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School Selection Procedures - Welsh School of Architecture

The Admissions process is led by the Academic Head of Undergraduate Admissions and the Undergraduate Admissions Tutors with administrative help from the Admissions Office and the Publicity, Marketing and Recruitment Manager. All members of academic staff are involved in the interview process on a rota basis.

All applications for a place on the BSc in Architectural Studies course must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications for the MArch are made directly through the University. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh speaking personal tutor. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you at any point of the application process.


All applicants to the course must provide us with a small portfolio of artwork (4 pages of A4), once we have received your portfolio your application will be passed on to the Admissions Team who will make a decision on your application. (Applications without portfolio are excluded from consideration).

The UCAS form and portfolio is the main base to offer a place. Not all applicants will be invited for an interview. However the admissions tutors may use their discretion and invite applicants for an interview when they require further information. A team of admission tutors (mainly core staff) who are very much involved with our teaching in architecture and related fields will make decisions throughout the selection process. Once a decision has been made you will be informed via the UCAS Track system. For details of the portfolio requirements, please see our entry requirements.


Direct Applicants should complete a paper based Postgraduate application form available on the University website and provide us with an A4 size paper copy of your portfolio and a sample of any written work undertaken e.g. dissertation. Selection for the MArch is based on an interview.

Please note we can only consider applicants for the MArch who have an ARB and RIBA Part I recognised qualification from their first degree. To check if your degree gives you RIBA and ARB exemption please visit the validated courses section of their websites:

School Selection Criteria

All applications are considered on individual merit, taking into account a range of factors including academic qualifications and/or predictions, the Personal Statement, reference(s) and portfolio. Our standard offer of AAA at A level is there to give applicants an idea of the sort of grades we usually ask for and the actual grades we can make an offer on may differ.

A good portfolio for example may enable us to offer lower A level grades – the lowest would be ABB.

Use of Contextual Data

All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration and are predicted a minimum of grades ABB plus a good portfolio, will be guaranteed a typical offer on the Welsh School of Architecture's undergraduate course.

For details of University policy, please click here.

Admissions Tests

The Welsh School of Architecture does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.

Selection Interviews

The Welsh School of Architecture does not routinely interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. Interviews may be given in special circumstances and where there is not enough evidence provided for acceptance. Selection for the MArch is based on an interview.

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