn the strategies of architectural design through hands-on design project work. You’ll also learn from lectures, and from reading and writing designed to stimulate your creative mind.

At the core of our teaching philosophy is the relationship that develops between students and our academic team, so we teach you in mainly small groups to ensure you have plenty of contact with your tutors and lecturers. The course leader is Christian Groothuizen.

As well as excellent studios, our modern, purpose-built Docklands campus in the heart of east London’s vibrant regeneration area features extensive wood, metal and digital fabrication workshops, photographic darkrooms, printing and computer suites.

You’ll visit study sites and buildings, cities and landscapes in the UK and abroad. Each year there’s an overseas study trip, and you can choose from a variety of different design units which often involve overseas travel.

At the end of the academic year, you’ll exhibit your work at our summer showcase. There are also opportunities to enter competitions and win scholarships, individually or as part of a team.

 
You’ll spend time with a personal tutor at least once a week to guide your academic development and ensure you have all the personal support you need.

 

Your future career

By completing this course successfully, you’ll be exempt from Part 1 of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) examination. Exemption from all three parts allows you to register as an architect with the ARB.


Many of our students go on to study further, eventually becoming fully qualified architects. The majority stay on at the University of East London to study on our MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2) course or our Landscape Architecture MA.


If you’d prefer to go straight into the world of work, the skills you’ll have learned – analysis, creative thinking, using IT and communicating through drawings and words – will be useful in many other areas.


BSc (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) provides an excellent base for exploring a variety of employment opportunities and for further study in the field of design. Many architecture students go on to work in other creative industries such as animation, graphic design, computer game design, film, fashion, and interior design.


During your time with us you’ll develop your own creativity, and you’ll put together your own individual design portfolio to showcase your talents to potential employers after you graduate.

The portfolio is the primary tool for gaining employment and needs to show a broad range of skills and a level of maturity that proves you are ready to take on the challenge of a career in architecture

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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