Undergraduate Pathway in Architecture

Birmingham City University has RIBA validated and ARB prescribed programmes at Part 1 and Part 2 in architecture as well as the only Part 3 programme in the West Midlands, enabling you to work towards registering as an Architect. BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture and MA Landscape Architecture are also fully recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI).

Your pathway to Birmingham City University

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Final Year Degree

£12,000 (two-semester)
£17,000 (three-semester)






Stage 1: Two or three semesters (depending on qualifications upon entry)


Stage 1: September, January and May

Study Location

Stage 1:
BCUIC, University House

Stage 2, 3 and 4:
The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

Stage 1: University Foundation

Portfolio Requirements


Click below for more information on each module

  • Creative Workshop*

  • Critical Thinking*

  • Extended Media Experimentation

  • Information Research, Recording and Responding In Art & Design

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication*

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication & Preparation and Progression in Art and Design

  • Knowledge & Understanding Of Creative Practice In Art & Design

  • Mass Communication*

  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design

  • Personal Combined Experimental Studies In Art & Design

* Additional four modules in the three semester programme.

Students on the BA (Hons) Architecture pathway are required to achieve higher marks (60% minimum) in relevant modules in order to progress to this this degree.

Stage 2: First Year Degree

Stage 3: Second Year Degree

Stage 4: Final Year Degree

Birmingham City University Degree Pathways

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  • BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1 Exemption)

  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

  • BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture


All students accessing the 3D workshops, plaster room, glass room, water-jet cutting room and the kiln room will need to wear safety footwear that has toe caps. Such footwear can be purchased from any safety footwear provider – including Sports Direct – and can be as cheap as £12. The shoes should be S1P and comply with EN 20345.

There is no long-term storage facility for personal items in the workshops, so students are advised to bring the safety footwear with them each day they are accessing the workshops.

Special entry requirements

  • Students entering the two-semester Foundation must produce a portfolio.
  • Students without an academic qualification in Art and Design must submit a portfolio.