BArch (Hons)

Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

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  • UCAS code(s): K100
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three years, full-time

Successful completion of our BArch (Hons) Architecture course is the first step to becoming a qualified architect, fulfiling Part 1 for the RIBA.

Prescribed by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this hands-on, project-driven course is designed to help you develop your own design approach and style. You'll study in a studio culture that reflects a modern architectural practice, preparing you for your graduate career from day one.

You'll be exposed to diverse aspects of architectural design, linking sustainability and urban design with business practice. You'll learn to creatively communicate your ideas through drawing, and explore spaces through model making and 3D visualisation, with project work providing opportunities to develop skills and experience.

Why study this course?

  • Our course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed the Architects' Registration Board (ARB), recognising the relevance and quality of our course content.
  • 93% of our BArch (Hons) Architecture students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their degrees (DLHE survey 2016/17).
  • Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model-making studio, 3D printing and workshops for metal, timber and concrete.
  • Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
  • Explore local and international architectural practice, with inspiring trips – both in the UK, and abroad to destinations such as Venice, Milan, Rotterdam and Barcelona – included in your course fees.
  • Take part in live design projects, with briefs from real clients. Students recently worked with the UK house builder Davidsons on a project exploring ideas for future homes.
  • Graduate with confidence by taking advantage of our final year mentoring programme, working alongside the RIBA.
  • Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Shows, attended by industry experts and prospective employers.
  • Hear visiting industry experts talk about their work. Previous visitors have included Cadval y Sola-Morales (Barcelona), Evans Vettori and Zaha Hadid Architects.
  • Network with industry professionals and display your work at our annual Architecture Exchange employability event.

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What you'll study

Over three years, you'll develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed for a successful graduate career. You'll develop a solid foundation of design skills, theory and terminology in Year One, building on this each year by working on complex and demanding projects.

  • Year One

    Design Studio (60 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to small-scale design project work, exploring the three-dimensional qualities of space.
    • You'll look at the range of factors that influence architectural design, and develop the skills to critically appraise design proposals.
    • Some of the projects included in this module are set within the context of specific cultural communities and social groups, enabling you to put together design proposals that respond to social, cultural and aesthetic needs.

    Technology and Environment in Architecture 1 (20 credits)

    • The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of technical, practical and environmental considerations involved in the making of domestic-scale architecture.
    • You'll look at the load-bearing capabilities, cost and performance of materials in order to understand the suitability of different construction materials. The module will focus on the means of achieving thermal, ventilation, sound and light control in buildings through design and construction. You'll also look at sustainable design and consider health and safety in construction.
    • The module content will provide a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings. You'll learn about UK regulations, financial considerations, and sustainability – knowledge to help underpin successful architectural design.

    Architecture in Context 1 (20 credits)

    • This module looks at how wider social issues, such as politics, the economy and technology influence architecture, both throughout history and in current times.
    • You'll learn to recognise and engage with architectural responses to these influences by studying a variety of historical and cultural themes within an architectural framework.

    Architectural Communication and Representation (20 credits)

    • This lecture and studio-based module will introduce you to a range of visualisation techniques using traditional and digital media. You'll learn how to convey your design ideas using 2D and 3D methods and techniques, including orthographic drawing by hand, using digital media, model making, and presentation.
    • You'll learn about the professional conventions and standards used for the communication of a design idea, from inception through to construction.
  • Year Two

    Integrated Design Studio (60 credits)

    • Building and on the skills you'll have developed in Year ne, this module offers a variety of different projects relating to medium-scale buildings and spaces.
    • To demonstrate your growing knowledge of materials and design principles, you'll be challenged to develop creative responses to a variety of different urban, physical, technical, economic, social, ethical and cultural settings.
    • You'll work on your ideas from conception through to modelling, developing an understanding of the consequences of design decisions, culminating in a presentation of your designs through visual, verbal, written or electronic presentations.

    Technology and Environment in Architecture 2 (20 credits)

    • The overall aim of this module is to give you the understanding and knowledge to make technical recommendations, communicating effectively with clients and stakeholders throughout the design process.
    • You'll develop your knowledge of the appropriate technical design options for a variety of medium-sized building types, enabling you to choose appropriate solutions to satisfy a variety of factors affecting an architectural project, such as financial constraints and both human and legal demands.
    • You'll look at issues surrounding environmental sustainability and develop an awareness of construction processes and workmanship.

    Architecture in Context 2 (20 credits)

    • The module aims to develop your understanding of contemporary and emerging debates in architecture, the arts and urban design – both locally and globally.
    • You'll explore issues of cultural diversity and the impact this has on the built environment, identifying the needs, perceptions and values of specific cultural communities.

