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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:
Faculty:

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Overview

Architecture remains one of the most enjoyable and rewarding professions; in designing new spaces and buildings around our everyday lives and needs, you will be 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.

Professionally accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this course adopts a hands-on approach to learning with a focus on imagination, communication and context. We run skills sessions to support drawing and model making as an integral part of studio work. You will also have access to excellent workshops in the Graham Sutherland Building, run by specialists in the areas of woodworking, clay modelling and digital craft processes.

Coventry is ranked as the 9th best university in the country for ‘Architecture’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019, and our graduates are highly regarded in the profession. They can be found working in leading architectural practices, including Aedas RHWL, Faulkner Browns Architects, C.F. Møller Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen.

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

Just some feedback on today's studio session and the presentations - I enjoyed it so much I just had to let you know. It was very engaging and I believe this approach to presentations can really help those who find it difficult or nerve-wracking to speak, become a bit more comfortable presenting their work. Great and fun studio session!

Rotimi, First Year Architecture Student

Course information

This course seeks to equip you with the knowledge and expertise to create architectural designs that balance human needs with the integrity of the environment, satisfying aesthetic and technical demands.

You should gain a comprehensive grounding in design, theory, history and building technology, while embracing conservation, sustainability and environmental issues.

88%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year introduces you to the fundamentals of architecture including design, technology, communication and cultural context, with a look at the history and theory of architecture. We will teach you methods of hand drawing, sketching, model making and orthographic drawing as generators of creative exploration.

Through studio-based design projects, we aim to improve your understanding of the relationship of space, place, proportion and scale within the context of human needs and the physical site. You will also investigate architectural design further in relation to environmental design and human wellbeing aligned with materiality, construction and technology.

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 explore the wider holistic contextual implications of emerging contemporary urban planning. You should start to make informed choices about materials, structure and environmental design, using 3D modelling and digital drawing software as a tool for architectural exploration.

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

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on a professional placement.

Students have gained professional placements at practices in Latvia and Austria and studied in Milan, Valencia and Hildesheim.

Overview

The final year consolidates your earlier learning and provides an opportunity to undertake a comprehensive design project that incorporates the core subjects of design, technology and environment and reflects your own emerging design philosophy.

You will focus on the whole design process on a brief directly related to the city of Coventry and the urban fabric. For example, past students have worked on a Council House for the City and a Centre of Peace and Reconciliation.

You will have the opportunity to exhibit in our Degree Show and New Designers in London. Students also have opportunities to exhibit work in venues in the City of Coventry, building skills and confidence in presenting work to the public.

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.

9th

Our Architecture courses are ranked 9th by Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • RIBA Placement Programme West Midlands mentoring scheme
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for ‘Architecture’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019
  • Optional overseas visits and field trips (subject to additional costs and application)
  • Validated by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) providing Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 Level exemption.
  • Expert guest lecture programme – previous speakers have included Jeremy Gould, an expert of the development of Coventry’s post war architecture.
  • Extensive facilities include specialist model-making workshops and studios with 3D printing, rapid prototyping, laser cutters, CNC machines and specialist printing.
  • Teaching team have national and international architectural practice experience and expertise in concept and detailed design, master planning and programming, participation and community development.

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

  • Comprehensive design: Exploring the design process and theoretical concepts, you will apply your knowledge and awareness of architecture in relationship to environmental design and human wellbeing, technology and construction. Project work should develop your understanding of the basic principles of the behaviour and design of structures and appreciate the wider impact of architecture on its surroundings and society. We will teach to analyse the environment in terms of its landscape qualities and the impact of human activity and presence, considering history, identity and connectivity in relation to the wider urban context.

  • Cultural context: You will be introduced to the context of architecture, the intertwining between artistic, philosophical, social and economic conditions of architectural production and the wider environment. We focus on the history and theory of architecture, engineering, urbanism and art from a Western perspective. We will address the concepts of modernity and modernism, the industrial and post-industrial world and the challenges that arise from the seemingly antagonistic contrarieties of the urban and the rural, the local and the global, the new and the old. You will have the opportunity debate architecture from a philosophical point of view, deepening your understanding of the challenges and inspirations for future architectural production.

  • Construction, technology and environment: Provides the fundamental knowledge of materials, structures and environmental theory in which buildings are made. You will gain an understanding of materials, construction, structure and environment in architectural design. Studio-based exercises will explore sensory, aesthetic and performance characteristics of buildings, experimenting with drawings, models and physical samples. We will explore the process of creating appropriate and sustainable architecture.

The course typically lasts three years when studied full-time and starts in September.

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.

 We aim to inspire enthusiasm for architecture and awareness of the historical, social, intercultural, political and economic generators in which architecture is made. We encourage you to explore architecture through direct connection with the City and field trips, and have visited Birmingham, Bath and London, as well as residential study visits to Berlin, Valencia, Amsterdam and Paris. We also invite current practitioners to share their experiences and give advice, with recent topics including architectural tectonics, engineering and daily life in practice.

You will be encouraged to contribute to studio and taught subjects through discussion, debate and seminars. We ask you to search for your own views on valuing architectural heritage, ethical challenges and the role of the architect in today’s society, both here in the UK and Internationally.

Projects are set to fully represent the range and duration expected in commercial practice. This should enable you to develop the professional and intellectual skills of an architect at the same time as you learn the theoretical and technical content of your degree.

 Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: presentations, portfolio reviews, essays, reports, reflective logs, e-journals, blogs, displays and exhibitions.

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

  • Practical or project work: 50%
  • Coursework, essays: 20%
  • Presentations: 20%
  • Group work: 10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.


To achieve the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

20% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of constructional, structural and environmental systems and strategies, and the regulatory requirements in which an architectural project is designed and constructed.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: significant themes and developments in the history and theory of architecture, engineering and the arts; the interrelationship between architecture and the fine arts; the relevance and impact of wider policy, legislation and theory, including social, and economic factors; the duties of architects to the client and wider society.
  • Understand the primary functions of shelter, including security and comfort, and apply knowledge of the available technologies to support these in a sustainable manner to an architectural design.
  • Understand the cost control mechanisms which operate during the development of a project.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of architectural practice management and understanding of influences by the regulatory and legislative frameworks, industry trends and professional multi-disciplinary inter-relationships.
  • Critically appraise the needs and aspirations of users as part of a successful built environment, understanding the potential impact of architectural projects on existing and proposed communities in the widest possible sense.
  • Critically review precedents and apply research techniques to analyse information to evaluate the properties of materials, performance of construction components and systems and alternative technologies appropriate to a specific architectural proposal.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of UK construction legislation and the ability to create design solutions which use the appropriate standards to enhance the experience of building users.
  • Integrate knowledge of structures and construction technologies and understand how this knowledge can be applied to strategic thinking about the construction process.
  • Understand the financial constraints which affect the clients design approach to building procurement and to evaluate alternative solutions within the architectural design process.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 8 hours of design studio.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of lectures and design studio including presentations and workshops each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed studying and practical work in your own time.

Coventry School of Art and Design has a multinational population and you will be working alongside students from all over the globe. The gathering of nationalities gives each course cohort a unique identity through the exchange of knowledge of place, which students bring from home. We actively encourage you to make connections and comparisons from your own experiences and explore synergies and contrasts together.

Architecture is, by the nature of the discipline, international, accessible through references and precedents. International study visits for each year are embedded in learning and form the basis of comparison with Coventry through study of culture, urban pattern, networks and scale. Past destinations have included Barcelona, Valencia, Rome, Paris and Berlin. We have had the opportunity to visit neighbourhoods with local architects who have detailed insights into the cultural and historical stories of place, to large scale public buildings such as the Opera House in Valencia.

You will have an opportunity to spend a year studying or working abroad. We have direct links with countries in Europe and beyond, including practices and universities in Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. Previous students have gone to work with practices including Schmidt Hammer Lassen in Copenhagen and Singapore. We are currently exploring opportunities for digital overseas learning in Iraq and Malasyia.

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

Working with and alongside engineers, surveyors and service engineers during my course has undoubtedly helped me with life in practice. My ability to communicate and form professional relationships with consultants is a real benefit in my role.

Declan Allen, Graduate 2012

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.

Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit a portfolio of work. 

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:

Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit a portfolio of work. 

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 2018.

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.

BSc (Hons) Architecture, Architecture Graduate 2015, currently studying Masters Part 2

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

£9,250 (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

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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.

BSc (Hons) Architecture, Architecture Graduate 2015, currently studying Masters Part 2

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, such as interior or graphic design.

Careers could include working as an architect, architectural technologist or interior and spatial designer. A degree in Architecture can prove useful in related roles, such as a building surveyor, town planner, commercial/residential surveyor, teacher or lecturer, buildings inspector, conservation officer, landscape architect, planning and development surveyor or structural engineer. You may choose to further your professional or academic education.

Professional enhancement is central to our ethos and you will be encouraged to embrace either an industry placement or international study exchange before your final year. Graduates of this course should be used to working proactively to generate ideas as an individual or in teams and meeting deadlines.

The outcome of your final year will be presented in our prestigious Degree Show with a further chance for you to present your work at an external venue, for example at New Designers in London.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work in Coventry, London, Newcastle, Bristol and further afield.

£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 BSc (Hons) Architecture, Architecture Graduate 2015, currently studying Masters Part 2
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 17/18 Contract can be found here and the 18/19 Contract will be published shortly.