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University of Gloucestershire
Undergraduate

Landscape Architecture BA (Hons)

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Study type
Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Campus
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham
UCAS Code
K310

Course overview

Learning from high-quality staff and lecturers you’ll work on real sites, on real scenarios, investigating real issues. You’ll work on client-driven briefs in landscape studios to develop your design creativity and hone your professional practice skills. Students have worked on a range of sites in Cheltenham such as Pittville Park, Gloucester such as Kings Square, and Bristol such as The Diesel Depot and Temple Meads.

Our Landscape Architecture BA (Hons) course scored 94% for teaching in the National Student Survey 2023. Our architecture, building and planning courses were also ranked 3rd in the UK for teaching. 

We’re ranked 7th in the UK for graduate prospects, and in the top 20 for teaching quality and student experience by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

With a number of industry partners linked to the course, you’ll benefit from sponsored events, visits to landscape practices and lectures delivered directly by current practitioners. Partners have included LDA Design, Arup, Grant Associates, Barton Wilmore, Atkins Global, Grontmij, BDP, Sustrans and Merrick Denton-Thompson, current president of the Landscape Institute.

You’ll develop design creativity through national and international study trips where you’ll explore examples of historic, contemporary and cultural landscapes. Previous trips include Copenhagen, New York and Barcelona.

The study programme is based around lectures, tutorials and student-led research in a studio-based environment. You’ll develop skills in experimentation, creative thinking and social interaction.

The course also offers a balanced mix of theory, design work and introduction to professional practice. With opportunities and scope for you to thrive within a stimulating learning environment and to develop and think about your personal development within the context of future career options.

In your final year, you’ll showcase your work at the Degree Show – an event attended by landscape practitioners where previous students have been head-hunted by leading landscape design practices.

This course is available to study with an integrated foundation year – an extra, introductory year at the beginning of the full degree. If you don’t meet the stated entry requirements or you’re returning to education, it could be a great option that enables you to study this course.

As well as an introduction to your subject, it will help you to develop valuable study skills, and communication, teamwork and problem-solving techniques, giving you the confidence and skills set you need to progress.

If you’re applying to study as an international student, an integrated foundation year can also support you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies.

To apply for this course with an integrated foundation year, select the ‘With foundation year’ study type from the options at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      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).

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      GCSEs
      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • 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 K310 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K310 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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Careers

Take advantage of our established partnerships with companies like LDA Design, Arup, Grant Associates, Atkins Global, and BDP, providing real-world insights.

Our students secure placements worldwide, from New York’s Terrapin Bright Green to MIT in Massachusetts and locally at The Canal and River Trust in Gloucester, and MHP Design in Cheltenham.

These experiences prepare you for graduate opportunities. You have a diverse range of careers, including roles such as a Landscape Architect, Project Manager, Environmental Planner or Designer, BIM Specialist, Garden Designer, Urban Designer, Environmental Consultant, or Sustainability Adviser.

Real sites, real scenarios, real issues

You’ll work on live sites with client-driven briefs. Students have worked on sites including Pittville Park and St. James’s Square in Cheltenham, Prinknash Abbey and Kings Square in Gloucester, plus a range of urban sites in Bristol including Wapping Wharf, Cumberland Basin, The Diesel Depot and Temple Meads.

Develop design creativity on international trips

Every year you can take a week-long study tour exploring examples of historic, contemporary and cultural landscapes internationally. Previous trips include Copenhagen, New York and Barcelona. You’ll be inspired in your first year with a trip to London to discover the wealth of design in ‘places for people’.

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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.

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Ranked 7th in the UK for graduate prospects

Our town and country planning & landscape courses are ranked 7th in the UK for graduate prospects by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 16th in the UK for student experience

Our town and country planning & landscape courses are ranked 16th in the UK for student experience by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for teaching quality

Our town and country planning & landscape courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide.

Placements

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I am currently working for an environmental design and planning consultancy in London."

“The course gave me the freedom to develop my own ideas and ambitions, leading me to pursue a more meaningful career. The university has a fund for students hoping to expand their knowledge abroad and thanks to this I was able to apply my research on the ground in Nicaragua.

The course has a family-like feel, which is helped by the tutors’ ‘open-door’ policy. This means you’re more than just another student to them – and in turn they encourage you to be more than just another landscape architect.”

Rhys Jones, Landscape Architecture student

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