Course details

Number of students per year
Typical offer
A*AA at A-level; 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level for the IB.
Essential subjects
No requirements
Useful subjects
Art, Maths

At Homerton

At Homerton, we have been welcoming Architecture students since 2020 and are the home of the University's graduate Architecture apprentices. The Department of Architecture is located at the southern end of the town centre, only a short distance away from the College. As an Architecture student at Homerton, you will be able to apply for support from the College for material, equipment and research expenses. The College has also recently completed a spectacular new dining hall, designed by Fielden Fowles, following a major competition.

In your first year you will be taught by: Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, architect, architectural historian and course leader for the MSt Architecture Apprenticeship; and Dr Sofia Singler, architect and architectural historian from Homerton; Dr James Campbell; Ingrid SchroderDr Irit Katz; and Dr Nicholas Simcik Arese and Dr Maxmilian Sternberg.

In addition, you will be taught by Design Fellows who are practising architects.

At Cambridge

The Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge is one of the best-known university schools in the world in its field. You'll find it a stimulating environment where you can mix with world-class researchers from across all the aspects of architecture, and you will be taught by Architecture Design Fellows. The department is located in a small, welcoming building with a garden and has access to growing workshop spaces and a wonderful specialist library

What We Look For

We are looking for students who have the academic ability and potential to succeed on the course, as well as the necessary interest in and motivation for the subject.

In order to explore Architecture in more detail we would recommend the introductory reading for prospective applicants and offer holders listed here

How To Apply

We take the view that various combinations of subjects make a good Architecture student; most students take a mix of Arts and Sciences, but there are no set subjects that we look for from Architecture applications.

Admission Assessment: If shortlisted for interview you will also have to sit a short, one-hour assessment, made up of a 30-minute essay exam and a 30-minute drawing test. You do not have to register for this test and will receive further details if invited to interview. The written exam will ask you to formulate a response to a topical question within architecture, and in the drawing test you’ll be asked to draw a particular space, such as the room that you are in, to demonstrate your skill in representing space through hand drawing. You can find full information about the assessment and an example exam paper here.

Written Work: All Colleges will ask Architecture applicants to submit a PDF (6 A4 pages, and less than 15MB in size) of their own artwork prior to interview. The selection of images should, in part, reflect material an applicant might bring to interview as part of their portfolio, if interviewed. 

Further information about the written work and portfolio requirements is available here (under the entry requirements tab). You can also see examples of portfolios on the ArcSoc website here. This work isn’t expected to consist of architectural drawings (e.g. plans, sections etc). We want to see something that illustrates an applicant’s interests, experience and ability in the visual and material arts. This may include drawings, paintings, sculpture and/or photography. It's usually sufficient for three-dimensional work to be exhibited in photographs. A sketchbook with ongoing drawings is extremely helpful and applicants are encouraged to have this to hand so that they can hold this up to the camera in the interview. The sketchbook can be in any media (pencil, charcoal, crayon etc) and should include a variety of subject matter. The work can be material prepared for school-leaving examinations but creative work executed outside formal courses is also welcome.


While a degree in Architecture can lead to a wide range of careers, the University of Cambridge BA in Architecture course also carries Part 1 ARB/RIBA status. This is the first stage of qualifying to become an architect, which the majority of students across the University decide to pursue.


Homerton Teaching Fellows