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*Subject to Validation

Please note, this course is not currently accepting applications for September 2023 entry.

  • The place to build a sustainable future
  • A scholarship of up to £3,000 is available for students who meet the criteria

At Winchester, we believe architectural practices should respond to the social and environmental concerns of today. We will develop your skills in drawing, modelling, new technologies, design processes and project management to help you navigate the world of architecture. Explore the fundamental design principles, analysing how places can affect our mood and the relationship between humans and buildings – how we interact with them, use them, and feel about them. Project-based work will be in our state-of-the-art studio, focusing on the humanities, technical skills, digital resources, and creative design. At each turn, we will urge you to ask important questions of your design. How can we use design to respond to the needs of a society? What materials are the friendliest to our planet without compromising safety and longevity? Lecturers, including leading industry professionals, will work with you to cement your architectural concepts and make them a reality.

Outside of the University, the city of Winchester itself is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the UK and is laced with heritage, nature, and tradition. From Georgian and Victorian properties to the majestic Winchester Cathedral, you will be surrounded by sources of inspiration. By interlocking the traditions of the past with the demands of the future, Architecture at Winchester will have you become a leader in the field.


As a graduate of this course you will be equipped with an understanding of how design, spaces, and buildings can contribute positively to the shaping of society. At all stages you will be taught by professionals with industry experience and you will be supported to identify the career path that is appropriate to you.

Graduates may go on to become; architectural designers; interior designers; industrial designers; production designers; project managers; urban planners; building surveyors; graphic designers or set designers

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment and further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.


Students achieving 128 UCAS tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications (e.g. DDM in BTEC) receive £2000 in their first year of study and £1000 in their second year of study.

Students achieving 120 UCAS tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Merit in a T Level) receive £1000 in their first year of study and £1000 in their second year of study.

For more information, please contact the Admissions team: 

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours Degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.


Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Architecture at Winchester is about preparing you to enter into a line of work that will enable you to shape society through well designed and sustainably constructed spaces and buildings. You will learn by taking on the skills of a professional, working together with fellow students and experienced professionals on practical briefs that over the course of the programme become more complex.

In the course of your learning you will be drawing on digital technologies and practical skills of drawing and visualisation. To support your learning we have a studio space, a computer suite with high-spec PCs, interactive touch screen tables, a digital visualisation wall, laser cutter, and 3D printers. You are also supported by a workshop.

A student showcase at the end of every year allows students the opportunity to present their design work and to network with professionals in the field.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures, practicals (field and class-based) and seminars, the latter in small groups and affording the opportunity to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 372 hours
Independent learning: 828 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 372 hours
Independent learning: 828 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 324 hours
Independent learning: 876 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.




2023 Entry: 120-128 UCAS tariff points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A-Levels: BCC-BBB from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points)
  • BTEC/CTEC: DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
  • T Level: Merit in a T Level

In addition to the above, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

  • GCSE English language at grade 4 or C, or higher
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or C, or higher

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest. 


There is no interview, but we do require a digital portfolio to be submitted as part of the application process which needs to be a single file pdf document between 10 to 15 pages, and not more than 10 Mb. The digital portfolio should showcase your creative thinking, a diversity of skills and ideas, and an aptitude to use a variety of materials and media. Your portfolio may include any photographs, or free hand sketches, CAD drawings, 3D models, pieces of creative writing, or material from an art and design related sketch book, collage, painting, sculpture, art installation, product design, digital media, precedent study of an architect's work. Try and include a breadth in your samples of work including both 2D and if any 3D examples of creative work. The Admissions Team will contact you upon receipt of an application with further information about how to provide this to the University.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Design Project 1 30
History and Theory of Architecture 30
Design Project 2 30
The role of Architecture in Sustainability and Social Justice 30

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Conservation and Heritage (Design project) 30
Professional Skills 30
Space, place and the green city 30
Design, buildings, and the green city (Design project) 30

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Design and planning for sustainable living (Major Design project) 60
Integrative project 60

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2023 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 


Year 1 £9,250 £14,700
Year 2 £9,250 £14,700
Year 3 £9,250 £14,700
Total £27,750 £44,100
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,385 £1,440
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £45,540

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2023, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £122.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,837.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.


  • Drawing and modelling toolkit at the start of the course, around £150-£250
  • Display costs at the annual showcase, around £100 per year
  • We do not require you to buy course books or other publications, as our library will stock what you need. Students who choose to buy their own copies could expect to spend around £100 per year
  • Modelling materials are used from re-purposed materials, in line with our commitment to sustainability

Mandatory field trips and excursions are included in the tuition fees. Our preferred mode of delivery is mandatory field trips, so that they are accessible to all students.

Optional field trips, which are not essential to passing the course, will require a contribution from the student.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.


Architecture scholarship

  • Students achieving 128 UCAS tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications (e.g. DDM in BTEC) receive: £2000 in their first year of study and £1000 in their second year of study
  • Students achieving 120 UCAS tariff points from 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Merit in a T Level) receive: £1000 in their first year of study and £1000 in their second year of study

Students who do not meet either of the above criteria will not be eligible for the Architecture scholarship in either year.

Students who receive the Architecture scholarship should not be eligible for other University of Winchester academic scholarships, such as the Academic Achievement Award, International Student Scholarship, etc.

Students would be eligible for other non-academic scholarships, such as music and sport; care leavers, carers etc.

For more information, please contact the Admissions team: 

We have a variety of other scholarships and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
120-128 UCAS points
On campus, Winchester