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Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Architectural Technology

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Course summary

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Want a career as an Architectural Technologist? Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree course is where the science of construction meets the art of design. The course focuses not only on the creation of the built environment, but also the structuring of space in and around it. Much of your learning activity will be hands-on, with access to our strong industry links. You’ll also be provided with the latest CAD software, meaning you’ll be well equipped to make an impact in an important industry. The course will develop your ability to appreciate and analyse existing design as well as create new ones, while keeping buildability, technology, procurement, contractual relations and the people involved in the process in mind. You will also explore the social, regulatory, technical, sustainable and aesthetic context of the UK and global development industry. Our outstanding industry links mean you’ll be able to work on live projects, using the very latest technology and techniques. You will learn how to construct designs using CAD in a three-dimensional format. You’ll also be kept up to date with the latest skills, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and will be actively involved in the creation of a BIM model for a prestigious UK building. We help you gain the skills to negotiate with planning and building authorities and develop the expertise to advise them. You will also investigate project and contract management. Our excellent relationships with employers open up a range of opportunities for work placements. This will enable you to gain first-hand experience of the work of architectural technologists while making valuable professional contacts. With the support of experienced and qualified staff, you’ll use facilities that reflect the work environment you’ll enter after graduation. Studying at our expanding City Centre Campus, you’ll be immersed in a creative environment with the chance to be inspired by the urban architecture of Birmingham. This course is also accredited by the CIOB. The city plays host to regular festivals that celebrate architecture, including the Birmingham Architecture Festival and Still Walking, so there are lots of opportunities to explore the possibilities and potential of the built environment. Regular field trips to construction projects throughout the Midlands will add further colour and relevance to your studies as you gain inspiration from a variety of landscapes and settings. Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll use industry-standard facilities, including Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) 2 and 3D, as well as work in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) environment. When you enter your career, you’ll have the skills that give you a competitive advantage.
  • We have experienced, supportive academic staff, who hold architectural technology professional qualifications and maintain close links with the professional body.
  • We have outstanding industry connections, including partnerships with engineering, management and development consultants Mott MacDonald and Birmingham City Council’s Urban Design team.
  • It’s an exciting time to study architecture and design in Birmingham – the city is undergoing huge regeneration. The Big City Plan, a 20-year vision covering every aspect of the built environment, is creating innovative redevelopments and opportunities.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeK236
Institution code B25
Campus nameMillennium Point Campus
Campus codeA

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits, 45 of which should be at Level 3, remaining 15 from level 2 or 3. With a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at merit or distinction.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers.
AS 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Extended Project 12 UCAS points Only in combination with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1)
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 112 UCAS points Only in combination with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable equivalent:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2
HNC (BTEC) P Pass and complete with an average 50% pass. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) P For Year 1 entry pass the HND with 2 merits and an overall grade of a Pass. For Year 2 pass the HND with an overall grade of at least a Merit. Must be in a related pathway. May be considered for advanced entry. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Architectural Technology at Birmingham City University - UCAS