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I don't know which 5 unis to pick out of these

The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!
Original post by athenaginao
The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!


Have you managed to visit any of your options to look at the department facilities and to see where you could live for three years?

Edinburgh and Sheffield are probably your riskiest choices due to the high volume of applicants. You might be at a disadvantage for Bath with not taking physics - it's worth contacting admissions to clarify so that you don't waste a choice. You do need an insurance option where you would be happy to go if your A levels don't go according to plan. Lancaster would be a good choice if you like the uni. Grade-wise, I don't think you need to go as low as Falmouth.

Do a bit of research into accommodation and living costs. Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol all have student accommodation shortages so you might want to check what accommodation guarantees are offered (but look beyond first-year accommodation).
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Original post by athenaginao
The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!

Hi there @athenaginao, 😊

How are you?

It's great to hear that you are looking to study architecture at university, and from reading your message it looks like you've made a great start in exploring your options. For your next step in narrowing down your decision, I would try and attend some open days as this will allow you to meet with course tutors and explore each universities facilities giving you the best idea of what each university has to offer.

I can see that you have mentioned UCLan as a university of interest. Our BSc (Hons) Architecture course has been ranked 2nd in the North West for student satisfaction by Complete University Guide (Architecture) 2024. Students on this course will gain experience in all aspects of building design and construction, equipping them to meet the challenges of a low carbon approach to the needs of society. This course is validated by the RIBA, recognising our outstanding facilities, focus on the student experience and commitment to employability.

You can learn more about our course through our webpage linked here: Architecture, BSc (Hons) Degree Course - UCLan

It's important to choose the right university to suit you, a place where you will be happy living and studying over the next few years. Whichever university you pick I wish you all the best. If you would like to learn more about our course or what life is like studying at UCLan, do let me know and I'd be happy to answer any question you have.

All the best, 😊
Sarah
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Original post by normaw
Have you managed to visit any of your options to look at the department facilities and to see where you could live for three years?

Edinburgh and Sheffield are probably your riskiest choices due to the high volume of applicants. You might be at a disadvantage for Bath with not taking physics - it's worth contacting admissions to clarify so that you don't waste a choice. You do need an insurance option where you would be happy to go if your A levels don't go according to plan. Lancaster would be a good choice if you like the uni. Grade-wise, I don't think you need to go as low as Falmouth.

Do a bit of research into accommodation and living costs. Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol all have student accommodation shortages so you might want to check what accommodation guarantees are offered (but look beyond first-year accommodation).

Thank you so much! I've been to look at Manchester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Bath and Lancaster. I remember my friend telling me about accommodation shortages in Manchester so I'll make sure to check up on that.
Original post by athenaginao
The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!

Hi @athenaginao,

It's great to hear that you are thinking of studying at Loughborough :smile:

I can see that you have already visited many universities, including Loughborough. However, I wanted to add some suggestions on what I would consider when choosing a university to go to :smile:

First, have you taken a good look at the module options for the universities you want to go to and seeing whether any courses interest you more than others? Here's Loughborough's Architecture course where you can view this information.

Have you also considered societies or clubs and seeing whether any universities meet your interests more than others? If you wanted to take up a new interest, have you also considered whether any societies that a university offers really appeal to you too? Anything to make your university experience amazing can be considered here!

It may also be worth thinking about the career support options that all the universities offer to help you with your decision :smile:

Finally, did you see yourself at any universities over others? I would really consider this in terms of what you're looking for, the campus environment or the atmosphere itself.

Ultimately, I would make sure you are happy with your decision by choosing the right universities for you. My main piece of advice is to think about where you see yourself being most happy!

Lindsay
Reply 5
Original post by athenaginao
Thank you so much! I've been to look at Manchester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Bath and Lancaster. I remember my friend telling me about accommodation shortages in Manchester so I'll make sure to check up on that.

Bristol is far worse - students living in halls in Wales!
Original post by athenaginao
Thank you so much! I've been to look at Manchester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Bath and Lancaster. I remember my friend telling me about accommodation shortages in Manchester so I'll make sure to check up on that.

Hiya,

Glad to hear you've been to lots of open days! I found it's the best way to figure out what university is the right fit for you. If you have questions about life here at Lancaster please let me know :smile:

-Beth (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Reply 7
Original post by athenaginao
Thank you so much! I've been to look at Manchester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Bath and Lancaster. I remember my friend telling me about accommodation shortages in Manchester so I'll make sure to check up on that.

Glad you went to Lancaster. The eldest studies there and is in final 4th year and really loved her time there. Shes currently looking at phd's and Lancaster is on the radar, but her first choice is Manchester, Lancaster second and Liverpool 3rd as well as sheffield and birmingham. She went to Manchester last week and really enjoyed the open day.
Because she lived in a village with us, I think if she had gone to Manchester for undergrad and with it being such a big city it would have overwhelmed her. Leeds did when she went there for undergrad open day. Thats why she loved Lancaster because its just a city that was big enough for her to get used to, and now she can go to Manchester with more confidence. Likewise with Liverpool.
I too have also heard about the accommodation situation in Manchester. Fallowfield is a student area from what ive looked at and I have also looked at a website called accommodation for students which also has private halls if needs be and they are pretty decent and in areas with decent walking times.
Accommodation for Lancaster, if you have it as firm, no issues. They say they cant guarantee for insurance choice like most unis, but majority do get places, and theres loads of private halls in the city as well. Second year, you can stay on campus at Lancaster and also a place called Chancellors wharf in the city which is owned by the uni. Thats where daughters at now. Theres quite a few private owned landlord places. She lived in an 8 bed in a grade II listed 4 storey flat for 2nd year, and 3rd year was private halls. Another good thing is if you get a job in lancaster and need to stay over the summer, you can stay in furness/bowland college (no matter what college you choose at the start) and you can stay there and pay for X amount of weeks that you need. She has a saturday/sunday job and she did extra hours in the summer and its helped pay for the summer rent as well as fund her weekly trips to manchester.

