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Applying for Architecture

Discover everything you need to know about applying for our Architecture course.

Writing your personal statement

Our top tips for writing your Architecture personal statement: 

  • Explain why you want to be an architect
  • Tell us about an architect you admire and why you like their work
  • Detail any relevant work experience you might have had and what you enjoyed about it
  • Use simple and clear language

What happens next

Once we receive your application, we will email you to ask you to send us a digital portfolio. Our inspection of your work is a very important part of the selection process.

Once we receive your portfolio, it is forwarded to the selector for Architecture to review. If your portfolio is successful, an offer will be sent to UCAS which will also include appropriate Academic and English Language requirements. If your portfolio is unsatisfactory, an unsuccessful decision will be sent to UCAS.

If you have applied for entry to Stage 2 of the course, but your portfolio does not quite meet our requirements, an offer may be made for Stage 1 only. This will be made clear in the body of any offer sent to UCAS.


The portfolio should be personal, varied and interesting.

We are looking for work that demonstrates:

  • a range of media and styles
  • architectural awareness, such as use of architectural imagery and an understanding of form
  • your very best projects, your portfolio shouldn't rely too much on only school work