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Architectural Design

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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Our architecture programme is characterised by four core themes: place, the existing built environment, interior and the environmental imperative. The programme provides an internationally recognised level of architectural education and training. 

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SG345 - Architectural Design
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SG345 - Architectural Design
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Three Distinctions and a pass in C20174 or LCE Maths

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Most graduates continue on the path to becoming an architect. There are also opportunities in project management, urban design, landscape design, stage and set design, exhibition design, interior and spatial design and building surveying.

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