Birmingham City University Architecture

By | 20th April 2017

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Birmingham City University Architecture

Study in state-of-the-art studios, learn from experienced, research-active experts and make connections with over 100 industry partners with our BA (Hons) Architecture course.

Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by Architects Registration Board (ARB) to give full exemption from the ARB / RIBA Part 1 examination, you will be based at our innovative Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, where you start your journey towards becoming a registered architect. We’ve helped over 80 per cent of our graduates gain jobs in professional practice.

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design offers fully accredited programmes at RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3, enabling you to fully qualify as a registered architect within one school.

What’s covered in the course?

With the diverse architecture of Birmingham as your initial inspiration, you’ll focus on urban environment and look at neighbourhoods, cities, and regional and global networks.

Industry connections in your second and third years help you foster direct links and contacts within practice, helping you to find work experience. We also work closely with RIBA West Midlands, the Midlands Architecture Centre (MADE), and Birmingham City Council. From the first year onwards, you will begin to construct your own online webpage of work and projects, which can then be transformed into an online portfolio and/or CV.

Our recent RIBA Validation Board visit commended our links with professional practice and the supportive learning community we offer. We were also commended for our flexible approach to learning, with strong support for part-time students.

We’re a boutique school, accepting only 65 students each year, creating an intimate learning environment and meaning you’ll get fantastic individual support.

You’ll have the chance to be part of Co.LAB, a collaborative architecture and design initiative within the School working on live projects. This engagement with one-to-one scale interventions and real-world practice helps you in your learning journey to become a more rounded and responsive designer.

The course goes beyond lectures and gives you great opportunities. Students from all years are offered places to attend events such as national building information modelling (BIM) events, which provide a forum for you to engage directly with practitioners and industry specialists, as well as informing you of changes in current practice.

You’ll also benefit from the insight of guest speakers such as Professor CJ Lim and renowned American landscape architect Martha Schwartz, together with other practising architects from firms such as Foster and Partners, Make, Associated Architects, Invisible Studio, Mole Architects, Ash Sakula and various others.  Film work also plays an important part in the perception of the city, and you’re encouraged to use this medium along with a wide variety of other creative outputs drawing upon our fantastic workshop facilities.

In your final year, you’ll showcase your work at the Graduate Show, an event attended by practitioners where previous students have been headhunted by leading practices including Grimshaws, Hopkins Architects, Hawkins Brown and Glenn Howells Architects.

You will study in our state-of-the-art Parkside Building, which has been praised for its investment and facilities by RIBA. While based in Parkside, you will get sharpen your CAD and digital visual communication skills, prototyping and digital production, while also having access to a range of specialist software.

“Birmingham School of Architecture takes on what architecture is, and what it can be, making the school a captivating place to study. It’s a challenging but highly rewarding course that provides an invaluable platform for anyone interested in how social, cultural and environmental concerns can influence the built form and its effect on society.” Callum Sohal

Why Choose Us?

  • Validated by the RIBA and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), our course meets and exceeds the joint criteria set out by both professional bodies, thus meeting the requirements of Article 46 of the European Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications.
  • You will be exposed to architectural practice and live projects with professional partners, enabling you to develop your skills and creativity. Our connections with over 60 architecture firms and practitioners forms an essential part of our teaching team, as well as enabling you to embark on valuable work placements within the West Midlands, North West, London and abroad.
  • Our intimate study environment ensures exceptional support from staff, with 90 per cent of our graduates going on to work or further study within six months of completing the course. You’ll also have the chance to attend study trips and explore international opportunities, expanding your cultural and academic knowledge.
  • The part-time course is taught one day a week to enable you to study alongside a full-time job in practice.
  • Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is highly respected and has a rich history of providing education and opportunities. It celebrated its centenary in 2009 and is located in new, multidisciplinary studio and workshop spaces in Birmingham’s Eastside.

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

136 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels.

Typical Offers
UK QualificationRequirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS LevelAAB at A-level or 136 UCAS tariff points from A/AS level with a minimum of 2 A-levels. The following subjects are preferred:

  • History/Geography/English/Languages
  • Double award in Science or separate Science such as Physics, Biology or Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Sociology/Philosophy/Psychology
  • Art/Design/Music

The following subjects are not accepted:

  • General studies
Access to Higher Education DiplomaPass overall with 60 credits, 45 at level 3 all of which at Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)Only considered in combination with other Level 3 qualifications
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)DDD grades. Subjects: Art and Design, Business and Economics, Construction and Built Environment, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Languages, ICT, Land Based and Environment, Manufacturing, Music, Performing Arts and Drama, Science
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)D* or combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 136 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and DesignDistinction (285 points) plus GCE/VCE A and/or AS Levels in subjects other than art with at least one in which assessment is essay based (see A/AS-level subject recommendations above) to 55 points.

Merit (225 points) plus GCE/VCE A and/or AS Levels in subjects other than art with at least one in which assessment is essay based (see A/AS-level subject recommendations above)  to 115 points.

Pass (165 points) plus GCE/VCE A and/or AS Levels in subjects other than art with at least one in which assessment is essay based (see A/AS-level subject recommendations above) to 175 points.

International Baccalaureate DiplomaFor students who complete the full IB Diploma:
Obtain a total of 17 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

For students who do not complete the full IB Diploma:
Obtain a total of 18 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

In addition to the above, applicants will also need:
Portfolio
AND
Grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)

Irish Leaving Certificate136 UCAS points – Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher136 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)PASS combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 136 UCAS points
Other qualifications
  • Advanced Diploma in Construction and Built Environment
  • Advanced Diploma in Creative and Media
  • Advanced Diploma in Environmental and Land-based Studies (commences 2009)
  • Advanced Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design (commences 2009)
  • ASL (Additional and Specialist Learning) plus Progression Diploma in above subject equivalent to 136 points

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 2017/18
Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 136 points are welcome.
IELTSMinimum overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).For students who complete the full IB Diploma:
Obtain a total of 17 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

For students who do not complete the full IB Diploma:
Obtain a total of 18 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

In addition to the above, applicants will also need:

English Group A – Grade 4 or above
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio – Grade 5
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

TOEFLBand scores Listening – 17. Reading – 18. Speaking – 20. Writing – 20.
PearsonBand scores Listening – 51. Reading – 51. Speaking – 51. Writing – 53.
International Students

Entry requirements here

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Mature students
Applications from mature students (+21) with alternative qualifications and/or work experience will be considered on their merits. As a minimum, applicants should have a portfolio demonstrating their creative abilities in a range of media.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you’re considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it’s important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated