BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology

Course summary

Overview
This is a practically focused technical design course, where you will be trained and encouraged to develop the skills to undertake a professional role within the architecture industry.

In a fast-changing industry graduates will be enabled to undertake the specialist role in the formation, detailing and specifying of design proposals.

architectural student and tutor discussionWhy choose this course?
Architectural technologists use their knowledge to make sure building designs work as intended. In contemporary architectural design it can be challenging to meet the needs of the client, community and environment. This means that design proposals and detailed decisions need expert professional judgement.

This course covers the academic theory and principles of architectural design and technology, including building technologies, legislation and design. You will also develop your skills of building information modelling (BIM) and sustainable building technology, which are highly demanded by the modern construction industry.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, ensuring that you earn a professional focused qualification.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • use appropriate building techniques to complete construction projects
  • investigate building problems and present fully integrated design solutions
  • demonstrate confident communication and interpersonal skills in several media, working efficiently as part of project teams
  • use IT to support projects
  • appreciate the interrelationships and multidisciplinary nature of built environments.
We will arrange visits to construction sites and the manufacturers of construction materials during the course. This will allow you to visualise the theory and develop a full understanding of the principles you have studied.


A seminar is organised every week during term time, where professionals, academics and people from professional accreditation organisations will be invited to speak. This will help the students to widen their knowledge and gain a greater understanding of the industry and industry practice. The school also organises some research seminars, which are open to the undergraduate students.

We occasionally organise for students to participate in competitions held by some professional bodies.

Career and study progression
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to pursue a career as an architectural technologist in the construction industry. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for this role, as well as for other design roles within the field of built environment.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

Course detail

During this course you will learn about:

  • building technologies
  • legislation and regulations
  • architectural design
  • conservation and adaptation
  • practical skills of architectural design and analysis, including working drawings, architectural presentation with modelling, CAD, Revit and 3D Max.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • use appropriate building techniques to complete construction projects
  • investigate building problems and present fully integrated design solutions
  • demonstrate confident communication and interpersonal skills in several media, working efficiently as part of project teams
  • use IT to support projects
  • appreciate the interrelationships and multidisciplinary nature of built environments
  • understand of the work of fellow professionals in neighbouring disciplines
  • work on domestic, commercial and industrial projects
  • plan and implement your professional development.


Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Core Skills
  • Building Technology
  • Building Regulatory Control
  • CAD and BIM
  • Design Procedures and Procurement
  • Construction Materials.

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Advanced Technology
  • Environmental Science 
  • Building Surveying and Adaptation
  • Construction Law
  • Design Technology
  • Integrated Construction Project.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Construction Economics and Finance
  • Advanced Architectural Presentation
  • Design Project
  • Sustainable Technologies for Building
  • Dissertation.


Module summaries

Year One (Level 4) modules

Building Technology

This module introduces you to concepts of building technology, from the site investigation through foundations to the superstructure of low-rise buildings. You will also study finishes and primary service provision in the structure. 

Building Regulatory Control

This module is designed to provide students with a knowledge base about the legislative controlling systems and mechanisms in building development and construction. This includes critical elements such as the planning system, building regulations and health and safety legislation and regulations. 

Core Skills

In this module, you will gain the basic construction and academic skills you will need to complete the course and back up your work.These range from basic skills in numeracy, literacy and IT to drawing skills and the surveying techniques used in construction.

CAD and BIM

This module provides students with two levels of the required knowledge and skills for computer-aided design. The first level is to use the basic AutoCAD functions to produce 2D building design drawings,including floor plans, elevations and sections. The second level is to apply AutoCAD Revit to produce more complicated and complete design drawing, including 3D views and assembly and part details.

Design Procedures and Procurement

This module gives you an overview of the design process, and of the constraints on it. You will also examine the role of the project manager and use the various methods of communication that are part of the design process.

Construction Materials

This is an overview of the principal materials used in the construction industry. You will focus on the selection of the most appropriate materials by studying the engineering performance characteristics, human comfort properties and sustainability considerations of those materials.


Year two (Level 5) modules

Advanced Technology

Here you will develop your knowledge and understanding of building technology, focusing on the impact of science on building design and sustainability. This module also covers multi-floored construction and a greater depth of building services. 

Environmental Science

Environmental Science will consider the science that affects the comfort of humans in built environments and compare it to the associated regulations, codes and standards.

Design Technology

This module looks at how to develop designs that are controllable and provide the required performance. It helps you produce specifications in the context of building elements, and apply scientific principles to ensure human comfort. 

Integrated Construction Project

In this module you will work in a team. Your team will be analysing several course areas and developing presentation and communication skills.


Year three (Level 6) modules

Construction Economics and Finance

Here you will study the effect of the economy and economic principles on the construction industry. You will also look at the effect of the construction industry on the economy of the country. Along with this, you will examine the cost management techniques used in construction and its sources of finance.

Design project

In one design, you will combine all the skills and knowledge you have developed over the course. You will produce a working drawing, models and perspectives of your proposal, complying with regulations, for a complex building, either new-build or refurbishment.

Sustainable Technologies for Building

Here you will investigate the effects of sustainable practices on construction projects and consider how sustainable construction projects actually are. In particular, you will examine building technologies appropriate to sustainable principles.


Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS tariff points or equivalent qualifications at Level 3 and GCSE Maths and English.

This course particularly welcomes applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Progression or Advanced Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Progression or Advanced Diploma in Engineering
  • Courses in a related subject area such as National Certificate/Diploma in Construction/Civil Engineering/Engineering.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,500
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Teaching methods

We welcome students from any backgrounds and everyone learns differently. That’s why we offer a range of teaching methods, such as:
- guided research and reading
- laboratory experiments
- case studies and practical considerations from site visits
- group work in informal and formal assessment
- examination of projects, simulated or real
- analysis of scenarios and work-based situations
- independent learning through individual learning plans
- tutored classroom sessions
- visiting speakers
- seminar discussions
- student presentations of project work
- reading from the Module Study Guides and Blackboard recommendations
- practical activities related to class sessions and assessment
- individual diagnostic testing to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of yourself and others in your peer group
- presentations of research to your peers
- using IT to research and develop material.

Assessment

Coursework

A number of formal assessment methods accommodate the different learning styles of the group. These include:

  • written assignments
  • design projects, individual and group
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • time-controlled examinations.

What our students say

"I joined the UWL BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course after already working in the industry for 12 years, but I felt it necessary to gain a degree for career progression. I have found the course to be extremely fulfilling and it has greatly progressed my knowledge of architecture and construction. The course modules have been well balanced, and increased in sophistication as the course progressed. They have been well taught by the course tutors and there is a wealth of information available through the library e-service."

Jobs and placements

The career office of the university and the employability officer of the school will help our students to find the opportunities of work placements.

Career and study progression

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to pursue a career as an architectural technologist in the construction industry. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for this role, as well as for other design roles within the built environment field.

Study progression

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within six months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, The Savoy, Thomas Cook Travel, Cobra Beer, and the Royal Palaces. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.

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