BA (Hons) Architecture


Program Description

Course details

Architecture is a dynamic subject involving a wide range of activities, from studio design and model-making, to the study of art, history and culture. It requires imagination alongside practical and technical skills.

Central to this course will be the time you spend in the design studio. You will have access to our extensive studio facilities - including workshop and computer-modelling software - in the award-winning Broadcasting Place, to design and build your projects.

This qualification provides exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA Part I examination.

The Leeds School of Architecture offers a Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) Monitoring Service for graduates with BA (Hons) Architecture, Master of Architecture (MArch) or similar degree. The PEDR is an electronic record of your professional experience, development and competency in the practice of architecture and will offer support on the pathway to registration or licensure, primarily with the ARB. For more information, please visit our PEDR page.

You can also see examples of our students' work on our website or by having a look at our end of year show publication.


The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our university's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

You are encouraged to design and make models in our design studio, and to use our computing facilities to design and build your projects. You will learn technical skills in workshops alongside students from our Interior Architecture & Design and Landscape Architecture courses.

Throughout the course there are external events organised by staff, including lectures and workshops, as well as the opportunity for overseas visits, to cities such as Rome, Barcelona, Venice and Amsterdam.

To become a fully-qualified architect takes seven years and we offer the professional body recognition allowing you to continue to further study in this field. You will need to complete a MArch (Master of Architecture) giving exemption from Part II of the RIBA Examination in Architecture. You will then complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice, giving exemption from Part III.

Course Benefits

  • This qualification is the first step towards becoming an architect and provides exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA Part I examination (To view more details please visit our 'How to become an Architect' page)
  • Our industry experienced academics have extensive networks which will give you exposure to practitioners, leading consultants, and other experts
  • Take advantage of the option of the Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) Monitoring Service
  • Leeds Beckett is home to Project Office, our own in-house RIBA chartered architectural practice
  • We have links throughout the region, nationally and internationally with architectural practices
  • Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses and 170 years of inspiring, challenging and innovative practices

Entry Requirements

We have now welcomed students from over 140 countries across the globe. If you are interested in studying with us you can find your country and get all the information you'll need about entry requirements and how to apply. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Selection Criteria

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

Interview Required

We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Architecture.

International baccalaureate

27 Points


IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Additional entry requirements:
Verify your qualifications

If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email

Need to improve your English Language skills?

Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.

More questions?

No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Job Prospects

This course provides the first step in becoming an architect and also offers an excellent grounding in design. As well as progressing yo further studies in architecture, graduates have taken up a variety of careers, from virtual games design, product design, and psychology to project management. To become a fully-qualified architect takes seven years and we offer the professional body recognition that will enable you to advance your studies and progress to professional accreditation. In order to fully qualify as an architect, you will need to complete a MArch (Master of Architecture), giving exemption from Part 2 of the RIBA Examination in Architecture. You will then complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice, giving exemption from Part 3.

  • Architect
  • Architectural Technologist
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Building Surveyor

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for international students is £13,000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.


Architecture and art studios

Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

Design Studios

Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modeling.


Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Broadcasting Place

A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

Gym and Sports Facilities

Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Studying at Leeds Beckett University you will be in the centre of an exhilarating community and be part of a social and economic environment that is shaping the city of Leeds for the future.

Studying at Leeds Beckett University you will be in the centre of an exhilarating community and be part of a social and economic environment that is shaping the city of Leeds for the future. Read less
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