Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Architectural Technology

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Course summary

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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. Expertise 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.

Course details


Year one modules:- Integrated technology; Technical studio 1; Environmental technology 1; Construction technology 1 Year two modules:- Communication and CAD1; Design studio AT1 Year three modules:-CAD 2A and 2B; Design project 2A and 2B Year four modules:- Architectural conservation 2A and 2B; History of architectural technology and design; Environment technology 2A and 2B; Architectural technology practice studies Year five modules:- Professional practice; Fire health and safety; Environment technology 3 Year six modules:- Comprehensive design project; Technical report

Assessment method

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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Architectural Technologists, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points Achieved from 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. Or • 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits Access at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open college Network accredited course
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including mathematics and English language. We may accept GCSE equivalents.
HND (BTEC) M Advanced HND/HNC students may be considered for direct entry to year two

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Additional entry requirements


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.


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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £13250 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 Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS