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Architecture BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

AHU009

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Creative and technical; an Architecture degree can teach you the complex art of designing new spaces and starting a fulfilling career.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditations and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Architects Registration Board (ARB)


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

What our students say

I really enjoyed studying architecture at Coventry University. The university is very committed to the development of their students as future professionals. The knowledge and skills that I learned on the course have equipped me for my placement at Faulkner Brown Architects.

Manbir Kaur

Course information

We think Architecture remains one of the most enjoyable and rewarding professions; in designing new spaces and buildings around our everyday lives and needs, you can find yourself challenged intellectually, artistically and creatively. You can make a major, positive contribution to society by shaping our environment and surroundings, leaving a lasting impact and legacy.

Based in the School of Art and Design, the course instinctively draws expertise from the wide range of creative disciplines on offer. We believe in collaboration – merging studies in art, history and theory, studio and tectonics – providing opportunities to connect with architects, engineers and built environment professionals.

88%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year of study you will cover the fundamental areas of architecture including: design, technology, cultural context and communication. You will also learn methods of hand drawing, sketching, model making and orthographic drawing.

Modules

  • Design, Process, Communication

  • Comprehensive Design

  • Cultural Context

  • Construction and Environment

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year you will consider the importance of the tectonics of architecture and start to make informed choices about materials, structure and environmental design. You will learn a range of skills including CAD, 3D modelling and will begin to develop your own digital literacy.

Modules

  • Design, Process, Communication 2

  • Comprehensive Design 2

  • Construction, Technology and Environment

  • Cultural Context 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Optional Enhancement Year - Study abroad or professional placement

Overview

In the third year you will undertake a comprehensive design project that incorporates the core subjects of design, technology and environment and reflects your own emerging design philosophy. You will undertake an extended essay or a larger written dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will also work on a design project with students studying related disciplines in the university to develop an design proposal in groups.

You will also work collaboratively with students from the engineering and built environment disciplines as a team on a design project which mirrors working in practice.

Modules

  • Exploratory Project

  • Comprehensive Design 3

  • Cultural Context 3

  • Construction, Technology and Environment 3

  • Integrated Collaborative Practice

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

11th

Our Architecture courses are ranked 11th by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • The opportunity to work on live projects in and around the city and wider area.
  • An opportunity to work alongside students from a wide range of different cultures.
  • Optional overseas visits and field trips which form an integral component of the course, reflecting the international nature of architecture.
  • Access to specialist model-making workshops and studios which include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, laser cutters, CNC machines and specialist printing.
  • Support from teaching staff who are recognized in their field as academics and practitioners, as well as from visiting tutors from leading architectural practice.
  • A dynamic approach to learning which offers an enormous potential for design creativity and innovation in architecture, including a strong studio culture which provides a community of learning.

Access to specialist industry-standard software, for graphics, technical drawing, 3D modelling, environmental modelling.

The core learning environment for the architecture course is the design studio, where, supported by regular lectures, seminars and your own [self-guided] study, you carry out your work and receive feedback on the outputs, through tutorials and reviews.

You will be encouraged to contribute to studio and taught subjects through, discussion, debate and seminars and you will develop the professional and intellectual skills of an architect at the same time as you learn the theoretical and technical content of your degree.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Project studio work: 60%
  • Assisgnments: 30%
  • Groupwork: 10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

60% assessed by project studio work

In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 8 hours of design studio including one-to-one tuition and tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of lectures and design studio including presentations and workshops each week.
  • Large group teaching: class sizes on this course are normally such that most of teaching is in small or medium sized groups.

In addition, you will be expected to spend at least 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities.

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Architecture you have the opportunity to take an overseas study trip as part of your programme in each year and past destinations have included: Barcelona, Spain; Valencia Spain; Rome; Italy; Paris, France; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Berlin, Germany.

In addition the course has direct links with countries in Europe and beyond including practices and universities in Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands and Spain and a large proportion of our students participate in additional placements and exchanges including studying on the Erasmus programme as part of an international experience year.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

I really enjoyed studying architecture at Coventry University. The university is very committed to the development of their students as future professionals. The knowledge and skills that I learned on the course have equipped me for my placement at Faulkner Brown Architects.

Manbir Kaur

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: K100
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
AAB.

Excludes General Studies.
DDD
34 points
Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English, Art and Design and Maths

Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit a portfolio of work. UK based candidates requied to attend interview.

 

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say

I really enjoyed studying architecture at Coventry University. The university is very committed to the development of their students as future professionals. The knowledge and skills that I learned on the course have equipped me for my placement at Faulkner Brown Architects.

Manbir Kaur

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser prints, the fees for this course also includes;

  • Initial set of safety boots and hard hat
  • drawing and model-making equipment
  • specified core reading material
  • any mandatory residential field trips
  • any mandatory site visits and trips
  • tuition fee waiver for study abroad year

The following are additional costs not included in the fees;

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • warm waterproof clothing for site visits: £150
  • contribution to additional expenses of mandatory overseas residential field trips £150 per trip (usually 2 trips for this course)
  • Drawing and model making materials

What our students say

I really enjoyed studying architecture at Coventry University. The university is very committed to the development of their students as future professionals. The knowledge and skills that I learned on the course have equipped me for my placement at Faulkner Brown Architects.

Manbir Kaur

Career prospects

When you graduate from this course you should be well suited to working in a range of architectural practices and other design industries and pursuing further studies to continue your professional or academic education.

You should also be equipped with many specialist and professional skills, which can contribute to a wide range of industries and academic fields.

£18K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say

I really enjoyed studying architecture at Coventry University. The university is very committed to the development of their students as future professionals. The knowledge and skills that I learned on the course have equipped me for my placement at Faulkner Brown Architects.

Manbir Kaur
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.