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University of Gloucestershire

Architecture BA (Hons)

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Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

What is Architecture BA (Hons)?

With a teaching team consisting of research-active academics and practising architects, this course delivers the best of both worlds. You’ll be immersed in global and critical perspectives, allowing you to respond creatively, ethically, and sustainably to current challenges in the built environment. You’ll receive first-hand, industry knowledge, giving you insight into the latest advancements in digital and environmental design.

This course is fully accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

We have a small staff-to-student ratio and a student-centred approach. You’ll be part of a group dedicated to analysing, designing, and visualising the built environment. You’ll have individualised attention from your teachers and support from your peers, and together we’ll develop your confidence and raise your voice.

You’ll have access to a dedicated studio space and workshop, with 3D printers, laser cutters, VR headsets, and other facilities – and all with the guidance of our fabrication and software specialists.

With an active student body and close industry links, you’ll have the chance to attend competitions, field trips, talks, and more. You’ll have opportunities to network and showcase your unique visions for the twenty-first-century world.

Study style

For the most positive start to your career, the course covers these key areas:

  • Design, which comprises 50% of the course, is studio-based and simulates industry.
  • Construction and technology investigate how materials and structures interact.
  • Contextual studies analyse the art, architecture and urbanism of different places and times.
  • Representation guides you towards clear yet imaginative drawings and models.
  • Professional practice equips you with the skills for appropriate and responsible conduct.

Throughout, the course balances manual and digital technologies, encourages critical thinking and emphasises sustainability. There are also opportunities for local and international travel and to work on live projects.

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Entry requirements

    • 128 – 136 UCAS tariff points, ABB – AAB at A levels, DDM – DDD at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applicants with a pass in a relevant Foundation or Extended Diploma (Level 3 or 4).

    • You must have a minimum of five subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K100 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K100 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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An architectural education is extremely rich and versatile, so graduates from the course are not limited to practising as architects.

An architectural degree can be the gateway to other built-environment careers, such as architectural technologist, landscape architect, project manager, urban designer and urban planner. Architectural graduates can also transition to other design-based professions, including interior design, graphic design, product design and set design. Finally, architectural graduates can also pursue careers in academia, in which they can teach and research about the built environment.

Study a multidisciplinary course

Unlike traditional built environment subject areas, our architecture students learn from and collaborate with other constructed environments students’ disciplines, such as quantity surveyors for example, from the start of their course – challenging the preconceived ideas of their disciplines, exploring strategies for constructing resilient futures, developing entrepreneurial business ideas and learning to work with others in the multi-disciplinary team.

Collaborate with students from different courses

Students studying this course will work on construction and design related collaborative projects with students from Interior Architecture, Quantity Surveying and Urban Planning disciplines – collaborating, designing, innovating and learning from each. They also understand the challenges the other disciplines face when working in others professional context, enabling individuals to develop a raft of transferable skills, and become considerate professionals and good negotiators.

Combine design, technology and sustainability

The course embeds design, technology and sustainability – challenging you to be innovative, adaptable and responsible designers within our ‘real site, real client and real issue’ projects, adding value to a client’s proposal. We believe that students should be exposed to the challenges faced by professionals in their discipline from the word go, enabling them to graduate into their industry as confident aspiring professionals

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Ranked 3rd in the UK for teaching - NSS, 2023

Our architecture, building and planning courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK for teaching according to the National Student Survey 2023.

Trips and experiences

You’ll be inspired by the town of Cheltenham, world famous for its festivals, and vibrant, contemporary and innovative scene. The course resides in specialist studio facilities, within a Gothic architectural campus in Cheltenham. The city of Gloucester is a showcase for recent regeneration within historic contexts. Studying Architecture in Gloucestershire offers a unique settings to explore contrasts in historic and contemporary architecture precedents, in closely located urban and rural contexts.

You’ll explore and be creatively influenced by historic and contemporary architecture, interiors and vibrant external urban city spaces – as well as engaging with a thriving creative and commercial community amidst exciting festival environments.


An especially strong focus of the course is on interdisciplinary collaborative projects which focus on outcomes with a real client, real site and real issues project work. You’ll work with Quantity Surveyors, Interior Architects, Urban Planners, Construction Project Managers and Landscape Architects on group projects which mimic professional practice working within multidisciplinary teams.

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