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BArch (Hons)


Study Architecture in the unique urban post-industrial setting of the Potteries and hinterland


Use our Smart Zone equipped for experimenting, constructing, and 3-D printing


Studio-based study with creative collaborations for a sustainable and dynamic lived environment

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021
Digital, Technologies and Arts
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The BArch honours degree at Staffordshire University draws upon the distinctive nature of its setting, both culturally and physically, to shape a rich and distinctive curriculum.

As a new course we are able to ground your study in ‘future-making’ conditions of climate change, adapting city centres to less retail density, promoting home living and working, addressing the well-being that can follow from designing from the outset for a better quality of ‘lived environment’. From our School provision we can enrich your architectural study with links to fine art, design, materials science (including ceramics) and engineering.

The BArch honours degree at Staffordshire University draws upon the distinctive nature of its setting, both culturally and physically, to shape a rich and distinctive curriculum.

The goal is to apply architecture and design for a high-quality and dynamic ‘lived environment’. Using live projects to engage with communities of practice in the university, the architectural profession and in wider society, it will act as a catalyst for ideas and solutions to regenerate a diverse and dynamic city.

The creative use of materials and the tectonics of building are at the heart of the programme.

Moreover, with its unique post-industrial heritage and a culture of craft and making, the city of Stoke-on-Trent can act as an ideal testbed and discussion arena for the architecture programme.

In a global society challenged by climate change and a pandemic, the new course responds to the shifting identities of place, work and production and will challenge existing assumptions about the purpose of architecture in society.

By studying with us you can:

  • Acquire the creative, technical and intellectual breadth of skills for architecture and contextual understanding
  • Understand design principles and scale in relation to construction for living, working and creativity
  • Appreciate how to develop and co-produce neighbourhood transformation plans
  • How to design for high-quality public buildings such as for education, health, and performance spaces
  • Bring a dynamism back to high streets and city centres with a wider mix of retail, the creative sector, and residential
  • Apply ideas and inspiration gained from architectural study visits in the UK and beyond.

The course has strong connections to the activities of the North Staffordshire Society of Architects (RIBA), local architecture practices, Staffordshire University’s own ‘campus transformation’ programme, and local arts and urban groups such as B-Arts, The British Ceramics Biennial, Urban Wilderness, the Creative Education Partnership, and ‘Stoke Creates’, a funding and promotion collaboration.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BArch (Hons) Architecture

Course content

Working in small class sizes, and from your own workspace in our friendly studio, you’ll benefit from lots of one-to-one contact. We’ll help you to think like a creative, solve problems and learn a wide range of transferable skills.

Studio projects will be creative and wide-ranging covering different building typologies, scales and settings. You will consider everything from small scale domestic architecture to larger urban settings.

You’ll have access to our fantastic new Smart Zone, a collaborative maker space with the latest rapid prototyping, milling and laser cutting equipment, plus VR, AR, Robotics and 3D scanning. You can also use traditional model making skills in our wood, plastics, resins and metal workshops, all of which will help you bring your innovative designs to life.

You’ll be introduced to core skills through structured and practical design projects, involving idea generation, drawing and rendering, model-making and CAD work. You’ll also cover architectural history, materials and environmental issues, and guidance about the architectural profession and wider applications of a training in architecture.

During your time on the course you will have opportunities to engage in ‘live’ projects whereby you will be given the chance to work with real clients on live project briefs. In addition, we will offer a range of educational visits both cultural and industrial in nature, which may include factories, building sites, completed buildings and architectural practices, both in the UK and abroad. 

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 128 points
  • A levels: ABB
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.



Graduates from our Architecture degree may go on to study at postgraduate level, run their own businesses, or have a teaching career. As part of your final year you study the make-up of the architecture profession and how they work alongside other professions such as engineering and construction. There will be opportunities for architectural practice visits and scope for having access to external mentors.

Teaching and assessment


The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will be working in smaller teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-negotiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you will take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual, technical and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You will also participate in technical skills sessions with Technical Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.


You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.


You will be taught by experienced architectural practitioners, educators, and lecturers with expertise in design, urbanism, history, sustainability, creative arts and engineering. Visiting and guest lecturers from industry will also be an important part of the provision.

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BArch (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BArch (Hons)
20 September 2021

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