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BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Architectural Technology and Design Management

Degree apprenticeship

Architectural technologyFurther your career in architectural practice and design management with a recognised qualification that mixes theoretical and applied learning.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Design and Construction Management (Degree) standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay. 

The course normally takes 3 years part-time - then you'll complete an endpoint assessment within a further 6-12 months.


1. Course summary

  • Develop a career-focused approach to project design and construction, working to real client briefs and following professional design procedures.
  • Study architectural design with a strong focus on developing technical skills and applying environmental principles.
  • Become an expert in digital design and Building Information Modelling (BIM), with teaching to current industry standards.
  • Develop key management skills and apply these newfound skills with principles of economics, legal and financial management in a commercial context.

After successfully finishing your degree apprenticeship you'll be ready to become a chartered professional.


2. How you learn

As well as academic theory, work-based learning and practical application in the workplace, the apprentice will develop effective skills in teamwork, negotiation and problem solving. You'll have an Academic Advisor and Work Based Learning Coach to support you, and the modules you study will prepare you for your career and especially your endpoint assessment. The course also explores the changing nature of architectural practice and design management.

You learn through

  • part-time day release study at Sheffield Hallam
  • online and face-to-face lectures, labs, online and class-based seminars
  • site visits and workshops
  • regular guest lectures from leading architects
  • applying your learning on live projects
  • academic and report writing


3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities in our Natural and Built Environment Department in our City Campus, led by our extensively experienced teaching staff.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant planning role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

Minimum of Level 2 English and maths (GCSE A* - C or equivalent) plus one of the following:

• Successful completion of one the following Level 4 Apprenticeship Standards from an academic institution or registered training provider.

  • Building Services Engineering Technician
  • Construction Design and Build Technician
  • Construction Quantity Surveying Technician
  • Construction Site Engineering Technician
  • Construction Site Supervisor
  • Facilities Manager


• An equivalent Cert HE or HNC/D or equivalent qualification in a construction-related subject. You would normally have a minimum of an all merit average (not including key or common skills). Compensation for a pass in one unit with a distinction in another unit is permitted.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

5. Modules

Year 1 • Reflective skills for Built Environment Professional Apprentice Performance • Contract Administration for Apprentices • Technical and Digital Design Practice 1
Year 2 • Work Based Project for Built Environment Apprentices • Reflective Practice for Apprenticeship EPA Preparation • Technical and Digital Design Practice 2
Year 3 • Work Based Investigation for Built Environment Apprentices • Technical and Digital Design Practice 3

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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