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Entry Requirements - Welsh School of Architecture

Minimum Entry Requirements

The typical offer for the BSc in Architectural Studies is AAA in three Advanced level qualifications whereby we are looking for a balanced mix of core science and art subjects in general, 36 points in the International Baccalaureate, or similar in equivalent qualifications. All candidates must also have a GCSE Grade B in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent.

We also require all candidates to submit a small portfolio. This should consist of 4 sheets of A4 size reproductions of some of the applicant’s art and/ or design work. In general we do not accept any portfolios in digital format but require printouts only. The portfolio need not be architectural in any way and may include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, product design or any other work in visual design. We will not be able to return your work to you, so please do not send originals. The copies may be in any appropriate format (photographic, photocopy, digital printouts), but please make sure that they are of sufficiently high quality to do justice to your work. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is the applicant’s own work must accompany the portfolio. The letter should be on the School/ College headed paper and signed by a tutor. In the case of mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with connections to the industry- ie, architect. The portfolio should be sent to the Admissions Administrator at the School.

We will not consider your application until we have received both the UCAS form and the portfolio. Where a portfolio is of exceptionally high quality, lower academic qualifications may be acceptable. Mature students who do not have these or equivalent qualifications, but who have strong motivation and relevant skills and experience, should contact the School to discuss the possibility of being admitted.

Entry to the MArch is invited from graduates from other schools who have at least an upper second class degree giving exemption from RIBA Part 1. Selection is based on an interview with design portfolio.

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAABB at Higher Level. Good academic combination of subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 36 points. Good academic combination of subjects.

European Baccalaureate

Obtain Diploma with an average of 82%. Good academic combination of subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma

D, D, D

Welsh Baccalaureate

A grade in the Core plus AA at A2 level

Scottish Advanced Higher


Key Skills

Key Skills qualifications form no part of the School's formal entry requirements.

Students with other qualifications or experience

We encourage students with other qualifications or experience to apply. Each applicant will be considered on his/her individual merit.

English Language Qualifications

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission. More information is available on the English Language Requirements webpage.

Additional Requirements for Admission

There are no specific additional requirements for admission, beyond submission of a portfolio to support UCAS form.

Resit Candidates

Candidates with subjects to resit will have their applications considered without additional conditions attached. Previous achievements (different from the subject(s) to be repeated) will be taken into consideration alongside qualifications to be attempted.

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