    Interdisciplinary Design Studies (20 credits)

    • This module will widen your understanding of design, looking at a range of creative disciplines beyond building construction.
    • The module aims to situate your understanding of architecture within the wider context of how humans understand and interact with space.
  • Final Year

    Professional Practice (20 credits)

    • This module will specifically prepare you for your graduate career, focusing on key skills, qualities and attributes that employers will expect from an architecture graduate.
    • These include professionalism and ethics, personal organisation and time management, practice management, entrepreneurship, and business management. You'll be fully prepared in all elements of project management, from procurement to health and safety, and from presentation skills to understanding statutory regulations.

    Comprehensive Design Studio (60 credits)

    • Building on your developments in Year Two, this module will focus on larger-scale or more complex projects, designed to extend your ability to demonstrate awareness of context, external factors and constraints, as well as your ability to communicate your ideas in different forms.
    • You'll be stretched to design in a variety of different situations, ranging from urban design to smaller exploratory projects, responding creatively to thematic challenges.

    Architecture in Context 3 (20 credits)

    • You'll build on your understanding of architectural theory by undertaking an individual piece of extended research, enriching your understanding of architecture's potential as a useful and meaningful cultural activity.
    • Your chosen topic will focus on key issues or major contemporary debates in architectural thought, exploring historical, cultural or philosophical contexts through which architecture may be analysed, criticised, debated and understood. Your research project will be self-directed, with support from your academic team.

    Technology and Environment in Architecture 3 (20 credits)

    • This module will further your ability to incorporate technical innovation in your designs, through the development of acoustic, lighting, structural and material studies.
    • You'll be set projects within a studio environment, and tasked with investigating material possibilities by designing and building physical and digital models in simulated conditions. You'll use your findings to define and justify your technical design proposals, with a consideration of cost, environmental factors, and the lifespan of materials.

    Degree Show exhibition

    In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows. The events are an opportunity for all final year students studying across NTU's Art and Design-based courses to showcase their work to our network of industry professionals and prospective employers, invited specifically for this purpose.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed the the Architects' Registration Board (ARB), recognising the relevance and quality of our course content.

How you’re taught

  • Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, you will spend approximately 12 hours per week in scheduled learning. Course content is delivered through lectures, studio projects, study trips and live briefs from both industry and competitions. You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
  • The course is supported by external professional practitioners, ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real-world perspective. This includes our Guest Lecture Series, where an industry expert is invited to give a guest lecture to expose our students to the work currently happening in architectural practices. You'll also have the opportunity to get involved with our RIBA student mentoring scheme in your final year.

Trips and projects

Our Architecture course takes a global perspective; you'll gain design inspiration on study trips both in the UK and abroad, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Recent study trip destinations have included Venice, Milan, Rotterdam and Barcelona.

BArch Architecture students in Venice

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and practical work. Coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and consists of group and individual projects, reports, presentations and a portfolio.

Year OneCoursework100%Practical work0%
Year TwoCoursework100%Practical work0%
Year ThreeCoursework100%Practical work0%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year OneLectures/seminars/workshops32%Independent study68%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops31%Independent study69%
Year ThreeLectures/seminars/workshops28%Independent study72%

Explore local and international architectural design, with inspiring trips in the UK and abroad included in your course fees.

Careers and employability

93% of our BArch (Hons) Architecture students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their degrees (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Our BArch (Hons) Architecture course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the architecture industry. Through working on real projects from industry, fieldwork, and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies, to expose you to professional practice, and you’ll be supported in your development with a final year mentoring programme, working alongside RIBA.

Where do Architecture graduates from NTU work?

Recent graduate roles include architects, architectural assistants and design team members at companies such as Atelier (New York), Terry Farrell and Partners, Dixon Jones, Benoy, LA Architects and Pinnacle Architects Ltd.

Becoming an architect

The course has full Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescription, so after completion of your degree, you’ll be ready to complete your first year of experience before starting Part 2, on route to becoming a qualified architect. Take a look at the ARB Student Handbook for a guide to becoming an architect.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment. Our Architecture Exchange events bring together current students and prospective employers for an evening of presentations, table discussions and networking. We also run a Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise graduate roles to our final year students.

Benefit from our employability events, specifically tailored to the needs of our architecture students.

Study in our RIBA-award winning buildings, with inspiring studio space and industry standard facilities

Entry requirements


What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Submission of work

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit examples of work to showcase your art and design abilities. For more information about what we look for in your digital creative portfolio, download our BArch (Hons) Architecture submission of work guide.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. In the new Tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Submission of work

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit examples of work to showcase your art and design abilities. For more information about what we look for in your digital creative portfolio, download our BArch (Hons) Architecture submission of work guide.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

You can apply to this course through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Submission of work

As part of your application, we ask for a digital creative portfolio; this is an opportunity to demonstrate your potential as an architectural designer. For more information about what we look for in your portfolio, download our BArch (Hons) Architecture submission of work guide.

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through the UCAS application form.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Submission of work

As part of your application, we ask for a digital creative portfolio; this is an opportunity to demonstrate your potential as an architectural designer. For more information about what we look for in your portfolio, download our BArch (Hons) Architecture submission of work guide.

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

You'll find the course fees for your year of entry on our tuition fee page.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, googles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, googles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418