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BArch (Hons) Bachelor of Architecture with Honours

BArch (Hons) 3 years School of Architecture & Design Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 320 points K100

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University of Lincoln Excels in Architecture

The University of Lincoln’s Architecture course is in the top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.


Design is at the heart of the University of Lincoln’s Architecture course, with activity centred on the studio where students develop a comprehensive toolkit of skills and explore architectural design processes and products.

We are designers working to create imaginative and practical building designs. Our School of Architecture is a cooperative, multidisciplinary environment for sharing ideas, which supports students in discovering their own design approach.

This academically rigorous degree places a strong emphasis on design and creativity to prepare you for a global career in architecture and related disciplines. You study the underlying concepts of architectural design and the ways in which buildings can meet the needs of occupants and of society. You learn to apply drawing techniques to the investigation and communication of architectural design, alongside computer-aided design and hands-on modelling and construction.


This course is the first stage of an integrated programme of study offered by the University of Lincoln that is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from part one, two and three examinations to register as an architect in the UK.

How You Study

In your first year, you are introduced to the history and theory of architecture, design processes and practices, building construction, environmental design and habitable buildings. In your second and third years, you work on a series of independent and collaborative projects. As you progress, you can mould your research and design projects to explore current issues that are of interest to you.

The course is designed to release creative potential, explore design processes and lay a foundation of cultural and technical knowledge. Skills in drawing, computer-aided design, model-making and exhibition are developed through a series of design projects. Practical explorations of materials and construction techniques lead to adventurous designs resolved in some detail.

The curriculum addresses social, theoretical and contextual issues of living in the contemporary city. Design projects aim to build confidence in responding with imagination, humanity and concern for the environment.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is through design projects and associated assignments developed in small studio groups under the guidance of a tutor. There is continuous assessment throughout the course via assignments/projects in all modules.

What We Look For In Your Application

Students will be asked to submit a digital portfolio along with their application. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and interests and, at the same time, it will enable us to advise students on how best to prepare themselves for architectural studies at the Lincoln School of Architecture.

The portfolio should comprise five digital images of your work, creating a personal expression of creativity, individuality, versatility and visual communication skills.

Your portfolio may include photography, drawings, paintings, computer-aided design or photographs of physical models, sculpture, constructions or work in progress. You should select the best and most distinctive work and aim to demonstrate a range of different media and techniques.

Your portfolio should demonstrate that you have practical skills like pencil drawing, computer-aided design drawing, photography, model-making, use of colour, perspective drawing or technical drawing. It should also show some interest in architecture, for instance with sketches or photos of visits to cities, buildings and interiors.

Your portfolio may also demonstrate your willingness to take initiative, and you interests outside of architecture. Perhaps you make things, or are a member of a band, or collect something unusual. This could all be evidence that you can carry through projects independently.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 320 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A Levels (or the equivalent). In addition to the minimum of two A Levels, other qualifications such as AS Levels, the Extended Project and the ASDAN CoPE for example, will be counted towards the 320 point requirement.

All applicants will be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths.

The University of Lincoln accepts a wide range of qualifications, including A Levels, AS Levels, the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website

Applications from mature students with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Buildable, Habitable Design

Students will develop an understanding of the principles of construction related to human habitation. This includes construction methods, material properties, legislation, climate and human comfort.

Contextual Design Projects

Students record preliminary ideas, sketches, analysis, design development, and technical research in their portfolios for discussion at tutorials and presentations. Selected elements of the design are developed in detail.

Design Process and Communication

This module helps students to understand the processes that are commonly used to organise and support study, research, analysis and studio design projects in architecture. It will also equip the student with a core of communication skills appropriate for a career in architecture.

History and Theory of Architecture and Design

This Module covers the development of architecture, art and design from ancient times through to the present. Visual research, analysis and presentation techniques are developed alongside text-based academic techniques.

Level 2

Architectural Design Projects

Students undertake design projects set by the tutor to explore principles, theories, methodologies and concepts. Appropriate working methods are introduced and guided by the tutor. The module is delivered using independent or linked design projects, one of which, because of the level of detail required, may be relatively small in scale. Projects may include housing, landscape, public buildings or the conversion of existing buildings. Defined products are required at intermediate stages and at the end of each project.

Design and Society

This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.

Integrated Design Project

This module is the culmination of the second level architectural design studies. It acknowledges a number of different approaches within architectural design. Students are required to complete a medium-scale design project that demonstrates an integrated approach to design, technology and communication. This provides a vehicle for preparing a professional CV and portfolio of work.

Sustainable Design

Students develop awareness of the principles and practise of sustainable development and environmental design. This includes understanding materials, technology, energy usage and social factors.

Level 3

Architecture Research Projects

Students demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are required to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they become more knowledgeable.

Comprehensive Design Project - Detailed Design

Students are required to develop an outline design into a fully resolved and detailed design for exhibition in the School’s Degree Show.

Comprehensive Design Project - Technical Studies

This module prepare the student with the relevant technical knowledge and skills expected of a graduate taking up their first post in practice. Students will develop a holistic understanding of how technology integrates with architectural design and how this relates within a comprehensive design project.

Outline Design Project

The Outline Design Project is a vehicle for the student to develop an individual design approach from initial research, through design explorations to a coherent outline building design.

Professional Context

In today’s ever changing and highly competitive business environment, if an architectural practice is to survive, it is essential that architects have an understanding of the construction industry and the value its contribution can make to the UK economy. Architectural practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient manner. This can only be achieved by being conversant with contemporary business management strategies, coupled with an understanding of project management within the UK construction industry.

Special Features & Research Highlights

Researchers from the School are leading advances in the field of sustainable architecture, changing the way buildings are designed and constructed. Architecture staff and students, in collaboration with colleagues across the University, designed and built an interactive show garden, controlled by Twitter, which won a Gold Medal at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


Our students regularly enter and win design competitions. One student recently won the Berkeley prize, an international competition in architecture. She featured in the Eye Line drawing competition and in the awards at the Isover international competition for energy-efficient design.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. []


Our award-winning Architecture Building was designed by the internationally renowned architect Rick Mather. Teaching takes place in modern studios, information technology suites and extensive workshops equipped with a range of professional resources, including rapid prototyping and laser cutting equipment.

The building design is founded on the research and consultancy interests of its staff and students. The School offers extensive CAD (Computer Aided Design) facilities, three-dimensional design environments and a well equipped model-making workshop.

Career Opportunities

This course is the first stage of an integrated programme of study offered by the University of Lincoln that is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board for exemption from part one, two and three examinations to register as an architect in the UK.

It is a launchpad for careers in architectural practice and further academic study. Our graduates can be found working all over the world in public and private practice in planning, housing and other design-based professions.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

What's Included?

Printing costs: £80
Materials: £85
Portfolios/materials: £75
Portable storage: £20

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus to provide the best learning environment for our students. You can study in style and comfort in our well-resourced library or complete group work and exchange ideas in innovative learning spaces across the campus. There is access to the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratories for studies in the sciences and social sciences. There are modern studios and well-equipped workshops for practice in the arts, and industry-standard production facilities for a range of media. On some courses, students will need additional, specialist resources or equipment to enable them to pursue their courses. Where appropriate these will be provided by the relevant School.


2015 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,522 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

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Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.