Application and Selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful, you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course.

If you are applying through clearing, you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Number of places/applicants

160/1000

Disability Support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email dass@manchester.ac.uk

Entry Requirements (2019 Entry)

A-level

AAA.

A mixture of science or maths and humanities or arts subjects is preferred, but not essential.

Art or Fine Art A-levels are particularly welcomed; however, please note that applicants with three arts-based subjects (for example, Art, Graphics and 3D Design, or Art, Photography and Design and Technology), or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design on its own will not be considered as meeting our entry requirements.

We do not require a pass in the Science Practical Assessment.

AS-level

AS-level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process.

We do not accept two AS-levels in place of one A-level.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer

  • General Studies

Unit grade information

We welcome the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.

Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions.

GCSE

You must demonstrate a broad general education, including acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. 

GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall. 6, 6, 6 in Higher Level subjects.

English language

All applicants to the University are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. 

The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE English Language grade B/6, or;
  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and no other sub-section below 6.0, or;
  • an acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, individual courses may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years.

Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Alternative Entry Requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate qualifies students for direct entry to undergraduate courses.

We normally require: H1, H1, H1, H1 (from 2017) and A2, A2, A2, A2, B1 (pre-2017).

Scottish requirements

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades AAAAC / AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition, Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers BBB or Two Advanced Highers AA, plus one additional Higher A.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome and recognise the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, and usually require two A-levels or equivalent to be included within this.

We require minimum grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

European Baccalaureate

European Baccalaureate

We welcome applicants with the European Baccalaureate.

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require 87% overall.

AQA Baccalaureate

AQA Baccalaureate

We recognise the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate, and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, we will focus on the three A-levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A-level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate, and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.

For more information, see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (we do not accept the above qualification in Art and Design). 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD, plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A-level at grade A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades M, plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at grade AA.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D, plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at grades AA.

Other

We welcome applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. 

The grades required are likely to be the same or very similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018).

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma (in Business, Engineering, IT, and Laboratory Skills) for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD, plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A-level at grade A.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD, plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-level at grades BB.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D, plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at grades AA. 

Other

We welcome applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. 

The grades required are likely to be the same or very similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018).

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall, with at least 45 at Level 3), with distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

Overall, 60 credits are required with 45 at level 3 and 45 credits at Distinction.

We also consider other factors such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A-level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects are expected to achieve D3, D3, D3. 

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A-levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grades AA at A-level in three distinct subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We recognise the benefit of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview.

For this course, as well as the regular conditions of offer, we may make students who are currently taking or completed the EPQ an alternative offer. 

For this course, it would be AAB at A-level plus the Extended Project at grade A.

Home-schooled applicants

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course.

You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course.

We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education.

For more information, see UCAS reference guidelines

Tuition Fees (2019 Entry)

Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

£2,400* plus optional £1,400* — Included in this section are course materials, software, digital SLR camera, laptop, model making expenses, printing 3D printing. None of these modes of production are compulsory, and the manner in which items are acquired can result in significant savings, eg the re-use and recycling of available materials in the production of models. There is some requirement to print, but most submissions are digital. All materials, printing (2D, 3D), laser cutting etc. are charged at cost within the institution. The one off acquisition of a camera and laptop for the duration of the course is spread evenly across the three years. It is possible to work on university machines and to hire cameras, thus alleviating the costs incurred on some of these items.

Trips and Placement Costs

£600* plus optional £1,500* — Each BA year has a 5 day optional study trip abroad. An equivalent trip to a city in the UK is designed for those unable to travel for any reason. One might expect the UK trip to attract between £100-200 of expenditure on travel, food and accommodation. The anticipated annual cost of a foreign study trip is in the area of £400-500 inclusive of travel, accommodation and subsistence. The figures shown here highlight the upper end of expenditure on each of these options and should viewed as separate sums and not conflated to a greater total.

Other Costs

£600* Students may wish to acquire good outdoor clothing, boots and other forms of protective equipment. Measuring devices, such as large tapes etc. could also be a useful part of an architecture students toolkit.

* All amounts shown are estimates.