k100 - Architecture BA

Architecture BA Honours

UCAS Code: K100 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

Our Architecture BA Honours degree is your first step towards qualification as a professional architect.

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At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA
IB: 36 points

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This design-based degree is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and provides exemption from the RIBA Part I examination.

You will work on design projects that involve manual and computer-aided drawing and model making and we encourage you to develop your own design style. You'll also develop the knowledge to understand the implications of your design decisions.

You will benefit from a strong design culture, with access to studios 24/7. You'll also benefit from field trips in the UK and Europe and community projects in the UK and Africa.

We are consistently highly ranked in major university league tables, and offer all qualifications required to become an architect, meaning you can complete your full training in Newcastle.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

The teaching quality is fantastic, we are given loads of information in the lectures and additional sources of information to refer to which allows us to further our interest on the subject quite easily.

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Course Details

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

There is a strong design studio culture in this Stage: you discuss design with architects, fine artists, engineers, conservationists and ecologists, complemented by study visits.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

The year usually begins with a European study visit, giving you the chance to learn from the significant architectural and urban examples of another country.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more on about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

The complexity of design projects reflects your growing design maturity and you are expected to be able to undertake the design of a medium-sized public building with confidence.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.

Additional entry information beyond specific grades for this programme is provided under ‘Important Information for All Students' below.

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Architecture Careers

The BA in Architecture is the first step towards qualification as a professional architect. The vast majority of our graduates choose to follow their degree with a year’s employment as an architectural assistant in an architect’s practice.

To proceed on to full qualification a further two years of university study is required (for example, the Master of Architecture), which must then be followed by a further two years of professional work experience and final exams.

With a vocational subject such as architecture, the main employment pathway is into the profession as an architect. Newcastle graduates have an envious position in the job market and are well received by architectural practices.

In addition, architectural education at Newcastle places a strong emphasis on developing your ability to visualise concepts and to translate your ideas in different forms to a variety of audiences. These skills have proved very attractive to employers in the creative industries and many of our former students have gone on to careers in:

  • television
  • film
  • advertising
  • other design-based professions

Employers are looking for transferable skills including:

  • numeracy
  • interpersonal skills
  • teamworking
  • initiative
  • decision-making
  • computer literacy

We see these skills as an integral part of the architectural education we offer, placing graduates of both degrees in a strong position to obtain employment in numerous fields such as:

  • teaching
  • law
  • property development
  • construction management
  • planning
  • urban design
  • landscape architecture

Find out more about the career options for Architecture from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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Making your application

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Application decisions and enquiries

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