BSc (Hons)

Architectural Technology

Iva Erak
  • UCAS code(s): K130 / K101
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2018, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

This course is your gateway to a career in the architectural profession, specifically in the role of an architectural technologist. Through live projects with real clients, studio work, guest lectures from industry leaders, and exciting placement opportunities, you'll learn how buildings are created, procured, constructed and managed. You’ll develop a practical and imaginative approach, equipped with the skills and knowledge to create efficient design solutions.

You'll study in a studio culture that reflects a modern architectural technology practice, preparing you for your graduate career from day one. As a specialist in architectural technology, you'll be the link between concept and reality. You'll learn to identify, assess and challenge client and user requirements, translating ideas and possibilities into effective and practical building solutions.

Why study this course?

  • Our course is the only Architectural Technology course in the UK to be triple-accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
  • Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 96% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (DLHE, 2016-17).
  • Study on a course with outstanding student satisfaction. 91% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2018).
  • Take part in live design projects, with briefs from real clients. Previous clients have included Nottingham City Council and Gedling Country Park.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement. The majority of our placement students also receive a salary.
  • Study abroad, exploring new cultures and gaining design inspiration, through our Erasmus exchange programme.
  • Gain inspiration with trips in the UK to locations such as the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales, and have the opportunity to go on a European study trip in your final year.
  • Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model-making studio.
  • Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Shows, attended by industry experts and prospective employers.
  • Take part in competitions, sponsored by companies such as Benoy, Saunders and DL Lacey, who return year-on-year due to the high quality of our students.
  • Network with industry professionals and display your work at our annual Architecture Exchange employability event.

Accredited by:

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Shaun Bagnall - BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
Shaun tells us about his life as a student studying BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Nottingham Trent University.

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 designed to provide opportunities to develop your professional portfolio of work. All modules have been designed to meet the QAA subject benchmarks and CIAT or CIOB course learning outcomes.

  • Year One

    Technology and Design Studio 1 (40 credits)

    • This module will introduce the concept of a studio-based working environment. You'll work on a number of projects throughout the year, exploring the technical aspects associated with building environments.
    • You'll look at the range of factors that influence building design development and learn how to make a critical and reflective appraisal of solutions to construction problems.

    Construction Technology 1 (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the making of structures.
    • It will provide you with a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings, in terms of both human wellbeing and the creation of a sustainable built environment.

    Architecture in Context (20 credits)

    • This module looks at how wider social issues – such as politics, the economy and technology – influence architecture, both throughout history and in current times.
    • You'll learn to recognise and engage with architectural responses to these influences by studying a variety of historical and cultural themes within an architectural framework.

    Architectural Science and Building Engineering (20 credits)

    • The aim of this module is to introduce 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 waste and refuse.

    Integrated Design Communication 1 (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.
    • You'll be encouraged to communicate your ideas through a range of professionally recognised conventions, preparing you for the expectations of graduate employers.
  • Year Two

    Technology and Design Studio 2 (40 credits)

    • Through studio-based working, you'll explore the technical aspects associated with building environments and performance requirements.
    • This will be approached through the identification of quality control mechanisms, and distinguishing between options when selecting building materials, construction methods and environmental services.

    Construction Technology 2 (20 credits)

    • This module will further your understanding of the technical, practical and environmental principles of architectural design.
    • It will familiarise you with a number of alternative solutions to enable you to meet the technical and human demands of architectural projects. You'll also further develop your 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, exploring the constraints on the creation and management of buildings, spaces and places.
    • You will gain an understanding of the sense of place within different cultures and communities, and how town planning policies and processes supports this.

    Integrated Design Communication 2 (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)

    • In this module you'll learn about contract administration – the study of construction contracts and practice. Widely used in the industry, you'll find knowledge of construction-related contracts invaluable in your graduate career.
    • You'll study key topics relating to the administration of construction-related contracts, and apply the practices and procedures to industry-related scenarios.
  • Year Three

    In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

    Recent placement destinations have included Gensler, Foster + Partners and Michael Dyson Associates, working in roles such as architectural technologist, CAD technician, and BIM assistant.

