Architecture BSc (Hons)

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. This course was recently validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); we were particularly commended for our enviable facilities, as well as our focus on student experience, studio culture, support and employability.

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National Student Survey 2018

Architecture at UCLan - ranked top in the North West for teaching on the course, top in the North West for Academic Support and 2nd in the NW for overall satisfaction.

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The location of UCLan Architecture, locally in Preston and more widely in the North West, provides an excellent learning environment. Urban stagnation and design; the dichotomy of countryside and town; contextual and cultural themes; conservation and regeneration are amongst the plethora of architectural issues relevant to Preston.

Design is the core activity of Architecture at UCLan and we aim to provoke debate, encourage diversity and develop advances in the subject. You will gain experience of all aspects of building design and construction and will be well-equipped to meet the demands of a low carbon approach to the needs of society.

This approach, together with promotion of a culture of technical competence, employability and entrepreneurship will be integrated and demonstrated within student projects, papers and presentations. This ensures the UCLan Architecture course equips graduates with the skills to progress to architectural practice and professional accreditation or to a career in a related field.


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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 128 - 136 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: Distinction, Distinction, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 128 - 134 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 128 - 136 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.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

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


  • Small Scale Building

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

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


  • Neighbourhood/Town edges

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

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


  • Regional/International


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Architectural teaching and learning is distinguished by the central role of the design project, the design process, a multitude of design approaches and the importance of a variety of communications methods. Architectural education does employ the usual teaching processes of lectures and seminars, but it is at heart project-oriented.

The core activity of architectural design is taught through a combination of individual tutorials, group tutorials, semi-public and public presentations (known as project reviews or crits), and arrangements where students work and discuss things together formally and informally. Design activities on the course will occur in a studio where you will have a base. This is the place that you will meet tutors to discuss your design project work, progress your work and to pin-up and review your designs.

Assessment is key to the learning process and includes coursework, papers, exams, reports and essays. Architectural education also requires a diverse range of submission which builds into a portfolio of work that demonstrates knowledge and skills acquired across the duration of the course, including presentations, portfolios and 3-D artefacts.

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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Progression routes

Following successful progression from the course and a year’s experience in architectural practice or related field of work, you are able to enter the MArch Architecture Part II at UCLan. The MArch Architecture Part II is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal institute of Architects (RIBA) leading to Part 2 recognition, which allows you to proceed on a path to become a registered architect and ARB member.

Postgraduate level programmes exist in architectural conservation, construction law, urban regeneration and construction management.


We are one of the few courses to have an in-school design resource centre containing an array of support material such as architectural design, history, construction and theory books, monographs and monthly periodicals, as well as a fully updated RIBA technical library and National Building Specification directories.

Further brand new additional space added to the School in 2013, includes a newly expanded CAD lab with group/class and individual study space provided, as well as new studio space for final year and postgraduate students. All studio space has related in-house printing and scanning facilities within proximity.

Architecture Resource Library | Architectural / Model Making Workshop | Architectural Design Studios | Digital Print Studio | Metals / 3D Workshop

Architecture Studio Year 1

Architecture Resource Room

Ike Obanye

BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology, 2006

Like many young students before him, Ike Obanye had little idea of what to study and where his life was going to take him. What he did know, however, was that he wanted to move away from London for further education and decided to up sticks and move up north to Preston. Having a general interest in the built environment, Ike eventually decided on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course. ​

Joshua Allington

MA Architecture graduate, 2015

Joshua Allington, a 2015 master’s graduate, has always held a keen interest in design, taking up the chance to study architecture in order to combine both creativity and technical challenge. “I did a bit of research, and with UCLan Architecture being a new programme, it was exciting to be part of the cohort who could help decide the direction of the course,” said Joshua.

Tom Benson

BSc (Hons) Architecture, 2013

UCLan BSc (Hons) Architecture graduate, Tom Benson, has secured a research role at a top ranking global institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America.

Laura Birkett

BSc (Hons) Architecture (2013), MA Architecture (2015)

Dreaming of a career as an architect since she was a young child, Laura Birkett enrolled on the BA (Hons) Architecture course after carefully choosing relevant subjects in college. Despite a tough start to university life, Laura stuck at it and decided to use the following summer to gain work experience, something she stresses every student should go out and do.

Important Information

Contact Us

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.