Architecture BA Hons - 2021 Entry


Entry Year
2021 also available in 2020

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements

Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Lancaster University is ranked as one of the top universities in the UK. Building on our institutional reputation for excellence, the new BA (Hons) Architecture programme aims to be one of the UK’s leading destinations for aspiring architects.

Your degree

The degree is made up of a series of modules, which will cover:

  • Advanced digital design skills
  • Advanced building design
  • Building materials, sustainability and site context
  • Professional practice and employability

When you start your degree we'll assume no prior knowledge of Architecture, but that you do share our enthusiasm and passion for the subject. Alongside lectures, small group seminars and practical workshops you will have one-to-one tutorials and plenty of opportunity for hands-on work in the studio. You’ll get to know others on the course through project work and group work. Our teaching staff are architecture professionals, and much of the course work will be in the form of portfolios.

To get you off to a flying start on your course, we're providing a free tablet to every student who starts our BA (Hons) Architecture in October 2021, and will include architecture software.

Online Taster Workshops

This autumn we are holding two free online taster workshops that include information about studying Architecture at Lancaster University and an interactive challenge. On Saturday 19th September 2020 the challenge includes a mission to space, while on Saturday 7th November we'll be exploring the world of digital games and envisioning the city of the future. Book your place now! 

Lancaster University School of Architecture

You'll be joining our new School of Architecture where we are exploring the future of architectural practice through experimentation and research into issues of global importance. You will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will enable you to be agile and ethical in your practice, and ready to meet the challenges posed by contemporary global problems such as climate emergency, work force automation, data security and the ageing population.

Our design studios and immediate surrounding environment provide space to reflect, debate and create. Lancaster’s green campus features woodland and ponds, and is situated close to the Lake District World Heritage Site. It is a perfect location from which to investigate the global climate emergency, and to test alternate means of working and living using the sustainable and lean construction methods and materials.

The School’s areas of interest are inspired from our unique geographic position on the edge of the industrial north of England yet surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty. We are also ideally positioned to use resources on campus such as the Ruskin Library, the Lancaster Environmental Centre, and the new Lancaster Health Innovation campus, and we are excited about the proposed second Eden Project which is due to open in nearby Morecambe in 2023.

There is further information about the School below. 

Our facilities

As well as an individual working space in our studios, you'll use our workshops which provide facilities for model-making at various scales, encompassing hand tools and digital fabrication equipment including 3D printers and laser cutters. Digital facilities will include laser scanning, visualisation equipment and large-scale printing, as well as access to the full Adobe Creative Suite and other specialist software. 

Preparing for a career in Architecture

Lancaster University places a strong emphasis on providing opportunities to gain the skills, experience and support that will enable you to fulfil your career ambitions, which is why our students are so successful at gaining professional level work after they graduate. While many students on this programme will wish to become an Architect, a degree in Architecture will also provide a platform to start a career in related jobs in the field such as urban design, planning, conservation, property developing and other design areas.

The Architecture course is designed to prepare you for the first stage of your professional career, with a strong understanding of building design and construction including the technical components and processes of realisation. This includes construction detailing, materials, specification and technological innovations in architectural technology.

Throughout the course, we aim to include site visits and field trips, as well as opportunities to meet and work with Architecture professionals.

Professional accreditation

The BA (Hons) Architecture is intended to be the first stage (Part I) of the three-stage process of professional qualification as an Architect in the UK. We are introducing a Master of Architecture programme, which would form the second stage (Part II). The University is seeking prescription of both courses by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and we expect this to be in place in 2020. This would be followed by validation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). We anticipate that this will be confirmed after an RIBA validation visit during 2022/23, which will be the final year of study for our first cohort of undergraduate students. The third stage of the process of professional qualification is gaining professional experience.

Entry Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Interviews Applicants may be invited for an interview before being made an offer and will be asked to bring a portfolio of their work to the interview. There is information about the portfolio on the course overview page. Alternative arrangements will be made for applicants who cannot attend an interview

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3




Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to gain skills and experience that will prepare you for a successful career. Opportunities include:

  • Provision of designated practice experience for each student
  • Live project work
  • Field Trips
  • Digital skills for future practice
  • Work placement

This degree will prepare you for a career in a range of interesting and fulfilling professional roles. Many Architecture students progress to postgraduate study in order to continue the route to becoming a fully qualified Architect, however you may also be interested in other related jobs and professional careers that are open to those who have completed part 1. These include:

  • Architectural Technician/Assistant
  • Architectural Visualisation
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Architect / Spatial Design
  • Urban Designer
  • Property development
  • Project and construction management

Professional Accreditation

There are three main routes to registration for professional accreditation, but typically, if you are studying in the UK, you will:

  • take a three-year full time first degree in architecture (often referred to as ‘Part 1’)
  • followed by a year of appropriate professional experience
  • then a two-year full time second degree or diploma in architecture (often referred to as ‘Part 2’)
  • followed by a further year of professional experience
  • then the Professional Practice Examination – or Part 3

You will need to have all three qualifications in order to apply for registration together with a minimum of 24 months appropriate practical training experience. This information is taken from:

It is intended that the BA (Hons) Architecture will be the first stage (Part 1) of the three-stage process of professional qualification as an architect in the UK. The Masters of Architecture will be the second stage (Part 2). The University is seeking prescription of the course by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and we expect this to be in place in 2020. This would be followed by validation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Careers support 

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Fees and Funding


We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2021/22 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2020 were:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £18,700

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.


For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Lancaster University Architecture

The new School of Architecture is based in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), the new BA (Hons) Architecture programme aims to be one of the UK’s leading destinations for aspiring architects.

Download the course booklet to find out more about studying architecture at Lancaster University.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2021/22 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication. The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses.

In the event of a course being withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date information before you submit your application. Further legal information.

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