Architecture BA Hons - 2020 Entry


Entry Year

A Level Requirements
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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.

Lancaster’s world-leading teachers and researchers are tackling some of the most pressing challenges in the built environment. From reducing urban pollution to developing ground-breaking building materials - you will be taught by academics who are at the cutting edge of the profession.

Lancaster provides an inspiring environment for studying architecture. The course is based at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), an award-winning, sustainably focused building located adjacent to woodland and water. Within LICA, you will have a well-equipped studio, with digital and analogue modelling workshops as well as specialist computing facilities. Our commitment to sustainability is clear throughout the campus - from our student eco-residences to our new Health Innovation Campus; you will find inspiring architecture all around you.

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
• Practice and employability

You will be taught mainly in small groups by our team of academic staff who are architecture professionals. A combination of practical sessions in workshops and design studio, field trips, and group work will be supplemented by lectures and seminars.

Lancaster 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 move to related jobs in the field such as urban design, planning, conservation, property developing and other design areas.

Professional accreditation
The BA (Hons) Architecture will be the first stage (Part I) of the three-stage process of professional qualification as an architect in the UK. We are also planning to introduce a Master of Architecture MArch programme, which would form the second stage (Part II). The University is seeking prescription of both courses by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to 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

Applicants may be interviewed before being made an offer

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

Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.



Throughout your degree, you will gain skills and experience that will prepare you for a successful career. These include:

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

This degree will prepare you for a career in a range of interesting and fulfilling professional roles. While you may wish to become an architect, you may also be interested in other related jobs such as property development, project and construction management, landscape and interior architecture. 

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


Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £18,700

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

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. 

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