BA Architecture with Foundation Year / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
BA (Hons) Architecture with Foundation Year
4 years (full-time)
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

32 points overall with 5,5,5 at higher level. There are no subject specific requirements.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .As well as having the required grades, you must have attended a UK state school/college and meet at least one of the following personal background criteria:
  • You will be under 21 years old when you begin your course and you live in an area where people are less likely to go to university - check your postcode
  • You will be under 21 years old when you begin your course and you have spent more than three months in public care or as a looked-after child.
  • You will be over 21 years old when you begin your course and have not been in full time education for at least three years.
  • You will be under 21 years old when you begin your course and you are the first generation in your family to enter higher education. (This means none of your parents step-parents, or guardians have any higher education qualifications such as a degree, diploma or certificate of higher education. Please note that in order to be considered under this criteria, you must declare your parental education information on the UCAS form or in the personal statement).
  • You have refugee status from the Home Office.

Applicants should not apply for both the BA (Hons) Architecture course (K100) and the BA Architecture with Foundation Year.  If you are predicted or have achieved the grades required for the BA (Hons) Architecture course (K100) it is recommended that you apply for this course.

On assessment of your application, if we are unable to offer you a place on the BA (Hons) Architecture course (K100) course, and you meet the entry and widening participation requirements for the foundation course, your application will automatically be cascaded for consideration for a place on the foundation year. It is therefore not recommended that you apply for both Architecture courses. The Foundation Year is part of the Manchester Metropolitan and The University of Manchester's commitment to widening participation in higher education.We welcome applicants with alternative qualifications or experience - please contact us to discuss your situation.

UCAS course code
UCAS institution code

Course overview

  • We're ranked 5th in the world and 2nd in the UK for Architecture (QS 2023 World University Rankings by Subject).
  • Gain an insight into the practice of Architecture and enhance your personal and academic skills needed for undergraduate study in the field.
  • Benefit from an ideal and accessible transition between School and University, or to support a change in career, you will gain expert support in developing design portfolios and first-hand insights into Architecture as a career path.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation guarantees you a place on the BA (Hons) Architecture degree course at Manchester School of Architecture.
  • Take advantage of facilities across two campuses, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, as you study at the innovative collaboration between the two - Manchester School of Architecture (MSA).
  • Enjoy automatic and free membership of the MSSA, the UK's largest student society of architecture.
BA Architecture at The University of Manchester

Open days

The University holds regular open days (usually in June, September and October) where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about Manchester School of Architecture and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see Open days page .


Fees for entry in 2024 have not yet been set. For entry in 2023 the tuition fees were £9,250 p/a collected by MMU for home students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2024 entry.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
+44(0)161 529 4700
School/Faculty overview
See: The School .

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