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

  • Final Year

    Technology Design Studio 3 (40 credits)

    • This module enables you to design and technically develop a scheme within the built environment. The module is student led, offering you the opportunity to focus on a major study project. Your project will be based on a realistic development scenario; you'll assess the development potential, create and present a feasibility study, and produce detailed design proposals.
    • You'll produce a report of your development ideas, illustrated with drawings, models and other electronic techniques. The culmination of the project will be formal public exhibition of your work at the NTU Degree Shows.

    Exhibiting as part of the Degree Shows

    In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows. The events are an opportunity for all final year students studying across NTU's Art and Design-based courses to showcase their work to our network of industry professionals and prospective employers, invited specifically for this purpose.

    Construction Technology 3 (40 credits)

    • This module will support your major research project from the Technology Design Studio module. 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.
    • You'll develop your knowledge of site strategies and structure, construction systems and materials, and the consideration and implementation of building services, legislation and environmental strategies.

    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 that apply to today’s construction industry.
    • You will examine the public policy realm, market mechanisms and community interest, as well as looking at key graduate skills such as self-management, programming, and job planning.

    Integrated Design Communication 3 (20 credits)

    • This module will provide you with an understanding of the theory and practice of building information modelling and integrated project delivery, and of their application within the construction industry
    • You'll develop hands-on skills and experience in generating collaborative design models, and merging models for design coordination and clash detection.

    Research Project (20 credits)

    • This module provides you with the skills and experience to underpin the Technology Design Studio module. The module will cover the elements of research investigation, analysis, argument, construction, critical debate, and presentation of findings.
    • Through a series of documents and drawings, you'll be able to clearly demonstrate how your research has informed your major study project. At the end of the module, you'll have completed all the necessary research, including site research; analysed the material; and clearly identified all issues relevant to your design.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Study on the only Architectural Technology course in the UK to be triple-accredited by CIAT, CIOB and RICS.

How you’re taught

  • Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, approximately 10 hours per week is spent in scheduled learning. Course content is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and 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, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
  • This course is supported by external professional practitioners, ensuring that your learning is continuously enhanced through exposure to real world perspective. This includes our guest lecture series, where an industry expert is invited to give a guest lecture to expose our students to the work currently happening in architectural technology practices.

International opportunities

Our Architectural Technology course takes a global perspective; you'll gain design inspiration on study trips both in the UK and abroad, the cost of which are included in your course fees. 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.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through a mix of coursework, design projects, e-tests, visual essays, exams and practical methods. Coursework includes group and individual projects, reports, presentations, essays and portfolios.

Year OneCoursework77%Written5%Practical work18%
Year TwoCoursework74%Written13%Practical work13%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourCoursework100%Written0%Practical work0%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year OneLectures/seminars/workshops32%Independent study68%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops34%Independent study66%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourLectures/seminars/workshops33%Independent study67%

Study in our RIBA award-winning buildings, with inspiring studio space and industry standard facilities.

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the architectural technology industry. Through working on real projects from industry, field work and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

96% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE, 2016-17).

Where do Architectural Technology graduates from NTU work?

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

Many graduates from this course work as architectural designers or architectural technologists. Others work within wider roles in contract management, surveying and estimating. Recent graduate destinations have included Foster + Partners, Benoy, Gensler, ISG and Saunders.

Shraddha Badoni

Shraddha Badoni, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology graduate - now an Architectural Consultant at Benoy

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment. Our Architecture Exchange events bring together current students and prospective employers for an evening of presentations, table discussions and networking. We also run a Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise graduate roles to our final year students.

Students networking at our Architectural Exchange event

Students networking at our Architectural Exchange event


Excellent placement opportunities

NTU is ranked sixth in the UK for the number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Architecture, building and planning (HESA data 2016/17).

By choosing our sandwich (4 year) route, you’ll have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement during your studies, giving you the opportunity to gain real experience in industry. The majority of our placement students receive a salary.

Where have previous students gone on placement?

Students typically gain placements in architecture companies across the UK and abroad. Recent destinations have included Foster + Partners, Benoy, Gensler, ISG and CMPG.

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 and junior CAD designer.

Professional qualification

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

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

96% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE, 2016-17).

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 / 4.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. 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 +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 hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

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 / 4.

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 +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

You can apply to this course through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? 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 that 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 in just 4,000 characters. 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.

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

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 +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? 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 the 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.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

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.

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that 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 in just 4,000 characters. 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 +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, 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. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, googles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. 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. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, googles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. 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