BSc (Hons)

Architectural Technology

Architectural drawing of building
  • UCAS code(s): K101 / K130
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)

Architectural Technologists bring ideas to life from concept to completion, and design into development.  As the only Architectural Technology course in the UK to be accredited by CIAT, CIOB and RICS, you will take a practical and imaginative approach to creating efficient solutions to building designs.

On this Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Join a course with 100% student satisfaction. (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Get involved with live design projects with real clients.
  • Undertake a one-year salaried work placement.
  • Go on trips and site visits designed to apply what you've learnt in a real-world context.
  • Join a teaching and learning culture allied to that of professional architectural technology practice.
  • Work in professional-standard facilities and studios alongside a dedicated model making studio.
  • Meet guest speakers from industry.
  • Have the chance to win industry sponsored prizes from companies such as Benoy, Saunders and DL Lacey who return year-on-year due to the high quality of the students.

On our dynamic course, you’ll learn how to deliver practical, multi-disciplinary, integrated projects.  You’ll develop excellent communication skills using the latest software, and be equipped with the knowledge, technical skills and practical experience needed for this profession.

Through live projects with clients such as Nottingham City Council, Gedling Country Park you’ll learn how buildings of all types and sizes work.  Our course is your gateway to a career in Architectural Technology – along with guest lectures from industry leaders, and exciting placement opportunities, you will learn how buildings are created, procured, constructed and managed.

Accredited by:

Chartered Institute of Building logo
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists logo
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors logo

What you'll study

The first two years of the course focus on the introduction and integration of technological and design theory into practice. The final year modules are specifically intended to offer stimulating opportunities that enable you to develop a professional portfolio of work. All modules have been designed to meet the QAA subject benchmarks and CIAT / CIOB course learning outcomes.

  • Year One

    Technology and Design Studio  (40 credits)

    This module introduces the concept of a studio based working environment through project work exploring the technical aspects associated with building environments.  The module presents an integrative approach to a range of factors that influence building design development, and promotes a critical and reflective appraisal of solutions to construction problems.

    Construction Technology (20 credits)

    This module will introduce you to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the making of structures.  It provides a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings in terms of human well-being and the creation of a sustainable built environment.

    Architecture in Context  (20 credits)

    The module introduces you to historical cultural themes within an architectural framework and relates these to the contemporary built environment.  The module aims to enable you to recognise and engage with architectural response to the political, economic, sociological and technological influences which have taken place within, and continue to influence, society.

    Architectural Science and Building Engineering (20 credits)

    This module introduces you to the principles underlying the operation and functioning of building engineering services associated with domestic buildings.  You will explore sustainability and green buildings, how buildings are appropriately heated, cooled and illuminated and how they are provided with water supplies, energy and systems to remove wastes and refuse.

    Integrated Design Communication (20 credits)

    This module will introduce you to a range of design communication skills and give you a basic understanding of Building information Modelling (BIM) through the application of hand drawing, model making and computer-aided design (CAD) software.  The module develops a range of professionally recognised conventions that will allow you to communicate your ideas.

  • Year Two

    Technology and Design Studio (40 credits)

    Through studio based working you will explore the technical aspects associated with building environments and performance requirements.  This will be approached through identifying quality control mechanisms and distinguishing between options in the selection of building materials, construction methods and environmental services.

    Construction Technology (20 credits)

    This module furthers your understanding of the technical, practical and environmental principles of architectural design.  It will make you familiar with a number of alternative solutions to meeting the technical and human demands of architectural projects.  At the same time encouraging the development of a critical understanding of the environmental impacts of design decisions.

    Planning, Development and Surveying (20 credits)

    This module explores ways in which the built environment is planned, surveyed and developed through exploring constraints on the creation and management of buildings, spaces and places.  You will gain an understanding of the meaning of a sense of place within different cultures and communities and how town planning policies and processes supports this.

    Integrated Design Communication (20 credits)

    This module will develop your design Communication skills and understanding of Building information Modelling (BIM) through the application of CAD software, environmental modelling and subsequently, visualisation techniques and challenges using digital media.

    Contract Administration: Control and Finance (20 credits)

    This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of this area of architectural technology by studying key topics related to the administration of construction related contracts, and applying the practices and procedures to industry related scenarios.

