Architecture - BA (Hons) - ARB/RIBA Part 1

Clearing 2022

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Architects imagine new environments and breathe new life into existing buildings. Architecture helps to build communities and improve our surroundings; it has the capacity to change lives.


Explore the relationship between people and spaces, and focus on how people want to live, work and relax in the 21st century. Our course provides a balance of theory, design work and professional experience. It’s not just about creating beautiful buildings; you'll lead on projects, solve complex problems and learn to communicate your ideas.

Why study Architecture at Kent?

  • Become a qualified Architect: Our course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and 93% of our Architecture graduates were in graduate-level jobs or further study 15 months after graduation (The Guardian University Guide 2022)
  • Explore fantastic facilities: Our specialist spaces include modern design and dedicated model workshops, laser-cutting facilities, computer studio and digital hub, and a Digital Crit Space with 75-inch Clevertouch screens.
  • Get career ready: Make important connections thanks to our links with architectural industry bodies and professional practices such as Farrells, Allies and Morrison, Purcell, Guy Hollaway, and Arup.
  • Solve today’s biggest challenges: Sustainability is vital; our environmental impact will have repercussions for the future of the planet and the built environment. We've signed up for the United Nations 17 sustainability goals and these form part of every single project brief which you’ll be part of during your course.
  • Learn from experts: Join world-leading researchers who teach architecture and the built environment. Get involved with industry professionals, local architects and projects, engaging with real-world ideas through mentoring schemes and placements.
  • Join our community: Attend guest lectures, research seminars, exhibitions, conferences and symposia organised by the School or join the student-run Kent Architectural Students Association (KASA) and help organise social events, design competitions and the End of Year Show.

Your course

Our BA in Architecture is the first step towards qualifying as an architect. You study regeneration, sustainability, landscape, community and urban life and develop the practical design skills needed within the profession.

In your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a term studying abroad. In previous years, students have studied at Virginia Tech in the US and École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille.

In your final year, you continue to develop your knowledge and practical skills taking a module where you redesign an existing urban centre and culminating in your own architectural design project. You also undertake a dissertation.

Based on our campus in the historical and architecturally diverse city of Canterbury, you will have access to excellent facilities to support your studies and research. Our specialist open-plan studios are at the creative heart of our teaching. They are a place where you can work develop your creative and critical ideas, experiment through models, drawings and digital representation as well as important architectural skills on projects, share ideas, inspire each other and begin to develop your personality as a designer.

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What our students say

My time at Kent helped me gain skills learnt from presenting work and ideas in critiques. Often we, as architects, have a short period of time to convince potential clients that our idea or concept is the best solution to their brief. Crits are ultimately how we win new work! ‘Studio culture’ is also something that feeds into practice life, including learning how to work in an environment with your contemporaries, other professionals, and also with people that are experts in their own field.

- Chris Gray, graduate and architect at John Pardey Architects.

The lectures cover a wide range – everything from history to technology – so you could be learning about classic Greek temples one day and building ventilation the next. That’s when you realise how vast the subject is. You get a lot of information fired at you and it’s all about taking it in and choosing the things that are most appropriate to your design.

- Edward Powe, current Architecture student.

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Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level


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    Mathematics grade C

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

  • medal-empty BTEC Nationals

    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.

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    34 points overall or 16 at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Design/Art and Design module (plus 50% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 4/C or equivalent ).

  • medal-empty T level

    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

All candidates need to provide confirmation of i) observational skills ii) artistic, conceptual and creative thinking and iii) analyses of colour, form and space.

All applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio as part of their application. For further guidance regarding portfolio requirements, please see:

The ideal applicant will have a record that reflects a broad academic aptitude. Although not compulsory, an art qualification (eg A Level in Fine Art or IB in Visual Art) would be extremely useful. GCSE Mathematics Grade C is also required.

Typical entry requirements for 2022 entry remain published on the UCAS course search website. These provide a rough guide to our likely entry requirements for Clearing applicants. 

During Clearing (after 5 July), our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies and so may be higher or lower than those published on UCAS as typical entry grades. Our Clearing vacancy list will be updated regularly as courses move in and out of Clearing, so please check regularly to see if we have any places available. See our Clearing website for more details on how Clearing works at Kent.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.