Ultimately is the course thats important, but what the uni has to offer and also the city is important too.
Original post by athenaginao
The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!

Hey!
Sounds like a great selection of Unis here! Sheffield has a great architecture department, and as you said it includes the landscape components too. My housemates from last year have just graduated from the architecture and structural engineering course and absolutely loved it! They both got jobs straight from Uni, one in Bristol and the other in Leeds. If you want to chat to someone currently on the architecture course you can use the ambassador platform on our website! https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/study/chat Everyone on there is friendly and it is always useful to get some insight from someone on the course

If you have any general questions about Sheffield, I'm happy to answer! If not, good luck with all your application! You have some amazing options, so whatever you choose you'll be able to make the most of it

Evie (4th year medic at UoS)
Original post by athenaginao
The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!

Hi,

It’s great that you’ve been able to visit many universities already!

Maybe you could also have a look at the specific modules from each university course to see if there are any specific modules that you would like to do. I did this when looking at courses, which helped my decision a lot!

It would also definitely be worth having a backup university choice just in case you’re unable to get your top choices.

Also maybe have a think about the type of place you would prefer to live, for example, some people prefer campus universities compared to city universities.

Good luck on your decision! Hope this helps!

Jamimah
(Lancaster University Student Ambassador)
Original post by athenaginao
The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!

Hi there!
I think you should definitely aim to get into your uni of choice and work towards that. However, it definitely is not a bad idea to include some universities that have a lower grade requirement.
At Lancaster University, our usual grade requirement is AAB but some exceptions can be made.
We also have a very good Architecture department. You could have a look on the Architecture page to see if the degree is accredited.
You could also talk to a current Architecture student on the Ask A Student page.

Here is a link.
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/chat/

Good luck with your exams and applications.

Best,
Lancaster University student Ambassador
Glory.
Reply 11
Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi there!
I think you should definitely aim to get into your uni of choice and work towards that. However, it definitely is not a bad idea to include some universities that have a lower grade requirement.
At Lancaster University, our usual grade requirement is AAB but some exceptions can be made.
We also have a very good Architecture department. You could have a look on the Architecture page to see if the degree is accredited.
You could also talk to a current Architecture student on the Ask A Student page.

Here is a link.
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/chat/

Good luck with your exams and applications.

Best,
Lancaster University student Ambassador
Glory.

Hi!

I've made my application and applied to Lancaster's "architecture with year abroad course (k102)" but I would like to replace it with the k101 course (a year in placement instead). When I tried to do this on UCAS, it wouldn't let me as the courses are at the same university. Would you be able to help me or direct me to someone that could?

Thank you very much
Original post by athenaginao
Hi!

I've made my application and applied to Lancaster's "architecture with year abroad course (k102)" but I would like to replace it with the k101 course (a year in placement instead). When I tried to do this on UCAS, it wouldn't let me as the courses are at the same university. Would you be able to help me or direct me to someone that could?

Thank you very much

You should just be able to email admissions and they’ll swap the course over for you
Reply 13
Original post by PQ
You should just be able to email admissions and they’ll swap the course over for you

do you know if that would make them more likely to reject me?
Original post by athenaginao
do you know if that would make them more likely to reject me?

Not at all - it’s a simple switch.
Reply 15
Original post by normaw
Have you managed to visit any of your options to look at the department facilities and to see where you could live for three years?

Edinburgh and Sheffield are probably your riskiest choices due to the high volume of applicants. You might be at a disadvantage for Bath with not taking physics - it's worth contacting admissions to clarify so that you don't waste a choice. You do need an insurance option where you would be happy to go if your A levels don't go according to plan. Lancaster would be a good choice if you like the uni. Grade-wise, I don't think you need to go as low as Falmouth.

Do a bit of research into accommodation and living costs. Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol all have student accommodation shortages so you might want to check what accommodation guarantees are offered (but look beyond first-year accommodation).

Physics or maths are both fine for Bath. You just need to do one or the other.
Reply 16
Original post by athenaginao
The universities I've been considering are: Uni of Bath, Uni of Edinburgh, Uni of Liverpool, Uni of Manchester, Cardiff Uni, Uni of Sheffield, UCA, or Loughborough Uni

I'm going to apply to study architecture (BArch) and at the moment, my top choice seems to be Sheffield because they have an architecture course that integrates landscape architecture but is still fully accredited by RIBA/ARB. I'm still kind of unsure and I wanted a second opinion. Also, my predicted grades are A*, A, A, and I take maths, geography, and fine art and I'm in yr 13 if that helps at all. I know that most of these unis have pretty high grade/tariff requirements so would it be stupid for me to not have a safer option? (somewhere like UCLan, Bristol, Falmouth, Lancaster).

Sorry if this is really rambly!!

At this point I wouldn't specialise in something like landscape architecture, I would do an undergraduate in architecture (accredited for sure) then specialise later such as on a year out in work or in a masters. Worth noting that Bath ask for 2x A* 1x A unless you have an adjusted offer (which you can get with an EPQ etc). If it's a lot of pressure to get those grades, don't apply for Bath. I don't recommend the degree there.
Reply 17
Original post by sunanon
At this point I wouldn't specialise in something like landscape architecture, I would do an undergraduate in architecture (accredited for sure) then specialise later such as on a year out in work or in a masters. Worth noting that Bath ask for 2x A* 1x A unless you have an adjusted offer (which you can get with an EPQ etc). If it's a lot of pressure to get those grades, don't apply for Bath. I don't recommend the degree there.

Thank you :smile:

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