  • Year Three

    Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course offer the opportunity for a full-time, year-long placement.  This year in industry will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future employment.  Many students to their placement company after graduation.

    Recent placement destinations have included Gensler, Foster + Partners,  Michael Dyson Associates working in roles such as Architectural Technologist, CAD Technician, BIM Assistant and more.

    Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

  • Final Year

    Technology Design Studio (40 credits)

    This module serves as a combination of areas of study covered within the programme to integrate research, design, technology, resources management, building economics and aspects of development within a single realistic scenario.

    Construction Technology (20 credits)

    This module serves to provide a combination of the areas of study on the course. It will enable you to integrate research and technological issues such as acoustics, lighting, structure and material studies into your studio work. This will give you the opportunity to fully explore issues relating to the realisation of a design project.

    Professionalism and Employability (20 credits)

    This module provides the opportunity to develop skills in the design, planning and implementation of development projects. You will gain a further understanding and appreciation of design character, the way in which historic and contemporary buildings and spaces are used, and the implications of constraints, which apply, to today’s construction industry. You will examine the public policy and market context that drives the design and development, and evaluate a range of case studies.

    Integrated Design and Communication  (20 credits)

    This module will provide you with a critical understanding of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery within the built environment.  This will provide an opportunity to develop hands-on skills and experience in generating collaborative design models, and merging models for design coordination, and clash detection. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of working with BIM models including data sharing, merging information, and interoperability across various BIM and CAD packages using the UK industry standards.

    Research Project (20 credits)

    The aim of this module is to give you experience of conducting research into a topic of interest, to inform a major piece of academic writing. Your research will be based on a subject area appropriate to architectural technology, but you may focus on a subject area of your own choosing.

    Exhibiting as part of the Degree Shows

    In your final year, you will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Shows at the University. The Degree shows include all final year students across NTU's Art and Design-based courses, and are a great platform for you to celebrate your studies and showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Course specification

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The only Architectural Technology course in the UK to be accredited by CIAT, CIOB and RICS

How you’re taught

Approximately 10 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for:

  • lectures
  • research
  • completing coursework
  • developing a portfolio
  • directed reading to expand your knowledge.

The course is supported by external professional practitioners ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real world perspective in the newest and fastest growing degree subjects within the built environment sector.

Trips and site visits

The delivery of the course is enhanced by fieldwork and site visits. Recent trips have included visits to London, Liverpool and an overseas visit to Copenhagen. These are designed to help you understand and apply what you've learnt in a real world context.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, exams and practical methods. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of:

  • group and individual projects
  • reports
  • presentations
  • essays
  • portfolios.

Get involved with live design projects with real clients

Careers and employability

96% of graduates are currently in work or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey 2014-15)

Through work placements, working on real projects from industry, field work, input from industry professionals and regularly updated course content you will be prepared to succeed in the architectural technology industry.

You will be equipped with cores skills required including design skills, knowledge and attributes that you will carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

Where do Architectural Technology graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong construction alumni community with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Foster + Partners
  • Benoy
  • Gensler
  • ISG
  • CMPG

Did you know?

Your year on placement counts towards Chartership for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Employability Team

NTU's Employability Team provides a fantastic service. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Excellent placement opportunities

NTU is first for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Architecture, building and planning. (HESA data 2013/14)

You will have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement (minimum of 36 weeks in one or more organisations) as part of this course. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry. It will also open up exciting opportunities for your future employment.

Where can I work?

Students typically gain placements in architecture companies across the UK and abroad.

Recent destinations have included:

  • Saunders Architects
  • Gensler
  • Benoy
  • Fosters Architects
  • ISG
  • CPMG
  • Foster & Partners

There are a wide variety of jobs available within the industry and our students have covered the spectrum, including:

  • Junior Architectural Technologist
  • BIM Assistant
  • Assistant Designer
  • Junior CAD Designer

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification of Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

Sponsored prizes from companies such as Benoy, Saunders and DL Lacey who return to the University year-on-year due to the high quality of the students.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students which are full of advice and information about to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops/laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation; and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops/laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation; and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418