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BSc (Honours) Architectural Technology

Learn the technical aspects of designing buildings on a course with a national reputation for excellence.

Course length 6 Years
Location City Campus

Course description

What is architectural technology?
This course prepares you for a career in architecture in the highly respected and well-paid role of architectural technologist.

An architectural technologist is an expert in making buildings, specialising in the technical aspects of building design and construction. You will be a key member of the team for any new construction, working with architects, engineers and construction managers on multi-million pound projects.

Architectural technology is a qualified profession in the field of architecture. It is quicker to qualify as an architectural technologist than it is to qualify as an architect, and graduates of this course typically have higher starting salaries than architecture graduates. In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 100% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months.

What you study
We prepare you for a career in architectural technology, focusing on the technical, structural and environmental aspects of building design. You will gain skills in architectural design, expertise in building construction and up-to-date industry knowledge in order to turn your concepts into reality.

There is a strong emphasis on environmental design, which is a critical concern for architectural technologists. Low energy design and sustainable construction techniques are covered in many academic and design modules on the course.

The course contains modules in every year to develop team-working skills and a broad understanding of the wider construction industry. Throughout your time here you will collaborate with students from other courses, and in your final year you can take an international field trip to work with students from other universities such as VIA in Denmark and Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Key areas of study include • architectural design projects • sustainable construction • conservation • modern methods of construction with a focus on environmental and technical design • CAD/BIM and digital media • professional interdisciplinary practice • management.

In your final year, you can display your work in our annual degree show – one of the biggest student exhibitions in the north, which attracts the attention of leading national figures in the creative industries. You also have the chance to network with industry professionals at our annual careers fair.

Our students have unrivalled success in the CIAT awards for technical design excellence and for their research projects. We were awarded national first prize in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012, with many others in the past.

Placements and work experience
In your third year, you can choose to take a year-long work placement in an architecture practice. We will help you find the right placement for you, drawing on our longstanding relationships with practices including HLM, WCEC, WS Atkins and The Bond Bryan Partnership.

A year-long placement is the best possible preparation for your career. It will give you an edge in your final year and in getting a job afterwards. Indeed, many of our students are offered permanent work or sponsorship by the employers where they do their placement.

Hands-on learning and software
You combine creative time in the design studio with lectures, seminars and national and international fieldwork. The course is very hands-on with practical construction classes and model-making in our bespoke workshops. Our design studios are open 24 hours a day, so whenever creativity strikes, you’re ready to make the most of it.

You use a range of CAD software, including state-of-the-art building information modelling (BIM), virtual reality and energy and environmental simulation tools. CAD/3D modelling is used throughout the course.

We have been named a Centre of Excellence in Architectural Technology by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for the high standard of teaching and research of lecturers on this course.

You are taught by a team that includes qualified technologists, CAD/BIM consultants, architects and environmental experts with experience in industry, making them ideally placed to advise you on the development of your work and your career as an architectural technologist.

Staff members include
• the former vice-president of education for CIAT who has written many international publications on the future of architectural technology
• a national level environmental adviser to the government
• an industry leader in CAD software applications and BIM who has worked as a consultant to regional architecture practices
• an experienced external examiner and active member of CIAT
• some of our best ever graduates, who combine teaching with working as an architectural technologist

Professional recognition

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

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including mathematics and English language. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus

• 112 UCAS points including least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications or entry by selection event with an offer of 96 to 112 points based on performance and portfolio. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications or entry by selection event with an offer of 80 to 96 points based on performance and portfolio. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

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

• Advanced Diploma – 280 points with a Grade C or above in Progression Diploma

• 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.

Course structure

Part-time – typically six years (possibly four/five years if you enter with an HND), one day a week
Starts September

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

Integrated technology
Introduces some of the standard construction practices associated with domestic buildings. You explore the physical and scientific processes and principles applied to the integrative technical design process.

Technical studio 1
This module introduces some of the significant construction, development and technical design factors associated with domestic buildings through lectures, labs and building analysis.

Environmental technology 1
You are introduced to the principles of environmentally responsible design.

Construction technology 1
You learn about the basic principles of detail design, structures and materials.

Year two modules

Communication and CAD1
You improve your drawing, modelling, writing and CAD skills, as well as knowledge of the visual language of architecture.

Design studio AT1
Through a series of increasingly complex design studio projects, you gain the skills to be a self-directed technical architectural designer.

Year three modules

CAD 2A and 2B
You gain key skills in 2D and 3D computer drafting. You develop your proficiency in industry-standard ICT systems and your critical appreciation of BIM/CAD in the design of buildings is encouraged.

Design project 2A and 2B
You develop your skills as an architectural designer through creative technical design projects of a non-domestic scale. You also gain an insight into the principles of building stability related to structural theory and lectures on building construction.

Year four modules

Architectural conservation 2A and 2B
You examine the behaviour of materials and procedures associated with the conservation of historic buildings. You also look at the effects of environmental and ethical issues on the built environment.

History of architectural technology and design
This module identifies key historical developments in the built environment. You examine the social and political fields which influence building design, construction and the influences of climate and technology on the building process.

Environment technology 2A and 2B
This module introduces the analytical tools required to assess the environmental performance of building materials and building engineering services such as methods of control over the internal environment.

Architectural technology practice studies
This module introduces case studies into architectural technology practice. It includes workshops and seminars on CV-writing and interview techniques.

Year five modules

Professional practice
You develop your understanding of office practices and explore contemporary good practice and management skills by looking at the advantages of inter-disciplinary teams working with design and construction professionals.

Fire health and safety
You examine the principles of design and construction and regulatory requirements and codes of practice. You learn about the complex interaction of human and physical factors governing fire, health and safety hazards in buildings, allowing you to minimise risk through good design.

Environment technology 3
This is an advanced environmental module. You develop your ability to integrate environmental design solutions into the design development.

Year six modules

Comprehensive design project
This is your final design project in which you deal with more complex building types. You combine your learning from other modules into an appropriate and sophisticated design solution.

Technical report
You examine in detail a technical aspect from your final project in an illustrated report based on your research. You receive tutorial guidance from a relevant expert.

Assessment By a combination of continuous assessment, written assignments, examinations and project work


In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 100% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months.

You can find careers in private architectural technology practices and progress to partner or director, or you can set up your own architectural technology practice supervising all stages of the design from inception to completion.

Our graduates have gained graduate jobs and gone on to work in senior positions with local and national practices such as • BDP • HLM Architects • HCD • Coda Studios • The Bond Bryan Partnership. Others have set up their own businesses.

You can use your degree to enter other careers under a graduate employment programme or go on to further study. Some students have launched their careers from the international exchange option in the second year or from placements undertaken as part of the course.

You can also find careers with • architecture practices in the private and public sector • construction companies • specialist subcontractors • property developers • retailers.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £4,500 a year

We subsidise the cost of international field trips, but you also have to make a contribution in addition to your course fee. Last year the average payment was £250.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £4,625 a year

We subsidise the cost of international field trips, but you also have to make a contribution in addition to your course fee. Last year the average payment was £250.

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