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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Architectural Technology

Part-time Architecture

Become an expert in the technical, environmental and digital design of buildings at a leading CIAT Centre of Excellence for Architectural Technology.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £4,625 per year
International: £6,825 per year
How long will I study? 6 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • Examine the technical, constructional, digital and environmental aspects of building design on this useful, applied course.
  • Turn concepts into reality — applying a wide range of skills to real-life projects.
  • Join a prestigious and award-winning department that has won the highest number of CIAT Student Awards of any university.
  • Work towards becoming a fully-trained architectural technologist — a highly respected, well-paid member of an architecture team working on exciting building projects.

On this course, you'll study wide-ranging aspects of building design, and be part of an academically outstanding department. On graduating, you'll be ready to take on a range of rewarding, key roles within architecture.

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Watch student Alicia Gurman talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Catherine Basilio talk about this course.

Throughout the course, you'll undertake projects that turn your ideas into reality through highly-developed designs and technical drawings.

You'll work in state-of-the-art facilities and benefit from a comprehensive approach to teaching. This includes everything from the utilising the latest design software, to working in digital collaboration with built environment colleagues across Sheffield Hallam and elsewhere.

You'll also study the professional role of an Architectural Technologist — gaining a thorough appreciation of the current and future state of the construction industry.

You learn through

  • weekly studio-based tutorials
  • lectures and seminars
  • taught software classes
  • practical construction workshops
  • field trips
  • visits to building sites
  • visits to architectural practices
  • work placements

Course leaders and tutors

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Andrew Wilson
Principal Lecturer

Andrew became a permanent member of staff at Sheffield Hallam University in 2001. He has acted as Course Leader for the Architecture and Environmental Design Course … Read more

Applied learning

Project -based learning

Design projects are set on real sites and locations, and engage with current social, economic and environmental issues. 

On these projects, you will take a brief, create a design, develop a set of technical details and produce complex digital drawings and models ready for construction.

The course offers many other hands-on opportunities. For example, workshop classes cover the practical construction techniques used in the conservation of historic buildings.

You'll also study digital design in depth. The course covers a range of software that is used for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM), which together allow exploration of the design and the creation of a data-rich environment.

Environmental emphasis

The course emphasises environmental design and introduces fundamental knowledge of environmental science and low-energy design across all three years. We teach software that allows the environmental quality and energy performance of buildings to be simulated and tested, and this is used to inform studio design projects.

Work Placements

The majority of students will go on work placement after second year. This gives you a great experience ready to get a full-time job after graduation.

You will receive in-depth preparation for your placement, including mock job interviews with professional architectural technologists.

The course is flexible — it is very common to complete the final year as a part-time student, staying on to work in the practice where you went on placement

Networking opportunities

You'll engage with employers and practitioners are invited as studio tutors or visiting lecturers .

We have strong connections with regional and national practices, which allow for excellent employment opportunities. This is aided by industry employer events, such as our end of year exhibition preview, and is aided further by a dedicated employability team. Your Year 3 modules also include several practice and building visits.

You'll also work with students from our overseas partner universities to work collaboratively on the same project.

Field trips

Field study trips, within the UK and Europe, broaden your understanding of architectural technology within contemporary contexts.

Extracurricular activities organised with our active student society (SHarc) include hands on workshops and the guest lecture series where students invite practitioners to discuss current issues and concerns.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • your own company as a chartered architectural technologist
  • architecture practices in the private and public sector
  • construction companies
  • digital design and management
  • construction project management or design management
  • property developers
  • construction trades
  • teaching in colleges or universities


The degree is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). CIAT recognises Sheffield Hallam as an accredited centre of excellence for learning and teaching in architectural technology.

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Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • fully equipped design studios with extended access in the evenings and weekends
  • practical construction workshops
  • laboratory testing and measurement
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • energy and environmental modelling software
  • building surveying and site levelling instruments

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points


This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications or entry by selection event with an offer of 96 to 104 points based on performance and portfolio. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

We may accept GCSE equivalents.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open college Network accredited course

• Advanced HND/HNC students may be considered for direct entry to year two

All applicants are invited to attend a selection event. We base our offer of a place on your performance at the selection event and your portfolio and may make a reduced offer.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Meeting the qualification entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website. We welcome applications from people of any age.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Communication Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment And Technology 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Technical Studio Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Architectural Design Studio 1 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Architectural Design Studio 1A Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Architectural Technology Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Archtectural Design Studio 1B Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Communication Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Digital Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment And Technology 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multidisciplinary Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Architectural Technology Studio 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Construction Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 5

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Environment And Technology 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interdisciplinary Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Architectural Technology Studio 3 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Technical Report Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time study in 2020/21 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting part-time study in 2020/21 is £6,825 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year). This course is not eligible for full-time Tier4 visa sponsorship. International students may apply for part-time Tier4 sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.


Non-repayable grant of £3,000 per year for three years

Offering four scholarships for undergraduate students joining the department in September 2019 on an eligible course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Architecture courses (PDF)

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