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University of Gloucestershire


BA (Hons)
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Course length
3 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

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

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    • 112 – 120 UCAS tariff points, BBC – BBB at A levels, DMM – DDM 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
Sep 2026 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.

95% 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.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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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.

Research-led teaching and industry links

You’ll learn from academics who are actively researching urgent issues in the built environment – from critiquing established histories and historiographies of architecture, to testing the experiential and sustainable possibilities of new materials. The debates, discussions and findings of these explorations will broaden your views and spark your creativity.

At the same time, you’ll learn from built-environment professionals, many of whom have decades of industry experience and lead their own practices. These experts will share with you their time-tested yet up-to-the-minute knowledge of the professional and technological aspects of the built environment.

Three students examine a scale model of an urban development.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to this course. We challenge longstanding prejudices in architecture by welcoming everyone to our classroom and ensuring that everyone is heard. We believe that architecture can only be enriched by fresh perspectives and having architects from more diverse backgrounds will create a more beautiful and meaningful world.

In addition, our staff bring personal and professional knowledge from many different places, and our teaching embraces the architecture of every continent and marginalised and minority groups.

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Local and global outlooks

Your future as a built-environment professional is limitless, so this course exposes you to both local and global contexts.

While we’re committed to growing our presence in the region, with our students participating in community projects and connecting to local practices, we also invite international academics and architects for lectures and reviews. Altogether, we put you in touch with the networks and know-how that will sustain you in your studies and beyond.

Sunset over Francis Close Hall with a view of the hills in the background.

Trips and experiences

This course resides in a dedicated studio space – with access to a fabrication workshop, library and other facilities – at the beautiful Francis Close Hall Campus in Cheltenham, a town famous for its Regency architecture and proximity to the Cotswolds.

Aside from being inspired by your immediate surroundings, you’ll experience trips locally and abroad, so that you can engage with the architecture and urbanism of your studies first-hand and up close.

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