Architecture (Foundation Entry)  BSc (Hons)

Architecture (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Art, Design and Fashion




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    T486; Short form: BSc/Arc

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Part art, part science - and completely fulfilling. Our cutting edge degree course in Architecture provides you with a comprehensive grounding in design, theory, history and building technology, whilst embracing conservation, sustainability and environmental issues. You’ll get the opportunity to compare and contrast Lancastrian architecture and urban form with national and international examples on our overseas visits. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applicants are required to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event. Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

Contact information: Foundation Entry Course Leader

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Diagnostic Skills
  • Design History in Architecture


  • Final Major Project (FMP)
  • Portfolio and Exhibition 

Year 2


  • Architecture as shelter, settlement and street
  • Learning through doing, drawing + making

Compulsory Modules

  • Architectural Design 1a
  • Architectural Design 1b
  • History & Theory of Architecture 1
  • Building Technology 1

Year 3


  • Architecture as life within the city: the neighbourhood as an environment from which to live, work and play
  • Learning through an examination of critical theory, precedent and typology

Compulsory Modules

  • Architectural Design 2a
  • Architectural Design 2b
  • History & Theory of Architecture 2
  • Building Technology 2

Year 4


  • Architecture as impact: wellbeing, ecology, and production within the context of the British Seaside town. Regional dynamics and global issues.
  • Learning through an empathic and embedded analysis of people and place

Compulsory Modules

  • Architectural Design 3a
  • Architectural Design 3b
  • History & Theory of Architecture 3
  • Professional Studies 3

Further Information

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Architecture Virtual Degree Show

Welcome to UCLan's first Architecture Virtual Degree Show, where we will be showcasing the talents of our final year students’ Degree Show projects. Please join us as we celebrate the work of the Class of 2020.

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John Lewis

Post-industrialisation, suburban expansion, the relationship between countryside and town, digital media and emerging technologies are amongst the plethora of issues relevant to Preston and the North West. Our strategic position within the heart of the UK allows us to explore these themes through an engagement with other urban centres and inspiring contexts within the UK; from London to Glasgow.

The Institute of Architecture provides a boutique educational experience within a generous learning environment. Every student is provided with their own desk, drawing board and storage within expansive studios. Studio design modules are delivered through two dedicated days per week of tuition, workshops and seminars delivered by award winning and noted architectural practitioners and academics. As well as time spent within the studio and lecture theatre you will learn through an active engagement with live projects and live builds within and out with the Institute of Architecture. Our own dedicated architecture workshop and computer labs are accessible 24 hours and complemented with additional access to facilities within the School of Engineering and the School of Art Design and Fashion.

Design through critical enquiry and creative action is the main activity at the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture and we aim to provoke debate, encourage diversity and relentlessly innovate within our discipline. You will gain experience of all aspects of building design and construction, equipping you to meet the demands of a low carbon approach to the needs of society.

This approach alongside a culture of technical competence, creative practice, employability and entrepreneurship will be integrated and demonstrated within student projects, assignments and presentations. You will complete our course with the skills to progress into architectural practice and professional accreditation or to a career in a related field.

Student work

Student work

Student work


"We had a great culture in the studio and still to this day. I am close with many of the people I graduated with. This culture allowed me to develop skills that I still find useful. The pressure I faced at University was all new to me, and to be able to come out successful on the course set me up to want more."

Tom Benson – Architecture graduate, Research Fellow at MIT Senseable City Lab

Your academic learning will be supported by a range of opportunities within industry. You can work with local communities and professionals within Preston, to select appropriate solutions to 'live' and theoretical issues.

The teaching team at the School have expertise that covers all facets of the discipline and are involved in a level of research related to their associated interests, as well as teaching and publishing across the subject area. In some cases members of the team have run practices and have been involved in building and designing award-winning architecture both domestically and internationally.



For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

This degree has been prescribed by both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for purposes of entry onto the UK Register of Architects. Accreditations have been recently validated and with the latter re-validated by both bodies respectively.

The Architecture degree at UCLan is expected to lead to Part I recognition by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), allowing you to proceed on a path to become registered architects and ARB members.

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