Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) BSc (Hons)

The Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture offers an innovative, creative and critical architectural education within the North West of England. Art, design, science, geography, sociology, economics and politics are utilised as vehicles for an exploration and manifestation of architecture that explores the pressing issues of our time from a local and global perspective.

Our cutting-edge degree course provides you with an expansive grounding in design, theory, history and building technology, whilst embracing conservation, regeneration, climate change, equality and urban/rural regeneration. You will compare and contrast regional architecture and urban form with national and international exemplars within your project briefs, lectures and on our annual overseas field trip.

This course was recently validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with notable commendations for our enviable facilities, and our focus on student experience, studio culture, support and employability.

The BSc. (Hons) Architecture programme is fully validated by the RIBA and prescribed by the ARB; successful completion will ensure exemption from Part 1 of the Examination in Architecture of the ARB/ RIBA. 

Find out more about studying Architecture at UCLan

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Architecture at UCLan is nationally ranked in the UK top 20 according to The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Your own dedicated studio space each year for the duration of your studies with two days a week of design tuition
  • Established links to a network of local, national and international award-winning architecture practices
  • An emphasis on ‘learning through doing’: live collaborative projects with local arts and community organisations addressing real-world issues
  • Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Course Overview

Year 1


  • 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 2


  • 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 3


  • 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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 128 - 136 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual; valuing experience, enthusiasm and skill. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) alongside a range of attributes as presented in your application; including work experience, personal statement and portfolio. 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.

For more information please contact the Course leader: Lee Ivett (

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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

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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.


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.

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.


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.


News Articles

UCLan achieves triple success at the Oscars of the University world
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has won a record three categories at the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, more than any other university on the night.

UCLan architecture student wins international competition
Maryam Al-irhayim, a 21-year-old third year architecture student, was selected ahead of hundreds of other participants from around the world to win the Prix Versailles 2018 Student Competition Awards with UCLan being the only UK University to make it through to the final.


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

Course Enquiries

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Ike Obanye

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

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

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 Hamilton

Laura Hamilton

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

University of Central Lancashire Architecture graduate, Laura Hamilton, has fulfilled her childhood dream by becoming an Assistant Designer for Redrow Homes.

From a young age, Laura wanted to design homes and whilst at school and college she studied architecture in art at any opportunity. Laura continued with her interest throughout Higher Education and subsequently enrolled at the University of Central Lancashire on the BSc (Hons) Architecture course within the School of Art, Design and Fashion.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.