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Admissions Tutor, Architecture BSc

Ms Sabine Storp

Email: s.storp@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7454

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Faculty overview:

Faculty of the Built Environment

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Bartlett School of Architecture

Key Facts

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Architecture BSc

UCAS code: K100

The Architecture BSc aims to inspire and exercise you in as wide a range of experiences as possible, so you develop an independent, creative, diverse and rigorous approach to design from the outset, and are guided in discovering your own direction in architecture.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects Art required. A portfolio is required at interview stage. Applicants who meet the A level grade requirements of AAB but have not studied A level Art, may offer an art and design foundation year as proof of their ability.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Art, with no score lower than 5. A portfolio is required at interview stage. Applicants who meet the IB Diploma points score of 17 in three higher level subjects but have not studied IB Diploma Art, may offer an art and design foundation year as proof of their ability.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Consistently at the forefront of architectural debate, the Bartlett is renowned for its innovative teachers, designers, researchers and students, who have created a new wave of different architectures.
  • In recent years the school has consistently been voted 'best in the UK' by the Architect's Journal AJ100 poll.
  • Excellent resources, including a workshop that is widely regarded as the best of its kind in UK architectural education. DMC London is the Bartlett's new, state-of-the-art digital manufacturing centre.
  • We are able to attract distinguished figures from the architectural world and from the related fields of art, engineering, environmental design, cybernetics and communication.

Your first year will be centred on design studio projects which develop the central skills of observation, design and representation, emphasising the expression of ideas. Complementing this are lecture courses on history and theory, production of the built environment, and technology, and a field trip to a major European city in the second term.

In years two and three, you join one of up to ten design units. Each unit offers a different architectural approach, allowing you to develop personal architectural interests and to work with architecture in relation to subjects as diverse as film, fashion, history, philosophy and science.

Your work in the second and third year studio is complemented by a core lecture series in computing, technology, history, theory and professional studies.

Your learning

The programme is based in the studio and the workshop, and the majority is taught through individual design projects. Most of the design teaching is on a one-to-one tutorial basis with frequent review sessions; nearly all design tutors are practising architects or design specialists. History and theory, professional studies and technology core courses support the design work in each year.


70% of the programme is taught through a series of design projects and assessed through the design portfolio. The history and theory, professional studies and technology core courses are assessed through a combination of coursework, essays and examination.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Environmental Design
Historical and Cultural Developments of Cities and their Architecture
The Production of the Built Environment
Structure, Materials and Forming Techniques
Four Design Project courses

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Computing for the Built Environment
Design Technology II
History and Theory of Architecture
Three Design Project courses

Optional courses

All second year courses are compulsory.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Design Technology III
History and Theory of Architecture
Preparing for Practice
Three Design Project courses

Optional courses

All final year courses are compulsory.

Further details on department website: Architecture BSc


Successful completion of the Architecture BSc leads to exemption from Part 1 of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) examinations. Students typically then take a Year Out in an architect's office in the UK or overseas before applying for a two-year Graduate Diploma/MArch programme.

Our graduates have a good record of employment and destinations vary from internationally renowned offices to small-scale specialist practices. Increasingly, however, some architecture graduates are also using their highly transferable skills in other design-related disciplines, such as film-making, website design and furniture design.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Architect Assistant, Peter Barber (2012)
  • Architect Assistant, Foster & Partners (2011)
  • Architect Assistant, Hopkins Architects (2011)
  • Architect Assistant, Alsop Architects (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in design and an open mind for new ideas. A love for the creative arts and a desire to challenge preconceptions about architecture is essential.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


All applicants likely to meet our entry requirements (including those resident outside the UK) are invited to submit an assessment task based on a brief that changes each year. On the basis of this around 400 applicants are shortlisted for interview days. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview.

A portfolio of creative work is essential for your application at the interview stage.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific funding notes

Grocer's Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship. One scholarship of £2,250 for the programme's duration is awarded every two years. All students admitted to the programme will be considered.

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