Course overview

  • Starts: Sept 2024
  • Duration: 1 year (of 4-yr degree)
  • Mode: Full time
  • UCAS code: K101
  • Fees: UK: £9,250 / INT: £17,000

Ideal for... those who wish to pursue a career in architecture, but don’t yet have the requirements needed to progress on to undergraduate study.

Build the foundations for your future.

If you have an interest in architecture, this then course could be for you.*

The course will enhance both your academic and technical skills in architecture and provide you with the opportunity to pursue a career as a practicing architect.

You will be encouraged to discover your own pathway in the architecture and spatial design sector. For this reason, there are a series of modules that are shared and taught by professionals with expertise in the different areas.

*Source: Subject to validation

Why study this course?

  1. Study in multidisciplinary studios
  2. Work collaboratively with students 
  3. Develop skills in the design of buildings and innovative spaces 
  4. Explore the principles of architecture and spatial design
  5. Gain invaluable insights into industry
  6. Develop practical design knowledge through project work
  7. Learn from experienced staff and industry experts
  8. Develop knowledge of both historical and contemporary practices.

During this Year 0 course, you will look at the principles of architecture and spatial design. You'll  learn to work autonomously and build the confidence to progress on to the undergraduate course of your choice.

You will be given invaluable insights into the industry and will be encouraged to work collaboratively with students in an environment that mimics industry.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the functional, expressive and social impact of new construction technology and explore the way in which the environment can influence society, culture and the economy.

By the end of the course, you will have developed a clear identity to your work and gained in-depth insight into the interactions between people, activities and places.

Key study topics

The course focuses around three themes:  


Encompassing regenerative design, consideration of the environmental, human and ecological impacts of materials and construction, and recognition of the need to design for a changing climate and in ways that mitigate harm and promote care.  

Social impact and community

Consciously challenging projects in relation to the social impacts they carry and the positive change they can bring.

Building an understanding of our individual power and responsibility to be a force for good, while taking care of our own community of learners, educators and collaborators. 

Interdisciplinary practice

We believe the future of cities requires designers who have a breadth of understanding across scales and who can interweave a range of ideas and interests in collaboration and co-creation with other disciplines.

Our courses, students and educators share common ground across the spatial and built environment, finding richness in the cross-pollination between their own specialisms.  

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